Premier gloves for the premier ice climbing location.
Outdoor Research’s Ouray Ice Glove gives you the protection you need from the biting cold while still being agile enough to drill an ice screw and clip a carabiner. This women-specific glove was made to combat the screaming barfies when you're climbing vertical pillars of ice. Outfitted with Gore-Tex Xtrafit, this glove shears wind and water right off the shell while you’re throwing out a figure four as you work a crux section of overhung mixed ice climbing. Meanwhile, Aerogel insulation situated over the palm retains heat and reduces the chance of cold spots appearing in the glove so your hands can stay nice and toasty warm. Built with a pre-curved construction, the gloves are naturally ready to wrap around an ice tool to maximize energy efficiency; this way you’re not fighting against the glove to hold onto your tools as you’re already fending off pumped arms when you near the top.
- A women’s specific glove for climbing steep vertical ice
- Gore-tex Xtrafit Insert is wind and waterproof for ice climbing
- Aerogel palm insulation minimizes cold spots
- Pre-curved construction designed for holding ice tools
- Item #ODR00T4
- Q & A
SO WARM (but yes, they run small)
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
My hands typically run fairly cold, and I have never found gloves that keep my fingers truly warm when it gets much below freezing--until now! I took these out ice climbing in 5°F conditions with mild winds, and aside from the inevitable cold from holding your hands overhead for long periods of time (hey, no gloves can defeat the basic principles of the human circulatory system...), my fingers were warm the whole time. They were dextrous enough for me to do pretty much anything except untie a welded knot, and stayed admirably dry during some pretty wet conditions. They may even get me to like ice climbing in spite of myself.
But yes--as the other review says, these run small! I am usually an XS, and the S fit me quite snugly--any smaller and it would have been too small.
Seems well constructed, runs SMALL
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I measured my hand and followed the sizing chart for these gloves. I was a solid medium per their chart but the mediums are too small. So, l'm exchanging these for a large (I normally wear a medium)