Hestra have thought of almost everything, they have even added two patches of leather on the middle finger and ring finger, as when you make a fist (as you grab hold of the carabiner attached to your protection to top step your aider) these are the two fingers that protrude more than the others, hence protect further wear and tear on this part of the glove.
The obvious part of the fingerless gloves is that your hands are mainly protected, whilst still being able to feel the rock, and have the tactility easy of gear management. Even on sections of climbing have I used these gloves when face climbing and crack climbing. They also have a loop on the wrist should you choose to clip them to your harness if you need your hands free of gloves.
The Hestra Climbers Short gloves has several brilliant well-thought of features:
- Comfortable soft leather – on long days out climbing, when all else can be hard work, I was grateful for a comfortable pair of gloves, one less thing to worry about.
- DuraTan microfiber reinforcements – the reinforcements protect the integral design of the glove, on the palm, fingers, thumb and thumb crotch, the places where a lot of wear would normally appear when aid climbing, dealing with ropes, abseiling, jumaring and hauling.
- Extra DuraTan padding on knuckles
- Extra leather patches on the middle finger and ring finger
- Loop for clipping gloves onto harness
There are some small points Hestra could improve upon:
- The Velcro on the wrist could be longer, as I have skinny wrists the strap always seemed to get caught on things.
- They are expensive, but I definitely found them worth it. Your hands are one of the most precious, and most easily trashed on big wall aid climbing.
We recommend the Hestra Climbers Short gloves for aid climbing of any sort, whether this is at the local crag, or big walling. They are comfortable and tough, all you need in an aid climbing glove.
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