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Clueless Sister-in-law Needs Help!

Hey all you sailor-pros .

I am hoping to buy some sailing gloves for my brothers-in-law and husband for Xmas. They all sail about once a year at a camp we visit each summer, so I don't want to hear that real men don't need gloves and all that - if you only sail once a year it gives you blisters. We live in Indiana, but the camp is on a glacier lake in Wisconsin.

Also, because they pretty much only sail in the summer, I don't need weather resistant gloves - gloves that cut off at the knuckles are probably fine.

I've done a little research of my own, but honestly am not sure where to start looking. What brands would you recommend? These boys like to be spoiled so I'd like to get them some nice, cool-looking (they are in their 20s and care about appearance ) gloves.

Can you help me out?

Let me know if you need any more info to make a suggestion, and thanks a bunch!
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Re: Clueless Sister-in-law Needs Help!

These look cool and are good gloves.



I actually wear a very old pair of Ronstan gloves, not very cool looking but they fit like a ....
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Re: Clueless Sister-in-law Needs Help!

Actually, the best gloves you can get would be some fingerless carpenter gloves. They have many high tech ones at a fifth of the price of sail gloves.
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Re: Clueless Sister-in-law Needs Help!

Harken or Ronstan. Gill and West don't hold up
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Ronstan are comfortable and long wearing. Harken are comfortable but don't hold up. The Gill gloves shown above wear well but are very uncomfortable.
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Re: Clueless Sister-in-law Needs Help!

Well, I have always been a fan of Harken gloves for their grip and their durability. Of course you pay a premium for them just as you do for Ronstan. The extra money is worth it if you use them a lot. (when I raced heavily I could destroy a cheap pair of gloves in a season!)

For your purposes you probably don't need to get them top of the line gloves since they are only getting used once a year. I have always worn 3/4 finger gloves because it is nice to have your finger tips free for un tying knots, opening beer cans etc! Also, don't get them too big. There is nothing worse than gloves that slip on your hans and bunch up! They are best if they fit a bit snug, then once they break in they are like a second skin! (I have been known to show up in the bar with my gloves on because I forgot I had them on!)
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Re: Clueless Sister-in-law Needs Help!

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Ronstan are comfortable and long wearing. Harken are comfortable but don't hold up. The Gill gloves shown above wear well but are very uncomfortable.
Funny, my experience has been that Harkens hold up very well! I have a pair of Harken Black Magic gloves that I have had for years, and they have years left in them still!
I did have a pair of Ronstans that the stitching started coming apart on, but that was when they thought kevlar stitching would look cool. They don't use it any more!

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Actually, the best gloves you can get would be some fingerless carpenter gloves. They have many high tech ones at a fifth of the price of sail gloves.
I agree that there are some very nice work gloves available, the problem is that they don't have the reinforced areas for rope handling. If you are working with smaller diameter high tech lines they don't afford the same grip, and they will get chewed up very quickly.

These are Harken's latest gloves. Some might say they are too flashy, but they would likely appeal to a 20 year old. They should run between $35 and $40


This is their "traditional" glove which will be a bit cheaper. This is a more generic design that you will see from other manufacturers.

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Re: Clueless Sister-in-law Needs Help!

I have a pair of $15 leather work gloves from HD that work just fine thank you very much. No they are not the old style loose fitting things. but some of the newer carpenter style work gloves that fit every bit as tight as the name branded sailing gloves. No not as thick of leather etc. But for a week or two here and there. They will work just fine! My sons wear some too!

But from a crew that was too tough to wear gloves, he has worn gloves ever since that day he tried to hold up a spin halyard in 20 knots of wind, with out gloves and no wraps around the winch.......their were a bit o fried bacon on board that day!

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Re: Clueless Sister-in-law Needs Help!

I still have my first pair, Ronstans one has red pipping and one red, not sure which is which because I don't tend to wear gloves any more.
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Re: Clueless Sister-in-law Needs Help!

I use the fingerless gloves I had bought to use while kayaking. Inexpensive and they've held up well.
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