Outdoor Research’s Protector Sun Gloves ($20) are fingerless gloves designed to protect your hands from the sun. I originally bought them for fly fishing to reduce my sun exposure, but I’ve also started wearing them for all of my hikes as an insect barrier. They weigh next to nothing and eliminate the need to wear messy suntan lotion or bug dope.
Specs at a Glance
- UPF Rating: 50+
- Materials: Polyester and spandex stretch knit
- Weight: 0.7 oz/pair
- Gener: Unisex
- Color: Silver
I never thought I’d wear sun gloves, but these fingerless gloves have been an unexpected success. I’m pretty careful with sun exposure already since there’s a history of skin disease in my family of sun worshippers. I can still remember my parents sitting out in our backyard when I was growing up with aluminized fold-out screens to redirect the sun’s rays onto their faces, so they could improve their tans. It sounds crazy today, but having a good tan was a sign of prosperity and vibrant health. It still is I guess.
The Protector Sun Gloves aren’t anything fancy. They’re just well-made, stretchy, fingerless gloves that ride up over your wrists. I like them because they preserve my dexterity so I can tie flies onto my fishing rod without taking them off. They also keep my hands quite cool, even on hot days in bright sunshine, which is an odd sensation, but not uncomfortable.
There are two webbing loops along the bottom hem to help pull on the gloves, which you can also use to clip to a harness. The seams, particularly the finger seams, are quite durable and haven’t unraveled, unlike a lot of fishing-specific gloves I’ve owned in the past.
I’ve also treated these gloves with Permethrin because we’ve had an epic tick, black fly and mosquito bug season, which hasn’t shown any signs of tapering off. That’s proven to be a home run in terms of insect protection and one reason why I’ve incorporated these Protector Gloves into my head-to-toe hiking bug suit. I haven’t gotten a wrist or hand bite yet and attribute that to the combination of the glove’s physical barrier plus Permethrin.
My only complaint with these silver-colored Protector Sun gloves is that they get pretty grungy with dirt and sweat after a few days of hiking, but you can throw them in the wash and dryer to get them clean without any special care.
I never thought I’d own a pair of sun gloves, but these Protector Sun Gloves provide value beyond just sun protection. Highly Recommended!
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