/ Using work gloves for climbing.
My favourite 'cheapish' (€20 normally) gloves for most winter things but actual climbing are the marmot basic work gloves. Short review http://www.redbull.com/en/adventure/stories/1331590661213/marmot-basic-work-glove longer one on my blog http://lightfromthenorth.blogspot.fi/2012/10/marmot-basic-work-glove-review.html
I also have a pair of lined leather 'drivers' gloves, which I use for the walk in, but swap to the Argon's for the climbing
Here is a review on them both and a blog.
hope this helps
ive tried em all!, i now use work gloves for work....thats what theyre designed for & work best at.
i use winter climbing gloves for.... winter climbing, thats what they`re designed for & are best at.
I use these...
...and have a pair of extremities mitts for putting on at stances/afterwards. These Briers gloves have excellent textured rubber which means you don't have to tape the shafts for double handers....
I used leather fingerless sailing gloves to stop myself getting metal splinters on via ferrata.
I've used similar and down to -20C and they were pretty shite. They weren't up to the 4k cycle home and were rubbish for climbing in. Dachstiens were a much better bet; assuming you can do what you need to with them. They are good in that you can buy 10 pairs and have lots of dry pairs, but that's about it.
I used posh gloves for a while then switched to leather work gloves with thinsulate lining - cost 10 euro ! I sprayed the work gloves to improve waterproofing, so you could add that small extra cost.
As far as I can tell any serious gloves are fine until they get wet and then they are pretty useless.
Perhaps the work gloves are slightly more prone to getting sodden, but if you carry a spare pair (a good idea in any case) then it's fine.
A friend told me that he once bought some very expensive gloves from a very well known brand. They rapidly disintegrated to reveal that the insulation was bubble plastic ! Now bubble platic may be fine, but charging a hunderd pounds for it seems a tad saucy.
They are great, but take days to dry out. I'd use them (+ a spare of the same) for a Scottish day out, then drying them when I got home took at least 2 or 3 days in the airing cupboard. Not recommended if you are doing more than a one day trip.
> They are great, but take days to dry out. I'd use them (+ a spare of the same) for a Scottish day out, then drying them when I got home took at least 2 or 3 days in the airing cupboard. Not recommended if you are doing more than a one day trip.
Ideal for Skye, after watching my mate trash a new pair of decent gloves scrambling, the cheap rubberised gloves are a no brainer disposable alternative, so even if you only get one day and bin them.
That's a +1 for the Argons. I use them for mixed and also for cycling in the winter.
They're a bit 'sticky' (the rubber is very harsh), which means ropes and hardware don't glide through your hand as easily, but you get used to this after a while.
The Argons (called Ninja Ice gloves in North America) seem to divide people - maybe its whether the glove fits so to speak...? A couple of guides swear by them including Ron Walker (see thread), who are out all season in them.
I have a pair of Tesco £10 leather gloves that have survived lots of winter use but are in the process of falling apart. They seem to be good quality leather with a thin and robust fleece lining and work amazingly well. Most cheap gloves have cotton linings and therefore are useless in the cold.
I seem to recall that 'bin man gloves' were an essential part of Mal Duff's first ascent of Point Blank, with Jon Tinker's alpine bin-man experience appearing to inspire the glove solution after his contribution on as previous attempt.
Ordinary work gloves often have a rough leather finish that will frost up and tend to grip icy rocks. The cotton content can be a problem but wearing polyprop inners usually work well. I have used that combination for working in freezing conditions including on generators on hill-tops in -12C and it is quite effective.
I work outside in all weathers a drystone waller and have used the Skytech argons. Following a previous thread I took a new pair to Scotland last winter. They were just warm enough but scrambling around with ice axe on a mixed climbs they soon started to get damp from sweat. Once I cooled down so did my hands. Luckily i took the precautions of having my normal winter gloves with me and ended up wearing them.
They are hard to dryout but at home I have the advantage of central heating/radiators!
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