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  1. doubleh

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    I've been searching for some locally. I want some with just light insulation and no stiff leather or fake leather reinforced palms. I've looked locally and nothing is to be had. Tons of stiff work gloves and bulky reinforced palm things and that's it. I tried two different pairs from the internet and that was a bust. One pair was exactly what I wanted and the reviews said they run small and, indeed, they do. I wear a large and ordered XXL, the largest they offered. They were so small my wife couldn't wear them and I couldn't even get them on so back they went and I ordered another brand. These were OK in the fit department but they came with a stiff palm reinforcement That wasn't in the description or visible in the picture and they have been returned. Anyone know of some brand that actually follows US sizing and will fill the bill.

    On a side note I checked in Big 5 Sports, our only local sporting goods store. They didn't have anything either but they did have huge selection of some brand of "tactical' gloves. "Tactical" on any product is a turn off for me but since these were available for the sum of ONLY 90 bucks :eek: a pair I had to check them out to see why they would command that price. I don't know, Mechanix Wear makes gloves that appear much more durable to me and at a much better price. Can it be because they are "tactical"? :D
     
  2. crestoncowboy

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    Sam's club Carries the red cloth gloves with black rubberized palm in a 12 pack for 10 bucks or so. I used to wear mechanix when i was working on cars or equipment but i just use the cheap ones from Sam's now. They are about the only glove I can build fence or framework with. I don't have to take them off to drive a steeple or nail. I've shot with them on as well. They halfway work with a touch screen too so I can start and change my shot timer. I bought a pair of 5.11 gloves in the bargain cave at cabelas for 9 dollars a couple years ago. Just plain black leather (could be fake leather) with no knuckle guards or anything fancy. They work well too but offer almost no warmth and arent touch screen compatible. I carry them in my dress coat pockets. They also ran small. Mine are xl and took some stretching to work well.
     
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  3. labnoti

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    Mechanix was an automotive industry brand. They were adopted by US troops in Iraq because those that arrived there as personal property proved to be better than the government's "tactical" brand. For winter, I recommend heavy mittens on a leash and over liner gloves, but maybe that's not necessary in New Mexico. Mechanix "vent" gloves are good summer gloves, and they make nice liners under mittens in the winter. They do not have any thick plastic pads on them. I can't recommend an armored glove since I don't have a purpose for those.
     
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  4. shafter

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    Try Cabela's deerskin gloves. They come insulated and uninsulated, or check out a pair of leather driving gloves.
     
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  5. Robbins290

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    Being in maine in the winter time. I found the flappy mitten/gloves (no idea what they are called) work great for shooting and ice fishing. can extend just the trigger finger out and still keep everything warm.
     
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    I think shafter is on the right track.

    CAL Ranch sells uninsulated goat skin gloves for under $10. I keep a pair in my range bag. Not the warmest, but they do make a big difference and don't interfere with operation of the firearm.
     
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    I assumed cold but not sub zero temps by the "light insulation" content by the OP. Our winters are usually 20-40 degrees. Nights and a couple days in January or February may dip sub zero though. My suggestion definately isnt good for 0 or below. And not good in rain or snow either. Otherwise they work very well. I wear deerskin when pulling barbedwire or when its wet out but have to take one off to drive nails or steeples. I swear my hands are colder in them during the winter than with no gloves at all. During summer (60-70 max around here) if I'm shooting my 329, 460, 500 etc for a hours I wear my Harbinger powerlifting gloves.
     
  9. AK103K

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    I wear mittens for cold weather, work or play. There is nothing that keeps your hands warmer. If you need dexterity, you just pop them off and go bare handed.

    If you really want warm, throw one of the heat packs in each of the mitts.

    Ive also used the type Robbins is referring too, and they work well too, if you dont want to remove the mitt. They generally arent as warm as a full mitt though.

    The ones that dont work, or at least dont work very well at keeping your hands warm, are the type in the Cabelas link, that have a fingerless glove in them. The cut off your fingers from contact with the rest of your hand, just like gloves, and your fingers still freeze. You want that "meat on meat" contact you get with your whole bare hand, in a normal mitt.
     
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    You are right about being not as warm. But i find them way more useful while ice fishing, hunting in freezing weather and four wheeling. I have access to my gps, tools, and can tie lines on without taking the mittens off. Specially where i have them strapped in from my jacket.
     
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    Second that. I prefer wool, which is far less likely to be damaged by campfire than synthetic materials. As a matter of fact, I've been using a pair of these (or close equivalent, they look 100% the same) for several years and they're my go-to gloves for cold weather hunting. If it gets really tough, I have non-insulated heavy duty leather mittens to go on top of them.
     
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    515mQJzFkqL._AC_SY400_.jpg Gorilla Gloves... Started using them for chores.. they fit great. Now keep a pair in range bag.
     
