A few months back, while browsing through Cabela’s, I came across a pair of gloves that I knew would be right up my alley. Having a skin tone that is already having to have pre-skin cancer spots frozen off, I have become much better about protecting my skin. See, I have two shades of skin tone. There is white with thousands of freckles and burnt red with thousands of freckles and after a few hours in the sun my hands swell, joints ache and little blisters appear. Problem is, I am also very hot-natured and loved living in Texas so gloves for summer would probably make me miserable. What is an outdoorsman to do?
I had been looking for some gloves that would do the following:
- Protect my skin and hands
- Be lightweight to reduce heat
- Work well with camera/lens dials, buttons, etc.
- Preferably work with a smartphone screen
- Fit my thick fingers and palms well
Back to Cabela’s, I came across a pair of very lightweight gloves and they were in camo to boot! Now, my hands are more like slabs of meat versus the long, lithe fingers and palms of my lovely wife. So what usually happens when buying gloves is that if they fit my palm then the fingers are at least an inch too long! Because of the material from which they are made (Real Feel™ Super Stretch™ Fabric), the fit is perfect on me. The palms are covered in a silicone grid which is wonderful for working with dials, buttons, and knobs on your camera, lens, or tripod. Now, none of the advertising for the glove mention this, but they do work (albeit not perfectly) with smartphones. This is huge for me as I am often wanting to access calls, guides, or the like.
I have worn these from the high 80’s to the upper 40’s and been comfortable in that range. It hasn’t been in the 90’s since I purchased them and not below upper 40’s when I have needed them.
I have posted a couple of shots below of the gloves on my meat slabs and here is a link to the gloves on Cabela’s website. The gloves are normally $24,99 but on sale for $14,99 as of today (12/5/14). Feel free to ask any questions as well if you wish to know more.