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Old 09-12-2008   #1
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Best gloves for cold paddling

My partner suffers from cold hands while paddling her Pack Cat and we've got a trip in October. She doesn't have a lot of time right now to look for gloves, so I've been delegated.

My hands never seem to get cold, so I'm sort of at a loss. I've had Seal Skinz gloves for years but only used them a couple times.

Anyhow. I think she needs the NRS Toaster Mitts (3.5 mm neoprene) for severe cold. But another pair with fingers would be nice for ordinary river chill, e.g. sunny days with cold water. Any beta (women's fit, warmth) on the NRS Mystery Gloves or other models?

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Old 09-12-2008   #2
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i like the nrs hyrdoskin gloves, though thin, they are still plenty warm and make a huge difference

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Old 09-13-2008   #3
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Glacier Gloves are awesome. I think I have the 002HBL model on this page: Products - Water Sports
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Old 09-14-2008   #4
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I get cooooold hands and the key for me is to be sure the gloves are not too tight! A little extra room is key. The thin hydroskins work well for me b/c though I got em a bit loose, they have a nice tight velcro wrist closure that seals out most water.
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Old 09-15-2008   #5
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I have the NRS Rapid glove, 1.5mm neoprene, warm but not too bulky. good price, $25. That vs mystery? Mystery is thinner, but I think that fabric is a lot stiffer. It supposedly inhibits evaporation (keep the warm in), but I have always pictured that as a clammy, wet feeling. No real experience, just my thoughts. I used to use glacier gloves for windsurfing, but now am going the Rapid glove, I like the fit better and they seem more durable/grip better.
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Old 09-15-2008   #6
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Decision time—

Thanks for the suggestions. Time to make the call.

Ordered the NRS Toaster Mitts (3.5 mm neoprene) for worst-case weather.

For what I call normal river chill, there's probably no ideal choice. But NRS Hydroskin (or plush-lined neoprene in general) got most of the votes. Since my experience is that thicker neoprene between my palm and the paddle makes it harder to feel a definite grip, and most of the chill with neoprene gloves is on the backs of the hands (where the blood vessels are just under the skin), with wind-evaporation off porous neoprene, I went for the NRS Hydroskin/Mystery glove that has a water-shedding layer on the backs of the hands.

I'll let you know how it goes. Not that she's lacking in courage, daring, etc. But if her hands get cold, I will certainly hear about it.

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Old 09-28-2008   #7
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Tried Pogies?

I have cold hands as well. I tried gloves and just couldn't get used to them. Hated not being able to feel my paddle. I use pogies and love them. It took a little getting used to, but now I don't even realize they are there. I would recommend the snapdragons. They have a wider opening and are easier to get in and out of. Worth a try.

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Old 09-28-2008   #8
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NRS makes some great options. Black Mamba Pogies and Reactor Gloves are real warm. Reactor's are 3.5 mil of titanium lined terraprene (petroleum free neoprene). They are super warm. Click here to read reviews on NRS gloves and Pogies.

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