Super Crack Gloves
• X-Factor Climbing Rubber, The only crack climbing glove using real climbing shoe rubber
• Durable Finger and thumb loops, no cheap elastic finger loops like other crack gloves
• Will mould over time to fit your hand
Inside or Outside
Crack gloves close around the wrist typically with a velcro-like strap which lays either on the inside of the wrist (the palm side) or the outside of the wrist (the back of the hand). Most gloves close on the inside of the wrist where the closure is more protected from coming undone while jamming, though some manufacturers choose to close on the back for a lower profile closure that is more comfortable against the softer inner arm.
Crack gloves are made with different types of cracks and rock in mind. Some manufacturers have begun building greater thumb protection into their designs which can be beneficial if you are climbing wider cracks where fist-jamming is common. We consider thumb coverage to completely cover the knuckle and at least part of the first digit of the thumb. If only part of the knuckle is covered it is considered partial.
|No, doesn't cover thumb knuckle
Strap coverage refers to the wrist closure strap having a built-in place to stow once it is closed. This feature is included on some gloves to help avoid the strap being opened when you don’t want it to be.
If the manufacturer claims no animal products were used in the production of the product.
<18 cm / < 7"
18 - 19 cm / 7 - 7.4"
19 - 22 cm / 7.4 - 8.6"
22 - 23 cm / 8.6 - 9"
Accurate Sizing. Some of the tightest fingers out there, which are also the least flexible.
Wrist strap is very large and angled which can make them uncomfortable to stand around in for long periods.
This refers to the material or materials that make up the main body of a crack glove. This is usually either a form of natural or synthetic suede, synthetic material or combination of both. This may include the materials used to make holes or loops for fingers but should not be confused with the Backing material that is added on the back of the glove for contact with the rock.
This is the material that crack glove manufacturers adhere to the back of the glove to add friction and padding between your hand and the rock. This is usually some form of rubber or synthetic rubber compound and can be in very thin to relatively thick, although not all crack gloves have backing material.
Backing: X-Factor Climbing Rubber
|Very thick and stiff; too thick for delicate jamming. The most uncomfortable finger loops we've tested. When attempting wider cracks, the gloves roll and twist too much to set a solid stack. Friction often feels grabby rather than secure, and can make it difficult to reach into a crack. The thickness starts to be less of a hinderance with slicker rock, but the shape and stiffness makes the glove deform in strange ripples that can get in the way or even pinch, making setting a jam difficult. The thick rubber absorbs a ton of sharp edges and grips soapy rock decently.
At first this grippyness seems like it would at least be nice to have on slippery rock types, and to some extent that is true. These gloves definitely grab soapy overclimbed limestone and polished granite better than any other we’ve tried, but the unfortunate poor performance of every other aspect of them greatly outweighs this. It doesn’t matter how sticky a glove is if you can’t get it in the crack, move it in the crack, or trust it in the crack.