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Serious warmth for seriously cold conditions.

The Guide Glove, Black Diamond's warmest glove, is the ultimate choice for climbing and skiing in cold regions like Alaska. Made with four-way stretch Schoeller and a Gore-Tex XCR liner, the Guide Glove is form fitting and totally waterproof. A full gauntlet and PrimaLoft insulation keep your hands warm when your water bottles are frozen solid. Because gloves take a beating in the mountains, Black Diamond gave the Guide Glove a Pittards goatskin leather palm and capped fingers with Kevlar-reinforced stitching. Not only does this add years to your glove's life, it also provides excellent grip on a frozen ice axe.

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4 5

Neat and cosy

Seem oretty cosy to me. Take a wee while to break in for fit as the looser bits of wool pile fall out.

Out of interest - it seems the XCR gore-tex layer is in the liner, not the shell as folk seem to assume (communication from BD europe rep), so the shell with separate fleece liners won't be waterproof.

could you use the removable liner in the...

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could you use the removable liner in the spring?

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Not really Brennan. It Primaloft with some thin nylon on the outside, and not form fitting at all. Wearing just the liners would be sloppy, likely move around, almost certain to get snow in by the wrist, and the thin nylon shell could get soaked and into the Primaloft. They really didn't design these gloves with that application in mind.

Often on a technical mountain climb (i.e. an alpine ice climb), I'll often bring some thin fleece gloves, my OR ExtraVert leather gloves, and just the shell of the BD Guides (leave the liner at home). On warm, non-technical approaches, I can wear the thin fleece gloves. I climb with the ORs when I need dexterity (i.e. setting/removing screws on steep ice) and put the BD Guide shells on (it's nice that they fit over fairly thick gloves like the ExtraVerts) when on lower grade terrain and my hands are on the ice/snow a lot and susceptible to getting wet - for example, if I am low/high daggering a lot. And I don't leave home without my mitts.

If it's a less technical climb, like a glacial slog, I'll maybe bring my thin fleece gloves, the entire BD Guide glove (liner and shell), and my mitts. When warm, I'll use just the thin fleece. When colder, will use the fleece + the BD Guide shells. When much colder, will remove the fleece liner and use the entire BD Guide gloves, and when super cold, will switch to mitts.

Maybe more info than you needed and certainly lots based on my own preference, but I hope it helps nonetheless. :)

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Rick_Samon gives great advice but I just want it to add- if you just need the warmth and no functionality of the out of the gloves then the inserts work just fine. They come out no problem, easy for just walking from the parking lot to the trail head or similar. Walk around the block with the wife works too.

5 5

Warm, Worthy, Excellent gloves

I spent a lot of time reading reviews of mountaineering gloves online before I ended up buying these. They are perfect for what they're designed for. I've read some comments regarding the gloves' warmth not being enough, or the dexterity is poor....These are silly comments. If you want warmth in extreme cold, get a mitt (common sense). That being said, the guide gloves' warmth is stellar. The dexterity is excellent, considering the warmth-weight of the liner. They also dry quickly, which scores huge points in my book. Goats' leather is super comfortable and grippy. Only downside is there is no leash, however you can fashion one easily with some p-chord. Definitely worth the purchase

4 5

Bad Ass !!

Tuff as nails, warm, looks good, fit my big ass hands, one big drawback no safety string if they had that I would have gave it 5 stars.
So far so good, but buy it on sale if ya can way $$$$, I got them for $110 no tax and free shipping.
Cold fingers SUCK !! Black Diamond Guide Glove ROCK !

2 5

not so hot

i'll preface this by sharing that i have recently begun suffering from raynaud's syndrome, which is a vascular condition in which cold weather causes the capillaries in the hands to constrict. in non-scientific terms, when it gets the slightest bit chilly, my hands and fingers are almost always freezing cold and even numb. it can be quite painful too.

i love to sk, and to combat this, i've tried about every type of glove/liner/hand warmer combination available. on a new year's trip to mt. snow vermont, i broke down when the temp dropped to 2º and bought a pair of gordini goose down mittens—basically sleeping bags for my hands. those combined with hand-warmers kept the feeling in my hands all day. as much as i love having finally found a solution to my problem, mittens don't allow for the most dexterity, plus it looks like i am wearing boxing gloves, as the kid at the store was kind enough to point out to me. so i was on the lookout for some gloves that would do the job in all but the most severe cold.

i read all the reviews about the black diamond guide gloves both on this site and on others. i knew i wanted a pair of goretex gloves because any moisture really compounds the problem i have with my hands. i was stoked when these arrived as i had just made plans to hit the slopes the ensuing weekend.

