Black Diamond Punisher Gloves Review

punisher.jpgFinally, I’ve found an ice climbing glove that offers warmth and dexterity in one simple package! For the last couple of years, I’ve climbed in thin Arc’teryx gloves, and just dealt with the cold hands that sometimes resulted. Having a good pair of belay mitts would help, but on some days it would just get unbearable. Problem is, I climb with Petzl Ergo leashless tools, which you can’t really use with a bulky glove, as the grip is not adjustable (where were the engineers on that one?). I plan on upgrading to some Nomics next season, but this year I found a glove that was warm AND I could still hold onto my tools with. The Black Diamond Punisher is pretty simple, it’s got some padding for your hands and knuckles, an insert to keep water out, and they fit really well. After breaking them in, I was able to enjoy pitch after pitch with warm hands. What a novel idea! Several of my friends have picked up a pair, and we all agree this is THE glove for leashless climbing. Way to go BD.

3 Responses to Black Diamond Punisher Gloves Review

  1. I agree BJ, the Punishers rule. I was climbing in a thin pair of Mountain Hardwear softshell gloves but my hands would get cold. The Punishers offer it all, dexterity of a thin glove but with warmth to keep your fingers happy. Sweet gloves!

    Mike March 24, 2008 at 2:21 pm
  2. I bought a pair late last season as a result of a test-drive on a pitch in Vail just to check them out. I was very impressed with the dexterity and some nice padding to help when the swings start to get a little erratic. I use them with the BD Reactors and it’s a great combination.

    Mike Shelton October 21, 2008 at 8:50 pm
  3. This glovers are great!. I too am constantly in search of the perfect glove. I think I’ve finally found them. I used to climb in Cloudveil ice Flows. If you like those gloves, then you will like these even better. They are just as good but they are waterproof, which was the Ice Flows down fall. They are kind of expensive, so it might be advisable to bring a cheap pair of gloves to rappel with.

    Jack November 28, 2009 at 4:08 am
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