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    Wet weather shooting gloves

    Now that we already have one discussion about gloves going on...

    I really like Mechanix Fastfit gloves, except for one thing. They fit me, well, like a glove. (Unlike, ironically, a lot of gloves.) They are thin enough to not really get in the way when I am shooting, but provide sufficient protection for my hands for my use. They're not cold weather gloves, but with thin liners are surprisingly versatile. They are cheap - this is really important - and readily available. They are available in multicam, which is a factor when I want to get my Tactical Timothy on. All in all, I'd be super happy with these gloves if it weren't for one thing: these gloves just suck every available bit of moisture into them. Touch anything wet and you'll immediately have wet hands.

    So, what I would really like to find is this exact same glove, only waterproof. Any ideas?
    IDPA SSP classification: Sharpshooter
    F.A.S.T. classification: Intermediate

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    I have a pair of Serius brand gloves I bought years ago for patrol use. There a little thicker than the Mechanix but handle moisture much better.

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    Latex under the FastFit?

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    Craig S is on to something for sure.

    Initial Observation-Gloves for activities such as shooting can be highly and personally variable.

    Gloves in this space can be a consumable and should be treated as such. Thin and light and dexterous and dry and warm and durable may be mutually exclusive concepts.


    Extrapolating from camping/scouting and other otherdoor activities- with almost any amount of exertion in wet conditions, your hands can end up wet because of the conditions themselves or from sweat based on the lack of "breathability" in the glove or some combination thereof.

    I have used latex gloves under multiple types/brands of lightweight gloves with some success. (Particularly the "Whitewater" brand of glove sold at the "PX" and Legacy Blackhawk brand tac/flight gloves) Trying to keep hands, warm enough, dry enough and dexterous enough to shoot safely and well in wet conditions can be a challenge.

    latex gloves + thinner shooting gloves/ gloves up to a flight glove thickness + hands in jacket pockets with warmers in pockets have worked the best for me to date.

    If part of my job/task/mission had me outside on a regular basis, I would definitely consider some type of "woobie tube". The links below are merely illustrative as I have no direct experience in this realm re tubes. I would also note that there are also electric ones on the market as well. I did not link any of those models.

    FWIW/YMMV

    https://www.first-spear.com/tactical-hand-warmer

    https://eagleindustries.com/hand-warmer-sleeve/

    https://www.tacticaldistributors.com...39540193656916

    https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/cabe...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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    @vcdgrips, “woobie tube”… LOL!

    The Tyr Huron handwarmer is maybe my favorite piece of kit. They are not cheap. Buy one and you might find yourself saying “get your hand out of my woobie tube!”

    http://www.tyrtactical.com/products/...n-huron-hw001/

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    I have had really good luck with these gloves:

    https://www.sealskinzusa.com/product...itted-gauntlet

    I have used them in the pouring rain and they stay dry. Mine have been very durable and lasted several years before they started to leak. They are my go to wet weather hunting gloves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ECVMatt View Post
    I have had really good luck with these gloves:

    https://www.sealskinzusa.com/product...itted-gauntlet

    I have used them in the pouring rain and they stay dry. Mine have been very durable and lasted several years before they started to leak. They are my go to wet weather hunting gloves.

    Interesting. Growing up in SE Alaska, I used to use SealSkinz socks for many years, then SealSkinz gloves for a few years. Stopped maybe 10 years ago, was really not impressed. Seems liked they worked kinda okay for a few outings, then leaked like crazy. Especially the gloves. The membrane would get all powdery and delaminate.
    Sounds like they are better now and maybe worth another shot.

    Instead I've been using Rab vapor barrier socks to keep feet dry.

    For gloves, these are the best thing I've ever tried: Showa 282-02 Temres.

    A little bit thick for pistols, but for using rifles in SE AK and Prince William Sound wet/cold, they have been great. Quick on/off, flexible, stretchy, reasonably durable, warm. They came about after a backcountry adventure racer type had a quest for the perfect AK wet weather glove system, and decided that Showa fishing gloves were almost perfect. So he called them up and convinced them to take one of their fishing gloves, make it black, and add a cinch closable gauntlet. It's damn near perfection.

    And best of all...$25 at marine stores

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDB View Post
    Interesting. Growing up in SE Alaska, I used to use SealSkinz socks for many years, then SealSkinz gloves for a few years. Stopped maybe 10 years ago, was really not impressed. Seems liked they worked kinda okay for a few outings, then leaked like crazy. Especially the gloves. The membrane would get all powdery and delaminate.
    Sounds like they are better now and maybe worth another shot.
    I have only used my for the California winters and hunting in the high desert and sierra's. As you can imagine, not much rain here and it usually snows when I hunt in the fall/winter in the sierras.

    I am sure your example is a much better test of real use.

    Last winter, after about 5 years, they started to leak. I am hoping other chime in with some good suggestions as the time has come to replace them.

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