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  best cold weather gloves
  Posted by: trvlrerik on Nov-11-12 9:50 PM (EST)
   Category: Other Gear 

Today was my first sub freezing paddle of the year and I have tried many different styles of glove but I may have found the best glove ever (in my opinion) by accident. It is made by the Memphis glove company and called the Ice Ninja, it comes in multiple sizes. The palm of the glove is covered by a textured latex that is not "sticky" allowing paddle rotation, and neoprene water resistance above your wrists. They are very thin for cold weather gloves, they were very warm at 30 deg air and 45 deg water temp.
I found them at an Ace hardware for $10, they are listed on amazon for as little as $5

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  Thanks for the post
  Posted by: Jaybabina on Nov-12-12 8:00 AM (EST)
I looked them up. Pretty good especially considering the price. Even if they don't work, it's a good deal for $3.95.
  Posted by: edzep on Nov-12-12 10:45 AM (EST)
Are you referring to this item? One of the reviewers (callcam) refers to a similar-but-different model by the same company, so, I'm asking. He refers to a difference in water proofing.
  That's what I wonder too...
  Posted by: Kocho on Nov-12-12 8:09 PM (EST)
These do not look like they are water proof, so not sure how well the mesh top protects from cold water... They are called "Ice Ninja" though, so not sure what other model there is...

Regardless, I ordered a couple of pairs today to check them out. If they don't work for kayaking, I'll use them for garden work and auto repairs - this is the kind of gloves I use for these purposes anyway, so at about $4 a pair it's won't be a loss...

I have been using Glacier Gloves for the past 3-4 winder seasons (including freezing temps, water and air) and they are great. Except, they tend to fall apart after just a handful of outings for me at the thumb base. Granted, I use them hard on white water and I think the issue is that my fingers are too long, thus forcing the glove to stretch too much in that area and wear off prematurely. Some aquaseal helps temporarily, and I'm experimenting with other ways to patch them-up before they start to wear out but have not found a good way to protect them. I guess I need to switch brands to something more durable, but these are excellent otherwise for paddling...
  Those look good, thanks!
  Posted by: Waterbird on Nov-12-12 7:09 PM (EST)
I wear these:

I like them a lot. They're warm but not waterproof on top, so I always bring two and even three pairs of gloves in cold weather. Strangely, I've never gotten my gloves wet in the fall or winter, but I don't paddle in rough conditions when it's cold.
  Kinco Gloves
  Posted by: aamapes on Nov-12-12 11:05 PM (EST)
Here are what some folks in my area use. They keep your hands dry and warm, but make for an odd fashion statement. Good for paddling during deer season, though.

  Glacier Gloves
  Posted by: bowrudder on Nov-13-12 4:53 AM (EST)
not cheap, but the bee's knees
  Do your Glaciers last?
  Posted by: Kocho on Nov-13-12 3:46 PM (EST)
As I wrote above, for me I can't even get one full winter out of a pair without a lot of patching... But if they fit on your hand well and you don't paddle too hard, I suppose they could last a long time - I just torture mine too much -;)
  mine have held up pretty well
  Posted by: bowrudder on Nov-15-12 8:41 AM (EST)
since I moved to Cali, I don't use them much anymore, so forgive me if I have to search my memory. I think a seam on the heal of one hand was starting to go, and a finger tip had a small chunk missing (still don't know how that happened). But they held up for years (like five) before they started going. I'm sure you're right--it all depends on how hard you are on them. I would baby mine. Normal paddling, no death grip. I didn't like the blue velcro strap, so I took them off. The gloves could take water from the back, but kept my hands warm the way a wet wetsuit would.
  Glacier Gloves
  Posted by: yaakker on Nov-14-12 8:10 AM (EST)
work better than any other glove I've tried but I also use poggies and like them alot
  Which model? They have many.
  Posted by: Yanoer on Nov-14-12 10:53 AM (EST)
I use the Kenai All-Purpose.
  Posted by: jimyaker on Nov-13-12 4:47 PM (EST)
Pogies are also an alternative, through I didn't care for the NRS style (too hard to get on large hands).