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    I use layering- Convertible mittens (like Black Diamond Windweight, slightly oversized, with thin leather shooting gloves I bought at Cabelas years back (they are thin, but have a very thin fleece liner and fit snug, not tight, good dexterity). I wear the convertible mittens over the shooting gloves with just my trigger finger exposed. If it’s really effing cold, I stick adhesive chemical TOE warmers in the mitten flap. Trigger finger gets cold because I’m not using it enough, it goes inside to warm up.
     
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    i look at solving the gloves and handgun problem the other way. a favorite winter woods walking companion is a trigger guard-less bond arms derringer, though i found that thinner gloves and larger 45lc rounds work best.
     
  18. entropy

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    I just wear pilot gloves (Issue aviator gloves, Nomex and leather) down to about 20 degrees, then switch to 'triggerfinger' glove liners to about 10 F, then add the triggerfinger glove over that, those are usually good to -15 below, below that I put the USAF Arctic mitts on over the triggerfinger gloves and liners. It hasn't gotten too cold for that yet.

    https://www.armysurplusworld.com/nomex-flight-gloves


    https://www.sportsmansguide.com/pro...5PZNpUV9jL3k8MCfl90NHcUF9j90EFUwaAgvyEALw_wcB


    https://www.sportsmansguide.com/pro...QFYEFCl-Omhp4enY4IuAUsiPTtim2upYaAhinEALw_wcB
     
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  19. herrwalther

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    You just aren't going to be able to keep your hands warm and be able to pull a trigger very well with a big mitten on. Some of my best military gloves came from Outdoor Research. Big outer mitten or glove, with an inside liner for more detailed work like triggers or tying rope.

    https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/woolly-sensor-liners-253957?cat=15,4
     
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  20. entropy

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    You kids got all the new, fancy stuff. ;) You know like M4's (We had to make our own, as the XM177E2 had been pulled from inventory, and the M4 made it's debut after I ETS'd) Aimpoints, (we had the Colt 3x20 clamp-on scope, and I bought that myself) ECWS, (I did get a parka right before I ETS'd but I had to buy it from a soldier waiting for UCMJ sentence-I bought a lot of kit from kids selling it for pizza money while waiting for their court date for drug charges.)
    Yeah, with the Flyer's mitt, you fling it off and shoot with the triggerfinger mitt or liner underneath. In a deer stand I can slide it out quietly enough.
     
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  21. Pat Riot

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    I have tried numerous gloves for winter shooting. The “mechanic’s”gloves of different makers I have found always have narrow fingers. Nothing like having your trigger finger go numb while shooting due to loss of circulation, not the cold.

    I found the best thin leather gloves for shooting at a motorcycle shop. They were a leather and textile combination but I cannot remember the brand name. They were okay until temps dipped lower.

    And believe it or not these gloves from Target are great shooting gloves. Leather and Thinsolate. I have warn out several pairs over the years in colder weather.
    https://www.target.com/p/men-s-thin...dress-gloves-goodfellow-co-black/-/A-78426632
     
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  22. toivo

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    I like unlined deerskin gloves. Get a pair that fits you right -- not too loose. They are very flexible and allow you to keep a lot of your dexterity.

    When it gets really cold, I like some kind of "flip mittens," where you have a very thin glove under the mitten. But lately I don't go out and shoot when it's really cold ... ;)
     
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  23. G.E. Lee

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    Deerskin roper gloves sound like what you want. They provide all you are looking for, plus they don't get stiff after getting wet. Geier Glove Co. makes many versions. I suggest not buying off the internet. Since you live in NM you can find them in stores--especially equestrian stores--all over the state.
    Here is a list of places to go and try them on: http://www.geierglove.com/retailers-new-mexico.html
    They get more expensive every year. My last pair cost $28. Now they are twice that...They last decades...
     
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  24. herrwalther

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    You should see what the military is getting now. Even I am having a "you little whippersnappers" moment while flexing my knees. Most of the uniforms I wore are now being sold as "vintage" items.
     
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  25. doubleh

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    This looks interesting. I wish I didn't have to make an over two hundred mile round trip to get to the closest Academy store as I prefer to try on gloves just like shoes and boots. I'll have to check out their return policy for internet orders.

    Thanks for all the suggestions. Deerskin gloves are out. I've worn out many pairs of them, plenty of the drivers and a truck load of welding gloves, over the years and really like them for most glove chores but don't find them warm at all plus they soak up water like a sponge. Sub zero temperatures are something that seldom occur in my part of NM. I don't need anything to handle that as I'll just stay in the house until it warms up. My really cold weather activity days are over. Just because it's NM doesn't mean it's warm in all parts of the state though. Red River holds the state record at -40 degrees so don't think it's sunshine and roses all the time here. I'm glad that place is 4000' higher and 317 miles north of me.

    Hey, Crestoncowboy, I bet it takes a big hammer to drive those "steeples". Sorry, I couldn't help myself. I apologise. All in fun.
     
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