Snug gloves built for tough times in the mountains.
- Waterproof-and-breathable BDry inserts keep your hands dry and allow sweaty moisture to escape from within for comfort
- Tough, lightweight nylon shells have four-way stretch construction for flexibility and dexterity
- Thinisulate insulation provides supreme warmth without making your gloves bulky
- Pittards Oil Tac leather palms and capped fingers protect your hands from damage and improve overall durability
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They Get the Job Done
The gloves I had before these were less than ideal for snowball making. The BD Arcs are very "grippy" while still staying warm and flexible. The mediums are a little tight on my hands, but the large is too big. As far as an everyday glove, these work great to keep your hands dry.
I have to agree with some of the reviews below. There is noticeable extra material on the tops of each finger. A significant gap between the liner perhaps and the shell? Although I don't believe there is a removable liner.
As stated, I want to like this glove, but it just feels 'sloppy'
I dig 'em
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs large
I got these for ice climbing, and ended up using them for lots of things including on a pedal bike in the winter and a motorcycle. they don't breath well enough for the pedal bike (got sweaty every time) but they wind/waterproof-ness on the motorcycle was awesome! I though the fit was good but I have monster hands so that may be why I have had a better experience than others. My hands would get cold when it was below 20 degrees, but I don't expect any glove of this bulk to keep my hands warm in those temps. I also bought the absolute mitt and pulled the liners out so I could put my hand (with the Arc on) inside the insulated shell of the absolute mitt for belays and that warmed them right up. I have used them ski touring and alpine climbing and they kept me warm even when I was gripping cold frozen rocks with them. The palm makes ice or alpine climbing awesome! It grips tools, screws, poles, rocks, everything very well. my only complaint is that I did blow out the seam on both thumbs. I did use them a ton last winter but I feel the blown seam was premature. Other than that I think they are great gloves.
I want to love these gloves
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Awesome grip for ice tools and great breathability.
However, and this seems to be a consistent BD glove issue, these gloves have about an extra 1/2" of material on every finger and a little more on the thumb. This ends up being a giant PITA when your glove gets stuck in the gate of a binder every time you try to clip one.
I thought maybe a size down would solve the problem but they were just tighter across the back of the hand with the same excess material in the fingers/thumb.
Also, the liner is not attached to the insides of the fingers so anytime your hands are a little sweaty and you take the glove off, half of the finger comes out with your hand. Then it's an equal PITA to get your hand back in, especially if still a little damp. Liner gloves do partly solve this problem.
Finally, compared to other gloves of similar bulk the Arc is surprisingly not warm.
So, I pretty much stopped using these gloves but am, for some reason, sad about that every time I see them sitting in the glove drawer...
The palm grip does make them awesome for opening stuck pickle jars though.
Great Backcountry Touring Glove
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Black Diamond Arc is a great lightweight, waterproof and slightly insulated glove for Backcountry Touring. I really like the Pittards Oil Tac leather palms - the same material found in NFL receivers' gloves - they provide amazing grip on the poles when skinning. The light insulation is enough to keep my hands warm on the skin up - if it's super cold, I'll bring a pair of warmer ski gloves for the descent. Definitely recommended.
I recently lost mine, and I'll be buying a new pair asap. Rated as being for temps between 15 and 40F, but if I'm working at all (touring, or just skiing hard) they're still almost too warm above 30 or 35, and my hands will get a little sweaty. I haven't had them out below about 20 degrees either, so I don't know how realistic 15 would be. But when it's too warm for my Hestra Guides, and too cold for a linerless shell, these are my go-to gloves.
Sweet gloves, not very warm
I bought these because of the great price and the fact that Black Diamond is a top notch company. I was disappointed with their lack of warmth provided, even on 30 degree days. I guess I shouldn't have expected much from 40g of insulation, though. The Arc is maybe a spring ski glove, but not a real good winter glove.
The B-Dry insert and feel of the gloves is great, but just not very warm.