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The Arc’s lightweight, motocross-inspired design is complemented by a waterproof BD.dry™ insert for multiple cold-weather activities. READ MORE
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The Arc’s lightweight, motocross-inspired design is complemented by a waterproof BD.dry™ insert for multiple cold-weather activities. Learn More


A warm ultralight glove perfect for daylong ski tours, the Black Diamond Arc's motocross-inspired design is complemented by a 100% waterproof BD.dry™ insert. A snug fit and Pittards Oil Tac leather palm and capped fingers optimize the Arc's dexterity and functionality. Imported.

  • 100% waterproof BD.dry™ insert
  • Two-layer stretch-woven shell with microfleece back
  • Pittards Oil Tac leather palm and capped fingers (not designed for speed rappelling)
  • Secure hook-and-loop closure at wrist

Tech Specs

Weight Per Pair :   130 g (4.6 oz)
Temperature Range :   -9/4 ºC (15/40 ºF)

Built for climbers and mountain adventurers, BD.dry™ is our waterproof/breathable/windproof solution engineered to shield you from whatever the weather holds. Ultralight and super packable, our BD.dry™ rainwear consists of a unique, 4-way stretch, 2.5-layer fabric that’s designed to move with you, and a fully seam-taped, 10,000mm waterproof rating adds a level of protection you can rely on in the mountains.

  • - Built with BD.dry — our engineered waterproof/breathable laminate
  • - 4-way stretch 2.5 layer fabric –10,000mm waterproof
  • - 10,000g/m2/24hr breathability
  • - Fully seam-taped


How-to Video: Fitting Black Diamond Gloves and Mitts

BD athlete Andy Houseman and Nick Bullock climb Denali's Slovak Direct

Arc Gloves is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 34.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I wanted to love them... I use the BD Pilot gloves with a merino liner for climbing ice, but in really cold temps, I wanted something warmer. They fit well, but the built-in liner is a colossal pain in the buttocks. If there is even a tiny bit of moisture on my hands, the liner sticks to my skin and shifts when I switch to my belay goves, making it difficult to get my fingers back in when its time to climb again. If I sized up to be able to accommodate my merino liners, I lose all-important dexterity for placing screws and clipping biners. If you have hands that never sweat, these gloves would be great. My search for the perfect glove continues...
Date published: 2015-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Warm and Grippy I've been using these gloves for several months now climbing ice in Alaska. They've been surprisingly warm despite the cold temperatures. I typically wear them as my approach gloves for temperatures 5 and lower and wear them all day when its warmer. The gloves stay dry even on wet ice and the palms have been surprisingly grippy even in snow or when wet. The only negatives I have about these gloves is that the palms don't seem very durable, I doubt these gloves will make it to next season with the same performance. Also, it is difficult to put them on or take them off if your hands have sweated in them due to the liner sticking to your hand.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Want to like them but not cutting it :( I bought these for ice and mixed climbing as a slightly warmer alternative to the Torque (which I love). I've tried two pairs over two seasons - I really wanted to like them! I have two major issues: 1) I sweat quite a bit even when it's cold and when I pull my hand out of the glove, even if I'm extremely careful, the inner liner comes out with it making it *nearly* impossible to put my hand back in. Not optimal for taking a photo at a belay... 2) Both pairs have shredded at the seam that runs from the tip of the thumb to the webbed part of my hand. I don't think I'm particularly hard on them and it has only taken 6-8 days of climbing for each pair.
Date published: 2018-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great glove for milder weather ice climbing I purchased these a couple years ago for ice climbing in milder weather. As noted, the Arc gloves are a bit of a challenge to put on and remove, especially if your hands are damp. However, once on these glove have great grip and dexterity, so I don't need to take them off. I usually put on at the start of a pitch, and take off at the belay if I want to warm/dry them in my clothes. The OilTac leather is quite grippy, so my advice is don't try to rappel in them. So far mine have held up well over several seasons of winter climbing. I think these work better than the mixed-specific BD gloves - a bit warmer as they get damp, adequately snug and grippy.
Date published: 2018-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all-around glove. The Arc glove is a great all-around glove, good dexterity and great grip. A little thin of insulation in the external area when just walking to work, giving me cold fingertips. But very waterproof and warm when moving. This gloves work great for touring in the backcountry; I splitboard, and they keep my hands warm and dry with all the maneuvers we have to do for transition with wet snow and hand tests on the way up. Sometimes a little too warm in the skinning. They are very good managing ropes or alpine tools when climbing, great grip and waterproof when punching snow. they fit really well. I have been using this gloves ice climbing, but sometimes I still hit my fingers or feel more cold. So for better coverage in ice, the Punisher are my preference.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from They Were Great Until... Good glove for alpine climbing or spring skiing until you have to take them off. The slightest bit of moisture on your hand makes it ridiculously hard to get them back on, that is if the liner hasn't pulled out of the fingers. Then it really is nearly impossible to get them back on. Aside from that the grip on these gloves are great, perfect for climbing in the Berner or Walliser Alps.
Date published: 2015-09-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Almost perfect but major Cons Bought them for ice climbing, because I think they could be the perfect glove all around, what ever the weather, but : Poor fit: -feels the palm girth is 1cm to narrow, so you cannot fully open your hand -also feels that the glove could be slightly longer, because the velcro block some mouvement -the medium size is way to big Poor design: -the seams between the index and the thumb rip open, it is the same thing with the Terminator glove Pros : -the Pittards Oil Tac leather is probaly the best leather for climbing gloves -It's the perfect amount of insulation for an ice climbing glove, wera them between 0 to -30'C
Date published: 2018-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Gloves, don't soak through! The BD Arc gloves are pretty skookum. They are very warm and the palms are very grippy. I would like to see a loop of webbing to clip to a carabiner that would also function as a tab to pull the glove on. The velcro tab works well. I would also like to see a better way of clipping the gloves together. The small clip is low profile but difficult to operate if you have liners on. The best part about these gloves is how dry the stay. When BD says 100% waterproof they mean it.
Date published: 2015-01-20
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