Icefalls are pretty, wet, and cold.
Rab's Icefall Gauntlet Glove gives your hand warmth and protection without sacrificing dexterity while ice climbing. An eVent membrane gives this glove waterproof breathable protection, while PrimaLoft Gold insulation offers warmth in a supremely soft package. Stretchy Matrix fabric covers specific areas in order to ensure a full range of motion, and a Pittards Armortan leather palm gives you a good grip on your axes. Rab also added a drawcord gauntlet closure for a secure fit, detachable wrist leashes for convenience, and a flocking patch that acts as a nose wipe.
- eVent membrane
- Matrix stretch areas
- PrimaLoft Gold insulation
- Pittards Armortan leather palm
- Drawcord gauntlet closure
- Detachable wrist leashes
- Flocking patch at back of thumb
- Item #RAB002D
- Q & A
Perfect after short break in period.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These are stiff at first, so I was very nervous about climbing in them. But, they softened by the end of the day, and got even more comfortable as the days went on.
The are warm enough while climbing (and skiing in 35+ degrees). It was bitter cold, 10 degrees. And these were good while I was on the ice.
The dexterity is perfect, once the break in. So, give them a good work out, and you'll be happy. I got the women's version, in the size medium, which is normal for me. They fit perfectly.
Beefy Ice Climbing gloves
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I climbed the Northeast Couloir on North Peak in the Sierras with these gloves, in ice/neve conditions, and my hands stayed dry. Keeping your hands dry while ice climbing is a real unicorn, but these seemed to work. My hands are a bit large for this glove's XL size, and also, if water gets into the glove, they can be difficult to dry out. Otherwise, they are a solid pair of gloves for sending up vertical ice.
Great dexterity, solid alpine choice
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Weighing these vs the Rab Guide or similar?
First, about warmth, from the helpful folks at Rab: 'The Icefall Gauntlet mainly has insulation in the palm and back of the hand and has a slimmer profile through the fingers that will provide more dexterity.'
That matches what I found in comparing it to the Guide. The Icefall also has an adjustable wrist closure, but it's the slimmer fingers that make the biggest difference.
Fit: made for slim, long fingers like mine. My wrist is 8.5 inches in circumference, and from base of the palm to the end of the middle finger. That's on the line between M and L for Rab (and Marmot and BD). L is the way to go for all of them, but the easiest call for Rab: it's a perfect match. Only thing to know is that these are slim-cut gloves, and a snug fit even for my skinny hand. If you want more room, size up.
Hard to give a star rating without field testing (I went with the Guide for my use), but it seems such a solid glove and I wanted to share the fit info, in case it helps anyone with hands like mine.