sadly, things did not start out well for these, as i had a lot of trouble getting the pull-cord on the gauntlets to tighten adequately. the softshell material used tends to bunch up and cause the cord to stick, not tightening as much as it should. you have to pull pretty hard. i did so and actually ripped the fabric piece that attaches the toggle to the glove. i ended up rigging it back on with a twist-tie but not what you want to see from $160 gloves. luckily this happened in my house and not outdoors. but the closure system is really poor. the toggle is way too small to operated with these gloves on which is really a stupid design decision. i had a pair of old burton gloves and their closure system (which i noticed was patented) is far superior and much easier to work, especially when wearing big gloves.

another quip i have with these gloves is that they do not come with a retaining strap. with gloves these bulky, any task that requires a modest amount of coordination requires you to remove the glove. the straps come in handy when you are constantly removing the gloves and the omission of this simple feature really seems like an oversight on black diamond's part. i scavenged the straps from my old burtons and hooked them around the tabs used to separate the liner from the shell, which does an adequate job of replicating this, but the straps are kind of awkwardly placed now.

on the slopes, these did an ok job, but the daytime temps hovered around 40º. i bit it badly once, and sure enough, somehow snow found its way into one of the gaping holes created by the bunching effect of the gauntlet's closure system. as soon as the sun started going down and the temperature dropped a little, i noticed a familiar tingling feeling in my fingertips. i threw on some liners, but it was already too late and i had to call it a day. i was pretty bummed that these did not work out as i had hoped. perhaps with hand-warmers, these would have done the job.

bottom-line is that, for the money, these are really poorly designed and i question the durability and quality. and while the orange and grey color-way looks much cooler than my enormous mittens, i'd rather be able to feel my hands at the end of the day.

2 5

not for me

First of all the liners are a joke . sure they are waterproof but they are no any thicker on the palms or bottoms of the fingers than a pair of cotton gloves. in my opinion if your hands get cold easily this are not for you. Also i called black diamond to get a replacement pair of liners.. nope . not avail . Come on. what the hell . If i am in wet gloves all day i at least want to be able to put dry warm liners in at noon. Also no frigging lanyard clips so when you lose one off the chair lift or the wind blows it off the ledge you do what with 1 glove. ai have wore these all day , doing work and have had to resort to heat packs on the backs of my hands. Same thing i had to do with my $10 work gloves

5 5

bulletproof quality throughout.

the best gloves i have ever owned in 40 years of downhill skiing.....warm, bulletproof, easy on and off, easy to pull liner and dry. the liners alone are an amazing piece of craftsmanship.....fluffy, fleecy, sheepskinny kinda synthetic stuff on the backside of your paw and thinner stuff on palm side are very luxurious. the nylon slides easily into the outer shell and more importantly stays put when you yank the gloves off. they are held in place by velcro which runs all the way around the cuff. very nice piece of work.

i am not sure where the reviewers are coming from who say these are cold as i have worn these all day in sub zero temps (including 10 days of heli in alaska) with no problem although i did buy them one size large as i do for all gloves for better circulation. some folks just need mittens i guess. i ski 40+ days/season and my fingers can get cold in other ski gloves. i do not wear these gloves in 25 degrees plus weather as they are too warm.

as for the dexterity issues, this has never been a deal breaking issue for me working zippers and grabbing ski poles. admittedly i work with gloves as a carpenter and may be a little more accustomed to having gloves on and maybe my hands are stronger. the leather palms are heavily reinforced (more so than the marmots) and are showing minimal wear. the tan ones i have are getting a nice patina after two seasons which remind me of my work gloves. the soft patch on the back of the thumbs wipes goggles nicely (or if you prefer, wipes nose drips.....use the right for the nose, left for the goggles). the cuffs are generous and fit easily over goretex shells and seal wrists thoroughly against pow and cold. steal leashes from you older inferior gloves if you feel the need to be attached.

ok, so they are expensive....these are professional grade....c'mon be honest, you have spent more on dinner and drinks for you and lovey at one time or another. i have not for one minute, one second, regretted having spent that money(on the gloves that is, wise guy). having bought from the nice peeps at backcountry they have great guarantee. i fully expect these things to go four seasons plus easily.

1 5

Black Diamond Guide Gloves

They are not worth the money in my opinion. I went snowmobiling this past weekend and FROZE my hands. I even had large wind deflectors on my sled which did nothing. I am not happy with those and wish I could send them back.

4 5

Quality is expensive

These are such nice gloves. The best gloves out there that I've tried. Super tough, good dexterity, and quality construction. The liners don't come out super easily, but the glove is easy to put on and off over a jacket or coat.
Goat skin on the palms and fingers is great for durability and grip. If you're doing a lot of grabs that would cut up your gloves, though, I'd go for the Mad Max.
I like that there is no BS features like a goggle squeegee, or pocket for had warmers. Don't need 'em! They keep you warm and dry, and are built for people who know what they're doing in the cold winter.
The only reason I don't give 'em five stars is because they're so expensive. That being said, you get what you pay for.

