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Michael Reagan
(MichaelReagan) - F

Locale: Southern California
Sun Gloves? on 06/25/2011 16:11:24 MDT Print View

As a Southern California hiker, I normally rely on a wide-brimmed hat and lightweight long pants and a long-sleeved shirt as my primary defense against sunburn. I prefer to use as little sunblock as possible. One area of concern is the tops of my hands that are routinely exposed while using trekking poles. I've heard of folks using lightweight gloves or even sun shields made of Tyvek or the like, but I apparently didn't pay enough attention at the time to remember much about brands or types.

I'm wondering if anyone here uses some sort of warm weather sun protection for their hands other than sunblock, and if so, what you have learned and what you like. The need would seem to be something that would provide adequate sun protection, yet a degree of ventilation and perhaps even sweat dispersal. They would also need to be durable enough to withstand the rigors of constant trekking pole use without coming apart.

Any ideas?


Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Sun Gloves? on 06/25/2011 16:13:29 MDT Print View

I haven't used these but someone on here said they did.

Leigh Baker

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
re:Sun Gloves on 06/25/2011 16:22:42 MDT Print View

I had a pr. I bought from a fishing site. Light and spf 50 I believe. Try googling.

Robert Cowman
(rcowman) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Re: re:Sun Gloves on 06/25/2011 16:27:55 MDT Print View

Patagonia makes a good pair.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: Sun Gloves? on 06/25/2011 16:45:20 MDT Print View

It is laughable to think of using something like this where I hike, but I bought a pair of REI Sunscreen Gloves for a six day hike on the JMT I will be doing this September. I don't know if this is overkill or not, but I don't like using sunscreen so I thought I would rely on clothing as much as possible. They are fingerless, seem wicking, and are only 0.6 ounces per pair. Obviously I can't tell you how well they will work yet, but they seem like they will do the job.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Sun Gloves? on 06/25/2011 16:45:48 MDT Print View

I have a pair of the overpriced Sun Precautions shields (see link in Doug's post) but anyone with some sewing skills should be able to cobble up their own. They are much cooler than gloves (which I tried and discarded) and don't have to be removed to work my camera.

Edited by hikinggranny on 06/25/2011 16:48:17 MDT.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Sun Gloves? on 06/25/2011 16:47:00 MDT Print View

I have some cotton inspection gloves that are commonly used in the electronics industry. They weigh only 0.36 ounce per pair in my size. I won't claim that they have any warmth, but they are so thin that I can double up or triple up and still remain in the vicinity of one ounce. On a cold or rainy day, I can put disposable vinyl gloves over them.


Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Sun Gloves? on 06/25/2011 16:55:35 MDT Print View

Martha S.
(kitfox) - F
From the Garden on 06/25/2011 17:09:36 MDT Print View

I got some cheap white potting gloves from Kmart or somewhere similar. My sister doesn't like to wear the whole glove so she cut the fingers off.

But then, we're cheap.

Christopher Mills
(Hiker816) - MLife

Locale: Denver
Re: Sun Gloves? on 06/25/2011 17:36:21 MDT Print View

Coolibar all the way!

I wrote about them here:

James Castleberry
Sungloves on 06/25/2011 17:47:00 MDT Print View

I cover everything I can and wear a pair of older Glacier sun gloves. They are all cotton, pretty thin and very comfortable. Newer version has lycra, which I haven't tried and am not that keen to. I picked up a bunch of the cotton ones on closeout for about $5 or $6 a pair at Sierra Trading Post. Sun gloves protect my hands, keep them clean and they dry easily when washed. If Kmart or other retailer has thin white gardening gloves, those sound like they will work great. Most of the sun gloves I looked at when shopping seemed way overpriced for basic simple hand covering.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Sun Gloves? on 06/26/2011 10:47:01 MDT Print View

I wear a long sleeve nylon windbreaker for sun protection. It is a larger size than I normally wear so the sleeves are long enough to cover my hands and thereby protect them from sun and bugs.

Edited by lyrad1 on 06/26/2011 14:33:14 MDT.

John Vance
(Servingko) - F

Locale: Intermountain West
+1 on Long sleeves on 06/26/2011 13:35:01 MDT Print View

I too pull my sleeves over my hands for sun protection. I have modified a couple of base layers with thumb holes farther back in the sleeve to accommodate this and it works great.

Steve Martell
(Steve) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Washington
Re: Sun Gloves on 06/26/2011 15:52:07 MDT Print View

Another vote for 'Coolibar'--great sun gloves.

