Protection, grip, dexterity, and comfort, without compromise.
When you're hanging onto a frozen waterfall by a couple of pieces of metal, you want all the grip and comfortable dexterity you can get. The Outdoor Research Alpine Alibi II Glove is purpose-built for ice climbing and doesn't compromise anything in the pursuit. For weather protection it has a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex insert with X-trafit technology and a nylon stretch soft shell exterior. Pittards Oiltac goat leather palm and fingers provide supple, durable grip. Inside this bomber glove is efficient, toasty-warm PrimaLoft One fleece insulation and a wool palm lining. An internal gusset increases mobility, and SuperCinch gauntlet seals out the elements. There's a removable Idiot Cord for added security when you're feeling less sharp.
A climbing glove isn't a climbing glove unless it has more than comfy weather protection. This glove has a carabiner loop, nose wipe, gel padding on outside edge, foam panels on back, and precurved construction for added mobility. Protection, comfort, fit, and dexterity—this glove makes no compromise.
- Gore-Tex inert with X-Trafit technology
- Nylon stretch soft shell exterior
- Pittards Oiltac goat leather palm and fingers
- PrimaLoft One polyester insulation
- Primaloft One 170g insulation on back of hand and thumb
- Wool lining at palm
- SuperCinch gauntlet
- Gel padding on outer edge
- Internal gusset
- Precurved construction
- Foam panels on back of hand
- Soft nose wipe
- Carabiner loop
- Item #ODR1156
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
With boasting a alpine glove with dexterity I was all about this glove at first. The fit was good, dexterity is awesome and the materials top notch. I'm a standard Large in all gloves from OR.
But the features of the glove fall short of their advertised use. The cuff is ok, granted its hard to get over a wide sleeve. But does seal out snow and drafts.
What made me return the glove was that while there is enough insulation on the back of the hand and nothing on the palm and fingers. For a glove designed to use ice tools, handle ropes, ice axes and ski poles you need some insulation on the palm.
After some high teens\low 20s mixed climbing I went back to my Warrant glove to keep my hands warm on the ice tools. Skiing was the same, the palms and fingers were so cold holding poles.
In high wind I could feel it as well.
Please insulate the glove better and it will be perfect.
The OR Southback and Warrant are both much warmer alternatives to this. I opted for the Baker Modular mitt for the Alibi.
This the first pair of gloves from OR I've not liked.
I don't get it.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
On paper, these are my dream gloves. But after having ice climbed with them in -20* F to shoveling my driveway in 25*F, they just won't keep my fingers warm. I got them in Medium because that's what I wear normally, but the diameter of the fingers would fit a Costco polish sausage with ease. The length of the fingers is adequate, but they are just too loose around the fingers. I wanted to love these gloves, which makes it such a let down for me.
Fall 2012 Generation was much better
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I had a pair of the previous generation, and they were much better. I loved them so much I wanted to get a back up pair. The new (Fall 2013) pair is much cheaper in construction, the fit is much bulkier, the "idiot cord" has a worse cinch, and the design looks childish.
Frankly, it looks like the brand is sacrificing quality in order to cut manufacturing costs.
Outdoor Research Fit is Off
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I ordered the size large and extra large to try both but the large fit too snug and the xl way too big. Also, seems like the liners would pull out when not wanting them to. Keeping the Hestra Guide so far and considering keeping the Arcteryx Alpha SV for bomber weatherproofing and dexterity.
these gloves are made for climbing, but...
these gloves are made for climbing, but will they work just as well for skiing.
They'd be awesome for skiing! They're gore-tex, and they have 170g of Primaloft, you'll end up getting better movement in your fingers with these since they're meant for climbing, but they'll be just as good for skiing, if not better.