  Posted by: paddler098 on Nov-13-12 8:38 PM (EST)
  toe warmers
  Posted by: suzanneh on Nov-14-12 10:20 AM (EST)
The instant heat packs that are used for winter sports work well dry but when wet, they lose their ability to work.

This style of hot pack works wet or dry but are not as small as the flat ones.

Nice thing is that they are reusable and you just need to boil them between uses to renew them. (You can NOT microwave them).

There are many brands of these available. Not sure if any one is better than any other. I keep them in my emergency kit.
  If you like those you'll love
  Posted by: bartc on Nov-15-12 9:17 AM (EST)
SealSkinz. They have that knit polypro interior and exterior, but an internal layer of thin neoprene throughout the glove, so they're more waterproof than the Ninja Ice.

Yes, you can get water inside. Yes, the exterior can get cold if continuously wet and exposed to wind. But overall they're very good gloves for temps for me down to freezing (32 degrees) on the water.
  Got them = No Good, IMO
  Posted by: Kocho on Nov-16-12 5:49 PM (EST)
Just got the gloves in the mail today. IMO these are not good paddling gloves. They appear warm and fuzzy on the inside but have several problems that I don't think a paddling glove should have:

(1) Not water proff at all - the top is some sort of tight mesh. Will also probably cause a good deal of evaporation cooling in winds (good for warm weather, not good for cold). OK might be OK if you don't get your hands wet, but ... (need I say more -;)

(2) They are not shaped and at the same time are rather stiff - my hands feel like they will get tired holding a paddle... The fingers want to spring back to a straight position. In contrast, most paddling gloves are shaped - you don't need to expend any effort to hold the paddle with them beyond what you would need without them. Not so with these....

(3) If the traction this rubber offers against a slippery wet paddle shaft is anything like a similar rubber on another set of working gloves offer, it will be very bad - my other set is lightweight but is essentially the same construction: feels great on the hand but is cold in the water and very slippery against the shaft.

So, no I would not use these for paddling. Seem great for yard work or general wear in cold and dry weather.
  Level Six is the Good Stuff
  Posted by: Kudzu on Nov-16-12 6:28 PM (EST)
JSMarch turned me on to these a few years back:
  Posted by: drjay9051 on Nov-17-12 6:48 AM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Nov-17-12 6:49 AM EST --

Here are some other choices;

These are mens. they have a womens and kids section as well.

For surf ski in the winter cannot be beat.

  Level six
  Posted by: radskierman on Nov-17-12 7:12 AM (EST)
I have 2 pairs of these. They are super warm, my hands sweat in them even into 15-20 degree air temps. They are excellent as far as grip. They are waterproof.... but only for maybe 10 paddles. Then they leak and leak fairly substantially. I have Aquaseal all over the seams, that definitely helps. But I wish they would tape and glue their seams, especially at the thumb joint, and perhaps add a kevlar strip at the heavy wear areas....across the palm and at the thumb. But I still love these and buy a new pair every season.
  Posted by: old_user on Nov-20-12 2:28 AM (EST)
it may be a little bulky but wool retains body heat when wet. i delivered mail for 25 years and in the winter the mailbox is cold to touch and in the rain even worse. i found the wool gloves would get wet but my hand stayed warm because of it's heat retention.
  Posted by: suzanneh on Nov-20-12 12:45 PM (EST)
I can't imagine using a pair of wool gloves on the water. Wool is fragile when wet, they are not windproof, they are not waterproof. Wool might work for a canoeist whose hands are not continually wet but not for winter kayaking in the north east.