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
sun gloves on 06/26/2011 16:06:40 MDT Print View

I just used Sungrubbies on my last hike in Yosemite. I also use them while driving. They're not hot at all and also leave my fingers free from the last knuckle up, which is good for dexterity. I'm hoping that these will be good for mosquitoes, but if push comes to shove I'll spritz some deet on the back--the only place I'll use deet. Then I can take them off for eating.

Edited by book on 06/03/2013 19:10:22 MDT.

Michael Reagan
(MichaelReagan) - F

Locale: Southern California
Sun Gloves on 06/26/2011 17:25:50 MDT Print View

Thanks for all the recommendations! As usual, this forum is the "go to" place for the best information on gear.


Clint Newitt
(cnewitt) - F

Locale: Utah
Re: Sun Gloves? on 06/26/2011 20:00:50 MDT Print View

I intend to try the Eclipse Sun Gloves this summer. They interest me because they are more of a sleeve extension with a thumb loop to hold them in place; they don't have fingers. This seems a bit cooler and no fabric between the fingers. They cover the back of the hands only but that seems adequate since if using trekking poles, fingers are usually curled under or around the handles. They're available at Amazon for 16.95.

wiiawiwb wiiawiwb
(wiiawiwb) - F
Sun gloves? on 06/26/2011 21:21:41 MDT Print View

What sun? Haven't seen the sun in a while where I live. I'm more apt to wear goretex or neoprene gloves with all the rain here!

Edited by wiiawiwb on 06/26/2011 21:22:35 MDT.

BER ---
(BER) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Sun gloves on 06/26/2011 21:37:29 MDT Print View

Had similar problem with burning the back of my hands while on my last paddling trip.
Bought some Buff gloves. Initially tried the angler gloves but decided I didn't like the leather palm. Sent them back and got the water gloves instead. Much more comfortable and just enough silicone on the palms to give some grip. My size S/M pair weighs 1.2 oz.

Hart -
(backpackerchick) - MLife

Locale: Planet Earth
Sun Gloves and Hiking Sticks on 06/03/2013 14:26:35 MDT Print View

This is an old thread but I still haven't found a good solution. I have long used the Patagonia sun glove. When walking with sticks, it does not adequately protect the thumb from sun. This glove is made for anglers. When you hold a walking stick, the wrist is supinated and the top of the thumb is directly exposed to the sun.They hold up relatively well for what they are. The seams tend to unravel a bit. I have found they can withstand 3 or 4 weeks of hiking just fine. The newer version has an open palm.

The tops of the thumbs will burn while walking with sticks and the Patagonia sun glove does not cover most of the thumb. Sometimes i wrap the thumb with something (little strip of cloth, tissue, gauze) and tuck it in to the glove.

I am considering taking a merino liner glove and cutting off the fingers at the PIP joint and only cutting off the very tip of the thumb. Icebreaker used to have some in lighter bright red instead of black. They would have to be hemmed to prevent unraveling. If they were snug enough, they could possibly still serve as liner gloves under more substantial gloves.

When really desperate, I yank my sleeves down over my hands and keep it down over the thumb with my pole strap...less than satisfactory.

I am going to check out some of the gloves mentioned here. IMO, the sun exposure to the thumb remains the issue when walking with sticks. Thanks for sharing.

Edited by backpackerchick on 06/03/2013 14:32:54 MDT.

Jeff Jeff
(TwoFortyJeff) - F
Re: Sun Gloves? on 06/03/2013 18:03:42 MDT Print View

I used coolibar sun gloves on the PCT. I only carried a small tube of sunblock for my face. It worked very well.

Hart -
(backpackerchick) - MLife

Locale: Planet Earth
Coolibar -- fingerless or full-fingered on 06/03/2013 18:21:26 MDT Print View


Thanks for introducing me to the brand. Some useful looking sun accessories.

Which gloves? Fingerless or full fingered.

I generally walk with sticks when I backpack which heavily exposes my thumbs. The fingerless look short in the most such gloves...which seem to be aimed at anglers. I want the thumb covered to the nail bed. The fingers are fine as the hand is curled and the distal segments are in the shadows.

I think B.G. might have the right idea on this one.

Edited by backpackerchick on 06/03/2013 19:15:02 MDT.

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
Sun Gloves?" on 06/03/2013 19:14:04 MDT Print View

Sungrubbies cover all fingers and thumb up to the last knuckle. I use hiking poles and find that I wrap my fingers around the poles, and that pretty effectively protects the final exposed area of my thumb/fingers. YMMV.

