Winter Gloves

Ahoy all,

As the cold weather encroaches, so do the questions of the best gloves for Winter rowing. The following are not endorsements, but simply suggestions (although I do use the Planet Bike Borealis myself) if you're looking for a glove or holiday present. I'm adding links to the companies that make them, prices may be cheaper elsewhere. SIDE NOTE: If you use a liner, be sure the gloves are comfortable and not too tight. The last thing you want is to cut off circulation to your hands on a cold winter morning.

1. Winter Mountain Bike Gloves, they usually have a decent grip and they're made to be warm in sweaty and adverse weather conditions.

Planet Bike Borealis -

Performance Cabot -

Pearl Izumi Lobster Glove -

2. Winter Kayak/Paddling Gloves, Usually neoprene to be waterproof AND a good grip for paddling. Possibly the best of both worlds? They are NOT easy to get off so good luck if there's something in your pocket that you need quickly.

SIDE NOTE: About neoprene, Neoprene works by trapping a thin layer of water between your skin and the neoprene. Your body heat warms up the layer of water, which keeps you warm. Ideally, you want a tight-fitting neoprene glove, which keeps the layer of water directly against your skin and helps prevent new cold water from flowing in. Loose gloves or gloves that allow water in at the wrist are colder than others, because the water moves around and colder water enters the glove more often.

NRS Natural -

3. Winter Fishing Gloves, Also usually neoprene. GREAT grip, but once they are wet, they don't dry out that fast. I would suggest getting a liner for added warmth.

Liner -

Glacier Gloves Bristol Bay -

I hope that helps.

See you on the water!


WCR Vice Admiral of the Narrow Seas