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    20 Reviews


    Bring the warmth.

    Equipped with PrimaLoft One insulation and Polartec fleece, the Guide Finger Mitten is Black Diamond's warmest pro-level ski glove. Gore-Tex XCR gives this glove guaranteed waterproof breathable protection, and the woven nylon shell has a 4-way stretch for a full range of motion. Black Diamond split the middle of the Guide in order to provide extra dexterity, without limiting the warmth you'd expect out of this mitten. Goat leather gives the palm a good grip, and EVA foam protects your knuckles from harsh impacts.

    • Gore-Tex XCR waterproof breathable insert
    • Removable liner with PrimaLoft One insulation
    • Woven nylon shell with 4-way stretch
    • Goat leather palm and palm patch
    • Polartec fleece palm lining
    • Compression-molded EVA foam padding on knuckles
    • Item #BLD005V

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    My Favorite Glove

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Easy to take on and off is my favorite part. I've tried using liners and my hands still get really cold so I find myself constantly taking my gloves on and off. These gloves are warm enough that I can do that and still keep my hands warm. I find myself using just the mitten portion of it a lot more than the trigger but, the trigger comes in handy every now and again. Ive tried a lot of other gloves, mittens and combo's and find these keep my hands the warmest longest. They usually last me 200 days, then the liner is broken down and doesnt hold warmth very well.

    If you have any questions contact my friend Ben Rabinowitz, Hes on the expert team and can help you out.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Love these lobsters. Took them to Japow in January and my hands were toasty. Ditto for big storms in Mammoth. Unfortunately BD does not sell the liners separately if you, like me, like to stay dry all day with a second set of liners. I found a different set of liners and between the two, I'm dry most of the day. Nice and warm. Nikwax worked wonders. A bit stiff to start out, but then comfy. My go to gloves.

    Good Gloves

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I know I'm the outlier here, but my index finger still got cold in these gloves. I was hoping that the investment would keep my fingers warm, but I think I would have been better off with mittens. Just a cautionary note for skiers with a tendency to have cold fingers.

    Simply the best

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought these because I liked my BD Virago mittens for their durability and waterproofing; but they are only midweight and I had nothing truly warm for the New England backcountry.

    While ski touring in 0F and below temps, when my hands got cold, I just popped these babies over some merino liner gloves and within a few minutes my fingers were back in business, no handwarmers needed. I didn't even have to take them off to transition my splitboard from ski mode to ride mode thanks to the dexerity---good thing too, because 60mph winds are no joke!

    As far as I'm concerned these are the king of gloves. Super durable and comfortable; great powder skirt; clips to clip them together as well as loops on the ends to clip onto a biner; completely waterproof; pretty good dexterity; and great warmth.

    They do seem to run small. I got them in the same size as my Virago mittens, which are very roomy and accommodate a thick liner glove, but found these gloves felt a whole size smaller. I would consider going up a size if you want to wear thick liners. They will accommodate thin liners (and pack out a little after some use) regardless.

    Love these gloves!

    Excellent glove (beware of size chart)

      Glove reviews are all over the place. for the simple reason your hands just don't generate heat. if you want to stand out in sub zero temps then you'll need some sort of massive arctic expedition type mitt. but if you are moving around you should be getting enough warm blood to your hands, which then a good glove will insulate. Bought for skiing and these are exceptional. in extreme temps and if lift lines are long some chill does start to set in while waiting, but compared to other gloves i've used these are still the best. but when actually skiing -10s was no problem, actually very warm.

      very good index finger dexterity and snug (but enough room for warmth) mitt section. Only complaint is BD sizing is wrong as others have noted. my knuckle girth is 8" on the dot and length was 7 .25", which according to BD was an exact small (with room to spare) gloves were smaller than 8" on knuckles as they were actually binding my hand. length was also 7.25" exactly, which is too small, unless i wanted latex glove fit! My measurement fit a BD Medium .

      Go-To Resort or Deep Snow Glove

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Awesome item, long gauntlets and warm! If your like me and get cold fingers in anything but mittens this is the 3-finger for you! Removable/washable liner and plenty of space inside to corral my digits in one meeting place to warm up on super cold lift rides. Couldn't be happier with these!

