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Black Diamond Guide Glove - Men's - 2010 BCS
For deep-winter ski days and stormy mountaineering ascents, the Black Diamond Men’s Guide Glove excels in cold backcountry conditions where dexterity is paramount. The Guide’s durable stretch-woven nylon and goat leather shell act as a first line of defense, while the removable insert featuring a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane and PrimaLoft One insulation stops harsh conditions before they reach your hand. A wool and fleece lining wick moisture and add a soft touch, and EVA foam inserts protect you from knuckle-bashing ice and tree branches.
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It better be really cold!
November 15, 2010
These gloves take over where full on mittens just won't do. You need real and deep cold though. I like them too because the finger lengths seem more real/standard. Could double as boxing gloves as well.
October 10, 2012
Tried a friends last year for a few ski runs and loved them, kept my hands nice a toasty on a cold 10 F day. Unfortunately I did not take note of the size. When I saw them on SAC I quickly measured my hand and ordered as suggested on the size chart. My hand measured 8 1/2 length by 8 1/2 for the width so I ordered the medium as suggested. Too small. Great return policy and luckily on sale on DOG for a few bucks more. I was able to try on the Large and XL. Note that this glove is made for the hand to be in a slightly gripping posture. When I tried the Large, my fingers were still lightly hitting the ends of the glove, and I was not able to put a liner on and still fit in the glove comfortably. I probably could have stuck with Large, it may have stretched a little over time, but I would not be able to use a liner. I went with the XL. Im not swimming in it but I can fit a liner glove if needed and fingers have ~1/2'' or less wiggle at the ends. BD rates these as −20F to 10F
So after wearing a few times, the fingers are good but the palm ended up being to wide. I should have got the large. (lucky for me they fit my friend...)
Still give these 5 stars because they would be perfect if I would have got the correct size.
Could one to use the liner for ski touring and ice climbing? I'd like a warm glove that has a liner that can be used for these purposes.
August 20, 2012
April 30, 2012
Here's what I wrote BD (they never responded):
I purchased a pair of Guide gloves (the orange-y leather ones) last fall... They appeared to be hell-a-warm, and sturdy, and based on that I splurged and bought a pair. (At $160 they are more expensive than some TVs.) They held up quite well over the winter; I live and work in a ski resort town (Snowmass Village, CO) and regularly used them for skiing (including two backcountry hut trips) and occasionally wood splitting. Although there are some strange minor splitting or stress lines on the pad areas of two or three fingers, I expect they'll last quite a bit longer.
They are not, however, very warm -- I took to wearing wool liner gloves and my fingers were STILL cold on many days. I can't believe this is advertised as your warmest glove. There is certainly an opportunity to make them warmer: adding insulation to the outside (tops) of the fingers would help this issue without hindering dexterity or grip feel.
Furthermore, the cuff tightening system of elastic cord and cord-lock was so stiff and sticky as to be unusable. I've never encountered this issue with any other piece of equipment.
Also, there is no wrist leash. I find it curious that $160 doesn't afford a leash.
Honestly, considering all these qualities, I would not have paid more than half of what you charge. Worse still, unbeknownst to me, my wife had asked her mother for a pair of these gloves (though in grey) for Xmas. (I hadn't yet complained openly about them.) After receiving them she independently discovered the same faults in them as I did.
Between us, we own thousands of dollars worth of BD equipment: skis, poles, packs, etc. -- choosing BD was always a no-brainer for us. It's a shame we'll have to think twice about purchasing or recommending BD equipment in the future.
NOT AS WARM AS THEY SAY.
March 11, 2012
Black Diamond says that this glove is rated to -40. Absolutely not. I ski at Schweitzer Mountain in North Idaho where it is not nearly as cold as AK or CO. It is usually wet and windy. I bought these gloves because I got frostnip last year due to inadequate gloves. These seemed to fit the mold for what I was looking for in a glove. They are rated to 10 degrees at best. Do not buy this glove unless you have a really high metabolism and produce a large amount of body heat or ski in regular, moderate conditions. The reason I give these gloves three stars instead of one is that they perform fantastically on regular days. They ventilate very well and being able to remove the liner is a very nice feature. They are a great glove. Just not rated to -40 as black diamond claims.
