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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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...
Those look good, thanks!|
Posted by: Waterbird on Nov-12-12 7:09 PM (EST)
I wear these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kinco-Warm-Grip-Knit-Gloves-Thermal-EXTRA-LARGE-1790-XL-/190588619243
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.
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.
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)
MITTENS OR [OUTDOOR RESEARCH] GORTEX SHELL FLEECE LINER HAVE USED @ 0 DEGREES W/TOE WARMERS TAPED INSIDE
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.
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.
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:
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)
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: rb56 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)
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.
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.
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.
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...