Burly. But plush.
The Metolius Belay Glove is all-leather, a nice smooth cowhide. It is thicker and costlier than a leather-palm, nylon-back sport/gym glove (the one from Metolius is $22.95), but the leather will be warmer as temps turn cooler.
The palm, which does all the business of letting out, yarding in and forever lowering, is reinforced with a broad suede swath. The gloves have carabiner holes at the base, always nice for being able to hang them off your harness, and fat Velcro wrist closures for adjustability.
We tried a men’s medium, and some found them snug. The gloves stretched to the right size for this wearer, but if in doubt, size up.
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