By Madbeggar 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.
Nailed It? 1 Yes
- [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