Columbia Cliff Grabber ReviewOctober 3, 2012
- Pre-curved fingers and stretch panels made it easy to flex and grip
- Synthetic suede on palm and fingers was wear-resistant and provided good grip
- Warmer than expected
- Neoprene cuff was somewhat sweaty in warm conditions
- Expensive for an uninsulated glove
These gloves worked well enough for touring, other than some sweaty wrists during warm conditions, but there are less expensive gloves that work as well or better.
The Cliff Grabber gloves had Columbia’s metallic-looking proprietary Omni-Heat reflective lining that reflects heat back to your hands, and they were warmer than I might have expected from an uninsulated glove. Outdry waterproof/breathable membrane technology, laminated directly to the outer shell, did a good job of moisture management. Generously cut polyurethane synthetic suede covered the palms and finger fronts. The rest of the shell was nylon (stretch for the most part) and there was a nose wipe patch on the back. The neoprene cuffs fit comfortably, went on easily, and went under sleeves easily but they were unlined which caused some sweatiness in warmer temperatures.
Grip and Dexterity
The synthetic suede on the Cliff Grabbers had very good grip and dexterity, hanging on to poles and tools was easy as was working with equipment.
I didn’t have any premature wear or durability issues during the test, the material and seams held up very well. Unlike real suede, the synthetic suede dried quickly when it got wet.
Warmth and Comfort
The Omni-Heat lining didn’t look like it would be comfortable against my skin, but I was surprised how good it felt. The lining fit well and didn’t bunch up when I put the gloves on over wet hands.
Weight: 108 g/3.8 oz/pair for size medium as tested.