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    Snug gloves built for tough times in the mountains.

    Inspired by the simple and highly-durable design of motocross gloves, the Black Diamond Arc Gloves offer basic protection from the weather in a tough-as-nails package. Run these insulated gloves through the paces an alpine climb or a ski tour into the high-alpine and they'll return the favor by easily fending off cold and wet conditions. Rather than break the bank with a pair of brutally-overpriced mountaineering gloves, reach for the Arc Gloves and keep some cash for the post-adventure party.
    • Waterproof-and-breathable BDry inserts keep your hands dry and allow sweaty moisture to escape from within for comfort
    • Tough, lightweight nylon shells have four-way stretch construction for flexibility and dexterity
    • Thinisulate insulation provides supreme warmth without making your gloves bulky
    • Pittards Oil Tac leather palms and capped fingers protect your hands from damage and improve overall durability
    • Item #BLD1322

    Tech Specs

    [shell] double-weave stretch woven, [palm] Pittards leather, [lining] tricot
    BDry insert
    Thinsulate (40g)
    Removable Liner
    hook-and-loop strap
    Claimed Weight
    4.6 oz
    Recommended Use
    skiing, touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    gLove at First Sight

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love these things. I got them, as a lightweight touring glove, and they've been perfect. They are light, and breathable, but keep me warm on most days. They can be a little tight, to get on, but it makes for a snugger fit, which I like. Another excellent, BD product.

    Great glove for winter climbing, skiing

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Arcs are close-fitting, very grippy gloves. I use mine for ice climbing when it's not too cold, like down to the mid teens, at which point I switch to Punishers. Really good grip - partly the snug fit, partly the leather - and great dexterity for grabbing gear, knot tying, etc. The snug fit makes these hard to get off once they get a little damp, and I find that I have to be careful pulling them off or the lining in one or more fingers will come out too. A world of trouble getting those back in. Fit is tight. I wear Med in other BD gloves, but had to go to Large in this one. My wife, who wears Med, loves these for climbing, as long as it's not too cold.

    I have used these for days out snowshoeing as well, and friends use them for ski touring. The insulation is just enough, the BDry membrane works mostly (what glove ever stays waterproof), and Arcs seem reasonably sturdy. No issues yet with mine or my wife's. Not as warm as Punishers, but a lot more dextrous. A good glove.

    Awesome Dexterity, Not Durable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've had several pairs of these over the years and use them exclusively for ice climbing. They fit awesome (though a little tight when you first put them on), provide awesome dexterity for placing screws, and tying knots, etc. They're also warm enough for shorts bouts of climbing at or above 0* . The biggest drawback for this glove is the durability of the seams along the inside of the thumb and index finger. The seams usually blow out after leading or cleaning 15-20 pitches. I've had numberous friends that've had the same problem. Really wish BD would beef up those seams or put in abrasion resistant patches!

    Ice Climb-On!

      Love these gloves for their dexterity when placing ice-screws and great thin layer of thinsulate insulation throughout the entirety of the gloves. They do get hard to take on/off when you sweat in them profusely - but otherwise great glvoes!

      Ice Climb-On!

      Great spring ski glove

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: medium
      • Height: 5'11"
      • Weight: 160lbs

      Got this glove for touring and spring skiing and I immediately fell in love with it. I used these gloves on 5-day yurt trip, immediately followed by 5 days at the resort and I never got wet or too sweaty. They fit true to size and and really easy to take on and off.- also very comfortable. Ideal gloves for high-activity winter sports or more casual spring skiing. Given 4/5 stars since the finger began to tear (after 30 days of grueling use though!)


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: Small
      • Height: 5'2"
      • Weight: 108lbs

      These gloves have been sufficient! I have mainly been using them for ice climbing and snowboarding. I bought them a little bit bigger so that I can fit in liners. They are pretty minimal and not bulky which has made them great for climbing. So far they have been through a lot and I am happy with how they are holding up!

      $10 gloves; $40 fashion, or the name

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: medium
      • Height: 5'7"
      • Weight: 160lbs

      Spent 15 min. shoveling snow on an overcast 32 F day wearing these and my thumbs were cold. Went inside and got my 20 year old thin leather mittens and cheap cotton liners and in 5 minutes my hands were warmed up again. They are no better than ordinary $10 gloves I can buy at Tractor Supply or Walmart.

