Jett Combat Ice Glove Review

by Brian Mullin on April 13, 2012

This
top insulated glove is an excellent cross seasonal product, and is in
their prime in cooler, windier, and more inclement weather conditions,
and as a backup for high country adventures. They’re extremely durable,
and are breathable, water resistant, and featured loaded, which all
combine for a great all-season and all-weather glove. Prepare for
Combat!

They are constructed with a Clarino synthetic leather
palm, with a double layering between the palm and finger, and another
one at the outer bottom. The overall palm thickness is moderately light,
and it’s sufficiently thin to provide a good tactile feel, while thick
enough for durability, and the doubling at key spot’s aids toughness.
The backside uses a windproof and water resistant material that utilizes
a Hipora liner, and its inner section has a fleeced-lined backing for
warmth and comfort. The outside of the thumb has a soft microfiber
section, which was extremely functional for wiping up sweat, and other
bodily fluids. The glove has a slight pre-curve for an ergonomic fit,
and to prevent bunching during usage. The long wrist cuff uses stretchy
neoprene, and closes with a stretchable Velcro strap. The gloves come in
S, M, L, XL, 2XL, and retail for $40.00.

Impressions
The wrist cuff uses stretchy neoprene, and the extended or elongated
design provides good coverage and ensures no gaps at the interface to
your jacket or long sleeved jersey. The wrist closure uses a flexible
rubber Velcro strap to tighten them down, which is easy to use with
gloved fingers, and I didn’t have any issues with taking them on or off.
On rare occasions, the closure would get hit, and would accidentally
open, though the glove seemed to stay planted on the hands.

I
am a destroyer of gloves, especially on the finger tips, but so far the
gloves have been pretty tough, and I have yet to tear them. I haven’t
been nice to the gloves, and have used them to stack and move rocks,
chop scrub oak, saw logs, and other activities more appropriate for
construction and yard gloves, and their elementary toughness and
longevity have shown through. I have taken a few good tumbles and ample
sliders, and landed directly on the gloves, and it did nothing to them,
so I can vouch for their crash worthiness. The thickness of the glove on
the fingers and palm helps immensely with the increased durability and
robustness, at a slight loss of tactile feel. The pre-curve of the glove
was nice, as there was no bunching of material, and it gave an
ergonomic feel when holding onto the grips. The curve design reminded me
of some kayaking gloves I have used, and it made the gloves fit
properly when holding onto the handlebar grips.

I
wore them in light snow and light to moderate rain storms, and their
water resistance worked adequately. When brushing up against damp bushes
and trees while riding, which always seems to get you the wettest
during rainy and dewy conditions, my hands stayed warm and comfortable.
In a monstrous downpour, the gloves got soaked, and eventually my hands
got chilled, and although it wasn’t pleasant, it was tolerable. The cuff
extension helped keep moisture from creeping into the gloves and my
jacket, and was another small design feature that I liked when
conditions were at their worst. The insulation and layering on the back
of the glove, greatly aided in keeping your hands warmer, especially
when riding at speed. Another added benefit of the thick insulated back,
was that it added an armor layer, which was an excellent property to
protect your hands from bushes and trees. My local terrain has lots of
scrub oak, and flying along through singletrack can be a battle royal,
and the backing decreased the painful encounters with branches.

The
gloves provided ample warmth on moderate to chilly days, and I used
them from freezing to around 70 degrees, albeit my hands got slightly
sweaty at the higher temperatures. For a glove of this design, they are
very breathable, which helps extend their functionality, comfort and
temperature range. I think they are a great glove for cross seasons,
early morning and late evening rides, and as a backup glove for the high
country, or whenever inclement weather might be encountered. They are
out of their realm on bitter cold days, but they were never designed for
the extremes at either end of the temperature spectrum. On colder days
just below freezing, I would insert some hand warmers into the gloves
above my knuckles, for some added warmth.

They run small, so you
need to get one size up over your default size for correct fitting. They
are a pretty substantial glove, so it took a couple of weeks to break
in and feel comfortable, else they felt tight. I noticed that after
several months of abusive use (I am extra tough on gloves), the gloves
got baggy around the fingers and the palm, so they felt sloppy
sometimes.

Bottom Line
The Jett Combat Ice Glove is warm and water resistant, and shines in
conditions of cold to moderate temperatures and weather, and it’s
extremely durable, comfortable, and has a good tactile feel for its
toughness. The back insulation provided warmth and comfort, and adds
additional armor protection for trees and bushes. Small features like
the pre-curve shape, soft inside, elongated wrist and Velcro closure add
great functions to the glove.  After a long period of use, the backside
of the fingers and palm can get baggy, and although the glove is
breathable, it can get sweaty.

The ultra durable Jett Combat Ice
Glove is a great cross season glove, which can be used for cold or
inclement weather conditions any time of year, and is ideal as a backup
for high country forays. Ice Ice Baby!

Pros

  • Durable
  • Warm
  • Water resistant
  • Easy to use Velcro closure
  • Insulated back – warmth and added hand armor

Cons

  • Gets baggy around the fingers after breaking in
  • Can get slightly sweaty
  • Velcro closure can accidentally pop open

MSRP: $40

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Jett Combat Ice Glove Specs:

  • Wind- and waterproof protection, with a breathable Hipora liner.
  • Fleeced-lined back hand for warmth
  • Clarino palm for a solid grip
  • Pre-curved, anatomic shape to prevent bunching

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