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So the rock's a little cold…get over it!

The Metolius Climbing Glove – ¾ Finger provides a snug fit and incredible dexterity to create the ultimate climbing glove. A durable cowhide outer molds comfortably to your hand, while split-cowhide reinforcements on the palm and triple stitching will ensure it lasts for seasons come. The Metolius Climbing Glove has a webbing clip-in loop and a hook and loop wrist closure.

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As always, thankful for Climbing Gloves!

As always, thankful for Climbing Gloves!

On big walls, it's nice giving my knuckles and hands a break. The Metolius 3/4 Finger Gloves give me the protection I need.

Cow-friendly leather work gloves

Cow-friendly leather work gloves

Found this little guy hanging out at the bottom of a turbine. Gloves were 3 weeks old in the picture and not a bit of wear.

5 5

Great work gloves too

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These gloves are standard issue for the rope access team I work for and they're pretty freaking good for our purposes. It's not really the intended use of these gloves, but man they work well.

Rope access technicians are generally hard on our gear. We deploy 100m+ long ropes through our hands 2-8 times per day, but these have held up for dozens upon dozens of days and still haven't worn through. They adequately protect my hands from sharp objects, grease, oil, heat, and pinch points. Most importantly, though, they maintain dexterity in my hands for manipulating knots, ropes, and tools.

These gloves stretch an ample amount after break-in, so keep that in mind. I chose to size down from L to M. They were tight and a little restrictive to start but after a couple days of breaking in they fit spot on and have ever since. Everybody's hands are different though and it might be a good idea to try them on or purchase multiple sizes (and return the extra).

I haven't ever climbed with them and I don't have any experience climbing with gloves, but for other rope-related tasks they have been great.

Bottom line: Durable, comfortable, and stretch after breaking in.

5 5

Great Gloves!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these gloves with big wall use in mind, and they are awesome! I put them on at pitch 1 and they stay on till we summit. They're so nice on rappel and while aid climbing. Not having your whole hand torn up is super nice. Here are some specs.
- 3/4 length fingers (gives you optimum grip, so climbing with them on is workable).
-Cowhide main body with triple-stitched, split cowhide palm reinforcement (makes it super comfortable and very durable for rope contact on your palms).
-All wear areas are reinforced (giving them a burly but not over bulky feel).
-Double-stitched finger openings
-Bar-tacked webbing clip-in loop (so when not wearing, simply hang off a biner).
-Hook and loop wrist closure
-Embossed logo
Bomber gloves made by Metolius.
(picture) Me cheesing it up on my pitch 22 aid lead, Half Dome.

Metolius 3/4 Gloves

Metolius 3/4 Gloves

Gloves in cut down picture of Rack-Day-Half Dome.

5 5

Dirty Hands?Rope Burn? Get these gloves!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a huge fan of these gloves! They are burly and can stand up to the rope and grip like no ones business! I mainly use them to rappel with rather than belay with because I got them and they are a bit large. If I were to buy them again i would get a size down. Rappelling down is awesome. They have great grip so you can stop the rope with ease and not to mention they keep your hands clean! Also you don't feel like the rope is going to come right through the glove either because of the quality leather that they use. I am so stoked on these and am excited to get another pair when I run through these...well that is if I do :D. I have a size 7 in palm diameter and I got the size small but if you are looking for a to the skin fit get the extra small.

So, I'm thinking of getting these and...

So, I'm thinking of getting these and beating them up with my wheelchair. Do these stand up to long bouts of rubbing? Most of my damage comes from the wheels moving against my thumb and it has torn through everything I have ever used within 6 months of light use. Would you recommend these for this kind of abuse?

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I would say these gloves would be capable of handling that sort of abuse. That specific part of the glove near the thumb would be reinforced on climbing/rappelling gloves because that is where the the rope is held.

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Hey Hanna
I have these gloves and they are pretty burly I would say that they can totally stand up to the abuse of your tires. If you a looking for a tighter fit I would recommend going a size down. I have them in the small (7 in diameter hand)and I find that I have a lot more room than I care for but since I mainly use them to rappel down rather than belay they are great! If you want some more detailed pics I can totally email you some or post them on here for you. Just hope on the live chat and ask fore Jane H. and if I'm not around just leave your email with another rep and I'll totally get back to you! I hope this helps and let me know :D
Jane H.

