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Metolius 3/4 Finger Climbing Glove


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    So the rock's a little cold…get over it!

    The Metolius Climbing Glove – ¾ Finger provides a snug fit and incredible dexterity to create the ultimate climbing glove. A durable cowhide outer molds comfortably to your hand, while split-cowhide reinforcements on the palm and triple stitching will ensure it lasts for seasons come. The Metolius Climbing Glove has a webbing clip-in loop and a hook and loop wrist closure.
    • Item #MET0086

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    Recommended Use
    canyoneering, sport climbing, trad climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Good for climbing in.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I got these to climb in during cold winter months. That said, I don't use them often because it isn't really that cold here these days. I wouldn't rely on these solely for belaying or rappelling; get full fingers to really protect yourself and your leader. Great quality for what they are, though.

    Not the same

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

    This glove is not the same as the ones I dropped off the mtn. The leather on these is substantially thinner than the originals, and they fit smaller. On top of that the sizing was inconsistent between the 2 gloves, one being tight, the other being very tight. I sit pretty firmly in the medium range and these fit like smalls. When my dog chewed them up I wasn't terribly upset. Nothing against Backcountry, their service was top notch as usual.

    Great glove

      This glove has very solid leather construction that WILL hold up over time. These will take a good amount of use to break them in and should fit a little tighter then you would like when you first try them on if you want the best fit when they break in. The extra leather over the palm is perfect for belaying and keeps the gloves in great shape.

      Perfect. Fits like a glove!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Love these gloves so far. Perfect length to provide protection when belaying or rappelling while allowing you to use your fingertips for small tasks. I took the advice of the people at backcountry and the reviews below and ordered them one size down. My palm measured about 8.25", so squarely in Medium territory. I went ahead and ordered Small. They were hella tight when I got them, but after a day or two of wearing them around, they stretched out to feel like a second skin. Love it. Hopefully they'll last forever. 25 bucks to make sure I don't burn my hands while rapping or drop a buddy because my hand got sucked into an atc is money well spent.

      Great for repelling

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I did some amazing long repels and lots of belaying in these gloves and they work great. I used the large size because the mediums were too tight to grab the rope with. pretty easy to still work with your belay device and ropes with while these gloves are on.

      I love these gloves !!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I bought an XL pair and they fit me perfectly. They are incredibly durable and allow you keep the feel of the rope. I've used them for lead belaying (ATC and Gri Gri) and rappelling/abseiling (using an ATC) as well as jugging ropes. All I can say is that they are wonderful. If you are lowering a second on a GriGri (which I've done) these are a must. The rope will burn you quckly and the forces on the GriGri will hurt the palm of your hand when modulating the lever during lowering. So with that said the only issue I have is: I hope I don't lose them or they don't get stolen !!

      Great work gloves too

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These gloves are standard issue for the rope access team I work for and they're pretty freaking good for our purposes. It's not really the intended use of these gloves, but man they work well.

      Rope access technicians are generally hard on our gear. We deploy 100m+ long ropes through our hands 2-8 times per day, but these have held up for dozens upon dozens of days and still haven't worn through. They adequately protect my hands from sharp objects, grease, oil, heat, and pinch points. Most importantly, though, they maintain dexterity in my hands for manipulating knots, ropes, and tools.

      These gloves stretch an ample amount after break-in, so keep that in mind. I chose to size down from L to M. They were tight and a little restrictive to start but after a couple days of breaking in they fit spot on and have ever since. Everybody's hands are different though and it might be a good idea to try them on or purchase multiple sizes (and return the extra).

      I haven't ever climbed with them and I don't have any experience climbing with gloves, but for other rope-related tasks they have been great.

      Bottom line: Durable, comfortable, and stretch after breaking in.

      Great Gloves!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I bought these gloves with big wall use in mind, and they are awesome! I put them on at pitch 1 and they stay on till we summit. They're so nice on rappel and while aid climbing. Not having your whole hand torn up is super nice. Here are some specs.

      - 3/4 length fingers (gives you optimum grip, so climbing with them on is workable).

      -Cowhide main body with triple-stitched, split cowhide palm reinforcement (makes it super comfortable and very durable for rope contact on your palms).

      -All wear areas are reinforced (giving them a burly but not over bulky feel).

      -Double-stitched finger openings

      -Bar-tacked webbing clip-in loop (so when not wearing, simply hang off a biner).

      -Hook and loop wrist closure

      -Embossed logo

      Bomber gloves made by Metolius.

      (picture) Me cheesing it up on my pitch 22 aid lead, Half Dome.

