- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The gloves are comfortable and dexterous, and offer good knuckle protection for climbing. However they have a few major issues.
1. Like some other BD gloves, the fleece lining is not well sewn to the shell and will pull out in a twisted mess when removing the glove, then making it difficult to get them back on.
2. fingertips are poorly shaped
3. During their second year the shell started to soak up more and more water. This should be fine because the gloves are impermeable, thanks to a (think plastic bag) barrier. However once the outer shell gets wet and then freezes, much of the gloves' warmth and flexibility is compromised. Additionally, the impermeable barrier keeps any sweat in the glove and makes them EXTREMELY difficult to dry out on multiday ski/climbing tours. I've gotten them wet, kept them in my sleeping bag all night, and then found them wet in the morning. My $12 dollar fleece gloves proved to be warmer and more useful for the remainder of the tour.
Great ice/mixed cragging glove if youve got a warm house for a base camp. I now prefer softshells or a system glove for anything else.