The Gloves


WHY GLOVES? -

"A Hand in a glove is worth 2 in A&E"!
We don't think about them until we have an injury. A cut, a burn, a knocked knuckle or a chipped finger nail! As the son of a Blacksmith my farther did not advocate gloves at all ever, instead you

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worked through the sores, burns and scraps until your hands adapted and toughen up.

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DICKIES WORK GLOVES
Now most of us work in offices and although we might have the odd project where we need to use our hands as God intended, we probably won't have time for hands to toughen and at the end of a day of honest work, we are left in pain and damage. Great for Instagram, not so great for a good nights sleep. So what do we do? We reluctantly wear gloves! Even when we are hiking.

MY SOLUTION

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DICKIES WORK GLOVES CUFF DETAIL

Featured here are my new Yomp gloves they're by Dickies Work Wear and are a great inexpensive solution to the problem especially in winter. They're basic and unlined meaning I can wear them with silk liners for a bit of extra comfort when really cold and without the liners every when else. They're made from goat skin and for me have an excellent balance of dexterity and toughness so they really protect my soft baby hands from brambles, barbed wire, thorns and camp fires and pocket knives.

THE MODS [Punch some holes]

WORK GLOVES NOW OUT-DOOR GLOVES WITH 10MM HOLE FOR CARABINER
WORK GLOVES NOW OUT-DOOR GLOVES WITH 10mm HOLE FOR CARABINER

The Dickies glove are good to go straight out the box but for me, the lack of any kind of loop or clip to attach them to my rucksack is a pain so I have punched some 10mm holes in the cuff and reinforced with 10mm eyelet grommets with washers. I got these in antique brass from Amazon along with the hole punch and die. It actually comes as a little kit which is very convenient.

CARABINER & 550 PAARCORD ATTACHMENT DETAIL
CARABINER & 550 PARACORD ATTACHMENT DETAIL

For the purposes of this post I have attached some coyote brown 550 Paracord and a small carabiner thinking that it will make it easier to attach to stuff but in reality, I think they will get in the way. I will probably use as per plan A. Basically clean simple, large and easy to use holes that I can just clip to a carabiner on my rucksack for the purpose.

SIMPLE IS BEST
SIMPLE IS BEST

DON'T STUFF THEM, HANG THEM
"But why clip them anywhere, surely you can just stuff em in your pocket?"
One reason is to keep them safe. I've dropped a glove in an ice field before never to see it again. The other is that it's not a great idea to stuff your leather gloves anywhere especially if they're wet, best to keep them relaxed and aired so they can dry naturally, so the outside of your rucksack is ideal until you need them.

WAX
As with my boots I will endeavour to keep my gloves waxed using the same product I use on my boots i.e.: "Nikwax Waterproofing Wax"

This serves 3 purposes:
  1. It will keep the gloves supple and stop them drying out and cracking
  2. It actually helps with the fit, helping the gloves to mould to your hand nicely
  3. And most importantly It will help to waterproof them
LINERS
As I write this I haven't chosen the liners yet but will probably go with "Phase Liners by Arc'teryx". These are a tech inner glove which means I will be able to use my iPhone touch screen without having to take them off. Still thinking through and will update when I have decided and purchased.

IN CONCLUSION
So these are my brand new, straight out the box, outdoor gloves and I'm looking forward to years of wind, rain, snow, barbed wire, thorns and just about anything else the great outdoors can throw at them. Pretty sure things are going to be much for comfortable.

THE GEAR LIST:

Dickies Work Wear
Dickies Ranger Gloves
Nikwax Waterproofing Wax
Phase Liners by Arc'teryx

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Leave a comment. Tell me about your gloves, do you even wear gloves or am I a "wimp", my dad would certainly agree with you : ) Thanks very much for taking the time. Enjoy the rest of the site.

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