RBH Designs Vapor Mitt & Vapor Triggs
By David Loveland
There are a few constants in this life. You know about death and taxes, but is it
possible that cold hands when you are outside is the other? General
mountaineering will get your hands chilly most of the time, and rock
climbing in brisk weather cold hands are a given, and in ice climbing,
well, that is just something that you have to learn to put up with.
Gearreview.com may have found some gloves that could put an end to
all that. Ok, maybe not the death and taxes, but we might have the
answer to cold hands.
The folks at RBH have got a handle on the cold hands. They are turning
out some great gloves for mountaineering and ice climbing. We took
these gloves on general winter camping, mountaineering, and ice
climbing trips all over the Western United States. They soon
became the favorite of all the testers, and even though we have had
them over a year now ( a life time in the glove world!) they are
still going strong.
They sell two types of gloves, the Vapor Mitts, and the Vapor Triggs.
The mitts are built for general mountaineering, and the Triggs are
built for ice climbing.
The Mitts are built around that time-tested design, using the fact
that if your fingers share heat with each other, they will stay warmer.
Our testers really like the leather palms, and all the other bells
and whistles these gloves come with, like the fact that the seams
are sealed by hand with a syringe full of Seam sealant, idiot strings
and a drawcord that can be tightened or loosened by a gloved hand-
in the dark. Not once did they gloves allow our testers hands to
get cold, and the glove comes apart for easy drying. The liners can
be pulled out of the shell, it attaches with an ingenious Velcro
arrangement, and they can both be turned inside out to dry if moisture
build up is a problem.
The Triggs are basically the Mitts, with a few modificationsthe
index finger has been separated from the rest of the fingers, in
order to give better dexterity with your gloves on. It allows you
to set ice screws, clip your rope, and generally do the things you
need to do, all with your gloves on. Again, they have been well designed
and thought out, and are hand built by people who love to climb as
much as you do. Another design change is the fact that it has a soft
fleece spot near the thumb. You will appreciate this small addition
when your nose goes through that freeze/thaw cycle it usually goes
through during ice climbs.
The only thing we could come up with for negative comments for these
gloves was that they might be too hot! This may be like having a
car that gets too many miles to the gallon! The solution of course
is to take the gloves off for awhile, let your hands get back to
room temperature and then back on with the gloves.
Summary: These gloves are top of the line mountaineering and ice
climbing gloves. They provide warmth, protection and durability.
They are easy to dry and hold up to the demands of ice climbing and
will keep your hands warm for all mountaineering uses. If you have
an aversion to cold hands, these gloves will find a place in your
Mitts - $155
Triggs - $145
David Loveland is a contributing editor to GearReview.com specializing in winter backcountry adventure.
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