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Old 11-21-2020, 12:29 PM   #1
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Warm Work Gloves?

I'm a carpenter/housing contractor, so it's that type of work I am wondering about gloves for. Or anything you need full dexterity to do. My fingers just don't handle the cold like they used to. I remember when I first started construction how my fingers and toes would freeze. Boots are not a problem. Plenty of options there and fortunately I don't use my feet to handle my work. I ended up in the aluminum siding business and hung that stuff all winter long. I got used to it. We hated wearing gloves, they slowed us down too much. When it was really cold we would wear the brown jersey gloves. Within a couple hours the finger tips would have holes from grabbing nails and we would cut them off. I could work in freezing cold weather handling aluminum all day long and my finger tips were fine. I worked 100% outside for 25 years. For the last 15 years I've been doing more assorted work, but still most of it outside. Working for myself by myself, and carrying a much lighter workload, I have been able to avoid working outside on the worst days. Now it's back to how it was when I began, fingers get really cold fast. Jersey gloves feeling like no gloves within an hour. I used to be able to use those knit gloves with rubbery palms. Now that rubber gets cold and forget it. I used the gloves w/o the rubbery palms and it helped, but fingers still get cold. Any heavier of a glove I have to pull on and off all the time.

What do you all know about good winter work gloves?
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Old 11-21-2020, 01:10 PM   #2
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What do you all know about good winter work gloves?
That most of them arent any good!
I use deer skin Thinsulate lined gloves now though. Bout the best I could find.
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Old 11-21-2020, 01:27 PM   #3
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find you some surplus military green wool gloves
they are actually glove liners but work fairly well if you need mobility
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:07 PM   #4
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Iím with you Tim, my fingers get cold easily. I try to time any exterior work with warmer temperatures- l canít do any detail work with gloves
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Maybe a thicker latex or similar glove with a finger-less glove over top
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:14 PM   #6
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Re: Warm Work Gloves?

Here’s an assortment to check out but be cautious of those with the descriptor “style” as it indicates not genuine surplus.

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I really do not like wearing gloves.

I have tried a-lot of gloves over the years

When I was Required to wear them

Goat Skin gloves are my favorite.

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Old 11-22-2020, 07:25 AM   #8
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I'll try those military wool gloves. I know what you mean, Pete, about the 'style' descriptive. Same as 'like' added on or 'flavored'. How about our national disgrace, American Cheese? 'Processed cheese food'. That ain't cheese!

Looking through the responses I seem to remember using fingerless rag wool climbing gloves and they worked well. I'm not sure about it now, but I had a theory as long as the hand is warm the fingertips stay warm. Although they are the extremity, the blood is only cooling at the tip. It's not distance from the heart, it's distance from the warmth. Keep your core and limbs warm up to the fingertips and you're good. I know I could grab the frosty aluminum all day with bare finger tips without frost bite. I am definitely more sensitive to the cold these days. Also not acclimated yet. We've had above average warmth except for two arctic cold fronts so far. The first one was a one day thing and I was working inside a barn. Last week we had three days of wind and colder than average temps, like a preview to Jan. I was working outside on a ridgetop where you could see across the valley to the next mountain ten miles away. Only my fingers were cold
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Lol! Exactly. Let us know if you find a good glove.
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I never found a glove that wouldn't come out of my pouch with 4 screws stuck to it. I am quite happy working inside nowadays. The only time I freeze now is working on my trucks.
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I used to use brown jersey gloves underneath thin leather gloves or underneath stretch gloves.

I spent last winter building solar arrays. Obviously it was out in the weather. Our shop delivery boy gave me a pair of these orange insulated stretch gloves. Holy cow, I don't know how I ever got by before. They were warm and nimble enough you could grab, hold, and still work.

I have some nerve damage in my left hand from a razor knife incident, so trust me, keeping the digits warm is a must.
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I used to use brown jersey gloves underneath thin leather gloves or underneath stretch gloves.

I spent last winter building solar arrays. Obviously it was out in the weather. Our shop delivery boy gave me a pair of these orange insulated stretch gloves. Holy cow, I don't know how I ever got by before. They were warm and nimble enough you could grab, hold, and still work.

I have some nerve damage in my left hand from a razor knife incident, so trust me, keeping the digits warm is a must.

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Lol! Exactly. Let us know if you find a good glove.
I ordered two pair of merino wool fingerless gloves from Cabela's. We'll see how they work out.
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I never found a glove that wouldn't come out of my pouch with 4 screws stuck to it. I am quite happy working inside nowadays. The only time I freeze now is working on my trucks.
There is no glove that can stand up to twisting screws, right? I get glove fingers twisted up in the first screw I drive.
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I used to use brown jersey gloves underneath thin leather gloves or underneath stretch gloves.

I spent last winter building solar arrays. Obviously it was out in the weather. Our shop delivery boy gave me a pair of these orange insulated stretch gloves. Holy cow, I don't know how I ever got by before. They were warm and nimble enough you could grab, hold, and still work.

