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LabRatKing

Hello Gang,

 

I'm in the market for some serious cold weather overgloves.

 

I wear Arc'teryx Merino wool 'gothic" liners which I wear under standard Mechanix for a general chill or while hammering and digging.

 I also have some Oakley Trigger 2 hybrid over shells and some Outdoor Research Southback over mitts that I use for the hikes to work and between sites. However the Oakleys are useless on windy days below 0C, and the Southbacks are only good down to about -10C. Neither is very  water resistant.

 

I'm in need of some overgloves or mittens that are water resistant and windproof and goon down around  -20 to -30C, preferrably with a zippered access for getting the fingers out without having to don and doff all the time. 

 

Any suggestions much appreciated. (I have a cold weather, higher altitude trip in the near future, hence the questions!)

 

 

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sharkdoctor

Well snap! I've rarely been in temps that cold (if ever), let alone quarried in that kind of temperature. Good luck keeping all your bits intact.

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FossilNerd

I’m with @sharkdoctor. I have never been in temps that cold. The gloves I mainly use are fingerless so I get some blister prevention while hammering, but still have the feeling in my fingers for more tactile work.

 

Maybe @AK hiker has an idea? He flies the skies of Alaska. I hear it gets pretty cold up that way. ;) 

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LabRatKing

Yeah, Those sorts of temps are pretty common here by January and the near constant winds make it worse. A -20C “real feel” is not abnormal. 
In this case it is our last chance at a site and frozen roads are easier than mud. But even after the drive, it’s still a solid 5k to the quarry. The landowner is selling the land so future access is not likely.

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sharkdoctor

Ack! Sounds like a real challenge and a worthwhile one at that. I wonder if the hunters among us have some solutions. The don/doff problem + water resistance sounds a bit like back country hunting. I sure hope you have someone documenting your upcoming work. Sounds like one to tell the grandkids about :) I'm looking forward to the trip report :popcorn:

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butchndad
On 10/7/2020 at 1:51 PM, LabRatKing said:

Hello Gang,

 

I'm in the market for some serious cold weather overgloves.

 

 

Hello, did you ever get any useful suggestions or figure it out on your own?

Perhaps you can help me with a slightly different version of the same problem

My "sharking" as my wife calls it is in Big Brook in New Jersey.  We rarely get temperatures like you do BUT i have some sort of circulation issues and having my feet and hands in the water, even this time of year, leaves me numb.

Do you know of any waterproof gloves which are really thin?

I would only be able to wear something on my left/pan hand and not on my right hand because the teeth can be so small i wouldn't be able to pick them out of the pan

good warm luck to us both

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LabRatKing
3 hours ago, butchndad said:

Hello, did you ever get any useful suggestions or figure it out on your own?

Perhaps you can help me with a slightly different version of the same problem

My "sharking" as my wife calls it is in Big Brook in New Jersey.  We rarely get temperatures like you do BUT i have some sort of circulation issues and having my feet and hands in the water, even this time of year, leaves me numb.

Do you know of any waterproof gloves which are really thin?

I would only be able to wear something on my left/pan hand and not on my right hand because the teeth can be so small i wouldn't be able to pick them out of the pan

good warm luck to us both

Nothing much as of yet. However, waterproof gloves that are good for dexterous work I can do! There are lots of different options, but I prefer the brand name "Sealskinz"- you can find them on the web. They aren't cheap, about 100$ a pair, but I have two pairs, one for cool weather and one for cold weather. They aren't much good for extreme conditions, say windy Nebraska in January, but they are excellent otherwise. I use the Cold Weather Work Glove with Fusion Control model for cold weather fish sampling and plankton trawls. These are so warm and waterproof, that I wear cotton liners with them to change out regularly as my hands sweat!

 

The warmer weather versions are really nice too, waterproof for those days your fingerprints try to fall off from working in the wet, I use their all-weather ultra grip gauntlet model. I bet you can grab teeth with these- I am able to open 200uL vials of preservative with them on! (and run a disposable lighter too, something I can't doo with most gloves.

 

I prefer this brand over the "hallowed gore-tex" junk as the liners and insulation don't slide around and bunch up. (I'm not a fan of gore-tex anything to be honest it always fails when you need it most)

 

However the arcteryx merino wool glove liners I mentioned previously can turn just about any glove into a winter glove and, they do a good job of keeping you warm even when wet. However they are liners only, so the durability isnt there if you use them and nothing else.

 

As for antarctic grade over gauntlets, I have three pairs chosen through the big A, that I'll order once the weather turns to try before I buy  before this expedition.

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butchndad
3 hours ago, LabRatKing said:

Nothing much as of yet. However, waterproof gloves that are good for dexterous work I can do! There are lots of different options, but I prefer the brand name "Sealskinz"- you can find them on the web. They aren't cheap, about 100$ a pair, but I have two pairs, one for cool weather and one for cold weather. They aren't much good for extreme conditions, say windy Nebraska in January, but they are excellent otherwise. I use the Cold Weather Work Glove with Fusion Control model for cold weather fish sampling and plankton trawls. These are so warm and waterproof, that I wear cotton liners with them to change out regularly as my hands sweat!

 

The warmer weather versions are really nice too, waterproof for those days your fingerprints try to fall off from working in the wet, I use their all-weather ultra grip gauntlet model. I bet you can grab teeth with these- I am able to open 200uL vials of preservative with them on! (and run a disposable lighter too, something I can't doo with most gloves.

 

I prefer this brand over the "hallowed gore-tex" junk as the liners and insulation don't slide around and bunch up. (I'm not a fan of gore-tex anything to be honest it always fails when you need it most)

 

However the arcteryx merino wool glove liners I mentioned previously can turn just about any glove into a winter glove and, they do a good job of keeping you warm even when wet. However they are liners only, so the durability isnt there if you use them and nothing else.

 

As for antarctic grade over gauntlets, I have three pairs chosen through the big A, that I'll order once the weather turns to try before I buy  before this expedition.

Thank you

just bought both nitrile gloves which are supposed to be waterproof and extend 26 inches up the arm which is good since I’m often up to the elbow in water and also some alpaca wool socks

we’ll see

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LabRatKing
1 minute ago, butchndad said:

Thank you

just bought both nitrile gloves which are supposed to be waterproof and extend 26 inches up the arm which is good since I’m often up to the elbow in water and also some alpaca wool socks

we’ll see

Those alpaca socks will treat you well. I bought about a dozen pairs while I was in Peru years ago, and my dad and I wore them out during deer season in Pennsylvania over the course for a decade.

 

I have had issues with some nitrile gloves over the years as they didn't hold up well to abrasion, but then again, I was using dry suit gauntlets so they weren't really up to the task.

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