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Comfortable but not durable
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The gloves leather is very durable and comfortable. Definitely does the job for abseiling multipitch rock routes or long belay duties. Unfortunately the stitching began to blow out pretty quickly, so my fingers poke through. For the casual climber these should last just fine, but for using often, they aren't as durable as you'd like.
Are they insulated? I'm...
Are they insulated? I'm looking for something that i can wear on a warm/hot day but still be able to have my hands in snow and wet rock without getting uncomfortable.
How much manual dexterity do they leave you with? I'd like to be grabbing onto rock, branches, and using ice axes, trekking poles, crampons and things of that nature while wearing them.
i believe they are not insulated but if your doing alot in the snow you can grab some thinner gloves to wear under these (i know for a fact BD makes them) like the black diamond heavy weight gloves, theyre one their website. and hotter days you just wear these alone.
and the dexterity just depends on the fit you get in these so go and try them in a store
Brian - These gloves are not insulated. They're designed mainly for belaying and big wall use, you have alot of dexterity with them. If it's not too cold out you could probably use them as you described, but they aren't waterproof. If you're looking for something insulated check out the BD Kingpin glove - all leather with a fleece lining.