5 5

Great Gloves

I've used these for snowmobiling for about a year now and love them (also great ski and snowboard gloves). I have unusually cold hands and these keep me warm except in the most sever conditions (riding at 40+MPH for long periods when temperature is below 15F) and I don't think there's anything on earth that will keep me warm under those conditions. Buy these!

5 5

Good Glove

Quality glove. Fits like a glove should. Good dexterity and feeling, but keeps my hands warm. On bitter cold days, this is nice and toasty.

2 5

Great first impression, disappointing performance

I was quite impressed when I received my order (very fast shipping BTW) and tried on the BD Guide. Excellent quality construction, great fit...did I finally find a glove that will keep my fingers warm? (I have Raynaud's.) Unfortunately, I was disappointed with them the very first time I used them.

With strong winds and temps in the low 20's, it only took about 15 minutes for my hands to get cold. The liners do not hold in heat well at all. The gloves are well-shaped for grasping things like ski poles, but forget about trying to straighten your fingers out to do anything that requires dexterity.

So my search is back...I'll probably try mittens next.

4 5

So far so good...

According to its 16 degrees and feels like 3 in Boston this morning. I walk to work - it takes about 20 minutes - and my hands were outright toasty. This is a good sign. I expect that these gloves will hold up in even colder conditions... We'll see...

How do these compare to the OR Alti...

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How do these compare to the OR Alti gloves?

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These will give you just as much dexterity and probably be a little warmer. I think both companies are good but that this might be a slightly burlier glove. If you have a size S hand, then I'd go for the OR for the price difference alone. You can always return them if they don't work out as backcountry is awesome about that kind of stuff!

2 5

I Expected More for the Price

I've used these skiing, when climbing Pico de Orizaba, and just now walking my dog in -10F temps. They're ok but I am not all that impressed considering what they cost. The dexterity of the gloves really isn't that great. They worked well when plunging an alpine axe in the snow but I wouldn't recommend them for ice or mixed climbing. They just don't have the dexterity that would be needed to place gear (ice screws or rock pro).

And, they are NOT warm enough to justify the cost. After walking my dog for 15 minutes in -10 temps, my finger tips were painfully frozen. I wouldn't expect them to handle temps that low for a long period of time but they should at least keep your fingers from becoming painfully numb for a quick dog walk. I pulled out the liners and found that the tips of the fingers were packed down to nearly nothing and I've only had them for one season.

Bottom line: good ski gloves but not worth the price.

What leather treatment do people use to...

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What leather treatment do people use to preserve and waterproof the leather portions?

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Hey Brian, no treatment is necessary as the glove has a complete Gore-Tex insert. Eventually the water repellent finish on the leather will wear off, but water will not soak through the Gore-Tex underneath.

If you want to maintain the water repellent coating on the leather try the sponge on Glove Proof from Nikwax.

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Leather treatments aren't necessary to keep your hands dry (because of the Gore-Tex insert), but it is still a good idea to regularly condition the leather. I'd check with Black Diamond or even look at Hestra and get some of their leather balm. It's supposed to be awesome.

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I just picked up a pair of these a couple weeks ago. Actually, the leather on the palm of the glove is NOT backed by gore-tex; only the back of the hand is, as well as the rest of the glove. Thus, when the water repellent on the leather wears off the palm, water will soak through. I'd definitely recommend treating the palm in particular with one of the previously mentioned waterproofing treatments.

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I just picked up a pair of these a couple weeks ago. Actually, the leather on the palm of the glove is NOT backed by gore-tex; only the back of the hand is, as well as the rest of the glove. Thus, when the water repellent on the leather wears off the palm, water will soak through. I'd definitely recommend treating the palm in particular with one of the previously mentioned waterproofing treatments.

K2, Pakistan

K2, Pakistan

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House chimney, 6,500 meters, Abruzzi ridge

5 5

My favorite glove

After a short "break in" period, these gloves are ready for anything rad. I've gone to Everest's summit with them twice and I still have all of my fingers! Used them skiing K2 as well. But perhaps the coldest place I've worn them was while ski patrolling in Vermont. Super durable with the leather palm and kevlar stitch, you could probably rappel 20,000 vertical feet before wearing out the palm.

5 5

Bullet proof gloves - sooo warm

These are fantastically warm gloves that have bulletproof construction. As others have said, they're flexible, and even with my massive hands the XL are accurately sized. The only slightly annoying thing is the lack of a dummy strap. It's not a big thing, but at this price I'd hate to lose them by accident.

1 5

not so much

I gave these gloves a thumbs down. The Gore Tex membrane disintegrated in less than a year and they would soak up lots of moisture in moderate temperatures, less when it was very cold. They are warm but I found them to be too bulky. You are probably better off with mits (OR Alti Mits) for serious warmth since you'll have to take the gloves off anyway to do tasks needing good dexterity.

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