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I bought a pair of these in black for PNW sailing in fall. I was thinking the touch screen interface would be handy for the plotter. The goat leather palms were soft, grippy and strong. I was happy with them until I found black hand prints all over the deck and cabin. What a pain.
I just use callouses for gloves now. Wooden tillers are a lot more comfortable than stainless wheels.

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I purchased a pair of "helmsman" gloves from WM, I don't recall the actual brand but it was on of the big ones (not WM), for Autumn sailing. The leather fingers actually disintegrated in less than a season. And when I say season, I mean a couple of months. It was laughable. I was gonna take them back but instead just cut the leather fingers off at the knuckle (the glove's, not mine) and used them as regular old sailing gloves for a couple more years before I lost one. Stupid.

As with anything 'marine grade' = marine price = good luck with the quality.
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My Ronstans have been the best wearing pair of sailing gloves I've ever had. WM and Harkens didn't last a season.

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Weren't some WM branded sailing gloves recalled a couple of years ago, because the materials used might cause skin irritation?

I've switched to Ronstan sailing gloves for the past couple of seasons for spinnaker trimming and am very happy with those--good fit and very grippy.
I believe the problem was that the leather had not been properly washed of some corrosive chemicals used in the tanning process.

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The last time I was in a WM, maybe two months ago, and used my card, they mentioned I had a "rewards" credit that I could use but I have never received coupons or anything although I think they emailed me a while back saying that I needed to use or lose my "points." It went to the trash folder:-) I hate the games companies play to try to get you to buy more stuff.
Yea, I get it. However, I receive the $10 coupons at home and I stack them up waiting for the inevitable next WM purchase. They don't encourage me to buy, I just will be anyway, so it's free money. Sort of.

In fact, this past Fall, I was poking around the clearance section of the website and found a light jacket, tee-shirt and summer short sleeve, all discounted heavily. WM happened to be running free shipping and this combo just exceeded that threshold. I applied my old coupons and bought the lot, delivered to my door, for $2.


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I believe the problem was that the leather had not been properly washed of some corrosive chemicals used in the tanning process.
They are synthetic leather.

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They are synthetic leather.
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Yea, I get it. However, I receive the $10 coupons at home and I stack them up waiting for the inevitable next WM purchase. They don't encourage me to buy, I just will be anyway, so it's free money. Sort of.

In fact, this past Fall, I was poking around the clearance section of the website and found a light jacket, tee-shirt and summer short sleeve, all discounted heavily. WM happened to be running free shipping and this combo just exceeded that threshold. I applied my old coupons and bought the lot, delivered to my door, for $2.
I found it's also a good idea to check for pieces of sheet or halyard line on the WM leftover/end piece rack. I got an 85' piece of 10mm Salsa for my mainsheet for around .60 a foot that way a couple of years ago. WM does have some good deals and I appreciate that the stores are almost always within a bike ride of ports. I also like their ship-to-store for free policy which is great for heavy stuff and pyrotechnics which are expensive to ship. It's just their own brands that seem to be questionable quality.

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i use gill for sailing and home depot for hauling anchor.
works.
gill is often on sale at non west marine locations.


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