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!
Did you like this post? Please share it with your friends!