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Equipment & Gear => All Other Gear => Topic started by: Recurvesteve on October 24, 2020, 08:06:55 PM

Title: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: Recurvesteve on October 24, 2020, 08:06:55 PM
Hi there.  I'll be spending my time in the St. Helens area for this year's Modern Firearm elk hunt.  My question for you all is: what gloves do you own/have used that are truly waterproof?  I'll be spending 10 - 12 hours per day out in the usually nasty weather of this area.  Most gloves I've purchased from Cabela's and/or Sportsman's Warehouse fail after 5 - 6 hours, even the duck hunting gloves.  I have some slight nerve damage that really predisposes my hands to get cold and non-functional quickly if they're wet and cold for a long time.  I'm looking at these brands: Kuiu, First Lite, Sitka, Simms, Black Ovis, Kryptek.  What are your experiences with these or other brands of waterproof gloves? 

Thank you in advance for your replies!

Steve   
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: Dadofive on October 24, 2020, 08:24:52 PM
For long periods outside nothing is waterproof except for neoprene gloves. You can get some where the trigger finger is removed or can be folded back. This can easily be done by yourself as well. They're not the most rugged to hold up to constant usage, but for a week's hunt they do great.
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: fowl smacker on October 24, 2020, 08:30:10 PM
I've got 2 different pairs of sealskinz gloves and they are truly waterproof.  They're expensive, but both have held up well duck hunting and being outdoors.
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: 92xj on October 24, 2020, 08:43:21 PM
https://www.sitkagear.com/products/waterfowl/pantanal-gtx-glove/waterfowl-marsh


Best waterproof gloves I've come across.  Use them to pick up decoys and have stayed dried for 2 years. Now wear them on all my late season snow hunts and have no complaints.
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: Hillbilly Zen on October 24, 2020, 08:44:32 PM
Wells Lamont heavy lined pvc work gloves are about 10$ and the most WATERPROOF glove I have found for cold and wet work environments.  If you sweat inside them,however, your fingers will still be cold.  I use these for working outside down to the single digits for short periods and they are great for that.   if I am hunting or playing I am far more comfortable in fingerless merino wool gloves under a set of marmot expedition mittens.  In the merino when I am hiking they can be soaked through and my hands are warm.  When sedentary, Mittens are just going to be warmer every time.

Try the wool!  They get wet but still insulate. 

Edit to say:  look what Alaskan fleet fishermen wear.  Not going to see fancy hunting gloves on deck but you will see plenty of synthetic or wool glove liners under pvc
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: kentrek on October 24, 2020, 09:07:16 PM
If you feel like dropping 600 into gloves...Sitka...get the accents, the mitts, the storefront gtx, and then the leather

All serve a purpose
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: JL on October 24, 2020, 10:09:00 PM
No Glove is going to keep your hands warm. Gloves just restrict movement/circulation. I'd get a pair of wool fingerless and have some warmers in the pockets if I was you. If your hands are really messed up, than some real mittens you can easily slip out of for the shot maybe? 
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: konradcountry on October 25, 2020, 05:24:24 AM
Take two pairs of gore tex gloves.

10-12 hours is pushing it for one pair.

No way I could stand neoprene that long.

Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: Jakobv on October 25, 2020, 07:56:31 AM
Sitka pantanol Gtx
I have never once had wet or cold hands after three years of having them and getting soaked for hours on end in the duck blind, everything else was soaked long before my hands ever got cold or wet, which has been never


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Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: Stein on October 25, 2020, 07:57:52 AM
$12.25, but no cool camo pattern or impressive brand name on them.  Your hands will be warm and 100% dry.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0169GX7WG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: vandeman17 on October 25, 2020, 08:34:39 AM
$12.25, but no cool camo pattern or impressive brand name on them.  Your hands will be warm and 100% dry.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0169GX7WG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I might have to try those for duck hunting. Putting out and picking up decoys when itís cold dominates my hands
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: Stein on October 25, 2020, 09:50:51 AM
They work OK for decoys, you just have to be careful as the cuff isn't as long as the typical gauntlet decoy gloves.  I use neoprene for ducks if I'm going to be messing around in the water a bunch.  The PVC ones are much nicer and warmer though and easy on/off.  You can get them uninsulated or insulated.
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: vandeman17 on October 25, 2020, 11:56:01 AM
My hands donít really go in the water much, just from wet decoys. Insulated for sure
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: Alchase on October 25, 2020, 12:03:45 PM
I've got 2 different pairs of sealskinz gloves and they are truly waterproof.  They're expensive, but both have held up well duck hunting and being outdoors.

 :yeah:

I also use Sealskins when wet out.
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: Magnum_Willys on October 25, 2020, 03:42:20 PM
I carry these for cold weather game harvesting.  Heavy fleece lined silicone type waterproof.   Great feel and knife control.   For $12 a good cold weather glove.   Not for day after day use as fine feel coating would wear out. 
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: yakimanoob on October 25, 2020, 05:43:38 PM
First and foremost: your hands don't need to stay dry.  Keeping them perfectly dry is a fool's errand.

Your hands need to stay warm. So whatever you choose, make sure your hands can be warm even when, not if, water finds it way in.

It's also very important to remember that Gore-Tex, by nature, will not hold back water that's being pressed into it (like from your pack straps, hipbelt, whatever you're holding, etc. Gore-Tex is a magical material that I have lots of love for, but it is what it is. I have a pair of Eddie Bauer Powder Search gloves that do great.  They're new and still waterproof - even after about 5 hours of rain and high wind on Mt Rainier last week.  They did great in the snowstorm this weekend as well. 