      Best Kid Gloves a XS

        So there are very few options out there for kids gloves that are WARM, have a removable liner and are Gortex... Yes these are EXPENSIVE for a kid who's gonna get two season out of them before out growing them... BUT... his can I sit there on the lift in my BD Guides and ask my son and daughter to suffer with cold and wet hands while I'm toasty and dry... Well... I bit the bullet and got these for my son this season as he has out grown the size 7 Hestia Kids Heli-Mits... Best decision ever - he's happy, he's warm and we just skied 7 days straight in LCC... WE were in the lift line before opening and skied to the end... My little guys hands stayed warm and dry (as did mine) all week.

        Best gloves out there... I've got 100+ days on mine and he will get at least 2 season out of his... but having him warm and bullet proof is worth it.

        Little ovens

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        These lobster claw mittens are super warm! My hands stayed super warm even in negative degree temps on my last trip. The pull out goretex liners make drying them out (from sweat) super easy and the construction is super solid.

        Early Days but promising

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

        Needed a pair of warm and versatile mitts/gloves/lobsters for this season and had my eye on these for awhile. My Notes:
        Liner does not have 'individual fingers" which is a plus in my book-allows you to wear your own glove liners if you wish. Liner seemed light at first but has proved to be plenty warm. Finger is a little snug at first, but after wearing it 4x its packed out nicely and fits my sausage fingers perfectly.
        Gauntlet is generously sized, which i appreciate. Toggle and release are well designed.
        No leashes-surprised at this but whatever-put my own leashes on using the loop sewn into cuff.
        Sized small-I measured to a medium but needed a large for sure-I wear a large in the Marmot Ultimate for reference.
        Lots of stitching but hoping thats not a problem for durability-leather seems bomber.
        Would be improved with magnetic closures sewn into wrist and gauntlet cuff to avoid snow falling into it-but this should be standard for all gloves/mitts imo.
        Seems warm enough-no glove that is not heated is going to keep my hands warm on the coldest days but last week at Eldora it was 12 degrees and they held up well.

        High Alpine Debauchery

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        These mitts are the shit. I put them to the test x 1 year. They help up to every challenge. I was even able to block my wife's punches when I told her dick jokes!

        Seriously though, I researched for about a month before I bought these and all signs pointed to these mitts and I'm glad I bought them for sure. My hands never get cold in the high winds of Summit County, CO. The lobster design makes it easy to do your bindings and get a squished PBJ out of your fanny pack.


        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I'm a backcountry snowboarder and use this glove on resort as well. Big fan of BD! I primarily use this glove for those cold days and it has got down to 5 degrees and no problem here. The draw string is super useful on those crazy pow days and it keeps the snow out. The leather is durable as I have had this glove for a few years now. I also use the Nikwax Creme Waterproofing Wax for Leather to help with maintaining the gloves. The shell is super water proof as well, the GORE-TEX holds up.

        The main reason I chose this glove it for the free finger, as a snowboarder, I don't want to take a mitten off to loosen or tighten a binding strap. Especially on those frigid days on a mountain peak in the backcountry. Definitely recommend it! It fits true to size, I typically buy large gloves and this large fit great. After 2 years and going strong, only the free finger has some wear, because of the snowboard binding clips. So I imagine if you're a skier, this glove is truly going to last you a long time. If you have any questions about this glove or gear, hit me up!


        Good Mitten with Removable liner

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I like this mitten. It is really warm on those cold days.

        With the liner in, there is a noticeable loss in dexterity. Having said that, I believe BD says these glove work down to -20 F, although I have not personally tested it at those cold temperature. More times than not, I actually remover the liner and use the leather shell with my BD Pilot gloves. This keeps my hands comfortably warm at 0F, and has better dexterity than the stock line. On the really cold days, the stock liner will be a lot warmer than using my Pilot gloves as a pseudo liner.

        Bottom line, this is a good shell and liner combo Mitten. The shell can also fit over a thin glove or liner for added temperature versatility.

