In my experience they are both good products that get the job done and hold up pretty well. Their rugged construction offers consistent and robust protection for the hands. They are a great choice for anyone engaging in rope work, like rappelling, as they can protect the skin from dangers such as rope burn. Since you are dealing with leather and synthetic materials that stretch, even if you buy a glove too small it will probably stretch out to be just right. With respect to the Ocun gloves. Crack climbing gloves have become increasingly common over the past few years with more and more companies making their own versions.
If your in search of a size L, I can do 50% of whatever you find them for sale elsewhere. But these jams are often in pebbly cracks that will exact a toll on even the toughest skin, not to mention my delicate parchment-backed hands. Tape, for example, is not very sticky relative to vibram rubber, same with human skin. That said, they do break in over time, especially if you buy them a little small and stretch them out. Some have said the early version of the Splitter had velcro that peeled too easily, so now they are sewn. The Outdoor Research Splitter Gloves enjoy similar praise, with the exception of some concerns regarding durability.
They have a more burly and durable leather than goatskin but are less sensitive. Neither pair will suddenly increase your crack climbing ability, but they will allow you to climb more cracks, making you a better climber whether or not you sport gloves. Also definitely thinner than the Ocuns which I like. They are the most durable half finger glove we have seen. The price is within a normal pair glove range. I'm not sure regular use causing them to understandably fall apart eventually still falls under their warranty. They are slim, lightweight, and minimalistic.
These gloves are ideal for smooth sandstone cracks and fine grain granite cracks. The wrist close is bulky. Either way, they are still superior to tape gloves, which, as I mentioned earlier, are never perfect, with slight variations in fit and quality because you're making them with one hand. Not as durable as leather For full-fingered gloves for belaying, the Crag is not only our favorite, but it's also one of the least expensive options out there. But I think they're over-padded.
It is a great alternative way to work out while having fun. That said, they break in and get softer over time. No closure at all can be nice for getting the gloves on and off fast, but the gloves usually feel a little less precise. It's also very durable, making it easily the best value in its category. There are four main activities below and any glove that excels in one application will not do as well in others. If you climb in an area with particularly sharp rock e.
Sick of taking 15 minutes to tape up your hands before every day of crack climbing? Thickness is on par with thin tape gloves. However, don't be surprised by awkward glances at the climbing gym. Sizing As with shoes, fit is everything when selecting a climbing glove. These are the only non tape based crack climbing gloves I have ever used so I can't compare them to other brands but I am thrilled to have them in my quiver. The Ocuns are great, could use some improvement, and I like what Blake's talking about.
Initially, the velcro was glued on by an adhesive which I assume is heat activated , resulting in full delamination and mine being held together by Loctite. We also don't love the wrist closure system. Durability There are two main areas to look at when assessing durability: stitching and materials. So far the Ocun Crack Gloves have served me well on solo-aid missions in the desert and on long free climbs in the Black Canyon. The Velcro strap that secures them around the wrist fits under a flap of rubber that keeps the strap tucked out of the way while climbing, so there's basically zero chance of the strap rubbing against the rock and coming undone.
The downside to crack gloves is that they don't the same precise fit as tape and can be too bulky for tight hand cracks. Finally, you want good durability, especially if you belay a lot at the crags. The duct tape looks a little funky. The only time I could see tape gloves being useful is on alpine climbs where I have to switch between rock climbing and ice climbing. However, innovations in crack glove design and materials have allowed other companies to develop vastly improved models leaving the Hand Jammies in the dust. One thing I dislike is the thumb loop which is not very effective at causing the glove to wrap around the thumb side of your hand. Everytime I see somebody new to crack climbing at the Creek with that horrible tape job from John Long's book, I wanna weep.