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Doktori
01-20-2014, 18:16
Question for all.

Looking for a new pair of shooting gloves. I want a pair that is barely thick enough to keep my paws from getting frostbite. I'm not interested in Mechanix or Oakley type gloves. Looking for something very form fitting. Durability and cost aren't factors. Just wanna keep the fingers warm enough to maintain feeling.

Dusty
01-20-2014, 18:30
Wouldn't Hatch gloves work? 'Bout 60 bucks...

chance
01-20-2014, 18:47
I use the Camelbak gloves.

(1VB)compforce
01-20-2014, 19:31
11B/25B Support guy (until last year) answer:

I like to shoot with grey ghost gloves and they fit your criteria. A 7th Group 18B turned me on to them a few years ago and I've used them ever since.

Disclaimer: I have not used these in a fight, just training and while providing security.

http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=8725

They are thin all the way around, like a second skin with textured palms and fingers including finger tips (light green areas in the picture). I can feel the trigger and grips through them and they still have good friction and feedback. There are no worries about the weapon slipping, even if the palms or fingers are wet. The price point means you can pick up a bunch of them and just toss them after a few uses. Mine have not worn out for range shooting (I haven't worn out a pair just shooting yet and I go to the range a couple of times a week).

the down sides:
I've ripped one pair doing outdoorsy/field stuff when the back of the glove got snagged on a nail, but the palms and fingers haven't ripped yet. I think the exposed cloth on the back of the hand is the biggest weakness in these gloves.

I've used them for warmth on one trip to AFG. They did the job better than the (SOF) issue stuff through a couple of months in the winter at Bagram for relatively short periods of 3-4 hours outside. The backs of the gloves are not waterproof, consider spraying the backs with some waterproofing if you're going to be in the rain/snow. If they do get wet, they dry out pretty quick due to the thinness.

I'd use these as backup gloves in most real-world cases, mainly because I haven't had to fight in them before (lack of confidence in personally untried equipment). If you're just trying to keep your joints from freezing they're worth a try (but bring something else the first time you take them, they are THIN). In dry, mild cold down to freezing, they are fine, 25 degrees F is the lowest I've used them and my hands were cold, but not freezing while pulling guard (no activity and only limited movement). In heat they breathe well and have an underarmor-like wicking that moves sweat to the back of the hand where it evaporates. In wet areas, trips that include crossing bodies of water or those where the actual temperature, not wind chill, drops into negatives, I wouldn't recommend them as a primary glove.

Yes, I know they aren't marketed as a shooting glove, but they do a pretty good job of it.

edit to correct a mistyped temperature

Brush Okie
01-20-2014, 19:45
What about basic rag wool gloves with a finger slot cut into it? Cheap and simple. They even make some with 1/2 fingers.

JJ_BPK
01-20-2014, 20:03
Question for all.
Looking for a new pair of shooting gloves. I want a pair that is barely thick enough to keep my paws from getting frostbite.


I have use golf gloves for years. I pick up the cheepo's at the flees market. They are a little thicker than latex and will last for a month or so with twice weekly pistol range work. No thermal protection, but will work indoors or at the range shack.

The next step up are 3/4 finger sailing/rigging gloves. Good thick palms with stretchy back and velcro wrist strap.

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SiteSearch?storeId=11151&langId=-1&catalogId=10001&pageSize=10&beginIndex=0&sType=SimpleSearch&searchTermScope=3&Ns=Most+Popular|0&keyword=3%2F4+gloves

I have not tried them but I see people using the mechanic type grear head gloves. They look similar to the sailing but thinner..

Caveat: In Florida I wear them for GRIP texture with all our heat and sweat. WE DON'T DO COLD...

My $00.0002..

Doktori
01-20-2014, 20:29
Thanks for the good ideas.

I ordered up a pair of Hatch gloves and a pair of 3/4 finger gloves.

I'll let you know what I find out.

Peregrino
01-20-2014, 20:54
I've got a pair of Camelbacks snaplinked to my kit. TR introduced me to them when they were still SWMS and I definitely appreciate him saving me the expensive research to find a quality glove. (Always better to learn from another brother's "investments". :p) I've used others to include flight gloves, Hatch, Mechanix, etc. but keep returning to the CBs.

chance
01-20-2014, 21:09
I've got a pair of Camelbacks snaplinked to my kit. TR introduced me to them when they were still SWMS and I definitely appreciate him saving me the expensive research to find a quality glove. (Always better to learn from another brother's "investments". :p) I've used others to include flight gloves, Hatch, Mechanix, etc. but keep returning to the CBs.

Yep! I even went as far as buying Turtle skin brand Kevlar lined glove.

koz
01-21-2014, 08:37
SKD's Pig glove is nice

http://www.skdtac.com/PIG-Full-Dexterity-Tactical-FDT-Alpha-Glove-p/pig.700.htm

69harley
01-21-2014, 08:52
I have a couple sets from Outdoor Research and really like them.

Firemark Gloves (http://military.outdoorresearch.com/gov/or-gear/gloves/tactical/firemark-gloves-old-8328.html)

Mills
03-04-2014, 07:48
Personally, the route with the most variety is batting gloves.

They come in different thicknesses, aren't bulk, are form fitting and allow good dexterity (I.E. messing with radios). I typically only wear easton gloves or maybe a pair of thin leather cop gloves, like ringers.

My .02

Air.177
03-05-2014, 23:25
I like the skd PIG gloves also, but they do wear out pretty quickly if you are doing lots of weapons manipulation etc. also the OR "overlord" gloves that are part of the GIP issued glove kit are pretty nice

Good times
Blake

badshot
03-06-2014, 03:17
The longest lasting glove that fits your spec's I've used are pure Kangaroo leather and can be fitted like a driving glove. Can take heat, cold, abrasion, and be able to get stuff out of your pockets, load, feel the trigger, and use a computer. They were (are) from Orvis, got a smaller size, pulled out the liner, treated and oiled them. Couldn't find a custom guy were I was at but they are better, cost ranges from 120 to 300. They don't unravel or fray like kevlar or airmens gloves and last three times as long.

You probably already know this but...
Kevlar gloves are like wearing steel on your hands in the cold!

MtnGoat
03-06-2014, 05:35
I have use golf gloves for years. I pick up the cheepo's at the flees market. They are a little thicker than latex and will last for a month or so with twice weekly pistol range work. No thermal protection, but will work indoors or at the range shack.

My $00.0002..

I like the golf glove idea, never thought about them. Black are harder to find. But that's what the internet is for right. :D

Damocles
05-30-2014, 19:22
+1 on Easton batting gloves. Wear them for many things including shooting and tree climbing. While climbing they wear out pretty quickly due to tree bark generally being quite rough, but they allow great manipulation of chainsaws and firearms alike. Tight fitting, leather or synthetic.

Have tried golf gloves but they wear out really quickly. Better dexterity though.

Guymullins
05-31-2014, 01:18
Go to your local drop zone and look at the skydiving gloves. The soft leather ones last for ages and give excellent feel.