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So, I need to get gloves and shoes for my upcoming sailing class.

Recommendations as to where to purchase? Specific brand/style of shoes? short or long gloves?
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Long gloves! The short ones are worse than useless (don't ask me why i think that ). Just enough of the fingertip exposed to un-tie a knot.
For shoes, i'm a philistine, i like sneakers - got a pair of 'skate-rat' knock-offs that work great! A little bulky, but i guess they soak up just enough water to fill the voids and act as insulation (maybe the water doesn't keep squishing in and out, so you loose a little heat one time, then they stay warm).

If you want some short fingered gloves cheap.....
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Agree with the Rev on long gloves ... mine have open fingertips only. I also usually just wear sneakers and socks in cooler weather and a pair of lightweight $15 mesh beach shoes in the summer. They grip better than any deck shoe I've ever owned.

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Hello,

I like the short gloves. They protect my palms while still allowing the dexterity to pick things up, tie knots, etc.

Regarding shoes, I'm not too picky, but please, no black soles. They make a real mess on deck. If you will be getting wet (working on the low side, that sort of thing) then a real boating shoe designed for constant wet use will be more comfortable.

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Shoes and gloves, just what type of sissy ass sailing are you trying to learn.

Ok, so I have a pair of gloves cut off just below the knuckles, they're made by black magic and have lasted fifteen years, but I only remember to pring them once every two years or so. Don't usually wear them then any way. For shoes, I wear whatever sneakers I have around, if I wear shoes at all. Got to love living in Florida.
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I've got a pair of Gill gloves. They protect my fingers better than I recall my old sailing gloves doing, but my manual dexterity suffers. They were about $20 at BoatWorld, IIRC. For shoes I bought a pair of Sperry Top-Siders in canvas. About $35 or $40 at BoatWorld, I think.

The shoes work well. They seem much more stable on the deck than the Skechers sneakers I usually wear. I may buy shorter-fingered gloves. We'll have to see.

Btw: For shorter-fingered gloves: Weight-lifting gloves, easily obtained at any major sporting goods store, will serve in a pinch.

Btw2: If the air is moderately light (less than 15 kts), you probably won't really need the gloves. The only time mine came in handy during our class was on day 2, winds about 15 kts, gusting to 18-20 kts, and then the instructor's hat gave us an unintentional MOB exercise. Thing is: He had a heckuva time getting a hook on that hat, so it took us about four tries. After the 2nd, I just stopped winching the jib sheets and just kept one in each hand .

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Agree that you usually don't NEED the gloves (but when you do.... ). Don't get weightlifting gloves, the dye runs and discolors EVERYTHING you touch (and you). Again, don't ask how I know ....

(For me, short gloves leave just enough skin exposed on my index finger that i get ropeburned there, probably because I think I'm protected)
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Gill 3/4 length gloves for me, and then keen watershoes, sperry topsiders, or just sneakers/socks for shoes!

Gloves are GREAT, definitely important for keeping your hands safe!
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In the summer I am barefoot on board and never ever use gloves... except if I have to deal with hauling anchor chain... if the windlass fails. It doesn't.

In the spring and fall I use Sebago Spinnakers, but the soles get "polished" and lose traction. My non skid is only so so as far as friction is concerned being small v groves in two directions in the gel coat.

Boots? Only when the it's pouring and I have to deal with a dink full of water and have to walk the dogs.

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Early Spring and Fall I use a pair of gloves from the Duluth catalog, water proof insulated gloves, cut off to expose less than 1 inch of each finger, with a mitt over-cover that fold backs. Keeps your hands warm and flip the mitt cover back when needed.
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