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Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 27, 2012 - 06:24pm PT
Ok is my man card.

Now that that is over...

I want to buy some of those crack gloves made of climbing rubber for my lady. Ive looked at a few types online but Im not sure what types are good for bad ass chicks who climb cracks.


Trad climber
SF Bay Area, California
Oct 27, 2012 - 06:32pm PT
people keep telling me that if I have good technique and work the crack right, gloves aren't necessary...

so until then, I like my customized tape glove...less than $4 per pair...

are you and your lady taking up aid? ;)



Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Oct 27, 2012 - 06:33pm PT
Why not just tape?

Forget the tape gloves, just wrap the hands up. ;)

The problem with those types of gloves you are referring to is that they will inhibit your ability to get into thin hand cracks since they are relatively thick.

Try putting down a few layers on the backsides of the hands to add a little more comfort, then go for the wrap around.

I discourage tape gloves since they will become loose overtime with each use, which will become a hindrance when climbing thin hand cracks. I see this happen to so many people, then they wonder why crack climbing is so difficult.

Gym climber
Oct 27, 2012 - 06:47pm PT
There are plenty of good uses for these gloves, including gym climbing and days when you need gloves for just one pitch or something. Taping is better for all sorts of reasons, but takes time and creates waste. Anyway maybe we can let the OP make that call and not do this all over again. :-)

The original Hand Jammies are fine, but the Ocun gloves are thinner and I think nicer.

Bruce Kay

Gym climber
Oct 27, 2012 - 06:52pm PT
man or girl who gives a damn

I know a guy who just used a pair on a sustained 11d tight hand crack and said they chopped the grade down by two letter grades.

Sounds pretty sweet to me
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Oct 27, 2012 - 07:19pm PT
Hand Jammies!

and yes.... they do mess you up when it gets thin

Ice climber
the ghost
Oct 27, 2012 - 07:20pm PT
I've also used fingerless leather gloves to expand my hand size when visiting the Creek.
(when I lived in Calgary where there are NO crack climbs).
Not as grippy as hand jammies, but still useful.

Trad climber
SF Bay Area, California
Oct 27, 2012 - 07:29pm PT
what messes me up on thin crack far more than my custom tape gloves is poor foot technique...

having tried jammies, I've found my hands sweat too much in them, and that my tape gets in the way far far less.

but perhaps this is cause my hands tend toward the smaller size?

I know all my old skool friends would say, forget the jammies, and you'll get the technique faster...;) it kinda worked for me....



Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Oct 27, 2012 - 07:37pm PT
I never liked the fit of the hand jammies. i just got a pair of the one's murcy showed above and they seem good - but I only use them in the gym, for convenience. Outside I just tape...

Trad climber
East Coast US
Oct 27, 2012 - 08:02pm PT
I like tape gloves. I can use the same tape gloves for a surprising long time until I rip out of a crack and I destroy a few finger loops.

With that said, we all use sticky rubber on our shoes. I see no problem with using hand jammies. I've used them and on the right crack size it's like aid climbing. The wrong crack size can put a reasonably difficult pitch out of reach for me.

Trad climber
Aliso Viejo, CA
Oct 27, 2012 - 08:51pm PT
+1 for the Ocun. I love mine.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Oct 27, 2012 - 09:04pm PT
what messes me up on thin crack far more than my custom tape gloves is poor foot technique...

My foot work sucks ass on thin stuff, especially finger cracks. Getting really annoying.

I usually tape and use hand jamies in the gym at times. My friend got me a pair of those for my birthday. I like tape the most, but since I sweat a lot I have to change them often since those gloves get nasty.
Captain...or Skully

Oct 27, 2012 - 09:06pm PT
Surely not for basalt?

Gym climber
Oct 27, 2012 - 09:22pm PT
In terms of sweat and tape, and just in terms of stickiness of tape, Kendall Curity porous tape is way better than other tape I have tried. Even sticks on your tips pretty well when you need that.


Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Oct 27, 2012 - 09:48pm PT
Jebus H Bomz

Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Oct 27, 2012 - 09:52pm PT
I don't dig my scarred hands. Plus, I work in health care and look like fight club half the time. Tape often. Tape well. F*#k the purists in their scarred up little buttholes.

Truckee, CA
Oct 27, 2012 - 10:26pm PT
My scarred up little butthole is hurt, knock it off. Im far from pure though. I work in healthcare too, I get gobis climbing, but never that bad. Just gotta bite the bullet and get your hands tough. By the time the hair on the back of your hands (not your palms, that will stay) is gone, youre skin is tough enough. If you tape, youll never get em tough. It helps your form when youre without tape, I think. Gotta pay more attention and milk into the good part of the jam.

That said, when I get older and my skin wont take it anymore, Ill be sportin some hand jammies or something.

Trad climber
Oct 27, 2012 - 10:48pm PT
Is this a troll?

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Oct 27, 2012 - 10:56pm PT
Buddha, are you still not ...ancient in age (like some of us)? My hands used to get tough but now the skin is just too fragile. Tape really helps. Not the case with his sweetie of course but at a certain point you don't distain the tape.

Captain - Never with basalt, of course. Goes without saying. And when are you coming to Cali?

Somewhere out there
Oct 27, 2012 - 10:56pm PT
is this anything like aid climbing?

At least I've always been told that tape is aid…

Post OP Edit:
bad ass chicks who climb cracks.

 Hate to say it but bad ass chicks who climb cracks laugh at guys, or girls who wear those crack climbing gloves made f climbing rubber… Noamsain?
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