I just tried these out for the first time today and could not have been more disappointed. The medium seems to fit my hand perfectly in terms of hand and finger length, but the leather is sooo stiff that I can not actually wrap my hand around my 10.2mm climbing rope unless I literally put all of my hand strength into it and really exaggerate it. But this exhausts my hands, really hurts my fingers from the stiff leather digging in to them, and still does not actually let me hold the rope as tightly as when I am using no gloves. Am I doing something wrong? I know that the leather is new and stiff (very high quality leather) and that if I wear them in over time they will become easier to use, but how do I wear them in without killing my climbing partner in the process? I literally took these gloves off after making my partner come down half way through the first climb because I did not feel comfortable catching a hard fall while she was leading.