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Could This Glove Mean The End For Hand Taping? | EpicTV Climbing Daily, Ep. 542

Could This Glove Mean The End For Hand Taping? | EpicTV Climbing Daily, Ep. 542

Date
23rd July 2015
23rd Jul 2015
Comments
4
On today's show Adam gives us an alternative look at the goings on at Outdoor 2015, as we finally let him out of his cave and into the bright lights of Friedrichshafen. He'll be taking a look at everything that the rest of climbing media don't want to tell you about outdoor trade shows...mostly because it isn't very relevant. After that we'll be heading over to the Outdoor Research stand to take a look at their new Splitter Glove. Made in collaboration with veteran Yosemite climber Hans Florine, the Splitter has been developed as an alternative to the conventional tape gloves used by crack climbers. Outdoor Research are suggesting that it makes a great alternative being faster to use, less wasteful and more comfortable to remove. They expect that it will last for up to a hundred days of crack climbing and at only 40€, it is definitely a fair price for that kind of mileage. Could This Glove Mean The End For Hand Taping? | EpicTV Climbing Daily, Ep. 542

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Al Woods's picture
Paintball guy
I'm new to climbing and please enlighten me, but what is the point of this product? I've yet to see people climb using the backs of their hands.
24th Jul 2015
Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Hi AL, These gloves are designed for crack climbing which, believe it or not does require you to use the backs of your hands. You have to jam your hand into the crack and then, using your thumb mostly, "expand" your hand until it sticks in place. If you're not used to it or on long routes it can really hurt and tear the skin off your hands. Hope that helps! Dave
24th Jul 2015
George Smith's picture
How does it compare to the Ocun crack glove?
24th Jul 2015
Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Hi George, Unfortunately no one here at the epicTV office has had a chance to use the OR splitter gloves in the field yet but a few of the team have experience with the Ocuns. It looks like the splitters will be thinner, "bendier and more breathable than the Ocuns, however, that might mean they won't last as long. They also use a synthetic leather to protect the backs of your hands compared to the more climbing shoe type rubber on the Ocuns. The Splitters look like a great new offering but it might be worth waiting a while to see if they can stand up to some hard use. If you have Ocuns already and find they work well, then it probably isn't worth the investment. If you're looking for a new crack glove now though, your choice just got a little harder... Hope that helps, Dave
24th Jul 2015
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