I think the climbing store in Hathersage should give me commission. Most weekends that we visit the Peak District I will end up talking to at least one person about these awesome gloves and convincing them that they need a pair. They make climbing grit so much more pleasurable!
The Ocun Crack Gloves are designed specifically to help climbing cracks and are perfect to use on gritstone and granite. The glove fits comfortably to your hand and has a thin layer of rubber over the top of your hand allowing you to have increased friction when putting your hand in cracks. They fasten with velcro around your wrist which is concealed by the rubber stopping the gloves from coming undone when cranking on hard hand jams!
The gloves have allowed me to climb much harder in the peak. I used to hate jamming because it hurt my hands and I was worried about loosing skin. These actually make jamming fun and allow you to take rests in horizontal breaks, simply shove your hand in and take a breather.
I have been using these gloves for 3 years now and have recently had to buy a new pair. The new version has had a few upgrades which include fit and how the strap secures. These have defiantly improved what was already a great glove.
When fitting these they will probably feel a little tight around the fingers for the first few wears but the fingers will stretch, the important thing is to have a comfortably snug fit across the top of your hand so you don’t slip around in the glove.
My old pair broke because the finger loop between the thumb and fore finger wore through on my dominant hand. This was from rope coiling so I recommend taking them off when doing rope work. I managed to prolong the life of my old ones by wrapping a thin layer of tape around the finger loop when I noticed it wearing. I think for the cost of them (£25), three years of good use is not bad. Much cheaper than shoes and definitely adds the same advantage that a good pair of shoes has to your performance.