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Outdoor Research Alibi II Glove

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    11 Reviews


    Keep a tight hold on your tools, even when your grasp of good musical taste falters.

    Ice climbers and winter mountaineers: despite the fact that you're wearing the Outdoor Research Alibi II Glove as you scale up a 100ft frozen waterfall, there's still no excuse for busting out that refrain when you reach the top. If you aren't familiar with what refrain we're talking about, all the better. Updated but not changed, the Alibi II features an articulating wrist harness secured with a leather cuff closure. Softshell finger sidewalls and pre-curved construction provide a custom-like fit for total dexterity and easy tool maneuvering. The Pittards Oiltac leather palm gives you a firm hold on your tools or the pitch, whether it's bone dry and cold or a bit wetter than preferred. A carabiner loop on the back of the glove keeps gear within reach, and corded nylon protects the back of the glove from scratchy rocks and sharp ice shards.

    • Four-way stretch fabric, polyester and elastane blend
    • Pittard Oiltac leather palm
    • Corded nylon on back of hand
    • Softshell finger sidewalls, pre-curved construction
    • Articulating wrist harness, leather cuff closure
    • Carabiner loop at back of hand
    • Item #ODR1153

    Tech Specs

    [shell] 92% polyamide, 8% elastane, [palm and fingers] Pittards Oiltac leather
    leather cuff
    Claimed Weight
    [large] 5.8 oz
    Recommended Use
    ice climbing, mixed climbing, dry tooling
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Blew out in half a day

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Bought these gloves last ice climbing season but didn't get a chance to try them until this season. Wore them for one day of multi-pitch climbing in New Hampshire in moderate temps, with some wet ice.. Great for climbing but couldn't make it through 4 pitches of basic rope work (belay from top, rope management) without the seams blowing out on the index and pinky finger (See pic). If the glove touches somewhat wet ice, it will remain wet until your body heat drys it out. Also, not much insulation for cold days. With all of that said, good dexterity and grip. Maybe I got a defective pair, but would recommend not belaying in them and only using on dry moderate temp days.

    Blew out in half a day

    Hey Andrew - this is definitely a defect. I have been selling these for years, and haven't seen this. Please return to OR and they will send you a new pair.

    This glove is not a belay glove for sure. It's designed for gripping wet tools for ice climbing. The belay glove that you want is called the Fossil Rock Glove. That will do the trick for belay. Still, please get these replaced with OR. Sorry this happened to you!

    OR Rep

    Great for Ice

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    Started with a size medium which is what my other OR gloves are and it was way to small, if you have climbers hands consider sizing up like others say or else you'll have a really hard time getting them off and on, especially when you're on ice and your hands get wet, swapping gloves to something warm between belays will be very difficult. They are surprisingly warm for a thin technical glove like this and provide great dexterity when placing screws.

    Nice Gloves. Not Waterproof

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

    The gloves are pretty cool. Tight fitting so consider a size up. I'm usually a tight medium with large palms / wrists but shorter fingers. I went to a large for these gloves and they're a bit of extra work to get on due to the leather palm but not difficult with the included wrist loops. They fit well and provide a lot of dexterity and ample warmth for use in mild temps.

    At first I thought these gloves were also waterproof but Outdoor Research doesn't claim any waterproof properties. I used these gloves out at the lake to assist with removing a dock and found that just the splashing alone (above water) soaked these gloves all the way through. Not the gloves' intended use case but worth knowing in advance for such a technical and expensive glove.

    The gloves are otherwise nice, but I was looking for something more waterproof and my search continues.

    Amazing Gloves

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

    I have only had a chance to use these a few times so far, but absolutely love them. So far they have proven to be plenty waterproof and great even as a glove to use while ski touring, as I typically run pretty cold. The leather palm helps you keep a nice grip on your ski pole, ice axe, or ice tool and the softshell finger sidewalls help keep my hands from going numb. As an added bonus, they work well with touch screens also!

    Although they started out a little on the small size for me, they have stretched to be more comfortable so I would recommend going with your normal glove size, for me size L.

    Definitely give these gloves a shot. They're incredibly well designed and look sleek while you're out there!

    Great for ice climbing

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I have been trying to find a great spring skiing glove and i really don't like the options that are out there so i have been trying other types of gloves.

    When i first pulled these gloves on they felt comfortable and molded to my hand shape. The leather palm is nice and tacky for good grip and the added protection around the thumb and index finger will keep the glove from splitting. Overall very comfortable and useful glove

    For me its just a fit issue, just a bit to big. I have Donald Trump sized hands, so these did not work for me. Going back to custom glove sizes for my needs.

