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Black Diamond Guide Glove - Men's


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    86 Reviews


    Guide Glove

    Backed with a Gore-Tex XCR waterproof, breathable membrane and PrimaLoft One insulation, the Black Diamond Men's Guide Glove deals with harsh conditions so they can't put a damper on your epic day in the backcountry or the resort. Plus the Guide's removable liner boosts versatility and maintains your hand dexterity throughout the stormiest winter weather while you patrol, guide, or tour.

    • A burly glove designed for the worst winter weather
    • Waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane
    • PrimaLoft One insulation delivers reliable warmth
    • Leather reinforcements increase durability
    • Liner can be removed for convenient drying
    • Item #BLD00LC

    Tech Specs

    [face fabric] stretch nylon, [palm] goat leather
    [removable liner] PrimaLoft One (170g), [palm] polyester fleece (100g)
    Removable Liner
    gauntlet glove
    Claimed Weight
    [pair] 11 oz
    Recommended Use
    skiing, snowboarding, backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    A bit let down...Esp for the price

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    If you combine two of the other reviews, you get the full picture. First, they fit really tight. Getting them on is a chore. And as for dexterity, I may as well have wood hands. As far as waterproofing, I had zero luck with that. These were not the gloves to wear while learning to snowboard. I spent a lot of time on the ground, and the gloves soaked through (and yes, I had used the leather conditioner).

    There have to be better options, especially at this price point (I paid $127). I am thinking of trying a Hestra 3 finger mitten next.

    Seem pretty good...

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

    I'm with the group that says these fit small. My hand measured 8.5 inches, which means M. But the 1st pair I received that size were way too small. Reordered the glove in L, and while it's a squeak large, it's a much better fit. Tight gloves are not warm gloves. These do not have lots of dexterity, but they ain't no spring glove. I ski at least 100 days/year, so I'm out in all kinds of weather. Not sure I'll be using these every day, but they'll certainly come out for the real cold ones. Seem to be made bomber, and the more I wear them, the more I like them. When I reordered the L, the natural color was on sale for $99--a killer deal. Also tried the North Face Powdercloud glove and the Helly Hansen ULLR glove. These BD Guide gloves are way more substantial than either of those (and were subsequently returned). Time will tell as the really cold days arrive. But at 1st hit, they seem like the real deal. And at $99 it's a no-brainer.

    Not very dexterous

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    You know that feeling when you were five and your mom jammed your mittens on before going out to play in the snow? Like that. I would have to imagine these are warm because there is a ton of insulation on the front and back of the hand. In fact these fit SUPER tight, according to BD's chart I am a size M. I bought XL and they are still quite snug. I think these are pretty much a no go for me though as just wiggling my fingers is difficult, and I feel like for the amount of dexterity I get with these, I would rather have the superior warmth of a mitten.

    Guide Gloves

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

    Seems well constructed of quality, durable materials. Bought them on sale at the end of the season and therefore have not had the opportunity to put them through the wringer.

    Decent gloves

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I had very high expectations of these gloves but unfortunately, they are just decent. First of all, you definitely need to go size up, maybe even 2 sizes. It seems like the size stated by black diamond is the size of the outer, leather glove, while inner PrimaLoft glove is a lot smaller. My previous Dakines were M size, but with this one I went L and I wish I'd go XL actually, because fingers fit very snug. Leather glove, even properly waxed, still gets wet in the end of the day. Durability seems OK, but I already have some big scratches , will see how fast they will rip apart.

    Great gloves

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Very comfortable and warm. Have about 10 days in the gloves and they feel great. I did oil and wax them to help the break in process. Plan on using these for many years to come!


      The pair I just purchase are for my 16yr old. 6’2” going to patrol next year. I’ve had mine for 5yrs. Water proof the leather and go! Warm, dry, solid. They’re inexpensive because they last so long, just need a set of boards to survive me that long and I’d be one happy camper.

      Great Gloves.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Used these gloves during a ski trip to Colorado. Wore them in below zero up to the 30's also during the Bomb Cyclone that hit Denver. My hands were never frozen and was able to keep skiing. They stayed dry. When I first wore them they were kind of tight. I removed the liner to dry after the first use. took some effort to get the liners back in. have to take them off to work a zipper on my jacket.

      Very warm

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These gloves are so warm. No glove is perfect and they are a little stiff but that comes with the desire to have warm hands. I love only having one pair of gloves to worry about as these do not require a second pair underneath.

      Want to be Warm?

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      I bought these gloves for my dad, who lives out in Buffalo, NY. Although they are meant for Backcountry Guides, these do wonders for my dad when he is snow-blowing the driveway or sitting at frigid Buffalo Bills games. He did say they are quite insulated/fell small at first, so it could be worth sizing up a bit, but I am sure they will pack out over time. Solid warmth buy :)

      These gloves are awesome!

