Dry Tool Glove


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Dry Tool Glove
Manufacturer Black Diamond
Page By John
Page Type Feb 3, 2003 / Feb 3, 2003
Object ID 655
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Designed for mixed climbing, these gloves offer dexterity as well as weatherproof warmth and durability.
  • Triple-layer laminated construction is windproof, waterproof and breathable for true performance over a range of conditions
  • Hydrophobic Schoeller Extreme-WB™ outer stretches for a custom fit; supple Pittards® leather palms and fingers for extra grip and durability
  • Mid-layer laminate barrier allows the glove to breathe while providing total wind and weather protection
  • Plush lining is soft, comfortable and provides insulation and warmth for cold-climate wear


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John - Feb 3, 2003 10:42 pm - Voted 4/5

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Warmer and stiffer than Windstopper fleece gloves, these are great for climbing in "warmer" temperatures when the BD Ice gloves are overkill. A bit warmer than the neoprene Glacier Gloves. The leather palm and fingers works great for gripping tools and occasional rock. It's "okay" for rappeling but if you rappel too fast, you'll rip a hole in the leather. If you do a lot of rock scrambling, the leather will also wear out fast. Metolius Rock Climbing Gloves are an example of leather gloves that that can withstand scrambling and rappelling. While they are different gloves for different purposes, it would be nice if the Dry Tool gloves were as bomber as the Metolius ones. These are not the warmest gloves out there so when the temps drop or your hands are against the ice or snow, you may need to thaw out your fingers every once in a while. My primary gripe is that I wish they had at least some padding for the knuckles as they are designed for tool swinging. The leather can get wet and damp so I try to warm it up with my hands when it does. You can find these on sale every once in a while. Overall, pretty sweet.

bbense - Jul 14, 2003 4:48 pm - Voted 4/5

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While I haven't done a lot of ice climbing in these gloves,

I've been skiing in them for 3 seasons now and they are the best combination of warmth and dexterity I've found. I like them because I can do pretty much everything I need to do without taking my gloves off. They are nearly as nimble as plain leather gloves and significantly warmer.

The down side of these gloves is the expense and the leather seems to be a bit fragile. They also aren't quite warm enough for storm day skiing. With a simple shell over them, they are warm enough for anything in the Sierra though. Also, when they get wet, ( sweat mostly) the black leather stains your hands.

Erik Beeler - Nov 16, 2003 6:19 pm - Voted 5/5

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Have had these gloves for over a year and they have been durable. I ice climb in them and dexterity is very good but you won't use them in colder temps. I have been fine in them down to 12 degrees when not climbing in them but when climbing they have been good only down to 20 degrees or so. They are rated at about 28 or 29 degrees so I can only give them high marks for warmth because they are warmer than what BD claims.

STW - Jan 12, 2004 10:17 pm - Voted 3/5

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I wasn't as happy with these gloves as some of the other reviewers. Primarily because I didn't find them as dextrous as I'd hoped. They certainly aren't bad, but my expectations were high after reading about them and talking to folks; but when I tried using them, my expectations weren't met.

I found the fabric in the fingers to be actually pretty thick, and I found the leather to be a bit slippery. Compared to the Cloudveil IceFloe glove (probably its nearest competitor), the DryTool Glove is considerably less dextrous, but a bit warmer. The DryTool glove also has no supplementary padding on the knuckles/fingers.

Also, when they got wet, they took forever to dry!

miztflip - Nov 28, 2004 9:08 am - Voted 4/5

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I don't use these for ice climbing as I found the box fingers to be a bit akward and they are a bit light.

Instead I use them as my mid weight hiking gloves where they seem to work better. They keep my hands warm in cold, windy weather without letting them sweat too much.

Steve Larson - Dec 11, 2004 2:32 am - Voted 4/5

So far, so good
Not enough experience with these to say they're a five-star product, but no complaints yet. Yes, they're less dexterous that anything made out of windstopper or light weight shell/fleece lined gloves, but they're pretty tough. I've used them on alpine gullies in the Sierra, where it was way too warm for any other insulated glove. I could do everything I needed to do with these on, from placing protection to ripping the tops off GU packs.

IceMonkey - Jul 29, 2005 9:13 am - Voted 5/5

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An amazing glove for Ice, dry tool and mixed use. I've done rock routes in winter wearing these, and the dexterity maintained is truely brilliant. The down side to using them on rock routes is you wear through the finger tips quite quick.

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