These lightweight belay/rappel gloves combine the durability of a work glove with the precise fit and dexterity of a fine driving glove. Double-layered leather protects the palm and other high-wear areas. The back is made of abrasion resistant, breathable stretch nylon, ensuring comfort and fit. The low profile neoprene cuff with Velcro closure features a reinforced carabiner hole for attaching the gloves to your harness.
FEATURES of the Petzl Cordex Gloves
Natural, high-quality leather
Durable double layer of leather in high-wear areas (fingertips, palm, between thumb and index finger)
"Great Gloves, Nothing Better On The Market"
They're soft and supple, not too thin, not too thick. No break in time. You can still feel the rope. They're easy to put on and off. Metolius' belay gloves are too thick and stiff--I could never break 'em and gave up. Black Diamond ones are way too thin, like a pair of full-hand warm weather cycling gloves. This pair is it. It'll work fine and protect your hands. The caribiner holes are big and easy to hook onto and remove. The back-of-hand materials is breathable enough and thick enough to not get ripped up. That's about it.
"They're good enough; there's nothing better!"
They're pretty soft so they don't reduce dexterity and keep you from feeling the rope. They're also pretty thick such that they protect you from the cold and are very durable. I used them regularly (every weekend) climbing at Yosemite last summer on multipitch climbs. They broke in after about two days of use because they started out soft anyway. There's not an equal product out there. Metolius' belay gloves (I own a pair) never broke in; the leather is rigid and too thick. Black Diamond's belay gloves (a friend owns one) are too thin and are not durable.