Looking for a freeride glove for backcountry splitboarding...Needs
Looking for a freeride glove for backcountry splitboarding...Needs to seal off at the wrist for slogging, also should be a good looking color...(orange, grey, natral leather...any recomendations?
Currently looking at the hestra free rides and the black diamond guides.
By: Hayden Beck
March 20, 2012
I love both these and the free rides along with the seth morrison pro three finger. All of them are stylish, rugged, and warm. I would however say that all definitely need an additional liner for very cold days. Just a heads up about the Black Diamonds- try a pair on before you buy. I've noticed that some styles run a tad small.
By: Jeff Chrisler
March 21, 2012
August 10, 2012
These gloves got some criticisms about not having leashes. Hestra leashes are about $7 and work quite well with the small loops already sewn in that are right on the cuff hem.
March 28, 2012
I can't move in these gloves unless it is well bellow freezing, which is why I bought them. They are incredibly warm on me and usually get put on if I am going to be static for a long time. If I have to do any strenous work in these, I take them off and stow them. I really can't complain about them, I knew what they did and I bought them for that reason.
I am trying to decide between these and the OR Remote Gloves.
I am trying to decide between these and the OR Remote Gloves. Anyone have experience with both?
March 10, 2012
stick with the BD's
By: DEON NORTJE
March 13, 2012
Best ski glove ever!
March 19, 2012
These gloves are super warm and very well made. I had mountain hardware top mountaineering glove but was not warm enough. If you want a bullet proof glove to wear at sub zero temp on the hill, these are the ones!
March 9, 2012
Seemed like an awesome set of gloves, but the XL pair I received was too small for my XL hands. I am normally a true XL in most brands, so if you suffer from "manos grandes" like me, you should avoid these.
I was thinking of getting the Arcteryx Alpha SV gloves but after
I was thinking of getting the Arcteryx Alpha SV gloves but after all the bad reviews and half the price I want to go with the GUIDES. There is no where in city for me to try them on, i'm a Medium in the Arcteryx (i have smallish hands)anyone know if theses gloves fit in a similar way?
January 21, 2012
Instead of these, look for the First Ascent Guide Gloves. Just as warm, better dexterity, and even less expensive. Plus you can go into an Eddie Bauer store and try them on. Otherwise, REI sells these, so you can try them on there.
By: James Jenden
January 23, 2012
very good but not great
March 1, 2012
After 3 cold days on the hill at Park City, the gloves are performing very well, although I have to say that I've found them pretty warm but certainly not toasty 100% of the time.
Very well made and liner is easy to remove/replace.
Really warm gloves
February 17, 2012
These gloves are really warm. However, you need to adjust your ski poles' straps (make them bigger) to fit these gloves. Good construction and materials. Too brand new to rate how they'll hold up in the long term.
Most durable warm glove I've bought
January 26, 2012
After working as a ski instructor and in the mountains for years, I always thought that I would be stuck with Kinco insulated gloves. After you handle kids skis all the time, and shovel tons of snow throughout a season your gloves are completely shot. Not the case with the Guide glove.
Keep it up Black Diamond!
Write your question here...Would they be a good cold weather
Write your question here...Would they be a good cold weather motorcycle glove
November 23, 2011
Uhh... They are really tough. They protect your very knuckles well. Blackdiamond designs most of thier gloves after motorcycle gloves so I say you should try it.
By: Hayden Beck
November 24, 2011
The best gloves
January 14, 2012
I rarely write reviews but I was compelled to do so after recently buying the Black Diamond Guide gloves. After suffering with frozen hands regardless of the temperature, I finally bought these gloves.
They are, in a word, simply awesome. They are super warm, dry and comfortable and a delight to use. I had no problem removing and reinserting the liners. They do not come with wrist straps but do have small loops where they can be attached. I removed the ones from my old gloves and placed them on the Guides for the perfect solution.
