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John Devitt
(cabana) - MLife

Locale: Colorado
Gloves on 02/22/2010 19:38:15 MST Print View


I have been looking for some light wind/water proof gloves for my boys and me. I have read some manufactures descriptions and some reviews, but have been left uncertain with both.
Does anyone have anty real world experience with gloves that meet my requirements? I am not looking for winter gloves, just something that won't out after a couple/few hours in the rain.
These will be used while hiking, and for hail protection. Warmth our hands around camp will be from another source ie...socks, wool liners.
Thank you for your help!

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Gloves on 02/22/2010 21:36:05 MST Print View

For Waterproof/wind I use MLD eVent Rain Mitts. For insulation inside the mitts, it changes for the conditions.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Waterproof gloves on 02/22/2010 22:06:32 MST Print View

I was standing at a bus stop and this guy went cruising by on a bike in the rain.... wearing dishwashing gloves. Sounds goofy, but why not? Just find some green ones, rather than bight yellow, etc. Super cheap too.

Playtex gloves

I use Mountain Hardwear Tempest SL gloves, made like a rain jacket with a light nylon tricot lining.

Sealskinz are good, but thick and warm --- too warm for less than freezing weather. I found some in a thrift store for $3, so they work that much better :)

Edited by dwambaugh on 02/22/2010 22:07:14 MST.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Gloves on 02/22/2010 22:31:31 MST Print View

All gloves suck. I have yet to find gloves that keep my hands 100% dry, the right amount of warmth, durable, and good feel. Andy's truth about gloves is more articulate that I will be.

For backpacking I have found that a pair of powerstretch liner gloves does amazingly well when I am active down to 20F, or maybe lower. They will get wet. They dry reasonably quickly.


drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: Gloves on 02/22/2010 22:40:02 MST Print View

I'm with Mark. All gloves suck. I'm really liking convertible gloves as a compromise between needing dexterity at times, and having the superior warmth of mittens.

joe newton

Locale: Bergen, Norway
Re: Re: Re: Gloves on 02/22/2010 23:58:19 MST Print View

I agree with Mark and Eugene. Gloves suck and there is no such thing as a 100% waterproof glove. I would certainly steer clear of Sealskinz, they take FOREVER to dry. Mark had it right when he suggested reading Andy Kirkpatricks's article on gloves (one of many good articles on his site). Mark's link above will take you to the article but they're also available at Andy's new website:

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
simple gloves on 02/23/2010 01:35:38 MST Print View

When it gets a little cold, I use simple knit glove liners (2 oz). Then if it gets wet or windy, I slip some disposable plastic gloves over those. There are several different types of disposable plastic glove weights.

John Devitt
(cabana) - MLife

Locale: Colorado
Glove info on 02/23/2010 20:20:21 MST Print View

Thank you for you insight. I am greatful to you all for sharing your knowledge and experience with me on this issue.

Nick, Thanks for the real world thumbs up on the mitts. I have been looking at these for awhile now.

Dale, That is briliant simplisity! If only slightly more breathable. They do have the quality of being very effective at keeping water off of hands, as well as providing a lot of trail laughs to lightening the mood on a dreary day.

Mark, I love your site and have gleaned much info from it over the years, thank you for that wonderful service you provide for us all. Thanks for the link, if gives me a new perspective and some new thought to ponder. I will look into powerstretch liner gloves as well.

Joe, Thanks for the heads up on Sealskinz. They are off of my radar now. The article on Andy's site was great. Thanks for pointing out the others to read thaere as well, I would have missed them.

Bob, Thanks for sharing your system. It is most helpful in developing my own.

Thank you all!

Pieter Kaufman
(Pieter) - F
Re: Re: Gloves on 02/24/2010 00:08:09 MST Print View

Andy's rant was interesting.

It makes me wonder why, at least in the rather specialized world of ice climbing, neoprene gloves designed to work like wetsuits haven't taken off. Since he introduces the idea of perceived dryness as opposed to actual dryness, that implies a wearer is willing to stand some degree of moisture as long as it feels warm(ish).

Well, anyone who's dived or surfed knows that wetsuits keep you, well, wet. And warm.

I know this is complicated by air temps that can be below freezing, but then again, I'd have to assume that there would be enough stored heat from the wearer's hands to prevent the glove from freezing while in use.

I don't know...maybe it's crazy. Or maybe not. I'll take warm wet hands any day over cold wet hands.