5 5

Belaying, rapping, and more...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are easily the best belay and rappelling gloves I've come across. As many have mentioned, they have a moderate break-in time... but once they're beaten in they are like a second skin.

The construction and design is top notch. Also, as many have mentioned, buy them tight. They will loosen up after a couple weeks of use. I've used mine for climbing once (crack climbing in Yosemite at below freezing temps), and they worked incredibly well.

I'll likely pick up a second pair, as once I find a product I love its almost a sure thing that they'll redesign or discontinue them.

5 5

Best glove after 10+ years of use

I consider these gloves in the top 10 best purchases I have ever made. They are worth every penny. I bought my gloves 10+ years ago for a large repelling and rigging project. I started to use them for construction work. They are BEST WORK GLOVE I have ever used!! I use them all day 2 to 3 times a week. People always ask me, “where did you find those gloves”, and they laugh when they find out they were designed for repelling. IMPORTANT: You will have to break them in, yes they are like a new pair of new leather hiking boots that must be broken in to really work. It takes about two - three weeks of regular ware to break them in. I would recommend that you buy them with a tight fit, as the leather will stretch and conform to your hands over time. While breaking them in, you may get some blisters or sores around your fingers, be patient those hot spots will go away. At first they should be VERY hard to take off, you should feel like you have to pick them off. Once broken in this will not be an issue. One thing to check is on the stitching around the fingers where they are cut off. Make sure you don’t have any bad seams that protrude inward and pinch your fingers. After 10 years of extreme use, I still have my original pair and they are worth every penny. Also they make a good repelling glove…

Best glove after 10+ years of use
5 5

Love These Gloves

I never go climbing without them. Have saved be from some pretty good rope burns. In addition, they keep your hands clean from the dirty rope. A climbing necessity for me.

4 5

Great glove, but there will be break-in time.

I think these gloves are the bees knees. I prefer the 3/4 over full length for the reasons listed by others here, but wanted add a little bit more info on what someone can initially expect with these. When buying leather gloves, whether for construction, climbing, or anything else, there are certain undeniable truths:

1. You get what you pay for. If they're crazy cheap, it's usually for a reason. I think these are priced right where they should be.

2. There is a break-in time associated with these. They're not supple calfskin, they're designed to perform and last. It took mine a few days at the crag before they conformed to my hand and fingers. Prior to that, yes, they were a pain to take off. Also, there is a certain lack of sensitivity to be expected when new; I definately took that into account when belaying and rappeling. Now they feel great, like an extension of my hand, but just something to take into account.

3. While the reviews here say otherwise, I would never climb with these on; belay and rappel only for me. But everyones different.

I feel like gloves are a must have, especially when climbing in the warmer months, otherwise that rope gets hot in your hands reeeaaalll fast.

5 5

Awesome Gloves

Incredibly comfortable for the durability, triple stitching is great, and still leaves you nimble enough for everything, including typing (which I am doing now in the gloves). The only downside was discomfort in the left pinky, nothing that a little sand paper didn't solve. Overall, amazing gloves!

When ordering a "climbing glove" do you...

When ordering a "climbing glove" do you get a pair of gloves or just one glove?

5 5

great gloves

Ran a little large for me, but great glove for belaying. Open fingers allow easy access to rope (belaying kids often).

4 5

Great Gloves!

These are great for climbing but not so great for rappelling just because the rope will burn your fingers on the way down if your going fast enough. perfect for crack climbing and belaying! The 2 layers of leather on the palm are super durable and will last a long time!

5 5

Good climbing

Sturdy in the beginning. Used them first for horseriding. Now they are perfect for climbing and quiet robust quality. Would buy them again.

5 5

Great gloves

Good fit, good wearing, fingertips are great for tying/clipping gear. Very happy

5 5

durable and cool, temp wise

Got these for belaying a a summer camp in Prescott, AZ. Used them four days a week, for ten weeks, with between 15 and 40 belays each day. The leather is a bit polished but is still holding up good. There is a small hole next to one of the thumbs where the synthetic material starts. Not a huge problem but in future models the leather could cover just a bit more. The gloves do well with the heat(95+) most days. All in all a great glove that I would recommend.

A Few Good Laughs

A short clip of these gloves in action.

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This video sold me. Gloves I may actually be able to climb in. Winter rock here I come!