      They get the work done, but not the best

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 6'2"
      • Weight: 190lbs

      Fit of these gloves is okay. They are warm enough for temperatures around 40 degrees.
      But putting them on is not the most convenient thing.

      Packs a Punch

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Overall a very comfortable glove for skiing in. The wrist is a tad tight and I have a difficult time putting on and taking the glove off. I wear a size large and tried an XL to see if the wrist opening would be larger but they were too huge in the fingers. In the snow, I was surprised at how warm these gloves were. They worked well for skiing but for me, they were too warm while climbing in the skin track. The soft fuzzy snot wipe on the thumbs cracked and threw up black flakes everywhere and are pretty much gone (see photo).

      Packs a Punch

      They Get the Job Done

        The gloves I had before these were less than ideal for snowball making. The BD Arcs are very "grippy" while still staying warm and flexible. The mediums are a little tight on my hands, but the large is too big. As far as an everyday glove, these work great to keep your hands dry.

        Weird Sizing

          I have to agree with some of the reviews below. There is noticeable extra material on the tops of each finger. A significant gap between the liner perhaps and the shell? Although I don't believe there is a removable liner.

          As stated, I want to like this glove, but it just feels 'sloppy'

          I dig 'em

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
          • Fit: Runs large

          I got these for ice climbing, and ended up using them for lots of things including on a pedal bike in the winter and a motorcycle. they don't breath well enough for the pedal bike (got sweaty every time) but they wind/waterproof-ness on the motorcycle was awesome! I though the fit was good but I have monster hands so that may be why I have had a better experience than others. My hands would get cold when it was below 20 degrees, but I don't expect any glove of this bulk to keep my hands warm in those temps. I also bought the absolute mitt and pulled the liners out so I could put my hand (with the Arc on) inside the insulated shell of the absolute mitt for belays and that warmed them right up. I have used them ski touring and alpine climbing and they kept me warm even when I was gripping cold frozen rocks with them. The palm makes ice or alpine climbing awesome! It grips tools, screws, poles, rocks, everything very well. my only complaint is that I did blow out the seam on both thumbs. I did use them a ton last winter but I feel the blown seam was premature. Other than that I think they are great gloves.

          I want to love these gloves

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          Awesome grip for ice tools and great breathability.

          However, and this seems to be a consistent BD glove issue, these gloves have about an extra 1/2" of material on every finger and a little more on the thumb. This ends up being a giant PITA when your glove gets stuck in the gate of a binder every time you try to clip one.

          I thought maybe a size down would solve the problem but they were just tighter across the back of the hand with the same excess material in the fingers/thumb.

          Also, the liner is not attached to the insides of the fingers so anytime your hands are a little sweaty and you take the glove off, half of the finger comes out with your hand. Then it's an equal PITA to get your hand back in, especially if still a little damp. Liner gloves do partly solve this problem.

          Finally, compared to other gloves of similar bulk the Arc is surprisingly not warm.

          So, I pretty much stopped using these gloves but am, for some reason, sad about that every time I see them sitting in the glove drawer...

          The palm grip does make them awesome for opening stuck pickle jars though.

          Great Backcountry Touring Glove

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          The Black Diamond Arc is a great lightweight, waterproof and slightly insulated glove for Backcountry Touring. I really like the Pittards Oil Tac leather palms - the same material found in NFL receivers' gloves - they provide amazing grip on the poles when skinning. The light insulation is enough to keep my hands warm on the skin up - if it's super cold, I'll bring a pair of warmer ski gloves for the descent. Definitely recommended.

          Goldilocks glove.

            I recently lost mine, and I'll be buying a new pair asap. Rated as being for temps between 15 and 40F, but if I'm working at all (touring, or just skiing hard) they're still almost too warm above 30 or 35, and my hands will get a little sweaty. I haven't had them out below about 20 degrees either, so I don't know how realistic 15 would be. But when it's too warm for my Hestra Guides, and too cold for a linerless shell, these are my go-to gloves.

            Sweet gloves, not very warm

              I bought these because of the great price and the fact that Black Diamond is a top notch company. I was disappointed with their lack of warmth provided, even on 30 degree days. I guess I shouldn't have expected much from 40g of insulation, though. The Arc is maybe a spring ski glove, but not a real good winter glove.

              The B-Dry insert and feel of the gloves is great, but just not very warm.