Black Diamond Dry Tool Glove
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A cutting edge product from the masters of modern alpine equipment. Using three very different but complimentary fabrics, Black Diamond have created a glove that actually moulds itself to the shape of your hand over time, providing previously unheard of dexterity.
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Black Diamond Dry Tool Glove Reviews
Reviewed by David Cowan (Aberdeen) on 2006-01-03:
General comments: Gloves the bain of every winter climber. Are there any gloves that are truly excellent? I dont think so. I think all gloves are a compremise of warmth dexterity durability and cost. Obviously a waterproof warm dextrous glove would be the best but these don't exist yet. These gloves are very dextrous if you dont suffer from cold hands they make winter climbing excelent. I wear them for climbing and put a pair of mitts over the top for belays. Placing gear is very simple as they are tight enough not to get in the way.
They are not waterproof and on wet days they get saturated so bring other gloves with you. Also they stretch alot so go small. I would also seam grip all the stitching this will help the glove last a bit longer and may improve the water repellancy.
Yet again we have onother pair of gloves that are not perfect. But they are good providing comfort and much dexterity while sacrificing warmth. Comment on this review...
Pros: Light and dextrous really good for climbing.
Cons: Cold and not waterproof.
Reviewed by Chris Chaddock (Staffordshire) on 2006-01-27:
General comments: As far as gloves go I'd have dozens of pairs. Some I've worn out, some I've lost and some have just been plain rubbish. The Black Diamond Dry Tool gloves will most definitely fall into the worn out category. I have to say that these gloves are excellent and to be honest they've hardly been off my hands all winter. I bought them predominantly for indoor ice walls which I frequent on a regular basis during the winter months and for the Alpes. However I have ended up using them just about everywhere including Scotland which I never thought I would do. Looking at the glove you'd probably think that it wouldn't provide that much warmth, but you'd be wrong. These have been perfectly adequate. Admittedly they aren't going to be as warm as a pair of gtx lined gloves but they will suffice for 90% of conditions. The real beauty with these is that they are very responsive and offer excellent grip on axes, they are also perfect for placing gear. With lined gloves you sometimes lose that tactile feel which gloves like these offer. They aren't completely waterproof but I would say they offer good water repellency as long as they are well looked after and washed correctly. At the end of the day its a trade off between 'feel' and waterproof/warm gloves. Personally I'd rather go for 'feel' but if you do buy a pair I'd carry a lined pair just in case.Comment on this review...
Pros: Extremely dextrous and offer great handling of tools and pro. They fit quite a long way up the wrist and this is good because they don't ride up and offer no cold spots. There is a leather section stitched on the palm for better grip. Well made and durable. Reasonable levels of warmth and water repellency.
Cons: Price is pretty steep for a neuprene type glove. If you are on a budget it could be worth having a look in some fishing tackle shops as these types of gloves are quite common in the fishing fraternity and you are bound to get a cheaper pair, albeit not Black Diamond. If you suffer from bad circulation then you may be better off with another glove for extra warmth and water repellency.
Reviewed by steve m (london) on 2006-02-01:
General comments: I'm on my second pair of BD Dry Tools. Once the old pair finally were on their way out, I bought exactly the same again - without hesitation.
These are incredibly dextrous and well fitting gloves. The fact that they are not insulated or "waterproof" is irrelevant - they aren't intended to be. In conjunction with a large pair of oversized buffalo mitts for belaying, I've found the dry tool gloves to be superb for technical winter climbing in scotland and the alps as well as ice fall climbing. The dexterity of them is superb, the leather palms are incredibly tough and the whole glove is built to last. They are on the small size compared to most gloves on the market - which in my case means that they fit properly rather than having spare material at the finger tips which most other gloves seem to. I cannot recommend these Black Diamond gloves highly enough.Comment on this review...
Pros: Extremely durable, well constructed and well designed. versatile and dextrous enough for Scottish winter climbing, ice fall climbing, winter alpinism & ski touring.
Cons: Expensive (in the uk).
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