January 2, 2012
I've put at least ten days on them with no signs of wear. They are super warm. I carry a lighter weight glove as well, but always keep these handy if I start getting cold.
would these gloves be a good mountaineering glove? i am looking
would these gloves be a good mountaineering glove? i am looking to climb rainier in june 2012 and i was wondering if they would be a good choice for the mountain?
By: jacob robertson
November 19, 2011
The First Ascent Guide Glove is a nice water resistant working glove.
December 20, 2011
What do you mean by "waterproof working glove"? Could you give an example?
By: Chris Whelan
December 13, 2011
You can use the BD Guide Glove as a summit glove or on the climb up during very cold weather. But I would get a waterproof working glove, so you handle all your gear safely. Better, get a good gore-tex shell with a couple warm liners, and a good working glove.
December 12, 2011
Tired of Cold Hands?
December 22, 2011
Got these gloves after my hands froze on a day of skiing in mid teens temperatures. Super warm fleece and wool lining that is incredibly comfortable. The natural color looks really good in person, and I am excited to test the durability of the leather palms. The elastic cord for tightening the cuff of the glove is attached by a semi-flimsy looking nylon loop and doesn't provide great adjustability. I am concerned this area of the glove might fail after really yanking on the cord.
December 8, 2011
after misery with a pair of Mountain Hardwear gloves, i wasn't going to waste my time with anything but a true performing glove. the BD guides have fit the bill. warm, dry, great dexterity, incredible durability. pretty awesome overall.
one nitpick. no leashes on these gloves. why? seems like a ridiculous oversight for a company like BD...
Best Glove I've Ever used
December 6, 2011
I use these glove for snow kiting. Kiting burns through gloves like nothing else and the BD Guides usually last me 3 seasons. They're warm, tough enough to handle kitelines and skimming the ice, and still have awesome articulation and dexterity. Snowkiting burns through gear faster than anything I've ever done and the Guide gloves have proven time and again to be the best thing out there for me. (photo by Curtis Savard Photography)
hey is this guide glove or the bd mad max glove warmer? which
hey is this guide glove or the bd mad max glove warmer? which is more breathable?
November 6, 2011
Guide is warmer. Both have the same Gore-Tex insert, so neither is very breathable.
By: James Jenden
November 6, 2011
Warm even when wet.
March 14, 2011
I have been on a seemingly endless search for the perfect glove, and finally found it in the Guide. I work as a snowmobile guide and ski on my days off, so essentially I am in the elements all day every day and now I do so without frozen digits. If you want warm hands without going to mitts, get this glove. I usually wear size large gloves, but went for the medium which fit a little snug at first, but packed out a bit and the leather stretched slightly to be my perfect fit. Initially thought the cuff was too big, but have grown to love it. I can't say enough good things about this glove.
I am between the Black Diamond Guide and the Swany Bad Boy.
I am between the Black Diamond Guide and the Swany Bad Boy. Which will keep my hands warmer?
January 6, 2011
Swany Bad Boys and terrible! Cold fingers. Liner comes out of fingers. My lining got a hole in the pinky after 6 times wearing it. I need a good ski glove!
February 24, 2011
best ski gloves
March 6, 2011
i have many pairs of ski gloves. When the weather gets cold these gloves come out, period. They fit very well. They feel great. they are tough as can be. they last forever and they are warm.
Warm, rugged glove
February 20, 2011
After suffering the past 2 snowshoeing seasons with cold fingers, I decided to give these a shot. I wanted a warm glove which could take some abuse. These have fit the bill. The cozy wool lining, thick liner, and gore-tex/leather shell keep your hands have kept my hands warm and dry. At 10-degrees F, they can be almost too toasty. Others have mentioned trouble getting the liners back in after removing them, but I haven't had any trouble. I have no trouble turning the liners inside out to dry them and putting them back together afterwards. The shells have great padding and the leather palms appear to be work-glove quality. These a true winter outdoorsman glove.
Stop looking. Buy these
January 15, 2011
These gloves are sick. Soooo warm, comparable to mittens. The liner removes in two seconds and goes back in in two seconds, never pulls out accidentally and never bunches up. They are really waterPROOF. And the color rules. The leather is top notch too.
