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I guess it depends on what you sail and how you sail. If you race on modern boats, with their smaller diameter, more heavily loaded control lines, then you need really good gloves. I have had good luck with Ronstan's and Harken gloves, okay results with West Marine (which seems to vary in quality from year to year but thier neoprene winter gloves are the bees knees) and terrible luck with Gill. I have tried hardware store type leather gloves and they tend to abrade through more quickly when wet, lasting one hard big boat race when its blowing and not being as grippy so I was more likely to wrap them around my hand, a major faux paux from a safety standpoint.
Now then, if you are cruising, almost any gloves will do, and unless it is either cold or gusty, or I'm flying the chute, I don't bother with gloves when daysailing or cruising.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay