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By Dylan Evans
From Boulder, Colorado
Sep 5, 2013

What are the warmest and most waterproof ice gloves you've used that dont get too bulky?


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By The Blueprint Part Dank
From FEMA Region VIII
Sep 5, 2013
And then you throw for a Gaston, like seriously guys. I onsighted the shit out of Levi's Stadium

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.


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By Martin le Roux
From Superior, CO
Sep 5, 2013
Stairway to Heaven

Probably as many opinions on this as there are gloves on the market.

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By Cor
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.


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
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.


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By superkick
From West Hartford, CT
Sep 6, 2013
Free Solo up hitchcock gully WI3

OR Warrant > Punishers.

also really like the new OR Storm Cell Gloves.


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By Josh Brown
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.


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By dirtbag
From Bellingham, WA
Sep 6, 2013
i really enjoyed this drive to the tetons... can't wait to make it back to WY

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.





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By Dylan Evans
From Boulder, Colorado
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.


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By Paul-B
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?


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By Mark Pilate
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....


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By Keenan Waeschle
From Bozeman, MT
Sep 10, 2013
on top of the RNWF <br />June 2012

punishers are great new but the insulation packs out really fast (within a month or two). something to be aware of.


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By Dane
Sep 10, 2013
Cham '11

Mtn Hardware is my first choice. OR a 2nd. BD a distant 3rd.


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By beccs
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).


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By superkick
From West Hartford, CT
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.


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