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Re: Winter gloves for scrambling

Post by Jorts » Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:25 pm

No such thing as an insulating glove with great dexterity. Every recommendation for an overmitt in combination with a lighter glove is spot on. Realistically you can do a lot of 3rd class with giant honking mittens on.
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Re: Winter gloves for scrambling

Post by Wildernessjane » Mon Dec 07, 2020 6:26 pm

Jorts wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:25 pm
No such thing as an insulating glove with great dexterity. Every recommendation for an overmitt in combination with a lighter glove is spot on. Realistically you can do a lot of 3rd class with giant honking mittens on.
It’s all relative of course but I disagree. I would argue you can find decently warm gloves that have pretty good dexterity but the durability factor is what I’ve struggled with finding. Those Hestra gloves were plenty warm and scrambled well. I’ve also really liked CAMP’s Gekko Hot gloves. However, I’ve trashed both of these options. I always carry overmitts but it can be difficult to go back and forth between handling an ice axe and the rock on a sustained scramble with bulky mitts on.
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Re: Winter gloves for scrambling

Post by Wildernessjane » Mon Dec 07, 2020 6:27 pm

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! Definitely some ideas I hadn’t thought of. I’ll have check out those insulated fishing gloves next.
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Re: Winter gloves for scrambling

Post by cottonmountaineering » Mon Dec 07, 2020 6:28 pm

JQDivide wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:52 am
I usually use a pair of insulated leather work gloves from any hardware store/walmart. Might add some water proofing.
But consider these a second pair of gloves and have my usual winter gloves/mittens with me.

And the fingers... Nearly every pair of gloves I own have holes in the finger tips. No way around that if you're using them.
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Re: Winter gloves for scrambling

Post by blazintoes » Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:10 am

Cycling gloves work well too I use the older version of this glove [url]https://www.specialized.com/us/en/women ... 67221-3802[/url]

My specialized glove also has a microfiber thumb so I can delicately wipe my snot. How thoughtful huh?
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Re: Winter gloves for scrambling

Post by jscully205 » Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:44 am

Can attest that some winter cycling gloves are surprisingly warm, durable, and have great articulation. I have a pair of Castelli gloves that I forgot the model of, but have used them scrambling mild 3rd class in the winter along with using them on Denali. They've held up great for about 5 years serving dual purpose in cycling and climbing.
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Re: Winter gloves for scrambling

Post by Wildernessjane » Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:45 am

Sweet! I’ve got some warm weather cycling gloves lying around. Never thought to try those out for scrambling.
blazintoes wrote:
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My specialized glove also has a microfiber thumb so I can delicately wipe my snot. How thoughtful huh?
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Re: Winter gloves for scrambling

Post by timisimaginary » Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:17 am

Wildernessjane wrote:
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:45 am
Sweet! I’ve got some warm weather cycling gloves lying around. Never thought to try those out for scrambling.
blazintoes wrote:
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My specialized glove also has a microfiber thumb so I can delicately wipe my snot. How thoughtful huh?
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offtopic, but...

during cool temperature season, i'll wipe my nose on gloves or long-sleeves, but during the summer with short sleeves i found nose-wiping more difficult (i always get a runny nose during exercise, no matter the temperature). so i started wearing wrist bands. one for wiping sweat off my forehead, the other for wiping my nose. very important to keep track of which is which, though.
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Re: Winter gloves for scrambling

Post by Altitude High » Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:18 am

Anyone have an opinion based on experience of the Hestra Heli leather mitts vs. Alti mitts? Looks like the Heli is slightly more dexterous, compared to zero dexterity in the Alti.
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Re: Winter gloves for scrambling

Post by cottonmountaineering » Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:41 am

Altitude High wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:18 am
Anyone have an opinion based on experience of the Hestra Heli leather mitts vs. Alti mitts? Looks like the Heli is slightly more dexterous, compared to zero dexterity in the Alti.
i have both, the alti mitts are overkill for anything in the lower 48. hestra mitt is appropriate for winter in colorado and the leather is very good, i can do my ski buckles and other things like that with the mitts on
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Re: Winter gloves for scrambling

Post by nmjameswilson » Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:05 am

I have not used these for climbing but they are great for fishing in cold weather. I think these might be an option for you as you can go between climbing with fingers out and covering up when not actually climbing.
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Re: Winter gloves for scrambling

Post by JtheChemE » Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:31 pm

cottonmountaineering wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:41 am
Altitude High wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:18 am
Anyone have an opinion based on experience of the Hestra Heli leather mitts vs. Alti mitts? Looks like the Heli is slightly more dexterous, compared to zero dexterity in the Alti.
i have both, the alti mitts are overkill for anything in the lower 48. hestra mitt is appropriate for winter in colorado and the leather is very good, i can do my ski buckles and other things like that with the mitts on
I don't think it's accurate to categorically say the "alti mitts are overkill for anything in the lower 48". I have been out in some truly foul weather here in CO winter where anything else would have resulted in an undesirable outcome. Alti mitts are 100% always in my winter kit every outing, and have seen heavy use over the last 5 years doing winter 14ers and are still going strong.

I've also done plenty of ez third class in alti mitts. For more difficult scrambling (but not sustained) I'll just use the cheap $10 liner gloves (or no gloves for a single odd move) from costco, and when done I'll warm my hands up in mittens. For more sustained scrambling, I've put a few hard years into Hestra Heli gloves, and they have held up pretty well. For either my mitts or the heli, it is nice to have a modular system (shell + Insulator) so that I can dial the dexterity/warmth as needed in combo with a liner.

I did try the Kinco / leather ice fishing glove route, but I didn't like not having a gauntlet / wrist straps / finger loop. They also just felt way too bulky, but admittedly I did not give them a chance and break them in.
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