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Our toughest leather gloves for belaying and rappelling. READ MORE
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Our toughest leather gloves for belaying and rappelling. Learn More


A full-fingered leather glove with breathable stretch fabric, designed for via ferrata and belaying. Imported.

  • Goat leather and Tweave stretch fabric
  • Leather knuckle and palm patches with Kevlar® stitching
  • Hook-and-loop cuff closure

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Weight Per Pair :   93 g (3.3 oz)


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Transition Gloves is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 34.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Glove of all gloves I have to say that when I first spotted this glove I thought that it wouldn't hold up to what I had in mind. It has been a few years and this glove has been through the grinder. Working with ropes was the lightest thing it had to deal with. The toughest job it had was moving broken concrete in the rain the other jobs included lifting hot pots off camp fires, moving hand fulls of stone and chip, keeping my hands from being shredded when coming off a bike on to the gravel and hedge trimming as well as a tonne of other jobs I don't think you had in mind when designing this gem of equipment. This glove alone restores my faith in quality in a product.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely a nice glove, and tough; the hand is properly sized by the wrist is too small/short for me. I've sized these the same as my Crag Gloves and consistent with all of my other ice gloves...the back of the handle knuckle protection is right on. However, they're pretty tight and uncomfortable around the wrist. The properly sized hand is not matched to the wrist which is too small and when velcro'd shut prevents me from bending my wrist. I don't have big-man hands...just normal/average sized. Perhaps I should have got a size up, but then I feel like the fingers may have been too long. I shy away from wearing these because of the wrist symptoms. I guess I'll just say that they run small (for me) according to the sizing guidelines. They are nicely made and very durable.
Date published: 2015-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The sizing run small and the black gloves stain I use these gloves for big wall climbing. I lead, haul,and jug in them. The gloves lasted three route. The reanimator on Washington's column and lunar eclipse and pacemaker on El cap.The stitching in all the fingers blew out on pacemaker. Nothing a little tape wouldn't fix. The clip in hole it's perfect for clipping your chisel to for heading and cleaning as you can see in the photo. I bought another pair of tan gloves I don't think they will stain my hands. Overall a good glove that lasted 50 + aid pitches
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seem to be holding up well so far... I use these for search & rescue in the mountains; mostly for litter carries or scrambling over rocky terrain. I've seen a few of our folks using them. They seem to be holding up well after a full summer of use. I agree that the sizing tends to run small, so try them on first, or buy at least the next size up. (I'm usually a medium. XL was way too big, and L was slightly tight until after a few uses.) They are not designed to be waterproof, so don't expect that. The holes for clipping them into a carabiner are really handy. My only issue was out of the box. The pinky finger on one glove seems to have been sewn a bit twisted, so a seam runs over the pad of my finger...a bit annoying but not a big deal.
Date published: 2015-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Runs Extremely small! These are great gloves. But, be careful when considering which size to order. I have gone through several pairs of the Crag gloves and I comfortably fit in a Large size. This time I decided to try the Transition glove. I ordered a size Large to start with as I just assumed the fit would be the same as the Crag. I couldnt even get close to putting the large on. I then ordered a pair of Extra Large and while those are wearable, they are very snug. So, Large in Crag = Barely fit Extra Large in Transition.
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Dexterity I use these as gloves for long ski tours and mountaineering trips, they have the best dexterity out of any glove I've used and the palms are super thick meaning my poles don't wear through the leather. They are dextrous enough to do ropework when mountaineering (including tying your shoes) and nominally warm. They are not for use on the descent or on brutally cold days, but that's not what they were meant for. I've used these on almost every I've gone on this season and been impressed every time.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bomber, But Frustrating Fit The design, materials, fit and finish are all top notch. The fit is frustrating - I'm between a S and M. The small were so tight it was uncomfortable to make a fist, but the medium allow extra material at the thumb rendering it mostly useless for working with biners or other fine motor skills. In the end, cutting off the tip of the thumb worked, but for pricey gloves I didn't love doing that. BD could solve this by adding some stretch to the material, allowing for a wider range of fit.
Date published: 2014-09-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor stitching - not worth it I've purchased at least 3 pairs of these gloves. I really wanted to love them. They look great and feel great when they arrive. Perhaps they are fantastic for rope work. However, with every pair, after a week or two using them around the house, the seams on the finger joints fail, consistently. After a warranty return to two I gave up. I tried glue and a few other fixes, just not worth it. Just buy the Crag Gloves they are much better for non-rope work, no seam failures.
Date published: 2016-11-15
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