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Old 12 January 2007, 17:19   #1
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Which gloves suit Rib driving best

I am taking delivery of my first rib in 4 weeks and am just woundering which gloves suit rib driving best. What are the pro's and con's of driving with gloves etc

Have been looking at these don't know if any would suit.

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Gloves are essential in the winter. I have several pairs but you don't really need anything fancy. I find the best ones are windproof fleece - still warm when wet but not so bulky you can't function normally.

I have tried to buy the http://www.sealskinz.com/ gloves but haven't found them yet locally.

I also have some neoprene wetsuit style gloves - don't find them much good unless you are in the water all the time - they aren't very warm in the wind!!!

Once when out in a blizzard in the mountains I saved myself from frostbite by using 2 plastic bags over my hands - kept the wind out a treat - useful to remember in an emergency!!!
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Old 12 January 2007, 17:31   #3
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I nearly always use gloves, mine are "Thinsulate" ones nice and warm in the wind though they aren't waterproof, but they are fine for most days. Still quite warm even when drenched through though, just impossible to get back on when wet!
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Old 12 January 2007, 17:38   #4
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I got some sealskinz from millets of all places !, they are definately waterproof but are not the best at insulating.

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As already said gloves are essential for winter ribbing - pretty handy during the summer too.

If its dry enough I use full fingered Thinsulate ones when Iím driving. With my console I can get away with these most of the time.

Otherwise I use a pair of neoprene diving gloves. Tons more grip when itís wet, great for handling ropes etc. They do tend to cut off the circulation a bit though and I find my hands start to feel cold in them after prolonged use - I find them warmer than wet Thinsulate though.
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Old 12 January 2007, 17:48   #6
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I used to wear a really good pair of ski gloves which worked pretty well - but now normally use diving gloves - which are slightly bulkier and harder to get on off but really warm especially when wet.
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If it gets really cold I've got a pair of these:-

Frank Thomas Blast Gloves

Very warm and waterproof. You won't appreciate how good they are unless you use them.

Bike gloves, obviously-but they get a lot more abuse on my bike than in my boat.
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The trick with Diving gloves to help get them on and off, and also keep the chill away, is to wear a pair of the disposable gloves as per filling station forecourts
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Old 12 January 2007, 18:04   #9
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Otherwise I use a pair of neoprene diving gloves. Tons more grip when itís wet, great for handling ropes etc. They do tend to cut off the circulation a bit though and I find my hands start to feel cold in them after prolonged use - I find them warmer than wet Thinsulate though.
I got a pair of those but that was the problem I had - after ten minutes I have to take them off as my fingers need some more blood!
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Old 12 January 2007, 20:36   #10
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As already said gloves are essential for winter ribbing - pretty handy during the summer too.

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Gloves during the summer? How cold does it get over there on the water in the summertime? Weather is weird, I think we get much colder winter temperatures than you gents, but no one would ever wear gloves around here from may to october.
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Gloves during the summer? How cold does it get over there on the water in the summertime? Weather is weird, I think we get much colder winter temperatures than you gents, but no one would ever wear gloves around here from may to october.
I brought my boat back from Guernsey in June or July - a 90 odd mile trip. In Guernsey it was really really hot - in Weymouth it was also really hot - mid channel I was wearing a ski mask and goggles - gloves and a fleece.

Closer inshore you don't need them but the water doesn't warm up until about June which keeps the air temp down - the sea is prob at it's warmest in Sept/Oct. It is the Atlantic winds that are the really killers - they soon chill you right down.

We do get some stupidly hot weather - pushing the low 100s with high humidity but it never lasts very long - especially on the West coast.

Met a bloke the other day from Poland - he was complaining about our cold weather - when I said it's nothing compared to Poland he said - ahh but it's a different type of cold and he does have a point. Go to the Alps skiing and it may be well below freezing and snow everywhere but it still feels warm - women in bikinis at the ski resorts!!!
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Go to the Alps skiing and it may be well below freezing and snow everywhere but it still feels warm - women in bikinis at the ski resorts!!!
Statements like that need to backed up with pictures!
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After a very long search for gloves that will stand up to NE weather, I found these in a local sports shop, but have also found them on ebay. I tested them quite thoroughly (one of my businesses is commercial window cleaning, so hands in the water all the time!) and they are the best so far, by far. To be warm, gloves need to be 100% waterproof and windproof, yet you dont really need a lot of padding. Got gel padding on palms for real softys. I`ve found these gloves match all the criteria, and they do work very well. Well made to. Hope this helps

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father christmas brought me some musto gloves from the kids,they use them on their windfarm boat - waterproof and windproof and very toasty - tested in wind and rain this week and they do what they say on the box! Bit bulky for pressing buttons on electronics but that is what crew/clients are for
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Not expensive either. Guess that guy will be getting a lot of orders
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Closer inshore you don't need them but the water doesn't warm up until about June which keeps the air temp down - the sea is prob at it's warmest in Sept/Oct. It is the Atlantic winds that are the really killers - they soon chill you right down.
That's the problem here - it can be a warm sunny day onshore but there's not many of those days where you'll get away with a t shirt if you go a mile or so out! Water temperature is the killer...
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back when I started boating ( in the dim distant past ) I used to use those heavy duty gardening gloves as they were very cheap and if it was very choppy stick rubber gloves over the top to stop them soaking up the spray, nowadays style counts so I use windsurf gloves
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Oh I forgot to say only ever in winter, using gloves in the summer is like those walley's that wear driving gloves because they think its cool!!!
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Baydreamer, I use a pair of weightlifting gloves. Fingerless!

They aint waterproof but have great 'grip'....

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mine are "Thinsulate" ones nice and warm in the wind though they aren't waterproof
Thinsulate do a waterproof version.

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