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Old 11-09-2014   #1
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Glacier Glove Durability

As air temps begin to fall here in the PNW, I've started using my new Glacier Gloves (Perfect Curve model). I've only used them twice, both times on Class 2-3 runs, neither of which involved any swimming, scrambling, etc. After both runs I noticed significant wear and cuts to the gloves. After the first run I found a circular cut on the palm about the size of a dime. It's not all the way through, but close, and left a flap. Then the second time out there is a small chunk out of one finger, and a significant wear spot on the edge of the thumb where it meets the paddle. At this pace, they're going to be junk after half a dozen uses. Also, my wife picked up a pair, and used them once. She didn't have any cuts like mine, but a chunk tore off from the bottom (wrist) edge when she was putting them on. We aren't particularly tough on gear; they just seems to be falling apart with light use. Can this be normal? Seems crazy for a $40 pair of gloves. Maybe I just need to give it up and go back to Pogies.
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Old 11-09-2014   #2
Enfield, New Hampshire
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Glac. gloves

Thats an interesting post. I got a pair last Xmas and used them maybe a dozen times or so last winter/spring. At the end of that time period, both the gloves had surface abrasions along the webbing bet the thumb and index finger where the paddle would rub. I took them out today for the 1st time this fall and put gorilla tape at the damaged places to prevent further wear and tear but it just came unstuck. If I use them the usual amount this cold season I think there will be through and through holes in both. I really cannot understand why these glove makers do not reinforce these particular areas; its a common thread in every single brand I have tried. I might just cannibalise some neoprene from an older pair and patch them at the damaged sites.

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Old 11-09-2014   #4
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Just stick with pogies or buy the NRS versions
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Old 11-11-2014   #5
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I bought these on closeout a few seasons ago
Glacier Glove Aleutian Neoprene Gloves

I used them maybe 30 times so far, they are in great shape. I think I paid about $18 for them. I am usually pretty hard on gear.
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Old 11-11-2014   #6
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I've never had that issue with mine and they are a few seasons old. I'd recommend Seal Cement neoprene cement to repair them. We use it on wet suits and spray skirts and it bomb proof. Follow the directions to a "t" and I think you'll like the result.
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Old 11-11-2014   #7
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I've had mine for about 3 seasons. They definitely have some wear these days, but they held up pretty good for a couple seasons. "Aqua seal" works really well to fix them or just to reinforce them too. I was trying to put them on wet a year or so ago, and pulled the cuff apart where it connects to the hand. So i sewed it back together and then aqua sealed it on both sides. Worked like a charm.

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