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The feel of a work glove with the features of a ski glove.

Inspired by the classic mountain work glove and built for any on-snow conditions, the Black Diamond Virago Glove features strategic insulation and a Gore-Tex membrane to seal out wet and cold weather. The tough goat leather palm and fingers provide max durability for 100-day seasons, and the four-way stretch shell keeps dexterity high. An integrated heater pocket stashes a warmer pack on extra-cold days.

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4 5

Great glove, just runs small

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

I really wanted to be able to keep this glove. It's very solid and felt pretty warm on the day I used it, but it runs very small. I'm normallly a small size for gloves, and I had to work pretty hard to even get my hand in there. I'm sure they would stretch some, but my hands just got too cold due to the circulation being cut off to even wait for them to stretch. I would have ordered the larger size, but they were out of them.

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Agreed. I normally wear a medium BD glove, but this glove in medium is a tad small.

5 5

Work Horse

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

These are by far the best gloves I've ever worked in. Purchased the X-large and at first seemed too tight but broke in fantastically well. I have tried on the guides and like the other reviews on this page found them to bulky and stiff. these are great to work in and I plan on purchasing these again if I ever need to, but given the quality, i doubt ill ever have to.

5 5

Sweet Pair of Gloves!

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

Purchased a large and was at first concerned because they were tighter than I expected. After a couple of uses, they conformed to my hands and I couldn't be more pleased. Very warm and solid construction.

4 5

Great Glove

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

I was looking for a work-type glove that would be more durable than the average ski glove. I tried the Stoic Duke glove and hated the overall fit and feel. I went with this glove because it has a great fit, is very comfortable, has a gore-tex liner, and is leather. I really like the gloves. However, I wish they were a little warmer, and I wish they had a strap to tighten the glove around the wrist. Overall, I would recommend the gloves despite these minor short-falls.

4 5

Great work glove

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

Warm in the cold dry powder, excellent protection from the pow. Good warm work glove for drilling or setting polls on the race course below zero. Not the best during the raining mid-season in the NW. They soak up the drizzle big time.....unless waxed up.

5 5

Virago or Guide

I have been slow in picking a new cold weather glove. Got these and so far just what i wanted. Not too big of a gauntlet. And the guides always seemed a bit too stiff. The leather on these is pretty soft out of the box and is getting better each day.
I usually wear a large glove and these larges fit fine.

5 5

Warmth and dexterity

Love how simple these are to get on. Has held up really well after a season of use. Sometimes a bit too warm when temps are in the low 30s, but easily comfortable down to the upper single digits for me. Hands have always stayed dry in these - including days in the wet PNW snow.

BD virago or BD guide glove?

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BD virago or BD guide glove?

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The Guide has a longer gauntlet, is warmer and has knuckle padding. I have the Viragos and absolutely love them. They are tough as nails, have good dexterity, but aren't as warm as the Guides. So, it really depends on what you are using them for. Hope this helps..

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thank you so much! this has been bugging me for weeks!

4 5

Hot Hot Hot

Very, very warm and comfortable glove for skiing or any other winter activity.

Just took them up touring the other day and my hands got a little warm, but im not complaining. stay very warm and nice as dry as well.

4 5

Yes please!

Loving these gloves. Have worn them between 5 and 25 and I have no complaints yet. I'm probably between a medium and large, and at first I thought I made the wrong choice, as the medium was a bit snug. But, after a few days they formed to my hands and have been perfect.

Super warm, super functional, and great dexterity. I've owned some good gloves and some crap gloves and these BD Virago's are definitely worth the 100 bucks.

The drawstring elastic seems a little chincy, and might present a problem is pulled to tight, but I've only had the gloves for two months and nothing apparent yet.

Warm, Styly, comfortable and functional. I like it.

4 5

Logan vs. BD Virago: Logan the winner!! . . . so far

I bought both the Grandoe Virago and the Black Diamond Virago. I have only tried these on at home and have not ice-climbed, skied or gone up any mountains in them. Based on my initial impression, I feel the Virago is really, really nice glove that seems to be more durable and more hard-core than the Logan, but the Logan just has so much dexterity! I think they are both about the same for warmth. If I were only going to ski with the, I would keep the Virago because it looks cooler and because it has the heater pocket and because it seems slightly tougher. But since I am freaking hard-core mountain man who doesnt care about wimpy stuff like heater pockets and looks, I am going with the warm, still very tough and super maneuverable LOGAN!!! I will try to remember to write again once I really use the Logan outside in the cold, snow and ice. Thanks for listening.

4 5

Sleek Fit

The glove has a real nice fit. The cuff area has really minimal protection so not sure if they really will be as warm as they claim. The sizing guide on Backcountry for these is correct, as opposed to the sizing guide on the official blackdiamond site. Very ergonomic for grabbing poles. I've got to exchange for a different size and I think the next warmest glove...gonna try the prodigy.