Black Diamond Guide XCR Gloves


Overview

The Black Diamond Guide is the top pick for the expedition. The gloves are one of the warmers of BD and work well in cold weather skiing and winter mountaineering. A really seriously warm glove.

Product description
Backed with a Gore-Tex XCR waterproof breathable membrane and PrimaLoft One insulation, the Black Diamond Men’s Guide Glove deals with harsh conditions so they can’t put a damper on your epic day in the backcountry or the resort. Plus the Guide’s removable liner boosts versatility and maintains your hand dexterity throughout the stormiest winter weather while you patrol, guide, or tour.

  • Abrasion-resistant nylon shell with four-way stretch fabric offers stellar durability, longevity, and dexterity
  • Waterproof, windproof, and extremely breathable Gore-Tex XCR insert on the removable liner optimizes comfort, keeps hand warmer and drier longer, and is ideal for higher-activity levels in winter
  • PrimaLoft One insulation and boiled wool in removable liner warms your hand, provides superb breathability and temperature regulation, and adds a soft touch
  • 100g fleece palm lining wicks moisture and dries quickly to eliminate annoying clammy-hand issues
  • Goat leather palm and palm patch supply dexterity
  • Molded EVA foam padding on knuckles for impact protection when you traverse out onto a narrow skin-track through the tight trees
  • Drawcord gauntlet seals in warmth and blocks snow
  • Temperature Range: -20/10F (-29/-12C)

A review from OutdoorGearLab.com: 4/5

It was the overall warmest contender we tested making it a excellent option for arctic lift rides, folks whose hands get cold easily, and high altitude mountaineering. Tester Ian Nicholson wore this product all the way to the summit of Denali on a day with a daytime high of -38F and summited during -42F. It features a removable liner making drying them a breeze and the molded EVA foam padding on the knuckles and fingers adds protection and warmth. These gloves are super tough and easily one of the the most durable in our review. The Guide sports a thick goat skin leather covering all the high wear areas and a higher denier nylon covering the Gore-Tex XCR laminate, which means they’re built to last. All of this leather, foam, insulation and beefy fabric means they aren’t as dexterous as most of the other products we tested. They’re also one of the stiffer models we tested especially off the shelf, almost to the point of making us shy away. But after three or four days of use, like a good baseball glove, they broke in nicely.

Timm (user review) at BackCountry.com (5/5)

These gloves are warm, durable, burly. I have owned several pairs and have never had a chance to see when they will wear out because I lose them first. Great for ice climbing, mountaineering, and skiing. They are thick and warm but you can still easily manage a rope/belay or put in a screw. The powder cuffs go up the arm enough to work as intended. The all leather hand design prevents ropes from wearing them out and prevent material from snagging in belay devices. The only times my hands have gotten cold wearing these are when my upper body has first gotten cold. If you layer properly, these gloves are plenty warm.

For more information ans specs visit the Black Diamond Website: BLACK DIAMOND

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