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Outdoor Research Splitter Gloves
  • Outdoor Research Splitter Gloves
  • Outdoor Research Splitter Gloves

Splitter Gloves


My vote: None ( 3.7 avg )


Crack climbing gloves more durable and functional than tape, to save money in your wallet and waste from the landfill.

Designed with climbing legend Hans Florine and tested on Yosemite's granite, the crack-climbing Splitter Gloves are cost-effective without compromising performance. The Splitters' design wraps durable synthetic suede around the hand, layers on knuckle-protecting, non-sip synthetic leather, and holds them securely in place with finger loops and a wrist attachment.

Anti-Slip Material on Back of Hand
Open Palm Construction
Close Fitting for Optimal
Reinforced Hook/Loop

Retail price

US$ 40.00
Weight (g) 32 g
Closure location

Closure location

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.

Inside wrist
Thumb Coverage

Thumb Coverage


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

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.

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16.5 - 18.4 cm / 6.5 - 7.2"
18.4 - 21.6 cm / 7.2 - 8.5"
21.6 - 25.4 cm / 8.5 - 10"

WeighMyRack Tips:

Runs Big. Because the Splitter comes in fewer sizes, there is a lot of possibility of being incorrectly sized.

Generally we find that most people prefer to size this glove down because of its stretch and flexibility, but be aware that its thin fabric is more prone to tearing than other models, especially when undersized.


Glove Materials

Main Glove

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.

Main Glove: 80% polyester, 20% polyurethane
Backing: 55% polyurethane 45% nylon overlay
Thickness Brand Thickness: Not specified ­
WeighMyRack Says Good to decent on parallel cracks, particularly when worn snug and in thin jams. The thinnest gloves on the market, so very little padding for when cracks get irregular. If you have strong technique and big hands, they work well as a second skin. Not great once jams require flaring technique or when the inside of cracks get chunky. Not enough padding for sharp rock and absolutely no structure for building stacks. Unless you have high pain tolerance and very strong jamming technique, these gloves will not be very helpful in sharp and slippery cracks.  

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WeighMyRack Gear Review no rating given just a review

There have suddenly been a lot of gloves to choose from in the past few years, which we think is great for climbers. Because they are all around the same price, the options that most people tend to go for are the gloves that are the easiest to find from brands they see the most in the wild. For those who have already tried a particular glove, we find the most wanted gloves are the ones that either iterate on something they’ve already used like the Ocún Lite, or that are pointed at more specific uses with more wrist and thumb coverage which are found in both the Wide Boyz and Black Diamond models.

WeighMyRack Gear Review First Hand Review

When it comes to time spent on rock, the Splitter from Outdoor Research did ok, but for the most part left us wanting a bit more out of the glove. Thin hands and parallel cracks definitely benefit on rock types that break cleanly like sandstone and granite, but when the shape of the crack requires any protection or padding against sharp edges, irregular sides, or knobby protrusions, the Splitter lacks the heft and left our hands bruised and sore. Worn undersized, they definitely felt more like tape than many other gloves out there, and when you’re not needing them for a short section of crimping or jugging, they stay pretty unnoticeable.

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