Black Diamond Cayenne Glove
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $299
Did not stand up to a 20-degree day downhill skiing.
- The gloves look really cool
- The gloves do not keep you warm
The bottom line is that these gloves simply do not suffice in any sort of cold weather conditions. They may be nice for a warm spring skiing day, but that's about it.
My wife struggles with cold hands in the winter and thought that these would be a great alternative to hand-warmers inside the mittens. We got these and she tried them out on a moderately cold, 20 degree (F) day downhill skiing. Within an hour her hands were cold, even on the highest setting. She had to switch back to the cheap mitts and hand-warmer inserts.
If you are intent on battery-heated hand-ware, maybe try the Cayenne mittens, but do not try these gloves. I read some positive reviews on other sites for the gloves, but at this point I do not find them reliable.
There are some positives: They look really great on, and are easy to charge, turn on, and adjust the temperature. They are not bulky or cumbersome, they fit true to size. We did not have the chance to evaluate durability, water resistance, or breathability (do you want heated gloves to breath?). They do appear to be made of durable materials, true to the Black Diamond label.
I just can't imagine these fitting any desired purpose. If you have poor circulation (like my wife) and would like extra warmth in a ski glove, these do not work. If you have normal or above normal thermoregulatory capabilities in your extremities, then you might be looking for these gloves to use in extreme or below-normal temperatures. In that case, they wouldn't work either.
The gloves might fit the bill if you are interested in showing off all of your battery powered gear, or if you really need to get a little more low-frequency electromagnetic radiation....while you ski.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Black Diamond's Cayenne Glove has a rechargeable Therm-ic 3-level heating system that provides up to 10 hours of heat, the Cayenne lets you dial in the perfect amount of warmth no matter what the conditions. A waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX with XCR Product Technology insert seals out snow and moisture, and for days when the heater isn't required, the Cayenne's PrimaLoft One insulation on the back of the hand keeps the warmth quotient high.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
If you regularly deal with brutal single-digit temps or suffer from chronically cold hands when you're on the hill, Black Diamond had you in mind when it designed the Men's Cayenne Glove. It's got more tech than you ever though possible in a glove, starting with an integrated three-level glove heating system, which runs on two rechargeable batteries and uses flexible heat tape around and on top of the fingers to keep your hands feeling like they're sitting in a hot tub, no matter how rugged the weather gets. There's traditional PrimaLoft One insulation packed in there too, inside a waterproof Gore-Tex XCR membrane that will keep you dry even if you stir your lunchtime soup with your fingers. The Cayenne is delicate showpiece either, courtesy of a tough four-way stretch nylon shell and goat leather double-palm that'll hold up to pole handles, ski edges, and rogue branches that try to poke holes in all your gear.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
On Sale. Free Shipping. Black Diamond Men's Cayenne Glove DECENT FEATURES of the Black Diamond Men's Cayenne Glove Midweight construction with Therm-ic 3-level heating system that provides up to 10 hours of adjustable, added warmth Fixed lining with 100% waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex insert with XCR Product Technology Abrasion-resistant leather and woven nylon shell with 4-way stretch Fixed lining has 142 g PrimaLoft One insulation on back of hand for warmer days when the heater is powered off Goat leather palm and palm patch Includes lithium-polymer batteries and charger The SPECS Weight: per pair: 15.5 oz / 440 g Temperature Range: -15/15deg F / -26/-9deg C
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
Night skiing in the Rockies can be bitterly cold, but with Black Diamond's Cayenne Glove, your hands stay peppery hot. The built-in 3-level heating system provides hours of heat and is chargeable without removing the lithium-polymer. The durable, flexible heat tape ride on top and between your fingers for increased heating. PrimaLoft One synthetic insulation and breathable GORE-TEX XCR insert for total elemental protection and moisture management.
- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version