Get to the top with all your fingers.
High mountains, technical terrain, and bad weather call for a glove that's warm, dry, and dextrous, and the Black Diamond Soloist Glove fits the bill. It's made with a waterproof BDry insert that's integrated with the removable insulated liner for a serious blend of warmth, dryness, and dexterity, and has a reinforced goatskin leather palm with ultra-durable Kevlar stitching. The abrasion-resistant nylon shell also stretches in four directions for ease of movement, making it easier to handle ropes, ice axes, and ski poles when taking your gloves off would be a serious mistake.
- Four-way stretch woven nylon shell
- Goatskin leather palm with Kevlar-stitched palm patch
- Removable waterproof BDry insert
- Removable liner with PrimaLoft Gold insulation
- Item #BLD006Q
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Got these hoping they would work as gloves for really cold days when my more mid-weight, day-to-day gloves aren't quite warm enough. Took them out skiing yesterday on a day when it was 5-10F and slightly windy and found them perfect for that role. They were super warm, just a smidge shy of being a bit too warm actually. In the wind and sitting on the lift were all perfectly warm, and I get cold fingers pretty easily. Not in these!
I almost always wear a Large in gloves, and the fit of these was as good as I could hope for. My fingers reach the end of the glove fingers, which helps with dexterity. That's important on these gloves, because, they're mildly bulky and not the best for dexterity. They're perfectly fine for skiing and pulling zippers that have pulls and working the drawcords around the wrists and gauntlets, but not for anything requiring much more dexterity than that. Still, for how warm they are, the dexterity is actually great when that is considered.
As mentioned, they have a wrist closure to cinch, which is easy to manipulate with them on, and the gauntlet ends have a drawcord closure that can be tightened or loosened with one gloved hand. The leather on the palm is nice and soft and the pertex fabric seems pretty burly.
The removable liner is held in very securely by a velcro band that encircles the inside of the glove just below the wrist cinch. The liner does not bunch up or pull out, even with sweaty hands. Good gloves, and I could not be happier with them for the purpose I got them...unusually cold days on the ski hill.