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Built to withstand day-in and day-out winter abuse.

Backed with a Gore-Tex XCR waterproof breathable membrane and PrimaLoft One insulation, the Black Diamond Men's Guide Glove deals with harsh conditions so they can't put a damper on your epic day in the backcountry or the resort. Plus the Guide's removable liner boosts versatility and maintains your hand dexterity throughout the stormiest winter weather while you patrol, guide, or tour.

  • Abrasion-resistant nylon shell with four-way stretch fabric offers stellar durability, longevity, and dexterity
  • Waterproof, windproof, and extremely breathable Gore-Tex XCR insert on the removable liner optimizes comfort, keeps hand warmer and drier longer, and is ideal for higher-activity levels in winter
  • PrimaLoft One insulation and boiled wool in removable liner warms your hand, provides superb breathability and temperature regulation, and adds a soft touch
  • 100g fleece palm lining wicks moisture and dries quickly to eliminate annoying clammy-hand issues
  • Goat leather palm and palm patch supply dexterity
  • Molded EVA foam padding on knuckles for impact protection when you traverse out onto a narrow skin-track through the tight trees
  • Drawcord gauntlet seals in warmth and blocks snow
  • Temperature Range: -20/10F (-29/-12C)

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5 5

Warm Gloves!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I just got a pair for this winter, mostly alpine skiing all over Colorado. They are really warm with a good grip. Looking forward to wearing them on the cold days. A disclaimer--I am a weekend warrior but I do test some products from Gore from time to time, but the ones I choose!

I am undecided between these and the Guide Finger lobster style mit. I live in Michigan and it gets very cold where the good skiing is up north so I am looking for warmth but would love something with some dexterity too. I mainly will be using these for skiing but may be doing some ice climbing in the near future. Will I lose much of the dexterity with the Guide Finger compared to this glove?

4 5

Burly Glove

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

I'm usually a mitt guy, but decided on a glove last season in order to increase dexterity. I also noticed a lot of patrollers at alta and snowbird were rockin these gloves. For a glove, the guide glove is as warm as a mitt. The goat leather is thick and durable. The extra padding around the knuckles was great when tree skiing. Only reason I don't give this glove 5 stars is that it doesn't feel that flexible/the dexterity isn't great. The glove takes forever to break in. Although advertised as a glove that is great for climbing and ski mountaineering, I would think that it would be tough to tie knots with these gloves.

4 5

Good for most days

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Just wanted to throw my hat in the ring for these bad boys:

1. They are not for super cold days. Use mittens.
2. They are BURLY and hold up well.
3. As a result of #2, they are a little stiff and you do lose some dexterity, so because of #1, just take your gloves off if you need some!
4. No easy attachment for idiot cords - no loops outside the cuff. To me, this is a major oversight for mountaineer-grade gloves.

4 5

Very solid, but have shortcomings

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

Two seasons in these guys so far. Some thoughts:
-They look cool. I get compliments. I feel like a bada$$ wearing them. Rad.
-They're tough. ~60 days and very little wear.
-...And sensitive: The velour black bit on the wrist is perfect for snot-wiping without ripping my nose off my face.
I'm serious, this feature is money.
-For how burly they look, they're just not that warm. Don't get me wrong, they are better than most and I love them, but I still get cold fingers @ 20F or lower, despite all that insulation (which is ample). For colder days I use cheap store-brand mitts that are warmer (mitts will always be warmer, less dextrous though, which leads me to...)
Dexterity: Pretty good! Not crazy mind-bendingly good, but pretty darn good.
BUT: The fingers are awkwardly short. Average-size fingers may be cramped. Mine are normal length, and the tips always jammed up against the tips of the glove, causing some pack-out (and contributing to cold fingers). Just seems like the hand/finger ratio is off. I'm a size 8, went with large.
-The liners are finicky and a pain (layered polartec/fleece twists and bunches on itself when removing to dry)

Would I get 'em again? I dunno. From what I can tell other offerings (Hestra) have limitations of their own, and I love the tan leather color. So, probably. Maybe the lobster claw version instead.

5 5

Excellent Expedition Glove

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Took this glove on a winter ascent of Mt Rainier. Wore it when my other gloves couldn't keep my fingers warm. This glove was amazing and I will bring it with me everywhere!

3 5

Starts Warm and toasty but....

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

bought these as i have the lobster version and find those too warm...was hoping these would be a happy medium...
have spent pretty much the last 30 days using these in mostly trying conditions (Hakuba Japan...from +5c to -12c) generally heavy powder and my "back to base" touring kit ....over periods of several hours however these gloves do lose their initial warmth quickly. Whilst highly water proof, the leather does get damp faster than similar gloves (ie. hestra alpine pro's)...not sure of the leather treatment process at BD, but have found Hestra gloves far superior in this capacity. Inserts are great initially, but quickly "pill" with constant use and don't particularly like getting damp from snow infiltration.

