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Offline lovely_bunny

lightweight, waterproof gloves
« on: May 02, 2011, 09:31:01 am »
Anyone know of any?  I liked the looks of Sealskinz's Unltra Grips but then I read a bunch of reviews that said they weren't waterproof at all.  Thanks

Offline PedalOn

Re: lightweight, waterproof gloves
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2011, 01:59:39 pm »
Can you describe the conditions you want these gloves for? Maybe a cold hard rain in the spring or fall?

Speaking as a kayaker, in the spring and fall I use any glove that is more or less water REPELLANT and has good tack. I take a second pair in case the first pair gets wet.

Neoprene isn't waterproof, but it keeps your hands warm nonetheless. Any glove that has seams isn't fully waterproof---you can't immerse your hand in water and expect it to stay dry.

There are various ski mittens that claim to be waterproof.

Offline commuter

Re: lightweight, waterproof gloves
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2011, 05:45:36 pm »
I have tried seal skinz before and was not satisfied with them. They will work well enough by keeping your hands warm in a cold rain but they take forever to dry out and eventually they develop a nasty smell. What I ended up using are some Outdoor Research nylon shell lobster claw gloves. I bought them one size bigger than normal so they fit over my biking gloves. I got them from Adventure Cycle many years ago but I have not seen them in Cyclosource for a long time so I'm not sure where you can get them now.

Hope that helps

Offline lovely_bunny

Re: lightweight, waterproof gloves
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2011, 09:56:34 am »
Thanks guys.  I bought a pair of Endura gloves from my lbs--they were having a 50% off sale.  They are waterproof but not too bulky...I think they are the "Strike" model. 

Offline PeteJack

Re: lightweight, waterproof gloves
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2011, 03:57:09 pm »
Pearl Izumi made a lightweight unlined glove that you can slip on over your fingerless gloves. I like them a lot for end of season riding because they take up very little room and are just the thing if caught in the rain. They are not waterproof but do keep the wind off and reduce evaporative cooling. Unfortunately mine are worn out and they are no longer available. Does anyone know where I can get something like this
« Last Edit: May 21, 2011, 09:52:23 am by PeteJack »

Offline bogiesan

Re: lightweight, waterproof gloves
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2011, 08:14:10 pm »
Simple examination gloves!
You didn't say what you wanted them for but I carry five or six pairs in my tool kit. Great protection during greasy chores or when changing tubes in rain. I have enough to share. IN a pinch, I can wear them inside other gloves for additional warmth and weather protection.

david boise ID
I play go. I use Macintosh. Of course I ride a recumbent

Offline lovely_bunny

Re: lightweight, waterproof gloves
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2011, 06:35:22 pm »
LOVE this idea, David--thanks.  Sometimes the simplest solution is the easiest to overlook!!!

PS whoever reads this, I just started our blog...www.bikego.wordpress.com

Offline John Nelson

Re: lightweight, waterproof gloves
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2011, 07:57:45 pm »
A popular bike racers' trick is to use extra large dish washing gloves, those ugly yellow things. They can be put over your regular gloves, tucked into the end of your jersey or jacket sleeves (or you can put a rubber band around the wrist), and discarded when no longer needed. The advantage of these over the latex gloves doctors wear is that they keep the water away from your skin. Although the doctors gloves will keep your hands dry, they offer very little thermal barrier if the gloves over them are wet.