Keep your hands warm and your wits about you.
Charge hard with a soft shell. Ski tourers and mountaineers, don the Rab Men's Guide Glove, and feel the freedom of stretchy, waterproof, breathable eVent softshell. Add to that microfleece cozy comfort and fresh-as-a-daisy Bemberg lining, precurved fingers for easy fine movements, and a Pittards leather palm for a firm grip. Because you don't want to lose that.
- Waterproof, breathable eVent Stretch softshell outer glove protects against the elements and lets your hand move with optimal freedom
- Pittards Armortan leather palm is grippy and durable
- Leather reinforcement on cuff, back of hand, and over critical seams to add durability and protect against leaks and drafts
- Microfleece, high-pile lining on back of hand provides light insulation without affecting dexterity
- Silky Bemberg palm lining printed with logo design feels smooth and fresh next to skin
- Box finger precurved construction allows natural and free movement for exceptional energy efficiency
- Back of thumb has flocking patch
- Detachable wrist leash gives you a convenient hands-free carry option
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
These are the warmest, most comfortable gloves I've found, a nice update to my 12-year-old BD Guide Gloves.
I loved my old gloves and considered a replacement pair, but the additional dexterity of the Rab Guides sold me. I used the pinch test: could I pull the (ridiculously tiny) zipper on my shell without removing the gloves? No problem with the Rab.
The only glove to do better was Marmot's Ultimate Ski, also a great glove. While those are slightly more bulky overall, the thumb shape is key. The round thumb of the Rab (top in the photo) leaves a gap that rolls under a pinch. Marmot's is more, well, thumb-shaped.
So why this one? Marmot's glove has a longer cuff, but otherwise, the gloves are similar. I went with the slimmer profile of the Rab, and I definitely keep my gloves on for more tasks than I did with my old BD Guides.
Hand size: long, slim fingers, size 7.5 to 8. Happy with the size L.
Beautiful gloves, run small
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Large
These look and feel like a great medium weight glove. However, I fond the sizing to be a bit too small for my hands. I fit into a 7.5 surgical glove comfortably but the large was too small for a situation where tight fingers equal cold fingers. Had to return before testing out the water proofing. Will likely order XL and see if that fits.
Rab & eVent
At Rab we use eVent waterproof fabrics in some of our core shell products. These products, such as the classic Latok Alpine Jacket, are specifically designed for use in the harshest and wettest environments in the world.
These fabrics are extremely hard-wearing and durable, however they combine a range of unique technical features which allow for high levels of moisture movement and breathability. With these benefits, you can wear eVent waterproof products for fast moving activities without overheating.
These gloves are great for wet cold weather. I wore them last year patroling and they worked great when it was wet and a little warm. Even breathed great and had no issues with my hands over heating
Best of the best
I tried out many, many different gloves in my quest for an ideal backcountry skiing and winter climbing glove. These are the very best. Here's why:
-Fit. These have relatively long, slim fingers, which is perfect for me. I'm 6'2" with somewhat large hands; many of the gloves I tried (BD Squad and Legend, Arc'teryx Zentas) had relatively stubby fingers, which made it tough to fully extend my thumb or spread my fingers wide. Not so the RABs, which fit perfectly; fingers are relatively snug, which adds a good bit of dexterity.
-Great construction. These have leather in all the right places (though I if I were being hypercritical I'd ask for full leather caps on all 4 fingertips, rather than just outside of index and pinky). Even better, the liners are fused to the shells throughout the gloves, rather than being billowy material glued to the shells only at the fingertips. This makes it WAY easier to get these on when your hands are damp, and also improves dexterity since you don't get slop between the liner and shell when trying to grasp things.
-Warm & dry. eVent is great stuff, much more breathable than Gore-Tex in my experience. These gloves stay dry though long winter days in the Pacific NW, where everything gets soggy. And because of the substantial use of leather, you can always throw some Nikwax or similar product on them to prevent the shells from getting saturated.
Conclusion: I've tried lots of gloves; these are the best, and they're even relatively cheap compared to the competition. Get them.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
My hands tend to get cold, but I used these in 18F temperatures today and was happy. Initial impressions are good regarding warmth and quality. Managed to get my Rab shell over the top of the gloves, but heads up the opening is a little large and requires some fiddling if you want to get your jacket cuff over your gloves. Can't comment on the waterproofing, as we had a dry/cold experience, but I'm a big fan of eVent. Used to seeing high end gloves retail in the $150+ category, and I'd put these gloves right up there in comparison.