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Favored by those who make the mountains their home away from home.

Black Diamond made the insulated Guide Lobster Mitten for those who demand ultimate warmth, superior dexterity, and nigh bulletproof durability from their winter handwear. Outfitted with a unique shape, this mitten separates your trigger finger from the rest of your fingers to make it easier to manipulate your gear. A combination of leather reinforcement, a GoreTex waterproof breathable membrane, and Primaloft insulation all work together to protect your hand from the elements no matter how deep you find yourself amidst the storm.

  • Waterproof breathable Gore-Tex XCR insert stops water from soaking through from the outside, while simultaneously allowing sweaty moisture to escape from within
  • Removable liner uses a combination of Primaloft One synthetic insulation and boiled wool to keep your hand warm
  • A fleece palm lining keeps the inside of this smooth and soft
  • Goat leather palm and molded EVA foam on the knuckles help protect your hand from ski edges, rope tows, and branches in the woods
  • Gauntlet-style wrist closure cinches down over the ends of your sleeve to lock out the snow

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Do you think I would be able to fit the...

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Do you think I would be able to fit the index finger into trigger ring on a shotgun? ive been looking for a good winter hunting glove/mitten. This glove is very appealing to me and has great reviews, but of course you cant tell everything from a photo

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I doubt it. I have very similar gloves from BD and they're not very flexible. They're more designed for activities like skiing that don't require a lot of dexterity. I might look into insulated biking gloves, those tend to be a slimmer profile. They're not quite as warm though, so maybe a bit mitten over the top for the cold and then a thinner glove underneath for shooting.

4 5

Great mits; not as warm as advertised

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

These mits have so much going for them: the quality is excellent; the fit is perfect; the gauntlet keeps out snow; the trigger finger allows you to easily grasp and manipulate gear; and the goretex insert is waterproof.
The only draw back is that they are not even close to being as warm as BD claims. I've worn these on several early-season hikes to Colorado 14ers and bike rides to work on cold days with tempatures in the high 20's and low 30's, which is much warmer than the cold rating BD gives these. But my hands were cold each time. The last time I hiked a 14er, I wore additional inserts, and that did the trick.
I think the problem is that the liner consists of two different materials: boiled wool on the tops and primaloft on the bottom. The boiled wool is extremely warm and snuggly, but the primaloft leaves much to be desired. You can feel the cold oozing in through the palms of the mit, which is not great and makes me wonder how these will hold up when it actually gets down into the teens or near zero this winter.
Luckily, I think slipping on another insert (wool or synthetic) should compensate for the relatively poor insulation from the primaloft part of the insert. I can live with that considering I got an insane deal on these from Backcountry.

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hi. Just considering buying these for the winter. I've noticed a size discrepancy however.

On this site a LARGE is classified as 7.5-8 inches. on other sites (including BD's) a SMALL is considered 7.25-8.25 inches.

I was wondering what size you got, and how they fit your hand size.


5 5

The Best

My favorite piece of gear [in natural]. Doesn't come with either handcuffs or sealant, but I'll get the Hestra cuffs if I want cuffs. Don't forget some sno seal.

5 5

Right Tool for he Right Job

Living and working in the Canadian Rockies for the past 25+ yrs . I am in constant need of high end gear for sking and guiding . I have seen a lot of pretenders . These are the real deal . I have used them in -30C and didn't need an extra liner . I also I like that the liner is removable for cleaning because your hands will sweat . After being treated and a season of hard use. The leather did not discolour very much either . They are not as bulky as they look . I'm planing on buying the gloves next .

5 5

Super Warm!!

These are by far the warmest mitts I've ever worn. The lobster finger is nice because i'm a snowboarder and doing the binding straps up are much easier than normal mitts. I've had a pair of Burton AK Oven Mitts. And they don't compare. They are a little pricey but as long as my hands are warm I don't even care how much they are. I treated the leather with a NikWax leather waterproof-er and know they are completely waterproof. If you want a lobster mitt get these you wont be disappointed.

5 5


I work at a local university on a film crew and initially bought these for the football season (running a camera down on the field can get pretty cold). I treated them with nikwax and went to work. A season later and now having used them for rock climbing and snowboarding, I can't complain a bit about them. They are definitely waterproof and the warmest lobsters I have worn. If for any reason you are thinking about getting these, just do it and you won't regret it. Can you complain about the dexterity of a glove and the warmth of a mitten? Didn't think so.

Is the liner a glove or is it lobster mitt...

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Is the liner a glove or is it lobster mitt specific?

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It is a lobster specific liner.

Anyone tried this? I'm trying to figure...

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Anyone tried this? I'm trying to figure out whether to buy this or the Marmot Lobster Gloves [ http://www.backcountry.com/marmot-lobster-mitten ] and trying to figure out which is warmer and the better buy.

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I own both and would pretty much say it is a matter of looks to decide between the two. Both are equally good and warm.

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Hey Deon - are they both fairly warm? Thinking of getting the Marmot Lobster Mitten as the BD Lobster Mitten looks bulky and boxy.

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I read a review that said the Marmot liner is not removable. I believe the BD liner is.