SNOWSHOE MAGAZINE GEAR REVIEW:

Gear Review: MacWet Gloves

macwet1These are some gloves with grip… and with great customer service, too.

I’ve been testing out some Climatec MacWet gloves from the United Kingdom for several months now, and for the most part, I am impressed.

The company is well-known for its outstanding gloves in many sporting ventures, including riding and shooting sports.

Their claim to fame is that as they get wetter in inclement weather, their grip improves.

After testing them out, there’s no doubt that’s the case.

I’ve been using them here in the North reaches of Canada in weather down to -20C or so, and they remain useful in those conditions, to say the least.

I was even more impressed with the company’s customer service, though. I received one pair in record time only to find them a little large, especially in the fingers. In short order, the company sent a replacement pair in a smaller size that were a better fit.

I did, however, still find the fingers too long. For me, that’s a big deal, since I am very fussy about how gloves fit me. I have a fairly big palm, but short, almost stubby, fingers, so I’m a tricky fit.
The gloves are made in a unisex fit, and I doubt how well they would fit most women due to the finger length issue.

Nevertheless, the gloves are very useful for me as a photographer, and they also work somewhat on touch-screen devices, so I can operate my iPhone with them, so long as I pull the fingers tight.

I lent the first pair, which I found much too large, to a friend who makes me look indoorsy.

Kevin is an avid skier, hunter, tracker and trapper, and he’s been very pleased with the gloves.

He’s been using them for short hunting jaunts, jumping in and out of his vehicle for up to an hour at a time.

macwet2Kevin said he likes the gloves for their dexterity and feel, which easily allows him to handle his guns. He hasn’t had any trouble keeping his hands warm, although he said with a wink that it might be his “good Inuvialuit genes.”

The pairs I’ve been trying out have been long-cuff models, with Velcro closures. That’s a both a curse and a blessing. They’re great once they’re on and staying on, but they’re a pain if you’re taking them on and off regularly.

Like me, Kevin found the gloves were only useful to run touch-screen devices when pulled as snug as possible.

So all in all, I’d recommend the gloves, with just a few concerns on the fit.

For more information on MacWet gloves, visit http://www.macwet.com.

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