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Old 17 December 2009, 08:48   #1
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Which waterproof gloves for skippering a rib?

Can anyone recommend some waterproof, warm gloves that aren't too chunky/bulky for driving an open rib when raining or in rough water with spray please.
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Old 17 December 2009, 08:57   #2
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waterproof or neoprene

Is it best to get big waterproof gloves, (surely a pain when handling ropes etc) or just neoprene ones that stop the wind, but when wet keep your hand warm (is it annoying wearing neoprene)??

Must be some commercial rib drivers on here who have tried and tested both methods.
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Old 17 December 2009, 08:58   #3
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Wet suit gloves do the job although like you say a pain when handling ropes.
I find its easier to take them off for rope work.
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Neoprene Burns...

Apparently neoprene is potentially dangerous when using ropes

If rope slips they heat up very quickly and melt into the burn...I'm told you then have to get the melted neoprene cut out of your palms....

Pain taking them off for rope work (as required on the lifeboat), but I've never fancied seeing if the above is true!
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Paul - I have Sealskinz - following another RIBnet users suggestion

Used them in the fated Cowes trip - very wet, very windy and hanging on in sheer panic and they were great - movement was still easy, my fingers stayed dry and warm and it was'nt until I took them off I realsied how cold it was

However.... once you do take them off - if they are wet they are hard to put back on especially if in the meantime your hands have also got wet.

But very pleased with them - Marshalls were the cheapest I could find but there might be other stockists out there for less

http://www.marshallleisure.co.uk/ind...oducts_id=1155

PS They are not neoprene

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There are a few old discussions about gloves that are probably still valid unless there's been a great leap forward in glove technology recently (and if there has, please tell me!)

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=22541
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=17598
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=13224
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Has anyone tried heated gloves ie.

http://www.outdoorstuff.eu/departmen...heated-gloves/

I've not tried them myself but they seem like an interesting idea if they are robust enough to take the salt environment.
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I have several pairs of these for RIB helming

http://www.sailingclothingstore.co.u...191_br414.aspx
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Thanks all. Will do a bit of digging.

Cheers for links jk and rec ky
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sealskinz wins

check out their site http://www.sealskinz.com/cgi-bin/psP...er|1,0,0,1|53|

Has a brilliant glove sizer if ordering on line.
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