For those who demand exceptional warmth, dexterity, and bulletproof weather protection.
There's never a better time to break out the Black Diamond Guide Lobster Mitten than when you're facing sub-zero temperatures, blinding snow, and wet conditions. Outfitted with a unique lobster-claw shape, this waterproof breathable Gore-Tex XCR mitten separates your trigger finger from the rest of your fingers to make it easier to manipulate your gear during a day of guiding, winter work, or ski playtime.
- Waterproof, windproof, and extremely breathable Gore-Tex insert with XCR product technology on the removable liner optimizes comfort, keeps hands warmer and drier longer, and is ideal for higher activity levels in cool and cold conditions
- Abrasion-resistant, woven nylon shell with four-way stretch fabric offers stellar durability, longevity, and dexterity
- Removable liner with 142g PrimaLoft One insulation and boiled wool keeps your hands exceptionally warm, provides superb breathability and temperature regulation, and adds a soft touch
- Microfleece palm lining wicks moisture and dries quickly to eliminate annoying clammy-hand issues
- Goat leather palm and palm patch supply dexterity and durability
- Molded EVA foam padding on knuckles for impact protection when you traverse out onto a narrow skin-track through the low-hanging tree branches
- Draw-cord gauntlet seals in warmth and blocks out the snow and cold
- Temperature range: -20/10°F (-29/-12°C)
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Pricey but great
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
A bit pricey, but worth every penny. Super warmth, great dexterity and durable glove.
do these gloves ever go on sale? id love...
do these gloves ever go on sale? id love to have these I just cant pay that much for this glove.(update) found these on sale at store.christysports.com
There's often a fair amount of black diamond stuff appearing on steepandcheap.com ... might be worth monitoring it for these...
These will likely be on sale at some point in their lifetime. However, its unlikely to see stuff like this go on sale when its only weeks before every ski resort in the nation opens up and the item is the most current model. Now, we will probably have some sales going on over the next couple weeks for the holidays. I am not saying these specifically will be on sale, but it might be worth checking back from time to time. Otherwise it is WAY more likely that you will see these on sale come July when the demand is a lot lower.
And like David said, steepandcheap.com and whiskeymilitia.com a couple of our sites where you can find discounted gloves.
Good for certain temps. Bomber leather
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I like these a lot. I think they are a bit overpriced but the leather is bomber.
One complaint I have about these is that the out shell is not waterproof. The forested material is on the inner liner. This really bums me out. If you ever need to reach your hand in water these would not be the gloves you want. Granted, most of the time that will not happen but I would prefer a waterproof outer shell like arc'teryx or mountain hardwear utilizes. Despite that I continue to use these.
Imo these are great for temps around -5 F if your active. Once your idle for a while you will need a much warmer mitt in very cold temps. The mercury mitt is warmer. The masherbrum is far warmer and so forth. But those gloves don't have a lobster finger so pick the best glove for the conditions.
I use these mostly for belaying in moderate temps or for snowboarding where the trigger finger helps a lot.
Cool for the hike, Warm for the peak
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've had these crab claws for 2 winters now, and they're holding up pretty well. Just a couple nicks from my snowboard edges in the palm. I use these when the temps get around the 0 deg. F mark. They have enough dexterity to hold a pen, and are roomy enough to put all 4 fingers into the mitten if the temps get super low. One of the neatest features about this mitt is that when you pull the liner out you're left with just a leather shell with a huge gauntlet. This is so nice for touring days, and nights. The thick lamb skin like fleece on the back of the hand is really nice too, and like the other reviewers said, I've never had a hint of moisture that wasn't my own. I'd suggest these to anyone who has to/ wants to hang out in the cold, clip carabiners, tie boots, or be capable of conducting a safety meeting on super cold days. These are a superior pair of mitts for the winter outdoor professional. The only real drawback is the lack of wrist lanyards. This is easily fixed with a couple pieces of p- chord.
Full Submersion in Creek, Dry Hands!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
My hands tend to get cold quickly and this is the best all around hand protection I Have ever used. You will first notice the thick layer of fur like nylon on the top of the hand and then you can feel Primaloft. While boot packing through the waist deep snow they did not get wet so I was confident in the Gore-Tex but then yesterday I did a full submersion in the creek and my hands were warm until I got back to my car an hour later. That is impressive to say the least. This is the glove to have, the lobster variant gives you the warmth of the mitten and the use of your pointer finger when you need it. It does compromise the dexterity but its not that bad for your most menial tasks such as zipper pulling and tearing open shot blocks. As you can see the leather frozen in the picture.
I found these in a local store in December, and planned on picking them up in January. But they were sold out - as was just about every other retailer online. Except backcountry - they had a few left. I ordered the large, but should have heeded a few of the reviews I read that stated they ran a little small. The exchange process with backcountry was incredibly easy, by the way.
These are the warmest mitts I've ever owned. I bought them for hiking in some extreme situations, and they performed perfectly. So well, that I tried them riding my motorcycle in sub-20F (I know, not much crash protection, but at that temperature it's the least of my worries), and again, perfect, even at 70+ MPH, where my winter motorcycle gloves can never keep my fingers warm. I can only hope they hold up to abuse and last, cause I love 'em.