The Rab Guide Glove has reinforcement to the palm and thumb for use with poles or tools and a flocking patch on the thumb make this an ideal ski touring or mountaineering glove. With an extra leather reinforcement on cuff, back of hand and on critical seams the Guide is Rab's most durable glove yet. Ideal for anyone who spends lots of time in a cold weather environment and needs a glove that won't let them down or for anybody who is particularly hard on their gear.
Charge hard with a soft shell. Ski tourers and mountaineers, don the Rab Men's Guide Glove, and feel the freedom of stretchy, waterproof, breathable eVent softshell. Add to that microfleece cozy comfort and fresh-as-a-daisy Bemberg lining, precurved fingers for easy fine movements, and a Pittards leather palm for a firm grip. Because you don't want to lose that.
|Best Use Gloves:||Ski|
|Glove Outer Material:||eVent Membrane, Leather Reinforcement on Cuff and Back of Hand|
|Glove Palm Material:||Pittards Armortan|
|Waterproof Material:||Matrix DWS Outer Fabric|
|Weight:||7.2 oz / 204 g|
|Rab Baltoro Guide Jacket||$179.99 - $209.99|
I tried out many, many different gloves in my quest for an ideal backcountry skiing and winter climbing glove. These are the very best. Here's why:
-Fit. These have relatively long, slim fingers, which is perfect for me. I'm 6'2" with somewhat large hands; many of the gloves I tried (BD Squad and Legend, Arc'teryx Zentas) had relatively stubby fingers, which made it tough to fully extend my thumb or spread my fingers wide. Not so the RABs, which fit perfectly; fingers are relatively snug, which adds a good bit of dexterity.
-Great construction. These have leather in all the right places (though I if I were being hypercritical I'd ask for full leather caps on all 4 fingertips, rather than just outside of index and pinky). Even better, the liners are fused to the shells throughout the gloves, rather than being billowy material glued to the shells only at the fingertips. This makes it WAY easier to get these on when your hands are damp, and also improves dexterity since you don't get slop between the liner and shell when trying to grasp things.
-Warm & dry. eVent is great stuff, much more breathable than Gore-Tex in my experience. These gloves stay dry though long winter days in the Pacific NW, where everything gets soggy. And because of the substantial use of leather, you can always throw some Nikwax or similar product on them to prevent the shells from getting saturated.
Conclusion: I've tried lots of gloves; these are the best, and they're even relatively cheap compared to the competition. Get them.
My hands tend to get cold, but I used these in 18F temperatures today and was happy. Initial impressions are good regarding warmth and quality. Managed to get my Rab shell over the top of the gloves, but heads up the opening is a little large and requires some fiddling if you want to get your jacket cuff over your gloves. Can't comment on the waterproofing, as we had a dry/cold experience, but I'm a big fan of eVent. Used to seeing high end gloves retail in the $150+ category, and I'd put these gloves right up there in comparison.