    I got the smalls, i had a small amount of overhang on every single finger, which i'm very picky about. 99% of mens gloves don't fit my hands anyway so I think for most men the sizing on these gloves is perfect, but i found a brand that seems like they used my hand to make their smallest size so i stick with those.

    Would recommend when dexterity is needed

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Outdoor Research gloves Alibi are great for holding on to tool or ice axe. A little cold but they were much better at not getting soaked by the snow and water then I expected. Would recommend when dexterity is needed.

    Perfect assessment - definitely more of a single - two pitch ice climbing glove! Throw some Transcendent Mitts in your pack to warm up afterwards - they are like sleeping bags for your hands!

    Enjoy -

    OR Rep

    Not for me

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

    These gloves are super grippy and leave you practically with full dexterity which is awesome. Would prefer something a little easier to get on. I'm not a fan of a super tight glove which these definitely are.

    As the other reviews suggest, this is definitely a warm weather glove. The leather freezes up quickly, and they get cold. Used them in high 20s and ended up with the lovely screamin barfies (with extra barf). Switched to warmer gloves and was much better off. Probably won't be using them for ice climbing again. Too thin and too constricting.

    Hey Teddy, it's definitely a single pitch glove. Dexterous and thin, it doesnt offer alot of warmth, but GRIP is it's forte! We also want it to fit snug, like a climbing shoe, so there is little room for movement inside.

    Try the Alpine Alibi II for more warmth and GoreTex!

    OR Rep

    Very happy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have been climbing with the BD Punishers for that last few seasons, and I just couldn't stand the lack of dexterity any longer. I now use these gloves for climbing, and immediately switch to mitts when I'm done. They aren't warm, like others have said, but if you're pissed off at not being as dextrous as you'd like, these gloves are for you. They're durable.

    THE Warm Weather Glove

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    To be honest, Asadarnell posted a pretty spot-on review for these gloves, but I'll do my best to add on.

    These gloves are "almost" as good as just taping the tools to your hands. They fit so well, and the Oiltac leather is *super* tacky. The wrist closure is basic but secure, I have not been worried about my hands "squirming" around within the glove.

    The only downside I really have to these gloves, is that they don't seem to breathe all that well. I'd agree with asadarnell in that these are warm weather gloves, and as such I would have expected them to breathe a tad bit better.

    That being said, the comfort, fit, and the dexterity, OH THE DEXTERITY!, make this my go-to warm weather (20+ degrees) ice climbing gloves.


    Great climbing glove

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The alibi II is an all around great glove for warmer weather ice climbing. Don't expect it to keep your hands very warm (or dry), but it provides everything I was looking for.. it's not bulky, super grippy palms, doesn't limit dexterity, and blocks wind. Ice climbing in about 25-30 degree weather, my hands only ever got cold while belaying, but I think you might want a different glove (Warrant, Alpin alibi) for super cold climbing. The gloves seem to be very durable, I use them almost daily for working out with my ice tools, biking to work, and wear them all day climbing (belaying, rapelling, scrambling over rock, etc) and there is no sign of wear. They are dexterous enough to the point where I don't need to remove them to access my pack, use zippers, or put on crampons. They actually work with iPhone touch screens - not sure if that was a design feature or a coincidence, but it's super nice when I can take pictures with my phone without removing them. I'd definitely recommend these gloves, but make sure you're purchasing the right grade of glove for the weather you'll be climbing in. Get these for dexterity and low-bulk with a hint of warmth and weather protection. I'd look more at the Warrant or Alpine Alibi if you need more protection from the elements.

    Great climbing glove

    Excellent all-arounder!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I don't ice climb, but I do quite a bit of general mountaineering and summit scrambling. For my purposes, these gloves have served me very well. They are quite durable and have held up to some rope abuse as well as climbing over rock. They're a little less warm than a 200 weight fleece glove but they provide way more dexterity, grip, and water resistant (especially if you treat the leather). These are my go to gloves for scrambles; even in the summer since they are light enough to breathe a little bit. Also, the gloves are dexterous enough for me to keep them on while pulling zippers on my pack, using a camera, and putting on crampons. I've even tied my boots while wearing these! These are quite form fitting and are perfect as a light and dexterous all-around glove. Overall: very versatile gloves that are still going strong after a decent bit of abuse!

    Is this glove waterproof?

    Is this glove waterproof?

    No, the Outdoor Research Alibi II Glove is not fully waterproof. The idea with this glove is to create a good blend of water resistance and mobility/breathability. Pittards leather palms are treated to prevent the absorption of moisture, while the polyamide and elastane shell allows you freedom of movement and breathability so you can articulate your hands and handle those ice tools with precision.