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Hard-charging protection for the coldest of days.

For deep-winter ski days and stormy mountaineering ascents, the Black Diamond Men’s Guide Glove excels in cold backcountry conditions where dexterity is paramount. The Guide’s durable stretch-woven nylon and goat leather shell act as a first line of defense, while the removable insert featuring a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane and PrimaLoft One insulation stops harsh conditions before they reach your hand. A wool and fleece lining wick moisture and add a soft touch, and EVA foam inserts protect you from knuckle-bashing ice and tree branches.

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5 5

Excellent glove, needs break in time

The inner pile is very warm, but a little use makes it more comfortable. At first, mine were a little to full of my hands and fingers and, then, as the pile became a compressed they actually felt warmer. Flexibility also improves with age.
I have to be critical of the design, but I am not aware of an alternative. The Gore fabric is in the liner. That means that the outer shell can get wet and your hands stay dry. If they had managed to place the Gore layer within the leather outer shell, the glove could be much more versatile. Then, you could remove the inner liner and put a thinner glove liner on with the shell over it and have a glove for a warmer day. I tried this Spring skiing and found that the outer shell got sopping wet from touching the corn snow (the leather is very absorbent) .
I hope the shell lasts several seasons because the glove is enjoyable and comfortable.

5 5

Awesome gloves

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These gloves are warm and waterproof and hold up so far. Definitely worth it if you need performance, durability, and want to look like a super hero

Awesome gloves
3 5

Solid but fit is small

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have the black ones from earlier this year. These are solid gloves but check the fit carefully and size up one. I bought the extra large and they fit me like a large, the fingers are short and the wrist gasket could be further down my wrist. Every other glove i buy thats XL has worked fine. Consequently, these are tighter than I'd like and I'm cold in them until I start working hard and warm up. Wish there was an XXL size. For the price, I wish they were more of a standard size, not sure if I'm going to bring these out regularly. Used on a Denali trip and regularly in CO backcountry. Also agree wrist leashes for the price would be a welcome addition, I worried about dropping these while climbing in AK.

5 5

Bombproof and Comfy

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

You could likely box in these gloves without much discomfort, they make me feel like I'm wearing tanks on my hands. It takes a little bit of use for them to break in and become more flexible, at first they are pretty stiff with little dexterity. I was surprised by how much they improved over time though. They are incredibly warm, windproof, waterproof, and even surprisingly breathable (the super warm fleece liner inhibits the breath ability a little bit).

I recently used these gloves on Mt. Rainier and I was in no way let down. I was very thankful to have them in the freezing rain.

I am a member of the Gore Mountaintechs community, therefore I sometimes receive and test gear for them. These gloves however were bought aside from this program and I couldn't be happier with their performance.

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Need new lining. Bought these for the...

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Need new lining. Bought these for the 2008 season and have used them extensively. The best gloves I have owned.

I need new liners. Where can I get them?

Does the leather need to be treated when...

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Does the leather need to be treated when these gloves are brand new or just as needed?

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I spoke with Black Diamond today and the informed me its really up to you. They can be treated if you would like, but it is not necessary. The particular rep stated he typically uses Sno-Seal once or twice a year.

4 5

Natural Color - v

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just wanted to make a point, because the color caught me off guard.... the natural gloves two-tone is more of a tan and brown/gray then tan and black. the color in the photos in my opinion appears darker and blacker than real life.

2 5

mostly excellent, but a couple of flaws

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

these have changed a bit over the years, and I might not have the very latest model; but I believe mine are pretty recent. Apologies if these issues have been dealt with in this year's model. These are very warm gloves, very well constructed using top-quality materials. I would thoroughly recommend these except for two fatal flaws in my view. First, while the hand-area of these gloves are richly insulated, the gauntlet is not. I get bad cold spots at the juncture of the uninsulated gauntlet area and the end of my jacket-wrist cuff. Second, the cut of the thumb is too short. This is a personal issue and it might not be a problem for others, but the fingers are cut kind of long for the size, but the thumb is cut pretty short. As a result, the tips of my thumbs are crammed into the end of the thumb pocket, compressing the insulation there and therefore... another bad cold spot at the end of my thumbs.

5 5

Glove leashes

These gloves got some criticisms about not having leashes. Hestra leashes are about $7 and work quite well with the small loops already sewn in that are right on the cuff hem.

3 5

Caveat Emptor

Here's what I wrote BD (they never responded):

I purchased a pair of Guide gloves (the orange-y leather ones) last fall... They appeared to be hell-a-warm, and sturdy, and based on that I splurged and bought a pair. (At $160 they are more expensive than some TVs.) They held up quite well over the winter; I live and work in a ski resort town (Snowmass Village, CO) and regularly used them for skiing (including two backcountry hut trips) and occasionally wood splitting. Although there are some strange minor splitting or stress lines on the pad areas of two or three fingers, I expect they'll last quite a bit longer.

