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Black Diamond Glissade Gloves

rated 3.00 of 5 stars
photo: Black Diamond Glissade Gloves insulated glove/mitten

Very well-made gloves with a great balance of warmth and dexterity within their temperature rating, for general mountaineering, mountain activities, and more.

Pros

  • Great water- and wind-proof shell
  • Outer shell with elasticity
  • Warm and comfortable

Bought them for a winter trip and while keeping in mind that my activities in the mountains will diversify and become more technical in the next few years. I bought the previous year's model now that a new one has surfaced and got a bargain.

The outer shell is synthetic and inspires confidence in its water proof and windproof abilities. The palm is goat leather, well treated, soft and flexible. A velour like textile on the outer thumb meant to function (I think) as a nose wipe. Finally, a loop on the outer middle finger for attaching them with a biner and the opening facing down.

These gloves are worn over the sleeve of any jacket (except the burliest of the burly perhaps), and a drawstring ensures no snow or wind will enter. This string is elastic and functions in the same simple way as the ones on backpacks' openings: pull and it locks, pull the non-elastic loop and it opens, so great single-hand functionality. 

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Experience

I have used it in cold conditions (-2°C) and played around with the surrounding snow to test their warmth and insulation; no sign of cold. I also tried to tie in a no-step-in harness (where you tie the belt buckle and leg loops around you), I don't think the operation could be better for this level of warmth, and although I didn't have a lot of difficulty I think the force of habit will overcome a few difficulties. Greatly recommended, and I don't think there are missing features as compared to the new model, a lot must be cosmetic.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 45 euros

Great glove for the price but I don't really like the Thinsulate insulation (it's kind of scratchy). If you are willing to spend a little bit more money the Black Diamond Soloist Glove is a better option.

11-13-2010 Update:

In my last review i said this glove was kinda scratchy. Well it got worse with time and now it is extremely, irritatingly uncomfortable to put them on I am returning them.

P.S. I have a pair of BD Mercury Mitts and so far so good :) super comfy

Price Paid: $59

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Specs

Men's
Price MSRP: $79.95
Current Retail: $69.95-$79.95
Historic Range: $19.95-$169.95
Reviewers Paid: $59.00
Temp Range -20/-1 °C / -5/30 °F
Weight Per Pair 161.2 g / 5.69 oz
Women's
Price MSRP: $59.95
Historic Range: $23.02-$69.95
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