Joined: Tue May 09, 2006 6:09 pm Posts: 388 Location: Chamonix, France
Seconded on the black diamonds, I had BD Ice gloves, and they worked great. Pricey though. Especially since I ruin about a pair per season. The good (and somewhat surprising) news is that BD replaced them for free, it was a stitch failure on one of the fingers so even though I thought it was just normal wear they thought it was warranty-able.
Last season I went through a pair of OR gloves which were much cheaper ($30 on sale?) and though they did get wet in slush, they were great for everything else. They were also very comfy, but not as nice as the BD gloves.
Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2008 1:43 pm Posts: 308 Location: Mill Creek, WA
I like any of the work gloves by OutdoorResearch (I actually like any of their products and I do have lots of their stuff). The Vert gloves are great for skinning, they're breathable and grippy. But I do swap out to a pair of light Snowline mittens for the way down. Those OR Snowline Mittens are the best things I've ever had on my hands in the rain. They keep your hands super dry and warm.
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Joined: Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:30 am Posts: 219 Location: Lost Angeles
awesome thanks for the replies guys,
i was actually leaning towards the Black Diamond Spy's (add a liner on the super chilly days) so i think i'll go with them. My brother has always sworn by the OR's but i've never seen him in the work gloves. they look pretty decent also.
punky i'm already sporting a $22 pair of dakines for the skin up. now i just need some snow...
Joined: Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:35 pm Posts: 288 Location: Ithaca, NY
I used to rock a pair of old ass OR Mt. Baker mitts that had a tough rubberized palm. Wore those out. Now I have a pair of REI "Taped Mitts". Again Rubber type palm quite breathable and dries really quick if being used in spring slush. They are wearing out relatively quickly though too.
So I too am considering a pair of leather gloves to take the abuse a bit better. I was looking at some of the Black Diamonds but they have so many choices it's pretty dizzying but that's excellent they have such a selection. In the end gotta narrow it down and then try them on.
Anyone else have any suggestions but moderately warm (Ride in the Sierra so teens at most elevations) gloves that work well on the descent and around camp?