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Glacier Glove – The Perfect Curve Glove – Review and Giveaway

A week or so ago the kind folks over at Glacier Glove sent me a couple of pairs of the Perfect Curve Gloves to review. These gloves are designed for cold water kayaking, fishing, and similar sports. I took the gloves with me on a trip to south central Texas to one of the only rivers in the state that is flowing right now to see how the gloves would do.

The gloves are made from 2 mm Yamamoto Neoprene, the “gold standard” for Neoprene. Yamamoto Neoprene features closed-cells backed up by other cells. This unique structure gives it super stretch and recovery for flexibility, thermal warmth, and durability. Yamamoto Neoprene is 98% impermeable to water, making it exceptionally lightweight when wet and warmer than traditional Neoprene that is twice as thick.

Glacier Glove uses this exceptional material blind stitched and glued at the seams to further keep cold water out. I put the gloves on and tightened down the Velcro strap before plunging my hand deep into the cold spring fed water. The glove felt dry and warm. I left my hand in the water for a few minutes before coming up to inspect the glove. I pulled my hand out to see if I could see any moisture inside the glove. There was none past the Velcro strap.

The Perfect Curve Glove

Temperatures in Texas were not quite as cold as these gloves needed to be tested under. So as an added test I plunged my hand into a bowl of Ice water. With no glove I started to feel pain right away. Within 8 seconds I was uncomfortable enough to not proceed any longer. Then I decided to do the same with the Glacier Glove on. After about a minute I started to feel the cold through the glove…but it wasn’t uncomfortable. After four minutes I got bored and decided that was enough to test the glove. I could have kept going much longer. Needless to say…these gloves work great in cold water. Watch the video below to see the Glacier Glove Ice Water Test.

The key feature on these gloves is the articulated fingers. That is one of the first things I noticed when I pulled them out of the box. Each knuckle of the fingers has been made to curve naturally with your hand, this is why the glove is named the “Perfect Curve Glove.” Most gloves I have used in cold water conditions are too annoying to keep on very long. Your fingers fight constantly against the natural shape of the glove while trying to grip your paddle. For this reason most chose to go without gloves (which is what I often do), or use a kayaking mitt called a Pogie that seals the paddle inside the mitt with your hand. The Perfect Curve Glove minimizes the type of fatigue caused by most gloves. Just like your fingers, the perfect curve glove naturally wants to curve to the shape of your paddle.

You can see how Glacier Glove jointed the knuckles to allow the fingers to naturally curve.

To add further comfort and warmth the Perfect Curve’s neoprene is lined with fleece. Combine that with the features mentioned above, and this a pretty impressive glove. So impressive I have asked Glacier Outdoor for a couple of pairs to giveaway. See below for details….

Fleece lined Neoprene


No multiple entries this time, I’m going to try to keep it simple. So if you would like to have a pair of your own Glacier Glove Perfect Curve Gloves, this is what you need to do:

Simply spread the word… let your friends and social networks know you have entered a giveaway on MyLifeOutdoors.com and that they should enter too. You can do this through your blog, twitter, facebook, or something similar. It doesn’t really matter how, as long as you let other people know in some way. Once you have done that come back here and leave a comment below. I will shut off the comments at midnight Tuesday May 10th. On Wednesday May11th I will randomly select two of the comments on this post as the winners. Be sure and check back at that time to see if you are one of the winners. Only one entry per person!

Good Luck!

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  • Kovas

    May 4, 2011

    Would love to try these for winter cycling! Tweeted @kovasp

  • ZSandmann

    May 5, 2011

    Wow these sounds like awesome gloves, my cold weather gloves are all for dry situations and when I lived in Colorado I ended up with cold hands many times from moisture getting into them. Mentioning on my Facebook! Thanks for the review Steven.

  • The BaffinPaddler

    May 5, 2011

    Excellent glove review! Thanks. It is so hard to find good paddling gloves. I'll have to give these a try now too.

  • Karl

    May 5, 2011

    Wow, awesome giveaway opportunity! I'm game, and I've Tweeted! @LiveFreeAndHike Thanks Steven!


  • harttj

    May 8, 2011

    Have passed the word on via twitter @harttj2701.

  • Viski

    May 8, 2011

    "Would love to try these for winter cycling!"

    My thoughts exactly!

    I'll spread the tidings in irc.

  • Anonymous

    May 9, 2011

    Very good looking gloves for what I'm planning for the summer! "Veni, vidi, tweeted" (as @Korpijaakko).

  • Xieheng

    May 9, 2011

    Would be interested to see how these work for climbing! (Shared on FB)

  • Chris Martin

    May 10, 2011

    These would be great for some of my South America adventures in the Andies.

  • Grant

    May 10, 2011

    Would love to try these for cold weather paddling….I tweeted @ NewEnglnOutside

  • Chris

    May 10, 2011

    Great opportunity for some great gloves!

  • ADKinLA

    May 10, 2011

    Man, these things look tough and I would love to win them! Posted here and retweeted!

  • Paul

    May 10, 2011

    look great!

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