They are not, however, very warm -- I took to wearing wool liner gloves and my fingers were STILL cold on many days. I can't believe this is advertised as your warmest glove. There is certainly an opportunity to make them warmer: adding insulation to the outside (tops) of the fingers would help this issue without hindering dexterity or grip feel.

Furthermore, the cuff tightening system of elastic cord and cord-lock was so stiff and sticky as to be unusable. I've never encountered this issue with any other piece of equipment.

Also, there is no wrist leash. I find it curious that $160 doesn't afford a leash.

Honestly, considering all these qualities, I would not have paid more than half of what you charge. Worse still, unbeknownst to me, my wife had asked her mother for a pair of these gloves (though in grey) for Xmas. (I hadn't yet complained openly about them.) After receiving them she independently discovered the same faults in them as I did.

Between us, we own thousands of dollars worth of BD equipment: skis, poles, packs, etc. -- choosing BD was always a no-brainer for us. It's a shame we'll have to think twice about purchasing or recommending BD equipment in the future.

5 5


I can't move in these gloves unless it is well bellow freezing, which is why I bought them. They are incredibly warm on me and usually get put on if I am going to be static for a long time. If I have to do any strenous work in these, I take them off and stow them. I really can't complain about them, I knew what they did and I bought them for that reason.

Looking for a freeride glove for backcountry...

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Looking for a freeride glove for backcountry splitboarding...Needs to seal off at the wrist for slogging, also should be a good looking color...(orange, grey, natral leather...any recomendations?

Currently looking at the hestra free rides and the black diamond guides.

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I love both these and the free rides along with the seth morrison pro three finger. All of them are stylish, rugged, and warm. I would however say that all definitely need an additional liner for very cold days. Just a heads up about the Black Diamonds- try a pair on before you buy. I've noticed that some styles run a tad small.

5 5

Best ski glove ever!

These gloves are super warm and very well made. I had mountain hardware top mountaineering glove but was not warm enough. If you want a bullet proof glove to wear at sub zero temp on the hill, these are the ones!

3 5


Black Diamond says that this glove is rated to -40. Absolutely not. I ski at Schweitzer Mountain in North Idaho where it is not nearly as cold as AK or CO. It is usually wet and windy. I bought these gloves because I got frostnip last year due to inadequate gloves. These seemed to fit the mold for what I was looking for in a glove. They are rated to 10 degrees at best. Do not buy this glove unless you have a really high metabolism and produce a large amount of body heat or ski in regular, moderate conditions. The reason I give these gloves three stars instead of one is that they perform fantastically on regular days. They ventilate very well and being able to remove the liner is a very nice feature. They are a great glove. Just not rated to -40 as black diamond claims.

I am trying to decide between these and...

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I am trying to decide between these and the OR Remote Gloves. Anyone have experience with both?

4 5

Runs Small

Seemed like an awesome set of gloves, but the XL pair I received was too small for my XL hands. I am normally a true XL in most brands, so if you suffer from "manos grandes" like me, you should avoid these.

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How large are your hands as measured from the crease in your wrist on the palm side of your hand to the tip of your middle finger? Thanks.

4 5

very good but not great

After 3 cold days on the hill at Park City, the gloves are performing very well, although I have to say that I've found them pretty warm but certainly not toasty 100% of the time.

Very well made and liner is easy to remove/replace.

4 5

Really warm gloves

These gloves are really warm. However, you need to adjust your ski poles' straps (make them bigger) to fit these gloves. Good construction and materials. Too brand new to rate how they'll hold up in the long term.

4 5

Most durable warm glove I've bought

After working as a ski instructor and in the mountains for years, I always thought that I would be stuck with Kinco insulated gloves. After you handle kids skis all the time, and shovel tons of snow throughout a season your gloves are completely shot. Not the case with the Guide glove.

Keep it up Black Diamond!


I was thinking of getting the Arcteryx...

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I was thinking of getting the Arcteryx Alpha SV gloves but after all the bad reviews and half the price I want to go with the GUIDES. There is no where in city for me to try them on, i'm a Medium in the Arcteryx (i have smallish hands)anyone know if theses gloves fit in a similar way?

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Instead of these, look for the First Ascent Guide Gloves. Just as warm, better dexterity, and even less expensive. Plus you can go into an Eddie Bauer store and try them on. Otherwise, REI sells these, so you can try them on there.

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