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Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Best DURABLE glove? on 12/12/2013 00:59:50 MST Print View

It has been cold here lately and I've been wearing my light hiking gloves quite a bit and they are showing wear faster than I expected.

So the question is: do you have a favorite light, general purpose glove that has good durability?

Thanks!

Ito Jakuchu
(jakuchu) - MLife

Locale: Japan
Rab M14 on 12/12/2013 01:37:19 MST Print View

I was in the same position until literally one week ago. Have great general purpose thin but strong trekking gloves but they are getting a bit too cold now. I came across the Rab M14 climbing gloves. They are not lined but they give good protection/are warmer and they work really great for trekking.

They have the best dexterity of any glove I have ever worn. Breathable but quite water resistant material on top (Polartec Power Shield Pro), with a very nice grippy leather on the palms. There is some extra cushioning on the edge of your palm and the pinky finger which is apparently for climbing tools, but it falls in the perfect spot for my trekking poles as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIDDWoOqLYw

If they are not warm enough they have a warmer lined version as well I think, called the Alpine glove.

Edited by jakuchu on 12/12/2013 18:00:15 MST.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
durable gloves on 12/12/2013 09:53:30 MST Print View

Wells-Lamont deerskin.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: durable gloves on 12/12/2013 09:59:40 MST Print View

+1 on the deerskin.

I just bought a new pair a few nights ago.

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: durable gloves on 12/12/2013 10:11:58 MST Print View

JRC is not only american made but from Centralia for the double win. I believe they used to be called Churchill Glove Co.

http://www.jrcglove.com/page/HISTORY.html

They make a lined elkskin glove for Altai. I've sent a super sweet letter to Ms. Claus asking for a pair this year.

http://altaiskis.com/buy-products/clothing/lined-elkskin-leather-gloves/

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
Re: Best DURABLE glove? on 12/12/2013 10:23:03 MST Print View

anything leather or synthetic leather palmed

these ones are decently priced and tougher than most hikers would need ... 20$

http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/climbing-gloves/crag-glove-BD801858CBLTSM_1.html



;)

Edited by bearbreeder on 12/12/2013 10:24:01 MST.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Best DURABLE glove? on 12/12/2013 10:32:49 MST Print View

I've been using the same pair of fox river rag wool fingerless gloves for a couple years now. I've scrambled over rocks, pushed through brush, carried big pieces of firewood, and they have hold up well for being wool gloves.

Or you could use those sticky rubber palmed gloves with the knit backing that landscapers use.

Sumi Wada
(DetroitTigerFan) - F

Locale: Ann Arbor
Re: Best DURABLE glove? on 12/12/2013 11:23:14 MST Print View

Outdoor Research "Flurry" gloves.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: BD Crag glove on 12/12/2013 12:17:22 MST Print View

Good deal spotting, Eric. That's the sort of glove I had in mind-- pleather palm and a basic second skin. I'm liking that carabiner hole in the wrist too-- I'm almost phobic about losing a glove. Shipping is free at Black Diamond right now as well :)

$20 is nothing in the glove market. I'm amazed that you can spend hundreds with no effort.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: BD Crag glove on 12/12/2013 12:27:22 MST Print View

The advantage of real leather vs. gloves with synthetics is being able to use your hands to tend the fire.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
Re: Re: BD Crag glove on 12/12/2013 12:35:10 MST Print View

i bought a set for one of my climbing partners earlier in the year ...

shes use it in peru hiking that inca trail thing as well as in the amazon and she loved them ... she also used them for tough mudder ...

not to mention belaying my lard AZN azz ...

for 20$ ... and you may find deals and coupons on other sites ... its not too much more than hardwear store equivalent gloves ....

;)

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Ragg wool gloves on 12/12/2013 12:37:57 MST Print View

Thanks, Justin

I've always thought of ragg wool items as classic outdoor gear. When I was doing a lot of cross country skiing in the 70's and 80', I was wearing ragg wool gloves with leather palms, beanie cap and sweater too.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: JRC gloves on 12/12/2013 12:40:03 MST Print View

I bookmarked the JRC site. They have some great deals on seconds too.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Re: BD Crag glove on 12/12/2013 13:35:43 MST Print View

I was actually looking at mechanics style gloves and the Crag is in that realm, minus the crazy graphics and colors. I have plenty of cold weather stuff. The Crags look like a good candidate for use with trekking poles. BD does make a Trekking glove that is similar.

I found some BD WoolWeight gloves that look like a slicked up version of the Ragg wool gloves with leather palms.

BTW, Sunny Sports has a bunch of gloves on sale, including the Crag and WoolWeight.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Crag gloves on 12/12/2013 13:37:35 MST Print View

Those BD gloves are horrid. The velcro wrist closure is super stiff and chafes like mad.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: BD Crag glove on 12/12/2013 14:01:54 MST Print View

dale ...

i use the mechanix gloves for the last few years just fine ...

just a warning, like all leather (synth leather) they arent quick drying

as to chaffing with the BD crag gloves ... my partner never noticed any issues, and she used them alot ... each to their own

;)

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: durable gloves on 12/12/2013 14:55:35 MST Print View

"+1 on the deerskin."

Make that +2, with pig skin as a close second.

Tad Englund
(bestbuilder) - F - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: durable gloves on 12/12/2013 15:16:44 MST Print View

Dave are you talking about picture #1 or #2?

#1


wells1

#2


wells2

Edited by bestbuilder on 12/12/2013 15:17:25 MST.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
deerskin gloves on 12/12/2013 15:31:21 MST Print View

#1. They have the best fit for my skinny fingers.

Tad Englund
(bestbuilder) - F - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: deerskin gloves on 12/12/2013 15:40:32 MST Print View

Dave, the nice thing about those gloves is you can get them at Costco in a 2/pack.

I find I have to break in the little fingers because the seam flops over my middle knuckle while bent and if I don't massage the seam the other way I get a terrible pain in my knuckle. After about 3 wearing’s the problem seems to be fix it self.
I think it is caused by my fingers being too skinny to force the seam the other way (thus the manual manipulation).

Sorry for the thread drift, but I have used these gloves for years (mostly at work or in the yard) and it happens on every new pair.

Edited by bestbuilder on 12/12/2013 15:41:13 MST.