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      These gloves are awesome! Hands stay super warm and dry in them. They are a bit bulky so it makes it a bit challenging to pull my chapstick out of my pocket riding up the lift but I've gotten better at it. I was a little worried about the fit at first as the gloves seemed tight but I just needed to wear them a bit more so that they could break in a little bit. Would definitely recommend these to anyone looking for a real solid glove to wear on a mountain.

      Great Ski Gloves

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've been using these as my ski gloves all winter and I have not been disappointed. The gore-tex membrane combined with primaloft insulation makes for a great warm and waterproof glove. The gauntlet style provides an extra layer of warmth and keeps all snow and water out. Overall, I would recommend this glove.


        B maybe a B+. These gloves are ok. On the good side the gauntlet is big and they fit well. The medium fit my medium sized hands really well. They are medium warm. They are medium waterproof. They should come with a wrist strap. I applied the supplied wax and they still soaked thru. They also don’t seem that durable. Mine had some nice slices in them that didn’t go through but made it pretty far into the leather. I have cold hands so maybe I’m a hard grader but happy hands =happy skier. If I had to take one pair of gloves on a trip it wouldn’t be these. I’m glad I got them on sale.

        Good for below freezing and windy days

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        These are great gloves for below freezing temps and windy days! They are exceptionally water resistant if you apply the water resistant material and work it into all the seams.

        I have to admit that they do have some cold spots in both gloves in similar spots on the ring and pinky fingers. After removing the gloves liner and inserting a few times over a few days of skiing they seem to have worked out the cold spots. I'm not sure how this is possible but maybe there was some slight overlap/coverage issues but that has been worked out for my gloves.

        I got a large and they are well, large. They fit my hands snug but don't expect to be doing any high end motor skills with these things on because it just ain't gonna happen. They offer fairly good protection during off trail skiing and potential brushes with the earth. I yard sale'd real hard last year and they worked well as brakes when I slid face first a few hundred yards down a black diamond...took the gloves off and gave them a little bit of the conditioning treatment once they dried and they were back at it again.

        So far so good with this glove

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

        First off, buying gloves is tough - I am yet to find one that truly keeps fingers warm when the temps start dropping below 10 degrees F, but I guess that's why they make mitts.

        I bought these for mountaineering, and recently took them up to 11,000 feet in some fresh snow. With temps around 22-24 degrees F, my fingers were never cold, and the insulation inside these feels great and very warm. While at the summit, I peeled them off to sort through my pack, eat snacks, etc. and quickly had some painfully cold fingers with the temps and wind. I put these babies back on and within 10 minutes, problem solved - warm fingers. When I get the opportunity to take them out in colder temps, I will be putting them through the test and will gladly provide more feedback.

        Sizing is a concern with these gloves, and I was advised to buy them a size larger than I would normally use. This is good advice, as I normally wear mediums, but the large fits me just right.

        Overall, they seem durable, well constructed, and the insulated liner seems up to the task to keep fingers warm. The rating on these is 10 degrees F, so we shall see how they do as I get them in colder weather.

        Decent glove so far, but time will tell

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I received these gloves a month ago and have used them for a couple of days on the ski hill and several bc daytrips. First off, they fit small. I don't consider my hands to be huge, but the xl fits me well. My palm diameter is 22cm. I would probably take a M/L in most other gloves.
        The gloves appear to be well made. The design, so far, seems quite good, with no superfluous parts. there is a stiffened rim at the gauntlet, which makes putting them on fast and easy, and also improves airflow when hanging them to dry. For gloves they seem very warm, and are loaded with insulation. I only used them in temps down to -7C or so, but assume they would be fine in plenty cooler temps as well. They are not a "Spring" glove, by any stretch. The useable temperature range will depend on the user...some people have great circulation to their extremities, and some not. For those with not, mitts will be better. Regardless, these gloves seem to have an insulation level for quite cold conditions. Any more insulation, and it would make the benefits of a glove less apparent.
        I am happy with my purchase.

        Warm as f*ck

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Sure, these are on the pricey side, but from what I've put them through for the past 6 weeks or so (5 day winter backcountry trip at 10k, daily general upkeep of grounds in single digit weather where I live, and a no-holds-barred, all-out snowball war with my mates), they will probably be the last pair of gloves I will buy. Fit was true to size for me.


          Just used these for 10 days at Revelstoke. They’re good. Not great. I used the included wax. The leather will soak through but my hands never got wet. Probably the forested working.

          Ski Gloves

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I got these a couple weeks ago and have skied multiple sub-freezing days and these things have not done me wrong. Super warm, comfortable and still have solid dexterity. Generally I wear a medium glove but the large is in these gloves is ideal. Looking forward for these gloves to live at least ten years like my last BD gloves!

          Does anyone know if these gloves have safety leashes for your wrists?

          Hey Benjamin - These BD Guide Gloves do not have safety leashes. They do have a small drawcord that you could loop around your wrist but it is not ideal. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

          - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead