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.
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