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These gloves have held up well even with sharp, granite crags. The loops are the best to carabiner right to your harness when not in use.
High quality gloves
After reading reviews here (thanks, everyone) and elsewhere, I purchased small and medium sizes of black Metolius belay gloves. I actually plan to use them on longer rappels, and maybe some other rappels as well.
I recognize the advice to squeeze in the smaller size, but that didn't work for me. I could get my hand in small size, but the fingers were a tad too short, and that was uncomfortable. Also, the small size didn't extend down the hand as far as it should have, stopping just at the edge of the ulnar styloid (that's the bony "knob" on the outside of the wrist). BTW, I do not have long, "spidery" fingers (as a guitarist, I've seen plenty of long spidery fingers, and I ain't got them).
So I went with the mediums, which fit the length of my fingers nicely and extend down to cover about 1/2 the ulnar styloid. As one would expect, cowhide is stiffer and, important to me, tougher (than goatskin).
I am going to wear them around and practice "making a fist" to break them in. I recognize that one must be cautious in using gloves for rappelling. I do know that last time I went canyoneering, I developed a blister on my middle finger of my (non-brake) hand, and that the 3/4 fingerless glove I was wearing didn't protect the middle section of my finger.
BTW, the 3/4 climbing gloves do not extend far enough up the digit to protect three-quarters of your finger. Thus it is a misnomer to call them "three-quarters" gloves, and at any rate the finger naturally divides into "thirds" because of the two joints (PIP--proximal interphalangeal and DIP--distal interphalangeal).
Feels strong... just what I wanted.
This glove is stiff but like most cowhide leather gloves, they need to be broken-in. With that, I really like the snug fit and they do feel good and strong.
Most importantly, the dexterity is great which surprises me because I usually take off my gloves when tying knots or even just my shoe laces.
I just tried these out for the first time today and could not have been more disappointed. The medium seems to fit my hand perfectly in terms of hand and finger length, but the leather is sooo stiff that I can not actually wrap my hand around my 10.2mm climbing rope unless I literally put all of my hand strength into it and really exaggerate it. But this exhausts my hands, really hurts my fingers from the stiff leather digging in to them, and still does not actually let me hold the rope as tightly as when I am using no gloves. Am I doing something wrong? I know that the leather is new and stiff (very high quality leather) and that if I wear them in over time they will become easier to use, but how do I wear them in without killing my climbing partner in the process? I literally took these gloves off after making my partner come down half way through the first climb because I did not feel comfortable catching a hard fall while she was leading.
Best Gloves Ever!
I love my Metolius Belay Gloves and I own a few pairs! They are soft and feel great on your hands and keep the rope from burning you! The dual layer of leather on the palms are super durable and will last a long time! I use these for belaying, rappelling, and canyoneering. When they get wet they will dry and be a little hard, stiff, and shrink a little but just stick you hand in there, make a fist, and stretch it back out. These will start to wear on the fingers first but they last a lot longer than the cheap gloves you get at the hardware store!
And hot hands!
Steep rap in winter @ 12K feet.
leather glove you will find for climbing. I use them on tough raps to stay in control and save my winter climbing gloves the wear. Mine are several years old and still going strong.
Metolius never leads you astray
Metolius always produces quality products. I have yet to find something from this company that I didn't like. These gloves are no exception. They fit great, are made from durable materials, and will last me a long time.
Nice durable thick belay gloves.
Great gloves, but size down
Great gloves. Recommend sizing down for a good fit once the leather breaks in. I normally wear a large in winter-esque gloves, but I've sized down to a small for these. After break in, they fit great. I've had some really fast repels on these gloves, and although they do turn black with use, the leather doesn't seem to break down.
Oh, try not to pinch them in your biners. It will crack open the leather.
The Metolius Belay Gloves are great for rapelling. They haven't caused the blisters that some other gloves that I have used.
Highly recomend it
great all around glove
i climb towers for a living and the metolius belay glove is the only glove that stands up to my abuse.
i use all three variations for the hot to cold seasons. the insulated works for 20+ conditions but sometimes i throw a hand warmer under the velcro for extra warmth.
the first to go on this glove is the stitching, especially at the finger tips and the double palm.
my job requires a lot of high speed rope work and this glove has never failed me. the double palm is extremely resistant to rope burn or tearing. the velro wrist keeps the glove secure and stays out of the way.
i only wish that metolius would make a version for colder conditions
Durable & Cheap!
I had a pair of gloves 2x the price that were nothing on these. They are comfortable, and really provide excellent traction on rope and equipment. Dirty, wet, or dusty ropes are no problem for these. I haven't washed them yet, so I don't know how much grip or security I will loose, but for the price, I'm really pleased.
Tough like nothing else
I sized these up so I could use them with a fleece liner for ice climbing belays. Basically, I'm tired of trashing my good gloves in only a few days. They've seen a season of iced-up ropes (which bare a striking resemblance to barbed wire) and they still look great. I can't imagine wearing out a pair of these in less than 5 seasons of regular rock belays.
I've been looking for a super sick glove...
I've been looking for a super sick glove that's good for a lot of rappelling (aka canyoneering) but it's tough because I have super long but skinny fingers, and I'm pretty picky about my glove fit. How tight of a fit are these fingers, can anyone tell me? And/or give suggestions?
I have long, fairly skinny, fingers and these fit great. I haven't done much repelling with them, maybe 20 belays with them. They fit great and work great.
How do you size these? I typically wear...
How do you size these? I typically wear small gloves. Do these run big/small for the size?
I found that they run true, but they're quite stiff. Takes a while to break in.