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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

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

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>Rating: 5

2nd pair of BD Guide Gloves

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Xtra Large
Height
5` 4"
Weight
170 lbs

This is my second pair of Guide Gloves. Unfortunately I left the first pair on the back of my truck after having them for 5+ years and lost them. They're very warm and extremely well made. However, on very cold days so that I don't risk getting cold fingers, I'll wear my BD mittens. I don't know of any gloves out there that will ever be warmer than mittens due to the overall design and the separation of your fingers. Hopefully I won't ever lose these gloves, but if I do, I'd buy a 3rd pair. Overall, I'd have to say that the gloves run small, so consider ordering one size up to allow for better air circulation and comfort around your fingers.

>Rating: 5

Durable and Warm

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 9"
Weight
190 lbs

Two seasons in and still going strong. I'm usually really hard on my gloves, and I have another pair of Hestras I use for colder days on the skin-track, but they don't have the gauntlet or the removable liner, so they don't get as much use. These are killer for deep pow days, when you wanna keep the snow out and warm your hands up quick. Somehow I've made some small cuts in the leather on the fingers, but that's to be expected for the amount of use they've had, and they don't seem to be getting worse, so we'll see how long these last. If I could get another season or two out of them I'd be very happy. The only annoying thing is they don't come with a separate drawstring to keep them on your wrists, but there's a perfect place to add a custom one, which I did. Also, I'd recommend pulling the drawcord around the top of the glove for the downhill so it doesn't get caught on things. I've had them catch on bindings while doing grabs in the park and heli seat belts if left hanging, and that's no bueno. Finally, I do think these run small. Large seems to fit me great, but I'm usually a medium with other gloves.

>Rating: 4

Favorite gloves for the slope

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 9"
Weight
155 lbs

I’m using this on my third (or possibly fourth) season. When it’s chilly out and we have to put some stuff away, it’s the pair I grab if they’re around. My pair fit perfectly, and stay warm. I recall giving it a few days of runs to break in but once there, feel like— well— a glove. Sure, there are some issues with dexterity, but if you’re just rolling up gates or poles, chipping, drilling, and whatnot, and the basic snow work, they’re fine. I condition mine every season with the same NikWax they supply and they haven’t ever gotten wet (though sweaty at times which require some internal drying). The trick to replacing the liner is to simply wear the liner and fit them into the shell with your hand — no fuss and low effort. Really 4.5 stars +

>Rating: 3

Durable, mostly warm, but some issues

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
L
Height
5` 10"
Weight
160 lbs

I bought these gloves because I'm not a fan of gripping poles with mittens and these fit really well. They have held up to external abuse and are mostly pretty warm. My fingers will still get cold on chillier days skiing, which was disappointing since I hoped for these gloves to mostly solve that issue. There's nothing worse than trying to regain feeling on the lift back to the top. The keep the snow out fairly well too, which is nice to have when I am waste deep in powder or in the backcountry for the day. My main issue is some of the wool interior has started to come off of the glove without too many days of use behind them yet (maybe 20?). I know as more of the wool disappears, these gloves will keep getting colder and less comfortable, and that is the biggest disappointment for a glove this expensive. That being said, the goat skin section is super soft and the leather has held up well so far, so that's why I can give the Guides 3 stars.

>Rating: 5

Bomber gloves

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

Dexterity is not as good as advertised. I agree with that assessment. But other than that, these are second to none. I have had mine for six seasons already. I snowboard the way I surf: the first thing I do is use my hand to feel the steeps: It means a lot of dragging. After 5 seasons of use (30+ days a season) in and out of bounds , they needed some stitching. They still have another 3 seasons in them

>Rating: 1

Do not purchase for warmth

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
L

I’m writing a revised review. The gloves are tough on the exterior but are useless if you want to have warm hands. I typically wear a medium in gloves but purchased a large. They are far too tight even after trying to break them in. I’ve worn them in 30 degrees to 0 degrees while hiking and my fingers freeze no matter what. Pretty disappointing given the mostly positive reviews and the high price.

Thank You. I snowshoe, I LOVE cold hikes, single digits and low negative temps. It is darn near impossible to find gloves for this. You just save me some heartache.

>Rating: 2

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.

Thanks Ed, Appreciate the honest feedback!

Hestra is the way to go. Although no gloves are completely waterproof however some gloves still keep your hands warm when wet. Their are way cheaper options for you as a beginner that are pretty well waterproof

>Rating: 4

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.

>Rating: 3

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 3

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.

>Rating: 5

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!

>Rating: 5

Bomber!

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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 :)

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 3

Meh

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.

>Rating: 4

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.

>Rating:

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