Black Diamond Legend Gloves | Men's
Black Diamond's warmest under-the-cuff glove, the 100% waterproof and breathable Black Diamond Legend is designed for people who need extra insulation or ski in bitterly cold environments. The Legend is designed with EVA foam on the knuckles for impact protection, perfect for thwacking branches in tight trees or brawling at the bar.
Fixed lining with 100% waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex insert with XCR Product Technology.
Woven nylon, abrasion-resistant shell with 4-way stretch.
284 g (10 oz) PrimaLoft One insulation.
133 g (5 oz) PrimaLoft One needlepunch palm lining for maximum dexterity and minimal bulk.
Goat leather palm with goat leather palm patch.
EVA foam knucklepads for impact protection.
Weight Per Pair :
224 g, 7.8 oz (size M)
Temperature Range :
-26/-9 ∞C, -15/15 ∞F
The combination of the waterproof breathable Gore-Tex XCR insert and a full goat leather shell make the Black Diamond Legend Glove tough enough to handle winter's nastiest mid-winter mood swings. 170g PrimaLoft One insulation on the back of the hand boosts warmth while lighter 133g PrimaLoft insulation at the palm retains dexterity. Reinforced leather palms and fingers provide durability for mountain professionals. The Legend Glove also includes molded EVA foam knuckles for extra protection when the tree run turns out to be a bit tighter than you expected.
Warm, waterproof, and built to handle serious abuse anywhere your skis can take you, the Black Diamond Legend is our warmest under-the-cuff ski glove featuring an all-leather construction. A waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® insert shields against the season’s wettest storms, and PrimaLoft® One insulation keeps your hands toasty on frigid lift rides and super-deep pow runs alike. We also added Kevlar stitching for increased durability and EVA padding to ward off knuckle bashing.
|Suggested Temperature Range :||-26/-9 C (-15 to 15 F)|
|Temperature Range:||-15/15° F / -26/-9° C|
|Weight:||per pair M|
|Weight Per Pair :||244 g (8.6 oz)|
c.) End result of a frigid game of chance?
d.) Testament to the practical efficacy of the BD Legend?
e.) A combo of all the above?
Gonna go with "d.)" and add the caveat; " with good weather". (sort of).
The glove in this photo is not the most recent rev of the model, but it really hasn't changed all that much in the big scheme of things.
That big scheme can be defined as "you can wear this glove on the summit of Denali, depending on what the Weather Gods decide to do. (and other factors)"
Not that I recommend that, of course. (every one of my 7 finger-tips peeled for a month...)
I wore them on the top of Aconcagua, too.
(Just kidding, I actually have all 9 fingers.)
Morbid jokes aside, I love these gloves.
I've worn them in some pretty extreme conditions, probably a bit more extreme than they were intended for, and for the most part, they have kept me comfortable (in a relative way, of course.)
I've worn them on Whitney in the winter, Rainier in the Summer and Fall, in the Andes, AK Range, Wasatch...
I've found them to be as waterproof as one would expect a waterproof glove would be. That is, you can dig around in the snow for extended periods of time and the only moisture you feel is what you're manufacturing on the inside...
They don't breath well, but that would be like expecting a double plastic mountaineering boot to breath well.
Mine are 4 years old and are showing no signs of wear, but I'm tempted to try out these new ones. Mine don't have leather shell tops, only the palms.
Unless you're planning on spending weeks on-end above 15K feet, you'll probably love these things. And even if you are planning to, you'll probably love them, just also plan on doing lots of arm swings.
I believe their intended purpose is for FC/BC powder-planking, but I can still make a fully-intact shadow-puppet eagle, so they work for other stuff too.
(Also..."goat-skin shell and palm" = disturbing cannibalistic irony...)
I'm going to start with my minor gripes. When I make a fist with these gloves on, there are a couple points on my pointer and middle finger that feel some pressure and it's a little uncomfortable. I'm sure breaking these in more will help. Also, these are really stiff out of the box. However, they get better. They aren't the most dexterous things in the world (7/10 IMO), but I can still open zippers, buckle boots, and stuff like that, but I can't use my point-and-shoot camera.
Now, the good stuff. These gloves are impressively warm. I was fine at 15 degrees, just hanging out (not active). I've never really had too much trouble with sweaty hands so I can't really attest to any sort of breathability, but they do get a little wet from sweat. They also seem really durable. I'm sure an average user could get at least 3 seasons out of these. A huge plus for me was how waterproof these are. I often find myself in slushy/wet conditions and knowing that my hands aren't getting wet is awesome. I held these in a bucket of water for a couple minutes and didn't feel a bit wet.
I really like the undercuff look/feel and how the undercuff can cinch up with the velcro. The neoprene cuff feels nice on the skin.
The thumb has some softer material on it; I use my left glove as a goggle wipe and my right glove as my nose wipe.
They look cool.
Overall, this is a great glove for me!
Havent been able to use them a lot yet, but was at Killington and it was wicked cold, but my hands stayed warm the whole day. I have Raynauds in my hands (poor circulation so my hands are always cold), and these gloves were able to keep the cold out. This is the first pair of ski gloves Ive owned that were able to do that.
These gloves are very comfy and had above average dexterity (could zip up my coat, unbuckle helmet, boots, etc with gloves on, no problem). They also look awesome.
My one dislike is that I accidentally pulled the cuff strap (which I read *not* to do in a review here but forgot), and it tore the seam a tiny bit. It wont damage the function of the gloves at all, and it was 100% user error as I knew I shouldnt do that, so no fault o f the gloves. Just make sure you dont pull that strap while pulling the gloves on.
I bought the original BD Legend Glove years ago (like 7 or 8 years ago). They were the warmest and most waterproof glove that I've ever worn. They also lasted me a good 4 years and while they packed out and got a little colder, they were still my Goto Glove. I now have two seasons on the 2nd generation, which I feel just as strongly about. While I've watched friends blow through a couple of hestras and "Patroller" gloves from other major manufacturers, my legends have held up much better. Now I've gotten these for Christmas. They are beautiful gloves. The only challenge; I'll wear my last ones for another year or two before i need these. I'll wax them to keep them soft and break them out when they're finally needed.
I wore these skiing in 10-28 degree F weather. They work as advertised. Nice under the cuff fit that works most excellent with my OR Axcess jacket. Easy on and off. Nice flexibility with minimal to no break in. Some moisture accumulates on the inside but my hands were always warm and comfortable. Construction seems to be excellent with lots of double stitching. Only gripe is the leash is too short. I swapped it out for the one on my outgoing glove. Much cheaper than comparable Hestra glove.