Protection, grip, dexterity, and comfort, without compromise.
When you're hanging onto a frozen waterfall by a couple of pieces of metal, you want all the grip and comfortable dexterity you can get. The Outdoor Research Alpine Alibi II Glove is purpose-built for ice climbing and doesn't compromise anything in the pursuit. For weather protection it has a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex insert with X-trafit technology and a nylon stretch soft shell exterior. Pittards Oiltac goat leather palm and fingers provide supple, durable grip. Inside this bomber glove is efficient, toasty-warm PrimaLoft One fleece insulation and a wool palm lining. An internal gusset increases mobility, and SuperCinch gauntlet seals out the elements. There's a removable Idiot Cord for added security when you're feeling less sharp.
A climbing glove isn't a climbing glove unless it has more than comfy weather protection. This glove has a carabiner loop, nose wipe, gel padding on outside edge, foam panels on back, and precurved construction for added mobility. Protection, comfort, fit, and dexterity—this glove makes no compromise.
- Gore-Tex inert with X-Trafit technology
- Nylon stretch soft shell exterior
- Pittards Oiltac goat leather palm and fingers
- PrimaLoft One polyester insulation
- Primaloft One 170g insulation on back of hand and thumb
- Wool lining at palm
- SuperCinch gauntlet
- Gel padding on outer edge
- Internal gusset
- Precurved construction
- Foam panels on back of hand
- Soft nose wipe
- Carabiner loop
Share your thoughts
Fall 2012 Generation was much better
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I had a pair of the previous generation, and they were much better. I loved them so much I wanted to get a back up pair. The new (Fall 2013) pair is much cheaper in construction, the fit is much bulkier, the "idiot cord" has a worse cinch, and the design looks childish.
Frankly, it looks like the brand is sacrificing quality in order to cut manufacturing costs.
Outdoor Research Fit is Off
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I ordered the size large and extra large to try both but the large fit too snug and the xl way too big. Also, seems like the liners would pull out when not wanting them to. Keeping the Hestra Guide so far and considering keeping the Arcteryx Alpha SV for bomber weatherproofing and dexterity.
these gloves are made for climbing, but...
these gloves are made for climbing, but will they work just as well for skiing.
They'd be awesome for skiing! They're gore-tex, and they have 170g of Primaloft, you'll end up getting better movement in your fingers with these since they're meant for climbing, but they'll be just as good for skiing, if not better.