Contact Gloves™

Style# 72552OR

Super breathable and incredibly quick drying, the Contact Gloves are highly articulated, tactile ice climbing gloves with protective EVA foam panels on the back of the hand and fingers. Water-resistant but built without a waterproof insert, the minimal Contact Gloves allow for optimal sensitivity when wielding ice tools and placing pro, and the bonded Pittards® Oiltac leather palm ensures a confident non-slip grip.






  • Durable
  • Water Resistant
  • Breathable
  • Wicking
  • Quick Drying
  • Pittards® Oiltac Leather Palm
  • Soft and Tactile Leather Palm
  • Back of Hand and Fingers EVA Foam Padding
  • Stretch Fabric on Back of Hand
  • Slip-Free Construction
  • Microfleece-Lined Shell
  • Hook and Loop Wrist Closure
  • Pull Loop
  • Pre-curved Construction


Fabric: 100% nylon oxford back of hand // 92% polyester, 8% spandex four-way stretch-woven panels // Pittards® Oiltac goat leather palm and fingers // 270g microfleece lining // EnduraLoft™ Insulation 100% polyester: 57g on b

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 6.1oz / 172g (L)

Customer Reviews

OK...but lacking in design and quality... (Review by Terry Q)

Three big downfalls in the design of these gloves.
1. No finger-loop hangers to hang these gloves upside-down with a biner off your climbing harness. That feature is a big 'plus' for ice climbing gloves. The only hangers are at the wrist end of the gloves and if you hang them off your harness in this fashion, the gloves will get filled with snow, ice or water while ice climbing.
A definite recipe for cold, wet fingers after that happens!
2. The wrist cuff is ~1"-2" too short and has no quick shock-cord closure system. That's always very convenient while climbing in cold weather vs the supplied velcro closure system with the very thin closure straps. The velcro closures require too much fumbling and dexterity while ice climbing in the cold temps. The short cuff is also poorly thought out for ice climbing were the user is always reaching up high and a longer cuff design will ensure a more reliable thermal/snow/ice/water barrier for your fore-arms while ice climbing.
3. I used these gloves for one full day ice climbing and there is already obvious wear on the palm grips from belaying and climbing. I'm very surprised at that poor quality of palm material chosen.

On the positive side - the fit and dexterity of the gloves are great. They were very comfortable to wear and use all day long - gripping the axes, clipping the ropes, driving in ice-screws, working with biners, tying anchor material. When I hung them up to dryout on a tree for a short period of time in the middle of the day, they released the moisture in the glove very well. The padding on the backs of the gloves is also very beneficial for vertical ice climbing.

Overall I think what's really lacking in the the design of these gloves is the elementary "Research" part by OR. I think if these gloves were properly field tested by serious ice climbers in realistic conditions, the 3 obvious over-sites in the design I listed above could have easily been avoided and OR would have a GREAT glove design to offer. Hopefully they take some of this advice back to the design department and come out with a better glove for V2.0 of the Contact Glove.

(Posted on 12/24/14)

Awesome (Review by brygil)

Took these out of the package and up a classic hard ice climb. No break in required to handle hard ice leads, putting in screws, clipping 'biners and even fidgeting with cams. Truly awesome performance. Great balance of warmth and dexterity.

(Posted on 11/5/13)

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