I started wearing sun-protective gloves probably about 10 years ago. Along with pants, long-sleeve shirts, and hats, they quickly became an essential piece of my fishing wardrobe for both sun and added bug protection. Nowadays of course, there's a plethora of products available to help shield you from the sun's rays. My last pair of sun gloves has served me well for several years, but since they became a bit tattered it was time for a replacement. What to replace them with? The price, look, and features of the Glacier Glove Ascension Bay Sun Gloves caught my eye, so I placed my order!
Colors/Patterns: Light Grey
UPF Rating: 50+
These are a simplistic pair of gloves—which is what I really love about them. The lycra back provides UPF 50+ protection, while the polyurethane palm provides added grip on all types of surfaces. The color is a very light grey shade, with more of a modest grey palm. There's a logo on the top of the forefinger, while the Glacier Glove name is shown on the wrist. The overall stitchwork is good, with just a couple loose threads protruding in a few spots. Giving a modest tug on all the seams didn't cause any tears or separations.
The material on both the backs and palms of the gloves is relatively thin so they feel very low-profile on the hands and stay cool. The polyurethane palms provide additional grip that's especially nice on the cork or foam handle of a fishing rod. I also like how all the material is soft enough that it contours nicely to the hands and moves with you rather than bunching up or feeling stiff.
There's some really cool sun gloves out there, but some of them are built with a long index finger. I don't know about you, but I can't stand having material between my index finger and line when stripping a fly. It makes me feel "disconnected" from the fly because I simply don't have the same feel and sensitivity as when stripping against a bare finger. Thankfully, these Glacier Gloves have an index finger length that protects part of the finger but stays out of the way when stripping fly line.
I'm also really pleased by the wrist length built-in to the gloves. The stretchy wrist portion comes up high enough to effectively cover bare wrists, however when wearing my chunky watch the material doesn't come over it as well. I suppose I could wear my watch OVER the glove, but then I wouldn't be able to take off the glove as easily. Speaking of removal, the combination of the thin material and not-too-high wrists also makes these a cinch to get on and off fast. Many times, I like to remove my left glove (or sometimes both of them) when I'm about to land a fish so I don't get the glove(s) stinky and slimy.
I've been modestly using these gloves for about a month now with no complaints. Even after several trips to the washing machine, there's no wear issues to speak of. About the only thing I have to worry about with these is getting a hook stuck in the thinnest material. I've only had that happen once with this pair so far—and thankfully not past barb—but the thin outer material will easily snag a hook (as past experience has also told me), so be aware of that.
Their simplicity is what drew me to these gloves, and they have yet to disappoint. They aren't overdone, don't feature crazy eye-crossing designs, don't take forever to dry, and best of all, the price is right. If you want a pair of sun gloves that just plain work without the added "fluff," I think these will be hard to top!