Neoprene (a la the aforementioned SealSkin gloves) is a great option if you want something more durably waterproof.  I'm more and more a fan of the Outdoor Research waterproof glove liners: https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/waterproof-liners-271558.  I wore these while hiking and doing camp chores and swapped to the Eddie Bauer gloves for glassing sessions.  I really enjoyed that combo. 

Also, don't limit yourself to the hunting brands.  There's absolutely no reason your gloves need to have camo or a Sitka label on them. 
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: SeatoSummit88 on October 26, 2020, 07:25:44 AM
As others mentioned, probably not the most comfortable but a PVC glove will keep the water out... But if your hands become inoperable after cold/wet sets in...Then worth a shot to try. I hunted with my buddy and his uncle for a number of years and the combination his uncle (also prone to numb fingers) used was a very thin cotton or nylon liner and then an Atlas Showa 620 series glove.  I used them while a commercial fisherman and they keep your hands away from the elements. You will sweat in them, but just throwing another option your way.
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: Fl0und3rz on October 26, 2020, 07:31:03 AM
I'm more and more a fan of the Outdoor Research waterproof glove liners: https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/waterproof-liners-271558. 

I'll have to give those a try.  I am a big fan of OR products/gloves.  I have a couple pairs of OR Windstopper/Gripper gloves that stay warm when wet, and I have a pair of OR mitten shells I wear if it is really bad out.
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: yakimanoob on October 26, 2020, 08:10:46 AM
I've enjoyed them.  They seam to be very similar to neoprene, just with (slightly? maybe?) better breathability.  They're soft all around so they certainly wouldn't last long being used as real work gloves. 
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: Aginor on October 26, 2020, 08:36:12 AM
Avid backpacker here: I use the Showas all winter long. For $20, it blows my mind how much better they perform than any OR, Dakine, Carhartt, or other winter glove Iíve used. Just my two cents


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Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: Stein on October 26, 2020, 08:50:23 AM
The grey Showas that have thermal insulation are great especially if you are going to have wet hands or handling nasty stuff as they are super easy to wash and dry.  That's one shortfall of the earlier ones I posted, they are hard to wash and dry the inside and you can't turn them inside out. 
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: Dhoey07 on October 26, 2020, 09:21:25 AM
I bought Kuiu Yukon gloves a few years ago and have zero complaints.  Try and get them on sale if you can, they are spendy.  I think I bought them as a christmas present for myself.  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: SeatoSummit88 on October 26, 2020, 10:28:26 AM
Stein good follow up.... With these Showas, you can grab the cuff roll down to the fingers inside out, and then fold the cuff over itself creating a seal (or blow into it like a ballon), and squeeze really hard. The fingers will pop up and you can get them to dry in no time!  Peet Dryer works great too.
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: Aginor on October 26, 2020, 10:44:02 AM
They actually recently started making a model that has a cuff strap to help seal it.
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: Stein on October 26, 2020, 10:50:28 AM
Stein good follow up.... With these Showas, you can grab the cuff roll down to the fingers inside out, and then fold the cuff over itself creating a seal (or blow into it like a ballon), and squeeze really hard. The fingers will pop up and you can get them to dry in no time!  Peet Dryer works great too.

I tried that with the first ones I posted and it didn't work.  So, I grabbed the compressor and figured that would blow them inside out and up to 50 psi no dice.  Maybe it's the brand I had, the rubber is too thick to get inside out and I don't think you could wash them right side out and get the soap and junk rinsed out of the fluffy liner.
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: SeatoSummit88 on October 27, 2020, 08:25:03 AM
Interesting....Probably because of the material below the fingers.  Even with that compressor nothing huh? Not enough sealed area to give them a big ummpphfff... Yeah also rubber could be too thick. I've noticed that the nylon/cotton material which usually runs from the wrist to the knuckles is really hard to get smell out of....After I cleaned some ducks, they were rinsed, but sat in my harage for a day....Wheww, man I had to soak them in bleach for a couple days...but of course that then breaks down the material...
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: andersonjk4 on October 27, 2020, 09:34:30 AM
I have Raynaud's and keeping my hands warm and functional is a real struggle.  I can loose all circulation and feeling in my fingers and toes with even a slight chill.  I have gone through dozens of pairs of gloves to find one that will keep my hands warm, but the bottom line is that if you have circulation issues there is not a glove out there that will keep your hands warm (except maybe some of the battery powered heated gloves).  What I have found that works best are hand warmers.  Lots of hand warmers.  I open a pair before I leave in the morning and put one in each glove.  I have gotten used to functioning with the hand warmers in the palm of my hand inside my glove.  You can also switch them around and have them on the back of your hand but I don't think its as effective as trapping the heat on the palm side.  When it comes to really cold you can't beat mittens. A nice pair of lightweight gloves (I use merino wool liner gloves) inside of insulated mittens with a hand warmer or two in each glove is the way to go for real cold sits. 

As or waterproof gloves I recently got a pair of Sitka gore-tex gloves.  So far they have been good, but I haven't tested them in serious rain yet.  In heavy rain I find that my hands/gloves get more wet from the rain running down the sleeves of my rain jacket than anything else.  Making sure your rain jacket sleeves are all the way over your gloves and that your shirt sleeves are not getting wet are also keys to keeping hands dry.
Title: Re: Waterproof Glove Recommendations
Post by: Magnum_Willys on October 27, 2020, 12:10:38 PM
Yep handwarmers in really cold weather are great.  Wally World has fleece mittens with fold-over mitten over glove fingers and includes pocket for handwarmer packet.

On a quad I've even stuffed lil handwarmers in the thumb finger spot so throttle thumb doesn't freeze.