This spring I bought new pair of Gill Three Season Gloves having gotten so tired of cold fingers.
The gloves are made of 1.5mm neoprene insulation with a high tech non-slip fabric on the palms and fingers. The entire hand is insulated with the neoprene and the cuffs are a bit longer to go under the sleeves of foul weather gear making these warm even in wet weather.
The fingers and thumb are curved in a natural curve that makes the gloves very comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
I have been happy with them so far. The gloves are flexible and comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
They are related to divers and work gloves with the addition of a non-slip fabric palm and finger area for chafe protection from line handling. The Gill Three Season Gloves should also work nicely for Paddle Sports.
Yes the inside of the gloves can get a bit clammy, just like a regular wet suit, but your hands will stay warm. With your hands sweating into the inside of the gloves, rinsing inside the gloves after using them is a good idea.
These are similar to some gloves I saw when I was first starting to sail, manufactured in Canada with full neoprene around the hands and leather over the neoprene in the palm. Was never able to find them in the US.
Years ago I tried a pair that had regular leather palm area with Neoprene on the back of the glove, nice as long as the leather did not get wet, at which point the older gloves got real cold.
Gill also make a Neoprene Winter Glove that is 3mm Neoprene for more warmth. Stearns also make a Neoprene glove, the last ones I bought did not have the fabric palm, but was not an issue for me and they lasted fine.
I also wear the gloves when I take a walk in the wet and cool weather we have had of recent. The nice thing about the fingers is they are flexible enough for me to change stations on my radio.
I contacted Gill and ask how long the gloves had been available and was told 2 or 3 years, guess I don’t upgrade my equipment often enough.
Gill Three Season Gloves, available at most marine stores that stock equipment for sailors and at $35.00 MSRP reasonable enough to give your favorite skipper or crew member this Holiday Season.
Thanks for your interest in ans support of boating safety.
– c / m –