Courtesy Gill, Simms, NRS
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If you’re going to extend your boating season, you need to keep your hands warm. Try working your electronics, tying a knot or even handling the wheel with fingers that are frozen stiff. Here are three types of gloves to help you enjoy winter on the water.
Gill: Winter Neoprene Gloves
The Heat: Made with 3 mm double-lined neoprene, these gloves keep the water out and the wind at bay while still allowing use of your fingers. The tapered wrist seal prevents water from entering if your hand is fully submerged. These gloves provide warmth and some degree of dexterity.
The Chill: Though you can independently move your fingers, your dexterity is hindered when compared to fingerless glove options.
Price: $55.95; amazon.com
Simms: Windstopper Foldover Fishing Mitt
The Heat: This combination of a fingerless glove and winter mitten offers the best of both worlds. Flip the mitten top off to enjoy the dexterity of fingerless gloves and flip it back over to keep your digits warm. The Gore-Tex fabric is water- and wind-resistant, and will keep your hands protected from the cold.
The Chill: It’s not as effective as a full-on glove or mitten at trapping warmth, and it’s harder to work the helm when in mitten form.
Price: $79.95; amazon.com
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NRS: Guide Glove
The Heat: Made from 1.5 mm neoprene, these fingerless gloves do a good job keeping your hands warm while leaving your fingers free for tasks that require dexterity. They’re made for fishing guides who need to tie knots, handle lines and do all sorts of tasks on the water, but they work well for the recreational boater looking for some moderate chill protection.
The Chill: While they’re great for milder days on the water, they leave your fingers exposed when the temperature drops.
Price: $27.95; amazon.com