The Black Diamond Guide is our OutdoorGearLab Top Pick for Cold Weather Skiing and Snowboarding, and it is seriously warm. It was the overall warmest contender we tested, making it an excellent option for arctic lift rides, folks whose hands get cold easily, and high altitude mountaineering. Tester Ian Nicholson wore this product all the way to the summit of Denali on a day with a daytime high of -38F and summitted during -42F (with a pair of hand-warmers) and has climbed Denali 7 times overall in them. This glove features a removable liner, making drying them a breeze. They have a stretchy shell that is reinforced with goat leather (obviously not stretchy in places where it is reinforced) and a Gore-tex insert for weather protection. These gloves are super tough and easily one of the most durable in our review. However, all of the leather, insulation and relatively strong shell fabric means they aren't as dexterous as most of the other products we tested. They're also one of the stiffer models we reviewed especially off the shelf, almost to the point of making us shy away. But after four or five days of use, like a good baseball glove, they broke in nicely.
If you love the Guide Glove, you should check out the Black Diamond Guide Finger Glove. This new version of the Guide Glove provides the dexterity of your index finger while combining the warmth of a mitten in the same glove. The Guide Finger Gloves retains all the same specifications of the warm Guide Glove, and at the same price point its worth a look.