Gloves, Mitts & Warmers

There have probably been more new glove designs appeared in the last few years than any other item of equipment. And none of them are perfect! However though the one glove that does everything is some way off existing, some of these new gloves are excellent.

Walking: Whilst having a waterproof glove or mitt in your rucksack is probably a good idea in case the weather gets really bad, wearing them when it is not actually raining is not. As with all waterproof clothing, however breathable, sweat build up will occur and this leads to chilling. Consider using wind resistant gloves instead and save your waterproof ones for downpours.

Climbing: The main secret to having warm hands when ice climbing is to have several pairs of gloves available. Firstly for walking in to the crag something like a pair of windproof or thick liner gloves so that you do not sweat up your climbing gloves (which will then chill on you as soon as you slow down). In general, for climbing, mitts are warmer than gloves: however if you have to take your mitt off to place/remove gear and it fills up with snow then your hands will get very cold so it is better to wear a glove that is dextrous enough so that you do not need to take it off. Either an insulated softshell type glove glove, or an insulated waterproof type should suit your purpose, but for long routes or multiple days two pairs are sensible - when one pair becomes wet, ditch them in your sack, pull out a nice cosy dry pair, and be the envy of your climbing partner! Finally, for warming your hands up at the top of a route and walking out it is hard to beat Buffalo Mitts (very light to carry so the ideal spare mitt) or Dachsteins, and the latter make a good spare climbing mitt if you drop one of your gloves. An alternative method that also works well is to wear a very thin glove and a big warm mitt. When you need to place gear slide the hand out of the mitt and leave the mitt captive in your axe leash. This is a bit more cumbersome but is probably a better method for anyone who suffers from cold hands.

The BMC site has a useful page on Frostbite and there is an excellent article on keeping your digits warm (and indeed on keeping your digits) on Tim Mosedale's Website.

Rab Stretch Knit Glove Black
Rab Stretch Knit Glove Black
£8.99
10 + In Stock
Sealskinz Thermal Liner Glove
Sealskinz Thermal Liner Glove
£9.99
1 In Stock
OMM Fusion Glove
OMM Fusion Glove
£24.99
3 In Stock
Rab Men's Forge 160 Glove Ebony
Rab Men's Forge 160 Glove
£15.00
2 In Stock
Rab Women's Forge 160 Glove Ebony
Rab Women's Forge 160 Glove
£15.00
1 In Stock
Montane Men's Via Trail Gloves
Montane Men's Via Trail Gloves
£25.00
4 In Stock
Montane Women's Via Trail Gloves
Montane Women's Via Trail Gloves
£25.00
4 In Stock
Montane Via Groove Gloves
Montane Via Groove Glove
£40.00
1 In Stock
Mountain Equipment Men's Touch Screen Grip Glove Black
Mountain Equipment Men's Touch Screen Grip Glove Black
£29.99
4 In Stock
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Mountain Equipment Womens Touch Screen Grip Gloves Black
£29.99
3 In Stock
Sealskinz Ultragrip Touchscreen Glove
Sealskinz Ultragrip Touchscreen Glove
£36.99
5 In Stock
Black Diamond Fleece MidWeight Screentap Gloves
Black Diamond Fleece MidWeight Screentap Gloves
£35.00
10 + In Stock
Rab Vapour-Rise Glove Ink
Rab Vapour-Rise Glove
£40.00
1 In Stock
Mountain Equipment Men's Terra Glove Cardinal Orange
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Mountain Equipment Men's Terra Glove
£70.00
3 In Stock
Mountain Equipment Women's Terra Glove Tasman
Mountain Equipment Women's Terra Glove
£70.00
2 In Stock
Mountain Equipment Drilite Overmitt
Mountain Equipment Drilite Overmitts
£30.00
2 In Stock
Montane Men's Prism Gloves Black
Montane Men's Prism Gloves Black
£45.00
4 In Stock
Montane Women's Prism Gloves Black
Montane Women's Prism Gloves Black
£45.00
2 In Stock
Montane Men's Prism Mitts Black
Montane Men's Prism Mitts Black
£45.00
3 In Stock
Montane Women's Prism Mitts Black
Montane Women's Prism Mitts Black
£45.00
2 In Stock
Montane Super Prism Glove Black
Montane Super Prism Glove
£50.00
1 In Stock
Mountain Equipment Men's Super Alpine Glove Black
Mountain Equipment Men's Super Alpine Glove Black
£75.00
2 In Stock
Mountain Equipment Women's Super Alpine Glove Black
Mountain Equipment Women's Super Alpine Glove Black
£75.00
2 In Stock
Mountain Equipment Men's G2 Alpine Glove Black
Mountain Equipment Men's G2 Alpine Glove
£59.99
2 In Stock

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