- Fabric Performance: Durable, Ultra-Tactile, Lightweight
- Design Features: Anti-Slip Rubber on Back of Hand, Open Palm Construction
- Functional Details: Close Fitting for Optimal Dexterity, Hook/Loop Cuff Closure
Fabric: 80% polyester, 20% polyurethane main body, 55% polyurethane 45% nylon overlay
Avg. Weight (oz./g): 5.6oz / 158g (L)
- Best crack gloves on the market! (Review by AlpineRodeo)
I’m not usually one for superlatives, but I’ve owned both the Ocun gloves and the OR Splitter gloves and the Splitter are the best on the market. Here’s why:
• They are thin. This means your hands can still stuff into tight hands cracks without pumping you out.
• They provide protection without adding to the “pump.” Ever made a tape glove too tight and you quickly regret it on the climb. You get more pumped out not having freedom of movement in all your hand muscles. Some competitor brands of crack gloves also contribute to the pumpy feeling in my experience. With the right size, OR Splitter’s don’t!
• Speaking of the right sized glove, most people fit into the S/M. I am a 5’3” tall woman with thick “meaty” hands compared to many women, and I wear a S/M. Similarly, I know a guy who is 6’3” and 220lbs with pretty big hands and he also finds the S/M to work best. Unless you have really small/narrow hands or really big, wide hands, the S/M is best. Better to have them a little loose in my opinion than too tight and get pumped out.
• They cover part of the wrist too. These gloves come down longer than competitors, past the back of the hand and onto the wrist. This helps protect your wrist in larger cracks.
• The Velcro closure seems to stay put better than competitor brands. It’s in a better location than other brands too.
All this said, the one potential gripe is the durability. As reported by others, they tend to fall apart, usually where the Velcro is stitched. However, I used them for a week at Indian Creek for every climb and then all summer on granite cracks and it’s now October and while I see the stitching starting to come apart, I haven’t had to call on the infinite guarantee yet. If you want to protect your hands without potentially leaving tape waste at the crags and residue on your hands, or if you want the ability to protect your hands for only some pitches and then take the gloves right off and back on again whenever, then these are your crack gloves!
(Posted on 10/18/16)
- Latest iteration much more durable! (Review by mtngeek)
I bought these gloves when they first came out last year, and the synthetic leather patches and wrist velcro bits quickly started separating from the glove just after a few pitches. Definitely not durable.
I returned them to OR for their latest iteration of these gloves, and the velcro bits are now sewn onto the glove, and the leather patches appear to be staying put (after several days of climbing in Joshua Tree). Yay!
These gloves are different from the other brands as they don't add very much volume to your hand. They feel nearly as thin as taping which is what I prefer. I have super small child size hands, and the XS fits perfectly.
(Posted on 5/18/16)
- love at first splitter (Review by Liz)
I'm an office-worker weekend-warrior, meaning that try as I might, I don't have tough hands. Unprotected, the backs of my hands are typically shredded by only a few hand-jams. And my skin doesn't deal with tape well. I absolutely love these. I can slip them on for short cracks, and easily remove them en route if I need (or not, as they're not too bulky and fine to climb face in too). Pure gold.
(Posted on 3/4/16)
- Best jamming glove - better than tape (Review by Elizabeth from Telluride)
I have been on two trips to Indian Creek, as well as a day on Potash Road in Moab, and haven't had to bring out the tape once. Have to say, after hearing about other climbers using "Hand Jammies" and how they were not impressed, I was every so slightly skeptical of my liking toward them. But, I was wrong! My partners were continuously surprised that I would be ready to climb much faster because I didn't have to deal with taping. They were curious about them so, naturally, I let them try them out - they loved them as well and commented on the improved style compared to the Hand Jammies.
The concept is great - I use gloves for belaying as well and it had always been difficult to put gloves on over my taped hands. With the use of the Splitter glove, I have enjoyed being able to quickly transition from belaying to climbing and vice versa. It's so much nicer not to have to pull off layers of sticky tape off of sore hands at the end of the day. I especially like that I don't have to waste a bunch of tape in the process of climbing.
