These offer a synthetic palm surface different than any other we tested. It is thick and durable and great at minimizing heat transfer to your hand. It is also a little slippery and bulky when handling biners. It is one of the least expensive gloves we tested. For a full-fingered version of this glove, check out the CAMP Light Synthetic Glove.These are good gloves if you are on a budget and want a light rappel glove. They are good for multi-pitch climbs where you don't plan to use them to belay. They are incredibly durable but do not have nearly the dexterity of the PMI Fingerless Glove, which is $10 more, or the Black Diamond Stone Glove, which is $15 more. Both of those gloves give you much more confidence when belaying or handling carabiners on lead but are not nearly as durable or ideal for rappelling.
CAMP Fingerless Glove Review
Cons: Not great dexterity, a little slippery feeling
Our Analysis and Test Results
For rappelling, this glove gives you a lot of hand protection for the money. You can really clamp down on the rope and not feel much heat. It is also a material that is very hard to wear out. In fact, we had a hard time showing much wear at all to the palm. Because the entire back of the hand is synthetic and stretchy, it both breathes well and feels comfy. These are some of the lighter gloves we tested. They also have the fuzzy stuff on the thumb so you can wipe your snot off easily. They have a little blue tab that helps pull the gloves off when you are done.
The downside to the thick material on the palm is that it is not very easy to handle carabiners with. The material is not very supple, especially at first. Over time, the gloves break in a little, but the surface material always remains a little slippery. Handling ropes, carabiners, and belay devices takes more effort and we would not want to handle biners way off the deck.
This is a solid glove for rappelling if you don't mind rappelling with a fingerless glove. It is not as ideal for belaying or handling carabiners because surface is a little slippery and hard to handle biners with. For aid leads, the palm is just a little too bulky and clunky for our tastes.
These are the cheapest climbing gloves we tested. They are also very durable. So if you mainly buy this for rapping, they are a great value.
— Chris McNamara
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