Rab and Outdoor Research gloves in the 'small' size fit my finger length perfect but are kinda tight across the palm. Mediums fit my palm / hand width better, but have too much finger length to be dextrous (e.g. there's too much space between the end of my finger and the tip of the glove).
Any suggestions of brands that have "shorter" finger lengths in their gloves relative to palm width to check out?
When I was after ice gloves this winter, and too freaking cold outside last winter, I just tried on everything, everywhere, new and used both.
I ordered mittens new, but the others all were tried on.
I ended up with thinsulate gloves from manzella, two different versions of gaunlet dry vent gloves from North Face, and a pair of HEAD outlast gloves. FWIW, I climbed ice in one of the no name used gloves, the thinsulate, because they were what I happened to grab, and the least bulky. No problem at all working tools, but I wasn't leading or belaying.
I've got very small hands, but stubby, which makes gloves a real PITA.
For belay gloves, I found weight lifting gloves without fingertips, real leather, and Velcro to close. They work really well!
I have short, fat, sausage shaped fingers, which always makes it hard to find gloves without an extra half inch of index finger length. I have a pair of MH "Seraction" gloves that I bought because the reviews said they had short fingers. They do! Unfortunately, they are discontinued (and take *forever* to break in) but you might be able to find a pair somewhere. Not sure if MH gloves tend this way in general, but it might be worth a shot to try some of their other styles. I tend to just try everything on every glove I can, and buy it if it fits-whether I need it right then or not.