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What are the warmest and most waterproof ice gloves you've used that dont get too bulky? Dylan Evans
From Boulder, Colorado
Joined Apr 18, 2012
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Sep 5, 2013
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The BD punishers are kind of the standard of late. However they're not the warmest, the Enforcers from BD or the Alti Gloves from OR take the cake there. But the latter two are bulky gloves. As far as a good middle ground pair of ice gloves, the Punishers just can't be beaten. The Blueprint Part Dank
From FEMA Region VIII
Joined Jun 21, 2013
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Sep 5, 2013
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Probably as many opinions on this as there are gloves on the market.

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Martin le Roux
From Superior, CO
Joined Jul 16, 2003
179 points
Sep 5, 2013
black nasty
+1 on the BlackDiamond Punisher Gloves!

I have had many, and always go back to those.
Good for "most" conditions.
Cor
Joined Mar 6, 2006
1,175 points
Sep 5, 2013
Bocan
Yeah punishers here too.

That being said I wear a light mitten on the way to the crag to keep my fingers warm and sometimes in between routes if I'm not belaying.

Once you get that bone cold it's hard to get rid of.
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
952 points
Sep 6, 2013
Free Solo up hitchcock gully WI3
OR Warrant > Punishers.

also really like the new OR Storm Cell Gloves.
superkick
From West Hartford, CT
Joined Aug 23, 2011
31 points
Sep 6, 2013
punishers for warmth and waterproof reliability. The old Ice gloves BD made were much warmer, equally waterproof but forget about trying to place a screw or unrack a draw with those bulky things. Josh Brown
Joined Apr 8, 2008
26 points
Sep 6, 2013
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The crappy closure system on the punishers will let snow in the cuffs, which wets them out fast. ONce you accidently dump snow in the cuff, the fingers get wet and freeze like popsicles. They are relatively cheap though, and will be fine for most outings.

I used the Outdoor Research Alpine Alibi on several mixed alpine routes in AK last May, then on Denali in June. They have a drawstring cuff that keeps the snow out, keeper wrist loops, **so you can't drop them**, they are super warm for their bulk, and I climbed the hardest pitches of my life with them. I thought they climbed as well or better than the punishers (b/c no frozen fingers). On the coldest days, relied on my BD GUide GLove to complete my glove system, but only on the coldest days. The BD guide glove breaks trail and climbs easy ice pretty well. I have never, ever had them wet out either, and they are indestructible.

They were pretty beat after it all (15k' of climbing, 9.5k' of rappelling), but OR stood by their lifetime warranty and replaced them afterward free of cost... just be sure to buy them directly from their website or they cannot honor this warranty.




dirtbag
From Bellingham, WA
Joined Feb 4, 2007
143 points
Sep 10, 2013
Thanks for all the input, guys! I have a pair of the guide gloves and also the MHW Hydra Pros - which i love, but Im looking for something in between the two... What about the newer, gauntlet style hydras in comparison to all the models already mentioned? I think the main reason I ever get cold hands in my hydras is snow getting into the short cuff. Dylan Evans
From Boulder, Colorado
Joined Apr 18, 2012
21 points
Sep 10, 2013
Flakes of Wrath
Just got a pair of marmot XT, won't be able to try them for a few months, but i am excited about them at the moment. Anybody tried the Marmot Exum Guide glove for alpine ice? Paul-B
Joined Mar 26, 2011
120 points
Sep 10, 2013
Here's another angle to consider - I've been using this system for over 15 years for typical multi-pitch ice and alpine....specific brand or model not important for each layer...bulk any layer up or down per the condtions. The following example gloves suit me for 90% of time

Layer 1: Mountain Hardwear medium wt liner glove or equivalent

Layer 2: Nimble and snug outer glove (right now, using an OR Mixalot) but any good fitting cross-country ski type gloves work great as well (sized to go over liner gloves). I HATE extra length in the fingers when clipping, racking,etc...typically go through a few pairs each season

Layer 3: Older BD three fingered gauntleted mit shell (inner liners removed) with a "shake and warm" tossed in at start of climbing day. I may only wear this layer at belays or if I need to thaw fingers.

I generally do not have issues with cold hands, but I use this system successfully down to -30 F when I may add the mit liners. If its 20 F or warmer, I rarely need the mits at all.

The least bulky single glove I have tried recently is the BD Arc, but it took several pairs to size (still not properly) and the seams blew out quickly and I did not like the inner part sliding within the outer shell when climbing with them.

Apparently I am still unable to handle gear, and clip with big warm single style glove.

Hopefully some lefty tries this system and then we can match up and exchange all the single handed liner gloves of one hand that I seem to accumulate over the years....
Mark Pilate
Joined Jun 25, 2013
11 points
Sep 10, 2013
on top of the RNWF June 2012
punishers are great new but the insulation packs out really fast (within a month or two). something to be aware of. Keenan Waeschle
From Bozeman, MT
Joined Feb 8, 2010
217 points
Sep 10, 2013
Cham '11
Mtn Hardware is my first choice. OR a 2nd. BD a distant 3rd. Dane
Joined Jun 18, 2008
580 points
Sep 11, 2013
Mark Pilate wrote:
Here's another angle to consider - I've been using this system for over 15 years for typical multi-pitch ice and alpine....specific brand or model not important for each layer...bulk any layer up or down per the condtions. The following example gloves suit me for 90% of time Layer 1: Mountain Hardwear medium wt liner glove or equivalent Layer 2: Nimble and snug outer glove (right now, using an OR Mixalot) but any good fitting cross-country ski type gloves work great as well (sized to go over liner gloves). I HATE extra length in the fingers when clipping, racking,etc...typically go through a few pairs each season Layer 3: Older BD three fingered gauntleted mit shell (inner liners removed) with a "shake and warm" tossed in at start of climbing day. I may only wear this layer at belays or if I need to thaw fingers. I generally do not have issues with cold hands, but I use this system successfully down to -30 F when I may add the mit liners. If its 20 F or warmer, I rarely need the mits at all. The least bulky single glove I have tried recently is the BD Arc, but it took several pairs to size (still not properly) and the seams blew out quickly and I did not like the inner part sliding within the outer shell when climbing with them. Apparently I am still unable to handle gear, and clip with big warm single style glove. Hopefully some lefty tries this system and then we can match up and exchange all the single handed liner gloves of one hand that I seem to accumulate over the years....



This is good.

I would not be able to hav a single pair of gloves I would wear all day. Typically when climbing I only wear liner gloves, at least down to 0F and a bit colder. Once finished the pitch I add other layers, usually tossing on a pair of BD Mercury Mitts or a warmer pair of gloves.

I usually go through 2-3 pairs of liner gloves in a day depending on what we're climbing (wet lines, how much I'm sweating, etc).
beccs
Joined Mar 13, 2012
0 points
Sep 11, 2013
Free Solo up hitchcock gully WI3
sierra trading post has a ton of ice climbing gloves on sale.

while Bd isnt my favorite,

punishers for 36 and enforcers for 68 are killer deals.

sign up to get the extra 35% off.
superkick
From West Hartford, CT
Joined Aug 23, 2011
31 points


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