  Wool, what's worked for me
  Posted by: guideboatguy on Nov-20-12 1:32 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Nov-20-12 1:42 PM EST --

I sometimes wear cheap wool gloves inside a wind-shell mitten. In that situation, the wool is definitely not "fragile", as the gloves are holding up far better than the mittens. I first tried this combination on a cold, rainy day, when my new, thick neoprene gloves, which were SUPPOSED to be amazingly warm, turned out to be awful, seeming to be almost as cold as no gloves at all. In desperation I put on the cheap wool gloves and wind-shell mitts, and because it was raining quite hard, they were soaking wet in a matter of a few minutes, but my hands rapidly got warm in spite of being wet. I can think of NO other situation where it has been possible for my terribly cold-prone hands to go from painfully numb to toasty warm without any need to make them dry first, and without any additional heat source (like putting my hands inside my shirt to warm them with body heat prior to putting on better mittens). My hands have always been prone to getting very cold at the slightest excuse, so for them to become warm in that soaking-wet situation is totally amazing. Wool is amazing!! All you need is to have a wind-proof shell over the top.

I won't say this would be best for the average kayaker, but I can say that the material is tough enough when under shell layer, and that a shell layer also provides the wind protection you want. Also, the few models of neoprene paddling gloves I've used leak through the seams every bit as rapidly as non-waterproof gloves, so "waterproof" hardly seems to be an issue for comparison.

  I use wool liners in my dry gloves
  Posted by: bnystrom on Nov-21-12 7:09 AM (EST)
I wouldn't use wool gloves without the shells, but they're ideal for use as liners. They're warmer and more durable than synthetic liners.
  level six new model
  Posted by: old_user on Nov-21-12 7:44 AM (EST)
I've used level six mitts for a couple of years and, although I like them a lot, I got holes in the left thumb. I contacted the company and they sent me a new pair of what seem to be a much improved model - the Creeker Mitt. I haven't tried them out yet, but the thumb seems to be reinforced well. And since I use a Greenland paddle, my hands are constantly in the water. "Fingers crossed."
  Bluettes rubber gloves + wool?
  Posted by: pikabike on Nov-21-12 2:53 PM (EST)
I was looking at waterproof gloves in the hardware store (not for paddling) and saw a couple of models that would probably work as outer shells for wool liner gloves.

Hands would get damp from sweat, of course, and maybe some leakage down the wrists also, but wool does retain some insulating value even when soaked.

Because these gloves were so inexpensive, experimenting with them would not be a big deal. You can always use them for household and yard cleaning duties if they don't work out for paddling/sport uses.
  Thankful for Wool
  Posted by: Kudzu on Nov-22-12 5:53 AM (EST)
A couple weeks back I was hiking; crossing streams; and a little cold, cold water went down my boot. In a very short time my foot was warm and when I removed my boots later that day there was no evidence that water had gotten in. I credit wool socks and breathable boots.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all.
  Level Six
  Posted by: trilobite02 on Nov-22-12 12:15 PM (EST)
I used their gloves for three seasons, buying a new pair each season. The thumb area wore through repeatedly from wing paddle use, but they were the best combination of warmth, grip, and fit I'd found. Unfortunately, last year they revised the palm area I believe, for better wear. The new glove was nowhere near as pliable as the older model, and the grip surface was extremely slippery. Sent them right back.

The Hyperskins are pretty decent-they wear through also, and are not the warmest out there, but they offer a great grip surface and fit.
  Glacier Glove 3mm
  Posted by: FatElmo on Nov-23-12 10:40 AM (EST)
Wuz just in CampMor a couple days ago an' seen deez at $19.99 so ah' bought a spare pair.... now taday dems be $5 less at $14.99 online.

  Posted by: Kocho on Nov-23-12 12:30 PM (EST)
Great find, thanks for the tip! Just ordered a few pairs. I don't think I've had the 3mm but with the 2mm I've been just at the edge of comfort on really cold days, so these should be perfect. Can't beat the price either - $49 locally at the paddling store vs. $15 there...


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