Hart -
(backpackerchick) - MLife

Locale: Planet Earth
Thumbs on 06/03/2013 19:16:13 MDT Print View

It just occurred to me that everyone may not grip their walking sticks the same! I am a skier and and I do the under and over and tighten the strap to create a solid platform. I can't conceive of doing it any other way. (Except for the click in ski poles.) The angle really makes for intense exposure on the top of my thumbs. I might not be making sense with my sunburned thumbs! Sorry.

Yeah, fingers are fine even just covered to the PIP. My issue is the thumbs!

If I don't find anything better, I will probably continue to use the Patagonia or OR versions and bring a little role of gauze or fabric for the thumb. Tape would work but will break down the skin eventually.

full coverage
I can easily keep everything covered except the thumbs! As others have mentioned, the fingers are fine as they are wrapped around the stick and in the shadows.

Edited by backpackerchick on 06/03/2013 19:29:44 MDT.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Idea! on 06/03/2013 19:34:24 MDT Print View

Maybe I'm crazy... but take a 3-inch x 3-inch square of any fabric- a cotton bandanna, a piece of silnylon, a square of silk, and superglue the very center to the top of your pole with a little dot of glue.

If you cut it to size, it should just gently rest over the top of your hand while remaining highly ventilated and not getting caught anywhere.

Jeff Jeff
(TwoFortyJeff) - F
Re: Coolibar -- fingerless or full-fingered on 06/03/2013 20:02:40 MDT Print View

I used the fingerless, although they were different in 2008. They were white. The palm cutout was larger and they didn't have the rubber grips.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Something Odd and Different for Your Hands on 06/03/2013 23:22:29 MDT Print View

I used Sun Precautions Hand Guards on my 2011 JMT trip after my friend, Linda, used them on a short trip we took together.

They are "unique" in that they leave your hands free and not sweaty because it is not a glove.

Only negative is that they can be a bit "floppy" and look strange, but they worked well for me.

Never used sunscreen on my hands the whole 15 days out and I use hiking poles with them no problem. Guards

Might work for you too.


Peter Longobardi
(paintplongo) - F

Locale: Hopefully on the Trail
+2 Glacier Glove on 06/04/2013 07:34:17 MDT Print View

I'd also recommend Glacier Gloves. They're pretty durable, inexpensive and offer all kinds of options(also known as Dr. Shade).

Michael C
(chinookhead) - F - M
+3 Glacier gloves (Dr. Shades) on 06/04/2013 11:27:57 MDT Print View

I use the regular Glacier gloves sun gloves (Dr. Shades) for hiking the most. The reason why I picked these over the other brands is exactly what you are complaining about. The other gloves don't go far enough down. These are more like 3/4 length fingerless and they cover my thumb up to the tip. They are not hot and they dry very fast. You can also pick these up at fly fishing shops and Bass Pro etc.

When I fish or paddle I like the Glacier glove version with a plastic palm called "Ascension Bay Sun Glove" for a better grip on the paddle or fish. These are also 3/4 length and will cover your thumbs. They will last longer with trekking pole use, but are a bit warmer then the 1st gloves that I mentioned.

If I'm doing some scrambling, rope work, and climbing I use the "Warmers" brand sun gloves because they have a synthetic palm that deal with the abrasion better. You probably won't like these b/c they are half length and the top half of your thumb is exposed.

Edited by chinookhead on 06/04/2013 16:35:00 MDT.

Hart -
(backpackerchick) - MLife

Locale: Planet Earth
Stylin' Sun Gloves on 06/11/2013 18:40:32 MDT Print View

sun glove

Too big. (They only come in 2 sizes.) And I don't like the rough seams. Cover the thumbs though. Quality not up to OR and Patagonia offerings (which are short in the thumb and do not provide sufficient coverage for me when using sticks). And they are totally me! Bummer.

Stylish, none the less.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Stylin' Sun Gloves on 06/11/2013 20:39:48 MDT Print View

Go to home depot and try these on. You may not like them, but they are light. I wore them on a hot hike and didn't mind them.

Hart -
(backpackerchick) - MLife

Locale: Planet Earth
Gorilla on 06/11/2013 23:56:39 MDT Print View


Thanks John!

Those might be a good find. Price is good too.

Edited by backpackerchick on 06/11/2013 23:58:31 MDT.