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Bring the warmth.

Equipped with PrimaLoft One insulation and Polartec fleece, the Guide Finger Mitten is Black Diamond's warmest pro-level ski glove. Gore-Tex XCR gives this glove guaranteed waterproof breathable protection, and the woven nylon shell has a 4-way stretch for a full range of motion. Black Diamond split the middle of the Guide in order to provide extra dexterity, without limiting the warmth you'd expect out of this mitten. Goat leather gives the palm a good grip, and EVA foam protects your knuckles from harsh impacts.

  • Gore-Tex XCR waterproof breathable insert
  • Removable liner with PrimaLoft One insulation
  • Woven nylon shell with 4-way stretch
  • Goat leather palm and palm patch
  • Polartec fleece palm lining
  • Compression-molded EVA foam padding on knuckles
  • Reviews
  • Q & A


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm so glad I picked these up. I broke a finger and it was hard to get into normal gloves so I wanted a lobster mitten so I could keep that finger taped but also have dexterity. These things are so solid. Dexterity is limited but my hands were toasty on a 14 degree day. I applied the Nikwax too. The wrist gaters kept the snow out. They feel heavy duty. They work great. They look great. I'm super happy with them!

The Best Gloves Money Can Buy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are the best gloves that you will find. Treat them right and they will keep you warm and last a lifetime!

Better than a Warm Armpit

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ever freeze your butt skiing? Ever notice however, it's usually your hands and feet that get cold first? Mine do. That's why I ordered the Black Diamond guide mittens. I used them last year for 40 trips downhill skiing and another 10 this year. There were days in minus temps and days my entire clothing was sheathed in ice at Schweitzer, Baker and Bachelor. My feet got cold, but not my hands. Apply a coat of Nikwax. The leather will thank you. I normally wear a large mens glove. The large fit me, but the XL could have worked under duress. I'm 5ft 8in and 175 lbs and I currently ski, although I have snowboarded, telemarked and XC skied as well. PS the index finger stayed warm separated from the other 3 and closes car doors and hatches easier than mittens.

Warm and cozy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are fantastic gloves and look great! They are incredibly warm, maybe even too warm for spring bluebird days. The wool inner feels great against your skin. The leather palms are soft yet durable and the Gore Tex membrane ensures that your hands stay dry all day.
I primarily wear these for resort skiing in Utah with temperature ranges from the low single digits into the low 30's. For temps higher than that I opt for a different pair with less insulation.
The finger design allows for better dexterity over true mitts and also improves grip on ski poles. I do agree with others and wish these had gauntlets but it's not a deal breaker for me.
As for sizing, they may be a little on the small side but it's nothing crazy. I typically wear a large in most brands and that is also the case here. Size 9 in Hestra if you are familiar with the Heli gloves.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are the gloves you've been looking for!
- Extremely easy to put on and take off, no fumbling to keep the liner in place.
- Leather is durable and breathable.
- Warm as heck... So warm that I will not wear them at the resort above 23 degrees F
- Dexterity is decent, I have dropped my poles a few times
- Great value for the money if you get them on sale for around $115
-Runs small...ish

Fingers were SWEATING

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These gloves are AWESOME! Just bought & used them for the first time over New Years and I couldnt be happier with the purchase! They are by far the WARMEST gloves I have ever had, my fingers were literally sweating (which has never happened before on the mountain for me). The other thing I am really liking about them is how easy they are to put on and take off. I shoot photos & switch out my music quite often while on the go, so ease of on/off is huge for me. My old gloves used to be a huge hassle to take off and put back on, these are a breeze! Oh and the last thing - before I purchased these, I read a lot of negative reviews regarding a "break in period" similar to that of a baseball glove... I am here to tell you that is absolutely not the case! I have no idea what those reviewers are talking about. These gloves are like uggs for your hands - pure awesomeness!!!

incredibly warm

    These are the best for those of us who's hands get cold quickly - very warm and the 'lobster claw' style provide some dexterity. They are nice and long so they can go over your jacket sleeve with ease so you don't get snow up your sleeve. The only flaw is that there is no wrist strap

    Very warm, but missing wrist straps

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    Husband says: Fantastically warm gloves (actually too hot for the current conditions in Park City) that fit well and still provide a decent amount of dexterity. Love the look of the tan leather with the black cloth. Minus star for no wrist retention straps and also the leather is kinda slippery when they’re new, making it difficult to hang onto my ski poles.

    My Favorite Glove

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Easy to take on and off is my favorite part. I've tried using liners and my hands still get really cold so I find myself constantly taking my gloves on and off. These gloves are warm enough that I can do that and still keep my hands warm. I find myself using just the mitten portion of it a lot more than the trigger but, the trigger comes in handy every now and again. Ive tried a lot of other gloves, mittens and combo's and find these keep my hands the warmest longest. They usually last me 200 days, then the liner is broken down and doesnt hold warmth very well.