What I like:
Despite them being so thin, I am very impressed with their durability. I've done about 10-15 climbs with them now and the only change in appearance is the layer of white chalk that has been collected from the climbs.
Not once did I feel like they were preventing me from jamming or causing me to slide out of a jam. They are comparable in thickness to the two or three layers of tape one typically wraps with, which is perfect because they don't change hand size like other crack gloves out there.
The coverage around the hand was perfect - they wrap around the sides of the hand well and I did not have any problem spots when climbing cracks ranging between tight hands and loose fists. The main finger holes are placed well and, contrary to my initial thought, the wrist strap was not in the way at all. I like how minimal the velcro strap is and I am very happy with their comfort while I climb.
(Posted on 11/24/15)
- Better than tape... worst glove (Review by Tom, 5.8-5.10+ cracks)
Product is good. Well designed and really breathable and useful. Jams feel secure and glove does not slip.
However, here's the thing: They are not built to last.
3-4 uses after the first time i used them the glove fell apart. Not useful at all and I wouldn't recommend them to anyone. I have used the Ocun ones and they are good and feel durable. These do not.
Well designed but bottom line are made with cheap glue that peels and fabric that isn't made to last.
(Posted on 7/5/15)
- show me the splitter! (Review by Liz)
Being a paltry, office-worker female, hand jams were my worst nightmare. Small, fragile hands that ended up scabbed and bleeding after a few jams. I'd basically search for anything else, even a fingernail crimp was preferable...
Enter OR splitter gloves! I am now a crack convert.
These gloves, thin as a piece of leather over the back of my hands, provide just enough protection while still being tactile. Low profile around the fingers too, not restrictive at all. Super happy. My ability and confidence level on lead went up a few grades almost instantly.
They make crack climbing so pleasant I'm sure many would consider it must be cheating, but I don't care. If you're in that camp go climb with hemp ropes and bare feet. They're particularly convenient for me, as I can get allergic to tape, am only a weekend warrior, and don't want to waste tape for the few crack lines we have around here.
I can't speak to durability, having only used them one weekend, but they still look brand new. Some early runs sound like they forgot to sew on the velcro on some sizes, which subsequently delaminated (an easy fix, and remedied now), but I haven't heard of other issues. And sure, they may be one of the more expensive crack gloves out there, but OR has done a really great job on these, so consider it a donation to support local design and innovation.
Overall, they make climbing more fun, and thats what its about!
(Posted on 5/19/15)
- Bad durability on great gloves (Review by W.L.)
After one day at the crag, slight delamination began. After a second day at the crag, full delaminiation began to occur in the "soft" side of the velcro on the wrist strap. I then used super glue to re-secure these areas and had no further issues with those immediate areas. However, the third day out on the crag, more delamination in other areas of the wrist strap velcro.....used tape as a field fix. Fourth day, nearly full delamination and unusable without tape as a field fix.
To say that I was excited for these gloves was an understatement. I tried the prototypes out at a trade show and was very enthused. I normally tape on anything harder than 5.10 and was excited to not have to burn up tape and rip hair off of my hands. The other options on the market seemed flimsy and had fatal flaws. These are very spendy gloves to have any sort of issues with so early on.
OR created a fantastic product that if the durability was even "decent," would be a five star product. However, a product being rendered nearly useless without significant field repairs in fewer days at the crag than I have on one hand is unacceptable.
(Posted on 2/15/15)
- better than tape (Review by Jason, desert crack climber)
Although I've only been using the prototype versions, I have to say, I like these better than I do tape. Some climbs I don't want to tape on, and so these are a piece of cake to take off. No destroyed tape glove. When I get to the crag, I want to climb, not sit around for 20 mins and put tape on my hands. Also, when a tape glove blows out, you've got a a big mess that just may blow your send. These don't blow out, stickiness is good, they are thin, they stay on your hands, and they come off easily! Bingo! Done!
(Posted on 11/11/14)