Black Diamond Pursuit (2017)

Features

A Pertex Shield 4-way stretch nylon is the main fabric here, with a leather palm providing reinforcement. Inside you get a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to keep the hands dry, while the insulation is polyester pile. Nice additional features are the soft nose wipe on the thumb and the elasticated wrist with a webbing strap for adjustment. The cuff gets a drawcord too, but there’s no wrist leash. 4/5

Fit

The Black Diamond Pursuit comes in sizes XS-XL with no specific men’s and women’s versions, but I found the fit very good as the stretch fabric allows some movement, so it is close but not restrictive. The wrist can be adjusted to fit snugly, and the cuff can go inside or outside a jacket sleeve with the additional benefit of a cuff drawcord. No material snags when you put it on either. 4/5

Comfort

The close fit combined with the stretch material and soft pile insulation mean Black Diamond Pursuits feel warm and cosy instantly, but importantly they are not too stiff and restrictive either. That long cuff really protects the wrist area too, so comfort is further enhanced; and finally the webbing wrist adjustment and the cuff adjustment can improve comfort by ensuring no warm air escapes and no water gets in. 5/5

In use

There is no wrist leash on the Black Diamond Pursuit, so when taking them off care is needed to prevent them blowing away or being dropped (there are attachment points to allow you to attach your own). The leather palm will be durable, but this is less durable than all-leather gloves, so it is fine for walkers, but climbers may need more durability. Adjustment is easy and dexterity is good for this type of glove. 5/5

Value

Compared to others Black Diamond s offer good features and performance for the outlay, so while not low-priced they are reasonable value. 3/5

Verdict

The Black Diamond Pursuit is an ideal glove for many hillwalking and mountaineering situations, but hard users such as climbers may want more durability. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade. 4.2/5

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2017