Black Diamond Guide Glove
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The warmest hand protection produced by our friends at Black Diamond, the Guide Glove is also fully waterproof thanks to the highly breathable GORE XCR insert. The Primaloft liner can be removed to speed drying, whilst the extended gauntlet seals in heat and keeps out snow.
Black Diamond Guide Glove Reviews
Reviewed by Paul Whiteside (Worthing,West Sussex) on 2006-02-26:
General comments: In January I went on my first proper adventure to Scotland to do some walking and climbing. I explained to the shop assistant that I tend to get cold hands and he suggested these. I thought that they maybe a bit over the top for Scotland but as it turned out, they were pretty much perfect. Before I left to go on my trip I noticed some dodgy stiching on the draw-cord that tightens the glove around your wrist. The shop I bought them from sent them off to Black Diamond and within a seven day turnaround I had a brand new pair of gloves!
In action the gloves were pretty good. On my first day climbing I wore a lighter pair of gloves to start with because of the mild tempertures. However, these soon became soaked and uncomfortable so I switched to the Black Diamond gloves. They were instantly warm but not too hot for the climbing. The reinforced leather palm is very grippy, even when wet and so was perfect for using ice axes and handling ropes. The dexterity is also surprisingly good for such a thick glove, although I did have to remove them to put on my crampons and to undo my knots.
One of the best features I found with this glove is the fact that you can remove the liner glove to speed up drying them out. Within two hours of being in the drying room at the bed and breakfast, they were bone dry. Incidentally, the gloves that I wore at the beginning of the day do not have a removable lining and were still very wet the next morning.
If you do tend to suffer with cold hands, I would recommend these. They are fairly expensive but there is not much worse than having freezing cold hands. I even use mine occasionally on my motorbike when the temperture really drops. They are warmer and more waterproof than any "proper" Winter motorcycling glove I have ever owned.
Pros: Warm, waterproof, grippy, clever design, relatively dextrous.
Cons: Heavier and less dexterity compared to some other gloves. Too warm on long walk-ins on milder days.
Reviewed by Daniel Winter (Bangor) on 2006-03-01:
General comments: I decided to splash out £100 on these gloves when i became bored of sitting on ski lifts getting freezeing hands and ruining the experience of being in the mountains .
The gloves are based around a gore-tex xcr shell shat keeps the water out from any melting snow .
The primaloft liner keeps your hands warm and if it does get a bit damp and sweatty it can also be removed . The other advantage with the removeable liner is that it can be kept on while you need to do fidly jobs that would be impossible with the bulky outer glove left on .
The important feature on the gloves for winter climbers is the gauntlet style wrist that can be sealed up with the elasticated drawcord. This stops your wrist become exposed as you swing your axe . This stops any skin becomeing exposed and keeping you warmer . This is the feature that i think is the most important
The palms on the glove are made from leather so that they are grippy for ski poles and axes
Pros: Great gauntlet Wrists that stop skin becomeing exposed , Removeable liner allows fast drying ,
Cons: Can get a bit to warm if walking you do anything highly active in them , The price may put some peaple of but its worth it to stay warm