        [Update Jan 27 2016]
        I took these glove out ice climbing recently, using the original insulating linear and leather shell, and I was impressed. They were comfortable for both belaying and climbing. I felt like I had excellent control of the rope. I was initially worried about climbing with these gloves on, but they were surprisingly great. Usually with a thicker glove I feel less connected, less sure of my grip on the axes, but these felt perfect. I had no issues with ice screws or gear either. I climbed with confidence with these gloves, and I had an excellent day of ice climbing on a cold day.

        These Mitts Rock

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I bought a pair of lobster claw mitts last year from Marmot (ultimate ski mitt). Initially I liked them but my hands got cold on frosty days, there was no liner to remove, and no snot wipe area on the thumb, also after a year the insulation seemed to pack down quite a bit so now I feel like they are spring ski gloves. So I bought a pair of these BD mitts and I love them. The insulation is super thick and comfortable, the liners are removable for faster drying at night, there is a patch of soft fiber on the thumb for snot, and they are crazy warm. My hands get cold pretty easily and these things keep them warm down below zero.

        Very warm 3-finger

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

        I'm a downhill skier. Earlier this year, on a moderately cold day (-10C), I tried the Hestra Heli 3-Finger, and it didn't cut it at all. My hands were colder in those than in a pair of cheap 5-finger gordini gloves. I returned the Hestra Heli 3-finger. I recently bought the Black Diamond Guide Finger Mitten, and I wore them on a very cold day (-20C), and my fingers were warm the whole time. I also wore them more recently on a day of warmer skiing (0C), and they were too warm. So now I pack two pairs of gloves. I have some 5-finger hestra fall line gloves for warmer days, and I use the Black Diamond Guide 3-Finger Mitten on colder days. The only thing that would be warmer than this mitten is a big bulky down-filled expedition mitten.

        Cool for the hike, Warm for the peak

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I've had these crab claws for 2 winters now, and they're holding up pretty well. Just a couple nicks from my snowboard edges in the palm. I use these when the temps get around the 0 deg. F mark. They have enough dexterity to hold a pen, and are roomy enough to put all 4 fingers into the mitten if the temps get super low. One of the neatest features about this mitt is that when you pull the liner out you're left with just a leather shell with a huge gauntlet. This is so nice for touring days, and nights. The thick lamb skin like fleece on the back of the hand is really nice too, and like the other reviewers said, I've never had a hint of moisture that wasn't my own. I'd suggest these to anyone who has to/ wants to hang out in the cold, clip carabiners, tie boots, or be capable of conducting a safety meeting on super cold days. These are a superior pair of mitts for the winter outdoor professional. The only real drawback is the lack of wrist lanyards. This is easily fixed with a couple pieces of p- chord.

        Cool for the hike, Warm for the peak

        Full Submersion in Creek, Dry Hands!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        My hands tend to get cold quickly and this is the best all around hand protection I Have ever used. You will first notice the thick layer of fur like nylon on the top of the hand and then you can feel Primaloft. While boot packing through the waist deep snow they did not get wet so I was confident in the Gore-Tex but then yesterday I did a full submersion in the creek and my hands were warm until I got back to my car an hour later. That is impressive to say the least. This is the glove to have, the lobster variant gives you the warmth of the mitten and the use of your pointer finger when you need it. It does compromise the dexterity but its not that bad for your most menial tasks such as zipper pulling and tearing open shot blocks. As you can see the leather frozen in the picture.

        Awesome mitts!

          I found these in a local store in December, and planned on picking them up in January. But they were sold out - as was just about every other retailer online. Except backcountry - they had a few left. I ordered the large, but should have heeded a few of the reviews I read that stated they ran a little small. The exchange process with backcountry was incredibly easy, by the way.

          These are the warmest mitts I've ever owned. I bought them for hiking in some extreme situations, and they performed perfectly. So well, that I tried them riding my motorcycle in sub-20F (I know, not much crash protection, but at that temperature it's the least of my worries), and again, perfect, even at 70+ MPH, where my winter motorcycle gloves can never keep my fingers warm. I can only hope they hold up to abuse and last, cause I love 'em.

          Unanswered Question

          Is the softshell part black or dark gray? I saw one in the store and it was jet black but here it looks gray.

          Unanswered Question

          These came with nikwax (typical of the great service that BD offers). Do i need to apply the nikwax before the first use or are they good to go for a while? (how waterproof are they?) TIA!