I have some nerve damage in my left hand from a razor knife incident, so trust me, keeping the digits warm is a must.
Thanks for the suggestion. I will definitely check these out.
And the ever so resourceful and helpful Doctor Loc comes through with the easy button. Thanks!
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I got a pair of these and really like them.

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The fingerless gloves came fast. Now it's warm. That's ok, I'll have my chance to test them out soon enough.
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I am a carpenter/ builder as well and have used these for years and they work great. Thin enough to still grab small objects but keep your hands warm. I buy them in bulk from Amazon and hand them out to the guys who work for me


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A lot of my working days in the field go back to when we used to buy the white gloves ,,I only used them to carry lumber or plywood..steel ,,ect ect .. never could use them to get into my nail bag for nails , or cat heads ,,snap tie shoes or tools ,, what I have done is cut the finger tips off and do some nailing ,, this was winter of course ..rubber gloves made my hands sweat and also stink.. my hands have a lot of history on them to look at them ,,splinters ,blisters , bruises . and scars from them construction jobs and blue and red chalk many times.. I really do miss them days..honestly !
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I used the fingerless wool gloves building houses in cold and soggy Oregon back in the 90's and they worked great for me.
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I checked and even Amazon didn't carry those. Got a link to your world?
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A lot of my working days in the field go back to when we used to buy the white gloves ,,I only used them to carry lumber or plywood..steel ,,ect ect .. never could use them to get into my nail bag for nails , or cat heads ,,snap tie shoes or tools ,, what I have done is cut the finger tips off and do some nailing ,, this was winter of course ..rubber gloves made my hands sweat and also stink.. my hands have a lot of history on them to look at them ,,splinters ,blisters , bruises . and scars from them construction jobs and blue and red chalk many times.. I really do miss them days..honestly !
I always say my hands are uglier than most people's feet I have an imbedded splinter right now in the thumb side of my RH index finger. Tough skin there but something managed to poke it's way in. Just a big sore bump, just riding it out. I guess I'll miss that some day too, but not at the moment
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I used the fingerless wool gloves building houses in cold and soggy Oregon back in the 90's and they worked great for me.
That's what I seem to recall when I broke out the ragg wool climbing gloves so many years ago. Cold fingers was not such an issue back then, so when they wore out I went back to the el cheapo throw away cotton gloves by the bag.
Those grip-palm woven gloves worked great when I was exclusively doing siding. But we were constantly rolling. Either my circulation is not as good, I'm just not used to it, I'm not about being so tough as I used to, the work now is slower plus not outside everyday, or some combination there in, but that latex transmits cold straight to my fingers. I went to woven gloves w/o the grip coating and they worked better. But once the temp dropped into the 20s I felt the cold come straight through the weave.
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A lot of my working days in the field go back to when we used to buy the white gloves ,,I only used them to carry lumber or plywood..steel ,,ect ect .. never could use them to get into my nail bag for nails , or cat heads ,,snap tie shoes or tools ,, what I have done is cut the finger tips off and do some nailing ,, this was winter of course ..rubber gloves made my hands sweat and also stink.. my hands have a lot of history on them to look at them ,,splinters ,blisters , bruises . and scars from them construction jobs and blue and red chalk many times.. I really do miss them days..honestly !
I think what you really miss is that you could go out in almost any weather and shrug it off while working. I used to be that way, too. Then I got a desk job and got fat and lazy. I worked two winters in Idaho back in the mid-'70s, and one thing I don't miss at all is busted knuckles on a cold engine, where the caked-on oily dirt gets into the chunk of skin that peeled back.

One thing for sure I don't miss is working under a farm truck in the shop and the snow is melting and dripping, along with the pig excrement, onto me. The boss said, just pull it outside and let it all freeze again. Then you can finish it up! The other end of that was working at a shop in California in 107ļ weather, under the hood running the throttle to get the AC charged.
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My favorite is hanging siding on the wall behind a heat pump, cutting around all the lines and cable, then the unit clicks on. While that sound means the people inside are being kept warm and comfortable, to me it meant a 40 mph wind blowing straight up on my and through my gloves. Even once the siding was run behind there, I still had to stand on the walkboard directly above it so it could blast cold air up my pants legs and under my jacket. In extreme cases I would pull the emergency cut-off. I forgot all about that situation I used to deal with
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Wind is what I don't miss the most. The cold you can deal with, but the wind is relentless. It is also nice to have a hot lunch and sit on a chair instead of a bucket.
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Wind is what I don't miss the most. The cold you can deal with, but the wind is relentless. It is also nice to have a hot lunch and sit on a chair instead of a bucket.
Exactly Rich,,,,and gumbo mud building up on the bottom of your work boots ,,hard days work just carrying sheets of plywood in the wind and also tugging 2-3 inches of mud on the bottom of the boots ,a couple school jobs brings back this memory ..
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