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.
The Black Diamond Guide Glove fends off serious cold and ugly conditions with a combination of fabrics including a wool pile liner and a layer of soft PrimaLoft for exceptional warmth. The four-way stretch woven shell combined with supple Pittards leather on the back of hand and palm provides ultimate durability for all-season use. The Gore-Tex with XCR Product Technology insert provides unwavering waterproof and highly breathable performance, whether you're digging a pit or breaking trail. The removable liner enables quick drying for multiple-day use.
|Best Use Gloves:||Ski|
|Glove Features:||Removable Liner|
|Glove Outer Material:||100% GORE-TEX with XCR Product|
|Glove Palm Material:||Goat Leather|
|Ideal for:||Freeride, Touring, Slpitboarding, and Ski Mountaineering|
|Insulation Material:||142 g PrimaLoft One and boiled wool|
|Lining Material:||PrimaLoft One|
|Palm Material:||Goat leather palm and palm patch|
|Reinforcement Material:||Molded EVA foam padding on knuckles for impact protection|
|Shell Material:||Abrasion-resistant, woven nylon shell with 4-way stretch|
|Temperature Range:||-20 to 10 Degrees F / -29 to -12 Degrees C|
|Temperature Rating:||-20/10° F / -29/-12° C|
|Waterproof Technology:||100% waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX with XCR Product Technology insert stays with removable liner|
|Weight:||11 oz / 312 g|
|Black Diamond Guide Lobster Glove||$127.96 - $169.99|
I like these gloves a lot, though there are some issues with them. First of all, they are pretty warm, but I don't think they fit with Black Diamond's temperature rating of -20 to 10 F at least for skiing. Unless you are working pretty hard (ie going up, not down) this is very optimistic. Though if you are doing aerobic exercise then this rating seems pretty accurate. The other thing that should be noted is that these gloves do run a bit small. For most other companies I wear a size L, but in these gloves the XL is still just a wee bit tight on me if I'm wearing a liner. So I would say to order at least a full size larger than what you use from other companies (the size chart is totally useless, I would be a size M if I followed it). Other than this, these gloves are quite bomber and have stood up to a bunch of skiing, mountaineering, and ice climbing without showing much wear at all. Overall, highly recommended, just don't expect to be comfortable riding the lifts at -20 F and have warm fingers.
I skied these for 6 straight days with temps from 12 - 34F, on the cold days these gloves were quite disappointing. I actually added a pair of Icebreaker merino liners and they did seem to help considerably. The other downside is there is no way to cinch the glove down around your wrist and I could feel a draft coming through. My hands do get cold easily and I thought these BD gloves based on their temp chart may even be overkill - unfortunately this was not the case. I would say these gloves are good for 20 - 30F. On the positive side, they fit great, large was perfect, well constructed, great looking. Overall I really like these gloves and have decided I need to go to mittens if I really want warmth. On sale - go for it - but $170 would be too much.
Once I actually got this glove in the correct size, it was a joy. Warm, comfortable and dexterous. No complaints at all (so far). Seem pretty tough too, so we'll see how they stand up to full seasons.
The only complaint is the sizing -- according to the size chart I should have been a size medium, and on the smaller side of medium at that. However the medium was so tight not only could I barely move my fingers but I could actually feel the glove restricting the blood flow across my hand. I measured and remeasured my hand to make sure I was not a total idiot, too dumb to use a tape measure and look at a simple chart. This glove just runs incredibly small compared to the size chart provided, so be forewarned.
These gloves are VERY warm, and that was my main reason for buying them. You should consider going up 1 size, as I did. I am a medium on just about every other glove I tried, but I bought the large Guides, and they fit perfect.
I use these for skiing, so dexterity isn't really an issue, maybe a bit tougher to get my hands through my pole loops.
The gloves look a bit large and awkward, and whenever I pass a window, or mirror I make a fist and whisper "Hulk Smash !"
Overall,I'm happy with my purchase, and would recommend.
This is my second pair and BD has made some good changes with the boiled wool on the back of your hand and the shell seems heavier too. Love the removable liner. On tough uphill treks I remove the liner and wear the shell and light liner as the gloves get too warm. Not as warm as a mitten but pretty close on all but the coldest days.The sizing runs on the small side so go up at least one size
I ended up returning the product to Backcountry because I thought it was too much for my needs, which are backcountry skiing, primarily. I get cold hands but I just thought these were so bulky as to reduce dexterity. They look high quality though. But again, they were so bulky that I thought for my needs (10-20 days per year), the break-in period would be too long. I don't climb, but I imagine they would be pretty great for that.
Been using the Guide Glove for 3 seasons now. This glove is a warm, functional glove for pretty cold conditions. Still dexterous enough for ice climbing on the cold days. The gauntlet adds warmth and keeps snow out. Used this glove for ice climbing, skiing, and dog mushing in Alaska. Comfortable to about 0 degrees. Noticed fingers getting pretty cold by -5. At that temp its time for a mitten.
I used these on a climb on Mt. marcy this past December . They worked great except when the temps dropped under zero and I really started to feel it even with heavy liners . I switched to my mitts:)I don't have perfect hands so somebody might be fine under zero with these. But if your going to be under zero or around there try another glove. Well made though
These gloves are very warm once you generate some body heat.. I've used them snowmobiling and skiing in -15 degree weather and they rock. They seem tight at first but will mold to your hand/fingers. The insert is like a glove by itself, not flimsy like other brands. The nose wipe is soft and well placed..Compared to other gloves in this range..they are #1.
Surprisingly enough these gloves were fashionable around Aspen, but more importantly they are the warmest gloves I've had on the mountain. Dexterity is great (does require a little break in just like every glove) and the warmth is superb. Buy these gloves if you have bad circulation or you just get cold!
These gloves appear bomber, but the PrimaLoft liners pack out fast and lose a lot of material. After about 20 days these gloves just aren't warm anymore. Unfortunately Black Diamond won't sell replacement liners so I don't use them much any more.
let me start by saying that is are nice gloves, very well made it seems and sharp looking, I am a large in all gloves, and these in large fit great. I don't think they were tight for me like some others stated. My issue is their dexterity... it pretty miserable. They might break in, but I couldn't easily touch my thumb to my pinky finger. I tried shoveling the driveway in them, and while they are very warm, I had to use a lot of force to hold the shovel. I couldn;t imagine trying to ski all day, despite how warm the liner is. The removable liner is a nice feature, but not a deal breaker for me... it takes the gore tex with it so other liners would make the gloves leak if it got wet. There seems to be a big debate over these or Hestras... I went with the hestra XCR and am very happy
This is the standard warm skiing/mountaineering glove. Lot's of people love them. Lots of people also say the leather wets out and the liner breaks down and they're just not quite as warm as you'd think. Brand new, they're pretty darn good though. I think they have a bit too much leather. OR also makes some really great gloves that dont have as much leather.
I really like the comfort and fit of these gloves but they are not quite as warm as I thought they would be. I have skied a couple single-digit days and they only seemed *warm* when the sun was out and the rest of me was sweating.
Oddly enough, not as warm as I thought it would be. Maybe due to leather retaining cold? Cuffs are too long and awkward to tuck under ski coat.