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Postby BSquared » Thu May 19, 2016 3:08 am

As I age, I notice that I'm getting pigment-free areas on my hands that burn very, very easily, especially at high altitudes (of course). A friend of mine whom I sometimes hike with has started wearing sun gloves. =; What experience have others here had with sun gloves? Any particularly recommend brands or styles? Ones to avoid? My hands also tend to get quite hot when hiking, especially with poles—ah, yes, and I do use hiking poles and have heard that some sun gloves tend to wear out very fast under these conditions (REI review of Outdoor Research "Spectrum" gloves). So: the cooler the better, reasonable durability, and SPF a billion or so ;).

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Re: Sun gloves?

Postby freestone » Thu May 19, 2016 5:06 am

Same kind of hands. Last year I got some cheap white cotton gloves from the drug store and cut the tips of the fingers off and that made a huge difference with the condion and comfort of my hands with very little weight penalty. It also added comfort and protection from the trekking pole handles. This year I purchased a pair of Glacier sun protection gloves from Amazon and now swear by them. Great for fishing too.
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Postby AlmostThere » Thu May 19, 2016 6:33 am

I have a couple of pairs in different stages of decay. Am now about to push the button on a pair of Outdoor Research sun sleeves, on Amazon. My arms are just as bad as the backs of the hands.
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Postby oldranger » Thu May 19, 2016 7:03 am

I have been using cheap cotton gardening gloves for the past few years. Work fine and the way I misplace things the only way to go! If I don't lose them they are good for a season. Also whatever you choose do not leave them out for critters to chew on as they are certain to pick up some salt from sweat.

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Postby tomba » Sun May 22, 2016 2:04 pm

We use nylon lab glove liners. Only 16g/pair. Slippery - better take one off before handling a camera. Durable - see picture how they held up after a few weeks of hiking. The large size has too short fingers, but it doesn't bother me when hiking.

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Re: Sun gloves?

Postby Herm » Tue May 24, 2016 8:48 pm

I purchased a couple styles of Glacier Gloves from Amazon. Both are fingerless. One is a thin, light weight material that has performed well, with or without the use of hiking poles. The other is a more insulated type of glove, and in limited use, has worked well for fishing.
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Re: Sun gloves?

Postby balance » Wed May 25, 2016 7:37 am


I've got a system that works great for protection from the sun.

While hiking, I wear an ultra-light weight, light colored long sleeved shirt of some sort. For the past couple of years it's been Patagonia's lightest capilene base layer. I also use trekking poles. Then for my hands, I have two bandannas, which I place over my hands, slip through the loops on the handle of my trekking poles, and grab the poles. The two bandannas also keep the handles of my trekking poles from getting sweaty, and there's plenty of ventilation around them unlike gloves.

Along with a wide-brimmed hat, this keeps me protected from the sun, and I don't have to goop up with sun protection lotions. Then around camp, the bandannas do their usual duty as potholders, neck warmer, etc. :thumbsup:
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Postby mlskn_needed » Thu May 26, 2016 10:13 am

After I sunburned my hands due to my hiking pole straps wiping off the sunscreen, I started using my Giro Rivet mountain bike gloves. They're full fingered but have great dexterity; I can tie my boot laces wearing them. The version I have are all synthetic and dry quickly.
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Re: Sun gloves?

Postby edhyatt » Fri May 27, 2016 10:30 pm

I've been using the Outdoor Research sun gloves for a couple of seasons; not much to say - they work really well, dry fast and are very light.

Do get dirty, but then I have the unappealing habit of wiping my mouth with them so they get gummed up with lip balm and so on....
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