Gloves

global_s

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I don't really like caving in gloves, but in some caves they certainly have there use.

What gloves do people use. Ideally I'm after something cheap, tough and are still easy to rig in?
 
Showa 660.

I need a 9/L when new but they do shrink with use. Usually have to discard as too tight before they are worn out.
 

global_s

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I've got a pair of those and they are great in wet caves, but find that they are slightly restrictive when it comes to rigging, although still perfectly usable.
 

ianball11

Active member
I've a few pairs of the think plastic coated open backed gloves like those and to be honest they hurt my hands across the knuckles if you're wet for long periods, probably more to do with getting too small a glove.

I enjoy the warmth of a 2mm neoprene glove which you can get for a few quid from sports direct, but they don't last long at all, especially if rigging with maillons.
 

global_s

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Well being cheap enough, I've ordered a couple of different pairs. Gone for the Showa 451s and a set of dial grippers as an even cheap backup. :)

 

pwhole

Well-known member
I swear by GripZ Lite PU (Arco do their own branded version too) - they're super-thin, so don't get in the way of anything, or trapped in carabiner gates like the thicker rubber ones do, are remarkably warm but not sweaty, due to a knitted back, extremely abrasion-resistant (easily five hard trips) and very grippy, so good for climbing. The only time I take them off is for photos and eating. Arco do them at ?10 for 10 pairs, so I bought 20 last time I was in there.
 

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D.Snaith

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No matter how much i have spent on gloves, they have always ended up in pieces. For walk-ins i tend to use a marigold style glove which essentially keep your hands dry and clean but you loose no grip dexterity. However on an SRT trip i tend to use the cheap workmans gloves, the thin ones with rubber palms and fabric backs. Both types of gloves cost me ?1 per pair at the local petrol station...
 

Mark Wright

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I use these from Sainsburys. A Medium size would be better for me but they only sell them in Large.

I'd not been bothered about wearing gloves for over 30 years of caving but when we started the original Rowter Hole dig in 2010 I decided it was time to start. I've tried quite a few different types but these are really good. Hard wearing and at ?3.85, a bargain.

They are just like the blue Marigold Astroflex gloves that Starless River sell for ?6.00. Tony has all the sizes.

They are the blue ones at the bottom of this very big link.

http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchDisplayView?catalogId=10122&langId=44&storeId=10151&krypto=lmFI115xokAZHZzxYuwYkfbiNh6e7hLq54d90Uo4mQmvFIVkbo7mWj%2BuYtPt728IoUWP8W%2Fo9kmAAuBVUoM4ZOVzFLV50%2ByA5764afecs4C1d3JuGnmt5h%2BofQ2wUdsf72YiXOPSuNIyVhTB9NS5Jg%3D%3D#langId=44&storeId=10151&catalogId=10122&categoryId=&parent_category_rn=&top_category=&pageSize=30&orderBy=&searchTerm=rubber%20gloves&beginIndex=0&categoryFacetId1=

Mark
 

Madness

New member
There were at least five varieties of gloves suitable for caving available in my local Aldi tonight. Price between ?1 and ?2 a pair.

The biggest problem with gloves is finding a pair small enough for petite female hands. Even ones aimed at women tend to be too large for my wife resulting in glove fingers getting caught in bits of gear.
 

AR

Well-known member
I generally use the Aldi builders gloves these days, though if I'm doing something really squalid I might double up with a pair of wilkos heavy duty rubber gloves over the top? I used to use the Beaver neoprene/synthetic leather ones but went off them after I wore a hole in a new pair on a single trip!
 

bograt

Active member
This brings to mind a caving friend of mine who was nicknamed 'Petal' because of his affinity for heavy duty Marigolds for caving, very useful, if the right hand one wears out faster than the left, you can turn a left one inside-out to make up a pair.
 
bograt said:
This brings to mind a caving friend of mine who was nicknamed 'Petal' because of his affinity for heavy duty Marigolds for caving, very useful, if the right hand one wears out faster than the left, you can turn a left one inside-out to make up a pair.

I knew of a 'Petal' - Paul Turner was his real name and the Marigold story rings a bell. Same chap?
 
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