    If you have any questions contact my friend Ben Rabinowitz, Hes on the expert team and can help you out.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Love these lobsters. Took them to Japow in January and my hands were toasty. Ditto for big storms in Mammoth. Unfortunately BD does not sell the liners separately if you, like me, like to stay dry all day with a second set of liners. I found a different set of liners and between the two, I'm dry most of the day. Nice and warm. Nikwax worked wonders. A bit stiff to start out, but then comfy. My go to gloves.

    Unanswered Question

    Is the softshell part black or dark gray? I saw one in the store and it was jet black but here it looks gray.

    Good Gloves

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I know I'm the outlier here, but my index finger still got cold in these gloves. I was hoping that the investment would keep my fingers warm, but I think I would have been better off with mittens. Just a cautionary note for skiers with a tendency to have cold fingers.

    Simply the best

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought these because I liked my BD Virago mittens for their durability and waterproofing; but they are only midweight and I had nothing truly warm for the New England backcountry.

    While ski touring in 0F and below temps, when my hands got cold, I just popped these babies over some merino liner gloves and within a few minutes my fingers were back in business, no handwarmers needed. I didn't even have to take them off to transition my splitboard from ski mode to ride mode thanks to the dexerity---good thing too, because 60mph winds are no joke!

    As far as I'm concerned these are the king of gloves. Super durable and comfortable; great powder skirt; clips to clip them together as well as loops on the ends to clip onto a biner; completely waterproof; pretty good dexterity; and great warmth.

    They do seem to run small. I got them in the same size as my Virago mittens, which are very roomy and accommodate a thick liner glove, but found these gloves felt a whole size smaller. I would consider going up a size if you want to wear thick liners. They will accommodate thin liners (and pack out a little after some use) regardless.

    Love these gloves!

    Excellent glove (beware of size chart)

      Glove reviews are all over the place. for the simple reason your hands just don't generate heat. if you want to stand out in sub zero temps then you'll need some sort of massive arctic expedition type mitt. but if you are moving around you should be getting enough warm blood to your hands, which then a good glove will insulate. Bought for skiing and these are exceptional. in extreme temps and if lift lines are long some chill does start to set in while waiting, but compared to other gloves i've used these are still the best. but when actually skiing -10s was no problem, actually very warm.

      very good index finger dexterity and snug (but enough room for warmth) mitt section. Only complaint is BD sizing is wrong as others have noted. my knuckle girth is 8" on the dot and length was 7 .25", which according to BD was an exact small (with room to spare) gloves were smaller than 8" on knuckles as they were actually binding my hand. length was also 7.25" exactly, which is too small, unless i wanted latex glove fit! My measurement fit a BD Medium .

      Go-To Resort or Deep Snow Glove

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Awesome item, long gauntlets and warm! If your like me and get cold fingers in anything but mittens this is the 3-finger for you! Removable/washable liner and plenty of space inside to corral my digits in one meeting place to warm up on super cold lift rides. Couldn't be happier with these!

      Best Kid Gloves a XS

        So there are very few options out there for kids gloves that are WARM, have a removable liner and are Gortex... Yes these are EXPENSIVE for a kid who's gonna get two season out of them before out growing them... BUT... his can I sit there on the lift in my BD Guides and ask my son and daughter to suffer with cold and wet hands while I'm toasty and dry... Well... I bit the bullet and got these for my son this season as he has out grown the size 7 Hestia Kids Heli-Mits... Best decision ever - he's happy, he's warm and we just skied 7 days straight in LCC... WE were in the lift line before opening and skied to the end... My little guys hands stayed warm and dry (as did mine) all week.

        Best gloves out there... I've got 100+ days on mine and he will get at least 2 season out of his... but having him warm and bullet proof is worth it.

        Warm hands and warm toes make for a happy skier. Thanks for the review!

        Little ovens

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        These lobster claw mittens are super warm! My hands stayed super warm even in negative degree temps on my last trip. The pull out goretex liners make drying them out (from sweat) super easy and the construction is super solid.

        Early Days but promising

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        Needed a pair of warm and versatile mitts/gloves/lobsters for this season and had my eye on these for awhile. My Notes:
        Liner does not have 'individual fingers" which is a plus in my book-allows you to wear your own glove liners if you wish. Liner seemed light at first but has proved to be plenty warm. Finger is a little snug at first, but after wearing it 4x its packed out nicely and fits my sausage fingers perfectly.
        Gauntlet is generously sized, which i appreciate. Toggle and release are well designed.
        No leashes-surprised at this but whatever-put my own leashes on using the loop sewn into cuff.
        Sized small-I measured to a medium but needed a large for sure-I wear a large in the Marmot Ultimate for reference.
        Lots of stitching but hoping thats not a problem for durability-leather seems bomber.
        Would be improved with magnetic closures sewn into wrist and gauntlet cuff to avoid snow falling into it-but this should be standard for all gloves/mitts imo.
        Seems warm enough-no glove that is not heated is going to keep my hands warm on the coldest days but last week at Eldora it was 12 degrees and they held up well.

        Thanks for the review Michael! Super helpful to get this feedback out to the community.

        Unanswered Question

        These came with nikwax (typical of the great service that BD offers). Do i need to apply the nikwax before the first use or are they good to go for a while? (how waterproof are they?) TIA!