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Old 03-13-2009   #1
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Poogies or Gloves What's your take?

Poogies or Gloves What's your take? I am looking to get either and was wondering what everyone thinks of why one is better than another. No more "toughing" it out for me!

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Old 03-13-2009   #2
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POOGIES. all the way. gloves get a little beat with all the paddle rotation in the palm. black mambas are killer.

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Old 03-13-2009   #3
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Pogies because I like to feel the paddle. Not those horrid super long NRS ones though. You want easy-in, easy-out, non-doopy pogies like IR or Bomber Gear or the old Mountain Surf ones. There is, arguably, some advantage as well in a rescue situation of being immediately more nimble without gloves on. On the flip side, there's the factor of once you lose your pogies, your hands may start getting numb.

However, I recently discovered those super thick NRS gloves are a life saver for super cold boating.
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Old 03-13-2009   #4
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i don't think theres anything wrong with the "long" poogies. they snap up and fold down to keep you nice and warm. talking about toasty warm. you will have to keep some water going in them to keep your hands cool.
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Old 03-13-2009   #5
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Pogies rock. But, I have been on some winter kayaking trips where there was snow and ice everywhere and we had to do portages with ropes, and I didn't have gloves, that sucked. I always carry a pair of gloves in my boat now.
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Old 03-13-2009   #6
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Pogies; carry gloves

I'm with pogies too, I like being able to feel the paddle shaft. I also agree with what Claytonious said, Carry a pair of gloves in your boat or in one of your pockets.

Here's what I use:
MicroWave Handwarmers | Immersion Research 2009

Immersion Research MicroWave Pogie
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Old 03-15-2009   #7
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Bomber Gear Makes an awesome Pogie.
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Old 03-16-2009   #8
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Snap Dragon Hyper Hands

Pogies, with a spare pair of gloves as mentioned. Snap Dragon Hyper Hands - large opening, easy in/out, super warm. Usually my hands are a little too warm, but nothing a cool splash won't resolve.
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Old 03-16-2009   #9
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My take is, its what you get used to. I have a bad hand (hence the name stumpster ) and for the first 2 years had to get used to mittens and would switch to gloves as the season went on. So that being said take it for what its worth...
I went through 1 1/2 pairs of gloves a season and have had the same pair of mittens for 4 years now. I only wear the mittens for winter (Nov,Dec,Jan,Feb and Mar) then I go to the gloves for a couple months. Now I still wear mittens but since last spring switched to the IR pogies mentioned above and love them... I switched to my pogies yesterday and was OK for 2 hours on the water, my bad hand was cooled but tolerable while playing. As others stated I too like the paddle in my hand but you can get used to anything and to me I enjoy my time on the river more when I am comfortable! I would say the advice above is good, carry a pair of gloves and use the pogies then you have a back up. Either way it never hurts to have extra gear!

So basically all rambling aside gloves wear out fast, pogies rock and last, mittens are forever warm once you get used to them (wax your paddle hard though)!
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Old 03-16-2009   #10
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I still use an original pair of BomberGear CreekMits (shameless plug)that I bought off of the guys when they were sewing in their garage. Around 96 or so. Still good to go. If it's real cold, like for duck season kayak hunting I wear gloves too.

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