Starts Warm and toasty but....
Unanswered Question

I'm looking for a backup glove/mitt for...

I'm looking for a backup glove/mitt for mountaineering. I've read about folks using either the BD guide glove or the BD mercury mitt as a backup/bad weather glove/mitten. Between the two, which would you recommend?

I'm looking for a backup glove/mitt for...
2 5

Coldest Glove I own

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

On ski patrol on a small hill in North Carolina. Bought these gloves for very cold days. Always fail to perform at 10 degrees or less. Was in Vermont a few weeks ago for sustained tems at -10 to 0 and had to stuff them full of handwarmers to keep from freezing. Very bulky and stiff. On the plus side, they are dry, and well built. Sizing is accurate.

If you are looking for a glove to handle super cold temps, this isn't it.

2 5

Warm but not for long

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

These gloves appear bomber, but the PrimaLoft liners pack out fast and lose a lot of material. After about 20 days these gloves just aren't warm anymore. Unfortunately Black Diamond won't sell replacement liners so I don't use them much any more.

5 5

Love these gloves

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Surprisingly enough these gloves were fashionable around Aspen, but more importantly they are the warmest gloves I've had on the mountain. Dexterity is great (does require a little break in just like every glove) and the warmth is superb. Buy these gloves if you have bad circulation or you just get cold!

3 5

Nice but lacking

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

let me start by saying that is are nice gloves, very well made it seems and sharp looking, I am a large in all gloves, and these in large fit great. I don't think they were tight for me like some others stated. My issue is their dexterity... it pretty miserable. They might break in, but I couldn't easily touch my thumb to my pinky finger. I tried shoveling the driveway in them, and while they are very warm, I had to use a lot of force to hold the shovel. I couldn;t imagine trying to ski all day, despite how warm the liner is. The removable liner is a nice feature, but not a deal breaker for me... it takes the gore tex with it so other liners would make the gloves leak if it got wet. There seems to be a big debate over these or Hestras... I went with the hestra XCR and am very happy

4 5

Warm, not dextrous

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

I ended up returning the product to Backcountry because I thought it was too much for my needs, which are backcountry skiing, primarily. I get cold hands but I just thought these were so bulky as to reduce dexterity. They look high quality though. But again, they were so bulky that I thought for my needs (10-20 days per year), the break-in period would be too long. I don't climb, but I imagine they would be pretty great for that.

Anyone have experience using these with a...

Anyone have experience using these with a hand warmer?

Best Answer Responded on

The Guide Gloves are oversized for bitter cold temps and you can fit a small hand warmer inside the glove just fine. It doesn't have a zippered compartment for a handwarmer as some snowboard/ski gloves have, but there is nothing preventing you from throwing one in on the top of your hand to add some warmth on the coldest days. For reference, these are the warmest gloves that still have enough dexterity for technical climbing that I've ever used, so it would be wildly cold to necessitate the use of hand warmers.

4 5

Bomber Glove

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Been using the Guide Glove for 3 seasons now. This glove is a warm, functional glove for pretty cold conditions. Still dexterous enough for ice climbing on the cold days. The gauntlet adds warmth and keeps snow out. Used this glove for ice climbing, skiing, and dog mushing in Alaska. Comfortable to about 0 degrees. Noticed fingers getting pretty cold by -5. At that temp its time for a mitten.

5 5

Super Bomber Glove

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

These gloves are very warm once you generate some body heat.. I've used them snowmobiling and skiing in -15 degree weather and they rock. They seem tight at first but will mold to your hand/fingers. The insert is like a glove by itself, not flimsy like other brands. The nose wipe is soft and well placed..Compared to other gloves in this range..they are #1.

Super Bomber Glove

Black Diamond Guide Glove

The Guide glove has kept my hands warm on the summit of Denali for two years now and is a great, warm glove that is still dexterous enough to be used while climbing in bitter temps.

Responded on

The problem is this is slightly behind in technology, now that there is Outerdry. This product here gets wet and you have to take the shell off to try, but with outerdry the membrane is sewn into the shell so that it doesn't get wet at all

4 5

Great glove

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I used these on a climb on Mt. marcy this past December . They worked great except when the temps dropped under zero and I really started to feel it even with heavy liners . I switched to my mitts:)I don't have perfect hands so somebody might be fine under zero with these. But if your going to be under zero or around there try another glove. Well made though

4 5

Nice and Warm

Comfortable and warm. Probably cost a little too much though. I was a medium on the chart, but bought a large and I like the fit.

3 5

Durable, warmish, but wets out

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

This is the standard warm skiing/mountaineering glove. Lot's of people love them. Lots of people also say the leather wets out and the liner breaks down and they're just not quite as warm as you'd think. Brand new, they're pretty darn good though. I think they have a bit too much leather. OR also makes some really great gloves that dont have as much leather.