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Black Diamond Transition Glove Review


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Pros:  Great dexterity, soft, precision fit
Cons:  Expensive, bulky wrist closure, not most durable
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Manufacturer:   Black Diamond

Overview

Black Diamond's Transition Glove offers a great combination of durability and dexterity by using many different layers of goat skin. The leather is thicker in the high-use areas and thinner in the low-use areas. They have some of the best articulated fit and dexterity. The goat skin makes them soft and comfortable right away; they don't require a long break-in period. If you want a glove for more heavy use belaying, we would recommend just a cheap pair of leather gloves or the Metolius Belay Glove.

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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings

Review by:
Chris McNamara
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
OutdoorGearLab

Last Updated:
Saturday
March 20, 2010

Likes


These are some of the best gloves for belaying that we tested. The goat skin gives them great feel for ropes and carabiners. The articulated fit means there is very little "dead space" in the finger tips and they grab things nicely. When you put them on they seem "pre-curved" so as to be ideally designed to hold biners and ropes.

Dislikes


Other than being expensive, there are not many dislikes. The Velcro wrist closure is a little more bulky than it needs to be, but that is not a giant deal. They are not incredibly durable; just middle of the road durable. The finger tips will wear out before a glove with cowhide.

Best Application


These are ideal for belaying. They are a little expensive for using in super heavy use situations. We would not use these for heavy rappelling or heavy sport crag use. They are better for more intermediate use such as giving an extra tight belay, multi-pitch climbing, etc.

Value


The downside is that at $45 they are the most expensive belay glove I have seen.
Chris McNamara

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