Not so great for arc welding, these gloves are more about arcing turns. The Black Diamond Arc is a durable and dexterous solution for adventures where you are doing as much climbing as skiing. A great all around glove for anyone who tends to wear gloves out quickly and an even better glove for those that just want something that will perform. A Pittards Oil Tac leather palm gives you confidence in your grip that these won't get worn through on rocky scrambles or while plunging an ice axe. A waterproof insert and light insulation on the back of the hand keep you dry and warm. The BD Arc is delightfully simple in its construction and intention; it's a glove that does its job.
- Light insulation on the back of the hand and fingers for those cold days when the only thing keeping you from coming back for more is sunlight or headlamp batteries.
- Pittards Oil Tac leather palm and finger tips emphasize durability and dexterity.
- Velcro cuff closure for versatile venting options and easy on/off.
- Waterproof BDry insert for cozy digits.
|Weight (pair)||162g [L]|
||Nylon, Pittards Oil Tac leather, elastic, fleece|
|Insulation||BDdry inserts on fingers, light wool lining on back|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Ski touring, ski mountaineering, alpinism|
|Notes||Pittards Oil Tac leather palms provide great grip and durability|
|Bottom Line||Grip it and rip it|
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Questions & Reviews
I will say they seem to run a bit small, so take that into advisement if ordering online. I'm usually a Large but the XL fits nicely snug on my hands.
I got them for when I needed some additional weather-proofness compared to my more typical minimalistic softshell gloves.
The extra insulation is helpful, but even more impressive is the waterproof insert. Not like wearing a pair of Gore-Tex overgloves, but still far beyond the usual softshell.
Excellent dexterity and grip.
Fit is maybe a bit on the tighter side (at least for my generation), but I still fit fine in my usual size Medium.
Durability has been very good: I did wear through one pair, but had a lot of rough use and abuse, so I wasn't at all disappointed in its lifespan.
Only major drawback is no touchscreen compatibility, but hasn't been a problem since I use them only for weather conditions when a touchscreen wouldn't work well anyway.
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