/ Winter gloves
Any help appreciated :) cheers
If you're using a axe/s then SKYTEC Argon work gloves are really good apparently, and very cheap, haven't had chance to try mine out but I know 2 people that swear by them and quite a lot of people on here use them.
If not then montane mitts are warm, light weight and waterproof.
After a bit of searching I have an Ebay supplier for you.
e b a y .co.uk/itm/Venitex-Fur-Lined-Leather-Ski-Gloves-Mens-Ladies-Work-Wear-Winter-Cold-Driving-/220934764016
You will have to add www and remove spaces as it wouldn't let me post web address fully.
warm and comfy!
Hi Zoe, there have a few threads about winter gloves on here.....
As a result I purchased a pair of skytech argon gloves, and found them to be absolutely fantastic. They don't look that trendy, but have just used them for two days in Glencoe..really good. In fact, I'm going to buy another pair just in case....
Dachstein mitts are fantastic, cheap, and not technically waterproof. Except that they keep your hands drier and warmer then any "waterproof" glove i have ever owned (which is lots). I didn't believe it until i tried them...
There 1/3 of the price of decent ice climbing gloves and work better, cant recommend them enough. I have never tried the glove version (but am tempted too).
If you do fall into the trap of buying modern gore-tex or similar gloves then make sure you get a good deal, one usually can and they arn't worth nearly there often excessive RRP
Another very good piece of advice i would give is don't go winter climbing with less then 2 (preferably 3) pairs of gloves 'cos they will end up soggy and if you don't have a spare set your hands will freeze!
If you want cheap gore-tex gloves Go-outdoor are advertising extremeties ice-gauntlets for £25 (RRP £85), but don't buy them, buy dachsteins :-)
As as a system I tend to have a couple of pairs of the skytech argon (thin sticky gloves) in my pocket in case i'm going to be climbing with my hands directly or doing anything dexterous; then the Dachstein Mitts on my hands.
I was going to.get some waterproof over mitts for when i'm in wet slushy snow or on ice that's dripping wet; but a friend suggested oiling or waxing the mitts directly to increase their water repellancy enough to cope with all but direct immersion... I keep meaning to try it, but i also have ME Guide gloves somewhere for that kind of situation, its just been so long since I used them instead of the dachsteins that I don't even know where they are.
Don't focus on "waterproof" too much, as one way or other your gloves will probably get soaked anyway and ironically non-waterproof gloves dry out much quicker.
I would suggest going for a "system" of 3 gloves rather than one set of gloves, something like:
You'll probably get quite warm during the walk in. Get some thin liner gloves - silk or meraklon for less than £10 for the walk in and gearing up.
Get some pile lined softshell gloves for climbing in. These are warm when wet, dextrous and dry out quickly. eg Outdoor Reasearch Extravert or Mountain Equipment Randonee (£25-£45)
Keep the windchill off your hands when stopped. Get some shell mitts to bung over the top when belaying eg Decathalon Boost Heat mitts £8 or Buffalo mitts £20
Wrap a drink bottle full of your favourite warm drink in your belay mitts so they're nice and toasty when you stop.
Keeping your hands warm is more than a consideration of gloves - keep hydrated, eat plenty of calories (try hot choc with double cream or butter, eat cheese, salami etc) and keep your core warm and dry and keep moving when stopped.
This should go without saying but whatever you choose to use, sew in idiot loops. It will save you money and stress, the number of times I have seen friends drop gloves.
I've never found it a problem, I guess it's all about what you get used to...
It does definately help to loop a bit of paracord with one of the non-rated alpkit wiregates on it to my harness, as the gear equivalent of idiot loops.
Hiw do the dachsteins come size wise? Im about a size 9 hand or large normally but would want the steins abit bigger as id have some merino liners and wrist warmers underneath.
Any help would be appreciated
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