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Let the rock tear up your hands, not the rope.

Save your hands from nasty rope burn and grimy dirt with the Petzl Cordex Belay/Rappel Glove. This double-layer leather glove features a breathable stretch nylon back for moisture control on sweltering crag days, and an ergonomic cut for full dexterity when feeding rope. The hook-and-loop neoprene cuff features a carabiner hole, so you can attach the Cordex to your harness after your buddy finishes flailing on his project.

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5 5

Love the gloves!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

They work great for repelling and are high quality.

4 5

Love these gloves

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used these gloves mainly for belay and some rappelling. Never owned belay gloves before but since i got into the habit of using these they are great.
They protect my hands when they are super sensetive and shredded after sharp climbs, keeps dirt of my hands from the rope, when its cold keeps my hands warm, and keeps bugs from biting me too which can be annoying.
My hands are small and i ordered the smallest size and initially the gloves felt big. After use they have started to shape to my hands and fit pretty good now so you can tell they will get even better with time. I like the velcro because it helps them fit tighter.
I'd give these 5 stars if they came in a size smaller for lady hands.

5 5

Buy it if you need it.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used these gloves for a month straight while I was climbing in Yosemite. Every time I rappelled or belayed a buddy, these gloves were used and they held up perfectly fine. I was climbing in warm weather and they breathed very well, I'd recommend these to anybody who are looking for a solid pair of belay gloves.

5 5

Good Fit, Good Quality

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Listen up folks, these gloves fit like gloves that fit. The double goatskin palm is thick enough to protect your hands from rope burn, thin enough to allow for dexterity, and durable enough to last through a lot of hard use. I generally think its bad form to use gloves when belaying. Rappelling you can move fast with these gloves. I would ignore the comment about decreasing the life of your gear with excessive speed. If you want to burn a hole in your spendy gloves going all out and burn your hands, that is on you. But you'll never do it again. Wear on the rope and figure 8 from normal rappel loads and speeds is negligible. If you're burning down the rope there is even less friction.

4 5

Petzl gloves

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

Well made, but run big. I got med, should have rocked the smalls.

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5 5

Worth it

i had never used belay gloves, but they were on sale at the gym so why not? i really love them. they have a great cut that fits (insert pun) and doesn't hinder dexterity much at all. the leather is soft, but untreated. i waterproofed mine (which of course rubs off) to help prevent the leather stiffening up from water.

gloves allow you to lower much more quickly than without; use some common sense and watch your speed so you don't shorten the life of your gear.

5 5

Best luxury investment

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought these a while back as I was tired of using the prusik system for rappelling. They are a tad bit spendy, but absolutely worth it, they are comfortable to wear, light, and breathable.

For any belayer or someone who simply is tired of rigging up the prusik to rappel, I say fork out the cash and buy them, you won't regret it.

Only downfall is they run small, I generally wear a medium sized glove, but had to get these in large and they fit snugly!

4 5


I have the BD Transition gloves and bought these for a 2nd pair when I take friends canyoneering. I have to say that they are pretty sweet, definitely plusher than the BD's. The fit seems to run a little large, I have the BD's in a medium and a small in these fits perfectly. The only downside i can find is there is thicker material which, while more comfortable, seems to bunch up.

5 5

Nice, luxury

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

Sure. Grab some leather work gloves at the hardware store and pop a clip 'em up hole in them - or - spend twice as much or more on these. I have done the former and have now done the latter -
These are nice. Quality components, great fit. A treat. Worth it if you have the $.

4 5

Great Belay Gloves

I got these for belaying. And they are great for that. The leather palm is reinforced, and you have amazing grip on the rope when belaying. You can lower somebody without burning your hands, and with excellent control. I haven't had these gloves for to long. But i am sure the durability will be fine, and these will last for a very long time. the Biner loops in each glove are great for clipping to your harness. Great gloves, would recommend to anyone.

4 5

petzl rappel gloves

Dexterity is great. Back side of hand is cordex and allows for some wicking of heat generated. The palm is well padded, but beware if you are new to rescue, the rope will still burn some if you are handling a lower/belay without a device. These are NOT fast-rope gloves so don't use them that way:)

5 5

Petzl rope work gloves!

Great rap gloves. I use these for canyoneering, for belaying when sport climbing. They are well made and durable--the double thickness leather in the palm, thumb, and index finger area works well. I love the carabiner hole in the wrist portion and carry them on my harness when needed. I normally wear a size L glove and these, size L, are a tiny bit big on me which I don't mind at all.

5 5

Take em up everything

I never used to use belay gloves at all. Then I started using them for belaying desert pitches with dirty ropes. Now, these things go up with my on anything that's I'll be rapping down. Basically, these gloves rock.

5 5

Does exactly what they're supposed to do.

These have been used several times now and look like they will last a long time.

These look great, but I have to ask: is...

These look great, but I have to ask: is there a significant difference between these and a pair of leather work gloves with a biner hole punched in them? Seems like you could save some cash, but I may be missing something...

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Only advantage I see over what you suggested is the breathable back panel, which would make them a lot more comfortable on hot days. It would shave a few ounces, too, but climbers aren't like ultralighters when it comes to saving weight.

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Well they have a much thicker palm and te Leather wraps around the base of the index finger so whil rappelling/belaying the rope doesn't ware away on the finger and
So yes there is a difference
The petzl's would last longer

5 5

Super Gloves!

Extremely well made and fit nicely. While I don't repel(so why did I buy them you ask?), but do use them for hiking and trail work. The quality is top notch and so is backcountry's customer service. Five stars to both!