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Sailing gloves question

I have tried the el-cheapo ones from west marine, and i am not impressed.

As a kid I used Trophy brand all-leather 3/4 finger gloves.

Anyone still use that brand, or are there better ideas out there these days?

Thoughts, suggestions, ideas welcome
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2 bucks at home depot cut the finger tips off if you want GOOD grippy finish
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I used to buy the not-so-cheapo GILL gloves and rarely got a full season out of them (maybe it's just my sailing "technique").

Now, I'm using a pair of all leather gloves, with an extra leather reinforcement sewn through the palm, from Ace Hardware. They aren't as cheap as the gloves Tommays gets at Home Depot, but...

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If your hands are going to stay fairly dry, try sailing without. I used gloves on my Hobie, but I was constantly soaked. When I sail my Pearson, or one of the schooners I crew/have crewed on I do not wear any gloves.
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Have had good luck with gloves by Harken. Can't say the same for Gill.
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I'm currently using a pair of Henry Loyd gloves that I picked up at the boat show for about $15. They are the best gloves I've ever owned.
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Atlas Gloves... cheap and they work
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As mentioned above, most people can sail without them. I have never used a pair of sailing gloves and have never had any large issues. It takes a little while for your hands to toughen up but it isn't bad. I understand that there are certain circumstances where gloves are nice but they are overused in my opinion.
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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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Good grip, good dexterity, no sweat, great durability, $7- 8. Framer's gloves:

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