Thru hikers and others who spend a lot of time hiking under intense sun will be interested in these nifty fingerless hand protection gloves that weigh a scant 1 ounce per pair in size L/XL. Their main purpose is sun protection, but they would also be useful to provide warmth in cool weather and to grip trekking poles more efficiently.
The Sun Gloves are made of SPF 50+ Lycra and weigh just 1 ounce/pair.
They are made entirely of SPF 50+ lycra fabric, which makes them easy to put on and take off. As shown, the finger tips are exposed for greater dexterity. The gloves are available with a plain (lycra) palm, synthetic leather palm, or a thin polyurethane coated palm. We could not detect any difference in weight between the plain and PU coated versions, although the PU must have added a tenth of an ounce or so. The Sun Gloves are a good value at $14.95.
For comparison, the Coolibar Fingerless Glove is made pf stretch polyester microfiber, has a hole in the palm, blocks 98% of UV radiation, and costs $19.95/pair.
Models are available with plain, synthetic leather, and polyurethane coated (shown) palms.
Glacer Glove also has a a very light (1.1 ounce) Universal Sun Shade that attaches to any ball cap, and a cool Outback Hat that resembles a Tilley Hat but weighs just 3.4 ounces and costs $39.95.
Specifications and Features
- Manufacturer: Glacier Glove
- Sizes: All Lycra Sun Glove in S/M and L/XL; Lycra Sun Glove with PU Palm in S,M,L,XL; Universal Sun Shade in one size fits most; Outback Hat in m,L,XL
- Fabrics: Sun Gloves are Lycra; Universal Sun Shade is microfiber
- MSRP: Sun Gloves are $14.95/pair; Universal Sun Shade is $12.95; Outback Hat is $39.95