      Dirty Hands?Rope Burn? Get these gloves!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I'm a huge fan of these gloves! They are burly and can stand up to the rope and grip like no ones business! I mainly use them to rappel with rather than belay with because I got them and they are a bit large. If I were to buy them again i would get a size down. Rappelling down is awesome. They have great grip so you can stop the rope with ease and not to mention they keep your hands clean! Also you don't feel like the rope is going to come right through the glove either because of the quality leather that they use. I am so stoked on these and am excited to get another pair when I run through these...well that is if I do :D. I have a size 7 in palm diameter and I got the size small but if you are looking for a to the skin fit get the extra small.

      Belaying, rapping, and more...

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These are easily the best belay and rappelling gloves I've come across. As many have mentioned, they have a moderate break-in time... but once they're beaten in they are like a second skin.

      The construction and design is top notch. Also, as many have mentioned, buy them tight. They will loosen up after a couple weeks of use. I've used mine for climbing once (crack climbing in Yosemite at below freezing temps), and they worked incredibly well.

      I'll likely pick up a second pair, as once I find a product I love its almost a sure thing that they'll redesign or discontinue them.

      Best glove after 10+ years of use

        I consider these gloves in the top 10 best purchases I have ever made. They are worth every penny. I bought my gloves 10+ years ago for a large repelling and rigging project. I started to use them for construction work. They are BEST WORK GLOVE I have ever used!! I use them all day 2 to 3 times a week. People always ask me, “where did you find those gloves”, and they laugh when they find out they were designed for repelling. IMPORTANT: You will have to break them in, yes they are like a new pair of new leather hiking boots that must be broken in to really work. It takes about two - three weeks of regular ware to break them in. I would recommend that you buy them with a tight fit, as the leather will stretch and conform to your hands over time. While breaking them in, you may get some blisters or sores around your fingers, be patient those hot spots will go away. At first they should be VERY hard to take off, you should feel like you have to pick them off. Once broken in this will not be an issue. One thing to check is on the stitching around the fingers where they are cut off. Make sure you don’t have any bad seams that protrude inward and pinch your fingers. After 10 years of extreme use, I still have my original pair and they are worth every penny. Also they make a good repelling glove…

        Best glove after 10+ years of use

        Great glove, but there will be break-in time.

          I think these gloves are the bees knees. I prefer the 3/4 over full length for the reasons listed by others here, but wanted add a little bit more info on what someone can initially expect with these. When buying leather gloves, whether for construction, climbing, or anything else, there are certain undeniable truths:

          1. You get what you pay for. If they're crazy cheap, it's usually for a reason. I think these are priced right where they should be.

          2. There is a break-in time associated with these. They're not supple calfskin, they're designed to perform and last. It took mine a few days at the crag before they conformed to my hand and fingers. Prior to that, yes, they were a pain to take off. Also, there is a certain lack of sensitivity to be expected when new; I definately took that into account when belaying and rappeling. Now they feel great, like an extension of my hand, but just something to take into account.

          3. While the reviews here say otherwise, I would never climb with these on; belay and rappel only for me. But everyones different.

          I feel like gloves are a must have, especially when climbing in the warmer months, otherwise that rope gets hot in your hands reeeaaalll fast.

          Awesome Gloves

            Incredibly comfortable for the durability, triple stitching is great, and still leaves you nimble enough for everything, including typing (which I am doing now in the gloves). The only downside was discomfort in the left pinky, nothing that a little sand paper didn't solve. Overall, amazing gloves!

            Great Gloves!

              These are great for climbing but not so great for rappelling just because the rope will burn your fingers on the way down if your going fast enough. perfect for crack climbing and belaying! The 2 layers of leather on the palm are super durable and will last a long time!

              So, I'm thinking of getting these and...

              So, I'm thinking of getting these and beating them up with my wheelchair. Do these stand up to long bouts of rubbing? Most of my damage comes from the wheels moving against my thumb and it has torn through everything I have ever used within 6 months of light use. Would you recommend these for this kind of abuse?

              I would say these gloves would be capable of handling that sort of abuse. That specific part of the glove near the thumb would be reinforced on climbing/rappelling gloves because that is where the the rope is held.

              Hey Hanna

              I have these gloves and they are pretty burly I would say that they can totally stand up to the abuse of your tires. If you a looking for a tighter fit I would recommend going a size down. I have them in the small (7 in diameter hand)and I find that I have a lot more room than I care for but since I mainly use them to rappel down rather than belay they are great! If you want some more detailed pics I can totally email you some or post them on here for you. Just hope on the live chat and ask fore Jane H. and if I'm not around just leave your email with another rep and I'll totally get back to you! I hope this helps and let me know :D


              Jane H.