Maybe the only downside is they are very bulky and the wrist part won't stay under your sleeve if you like wearing gloves like that. These things will take you backcountry all day and dry out in an hour at night, ready to rip the next day.
Don't get cheap on gloves. They'll last a couple seasons and you ALWAYS pay the price for going cheap.
January 3, 2011
These things are warm. I'd lusted over them for two years before finally getting a pair. The removable liner adds tremendous insulation and, coming out allows for some versatility. WEaring the shells without the liners isn't a terrible option, but they become pretty floppy and dexterity is limited. Experimentation with fleece, wool or other thinner liners improves your options for different conditions.
My hands get cold EVERYWHERE so I opted for the warmest glove I could find. This is it and I'm pleased with it. Just don't ask me to tie a knot with them on.
A serious glove.
January 17, 2011
I have horrible circulation in my hands, so finding a glove that keeps my hands dry and warm was a bit of a challenge. Mostly the warm bit. These gloves do the job very well. Kudos to BD for a great glove.
January 10, 2011
I used them for the first time out skiing yesterday and despite the blowing wind as long as I kept my fingers moving a little bit (like you have to with every glove) my fingers were toasty! I had to take the glove off a number of times to fiddle with stuff like my camera, lift ticket, etc. but when I put my FREEZING fingers back in the glove it only took a few minutes and my fingers were fine again! Highly recommend!
Black Diamond Mens Glove
January 6, 2011
Sorry to say, but they do not keep my hands warm. They do keep them dry. Would not buy them again.
Poor Liner Design
December 14, 2010
Gloves provide great insulation in the cold. But, PrimaLoft insulation is not integrated into the liner. Thus, if your hands are sweaty or wet from dealing with snow or high output exertion, insulation will follow your hand out of the glove/liner, and getting it repositioned within the liner is extraordinarily frustrating.
Best gloves I have found
December 18, 2010
I used the BD Prodigy last season and have had EMS and Patagonia two piece, insulated, waterproof gloves in the past. I have extra thick hands and finding ones that fit is a challenge.
I like BD because the leather is the highest quality I have found. I plan to use snoseal on it, because the Prodigy gloves would get wet and the sumptuous leather drank in a lot of H20. These liners are a step up from the Prodigy, the insert comes out and there is a nylon feeling shell filled with Primaloft and your hand is wrapped in a pile material. The Prodigy kept me warm on a 0 degree day and I expect these can go lower.
I suspect that the liner being removable will allow the gloves to recover better if you need to dry them overnight for consecutive days on the mountain. There is a good chance that your hands will sweat they are so warm.
I plan to get some mid-weight fleece gloves to use in lieu of the liners. The gloves are very warm and the outside of the glove would be more serviceable for me above ~20 degrees with different stuffing.
Another review complained of the frustration of getting the liner back in comfortably. I had that issue with the Prodigy - part of why I handed them down to my son. His hands are smaller and he hasn't noticed the issue. I had the biggest problem with one of the pinkie fingers. I think that a weaker finger can have hard time forcing the liner into place in a tight glove.
best out there
November 30, 2010
best of the best. you get what you pay for. very warm, dry, durable yet remarkably good dexterity. the natural color makes you look like a pro. easy to disassemble and assemble for drying. liners stay put when you yank 'em off. i have used these everywhere from lifts of vt to heli in alaska and bc. best used below 20 degrees and by folks who can't tolerate mittens.
August 11, 2010
this glove is super warm and versatile with its removable liner. big cuff fits over sleeves well and keeps snow out. take the liner out after a long tour and the sweat will dry much faster.
- [shell] four-way stretch nylon; [palm] goat leather
- PrimaLoft One, wool; [lining] fleece
- Removable Liner:
- Gore-Tex insert
- Drawstring, elastic cuff
- Nose Wipe:
- Claimed Weight:
- 11.6 oz
- Recommended Use:
- skiing, mountaineering
- Manufacturer Warranty:
- 1 year