Jun 19, 2011

Gear Review: Glacier Stripping/Fighting Gloves

An astute reader will have noticed my last few posts featured a new product. Until now, I have not disclosed the relationship. I have spent the last month testing the Stripping/Fighting Gloves from Glacier Glove.

Prior to arranging this product review, my thoughts about fishing gloves put them somewhere between fishing buffs and the monoMASTER. A little silly to say the least, luxuries to say the most. I always thought cold weather and muskie fishing were the two situations in which a respectable angler could wear gloves. Just because fishing gloves are not my bag, it does not mean others in the interwebs agree with me. Reviewing the gloves would, at the least, get some info out there for glove aficionados and potential buyers. At the most I would discover a hidden love for fishing in gloves.

The Glacier Stripping/Fighting gloves are in the Dr. Shade/Sun lineup and feature 50 spf protection from the sun. Stitched into the palm are synthetic leather pads and the back is composed of breathable stretchy nylon. At the wrist you will find a Velcro strap and the other end is trimmed short to maintain tactile dominance in fine work such as knot tying and cross-point. They can be purchased at the Glacier Outdoor website for thirty bucks. There is only one color option but five different sizes are offered. I suggest you click here for the sizing chart. My size (large) was a scosche loose but the Lycra and Velcro helped keep them in place.

My first time on the water with these gloves was a trip to Wisconsin on the cold side of spring. The conditions were not exactly ideal for testing a "warm weather" glove. I can with certainty say these gloves will do nothing to keep fingers warm on a cold day. In fact, they hold the cold water in and extend the bite of winter. Testing these gloves in cold weather was not quite fair. So as the weeks passed, the mercury rose and the gloves hit their niche.

I spent quite a few days wearing gloves and chasing gills with my fly rod. Despite the hot humid air, my hands never really felt warm. In fact, I never noticed the gloves at all while fishing. That probably says the most about these gloves: they are comfortable.

So they passed the first tests: they arrived in one piece with no obvious defects and did not obstruct my fishing. The second test would come from repeated use. While testing the gloves, I did everything with them on. I tied knots, removed moss, swatted bugs, held slippery fish and relieved myself. The first two fingers have acquired a faint green tint, but otherwise they are holding up admirably. Not a stitch is missing and no holes punctured. And not once did my hands get sunburned. Hand burns are not a typical problem for me, and Illinois is not known for scorching sun. If you are looking for some light weight sun protection, these fit the bill.

There are a couple short comings I would be remiss to...uh...miss. In the pictures you can see the first two fingers of the glove are longer and this feature got in the way. I suppose they are longer to save your fingers while stripping line and fighting long running fish, but they really got in the way while tying on hooks and flipping the bird.  I would have preferred those two fingers to cover no more than the other two. The second problem applies only to fly fishing. The Velcro wrist strap would kind of "catch" my shooting line and stall the cast before it peaked in all it's glory. This probably would not be a problem if I practiced better line control but I don't - a fact I have accepted.

If fishing gloves are your thing, the Glacier Stripping/Fighting gloves are a pretty good buy. Solidly built of quality material and after a few casts you will forget they are there. The little lady might even let you touch her after an all day fishing bender in these gloves. If fishing gloves are not your thing, I wonder why you are still reading this.

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Disclaimer: The Glacier Gloves featured in this post were provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I worked the gloves over for a month to make sure I could pad said review with as much information as possible. I am not an expert on fishing gloves, or any sort of glove for that matter, and such a position allowed me to provide this review from the perspective of an outsider to the fishing glove industry. Lunker Hunt is not associated with or sponsored by Glacier Gloves and is accepting no other compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review. My independent status may change in the future but, as of the date of publication, no relationship other than described above has been pursued or established. This disclaimer is getting pretty long, huh? Maybe I should just stop typing it.


  1. Very good review, Clif. I, actually, am thinking about some warm weather gloves (lightweight something?) to protect my hands from the damage of the sun. At my age, you never know. Anyway, your review was detailed and I appreciate how you laid it out for us readers in an easy to read way. Like your disclaimer, guess I better quit typing!

  2. Glad they didn't get in the way while relieving yourself. That was my major concern.

  3. I loved the fit and flexibility these gloves offer... However, the neoprene patch on the palm is not effective in gripping fish when you want to handle grouper for filleting. The slime handling is much better with the synthetic leather used in older models. I wish the Glacier will make the new gloves with synthetic leather palms.


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