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Ultralight Gloves for Bushwhacking

I do a lot of off-trail hiking, and I like to wear lightweight liner gloves for summer handwear. However, these two things are not very compatible – I frequently wear holes in the fingers of my liners from grabbing branches and rocks, which gets me in trouble with my wife (who repairs them for me, bless her heart). The solution I found is Gorilla Grip gloves, which are super-durable and weigh just 1 ounce per pair in size XL. They are similar to the nitrile-coated gardening gloves you can get at hardware stores, but much better. Besides being lighter, they have a nicer coating that is more compatible with backpacking and camping, they’re fairly warm, and they breathe very well. I got mine at Home Depot for US$5, which is cheap for backpacking gear.

Ultralight Bushwhacking Gloves

On backpacking trips, I’m amazed with their grip on rocks, their durability, and comfort over a fairly broad temperature range. They’re great for scrambling. No more glove liners worn through on the finger tips. This is a good example of finding off-the-shelf inexpensive gear that works great for lightweight backpacking.

Post Written by Will Rietveld

7 Responses to Ultralight Gloves for Bushwhacking

  1. Heather January 4, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Does anyone know where I could get these in Canada? They sound great!

    • Peter December 3, 2014 at 11:32 pm #

      Hi Heather.

      Acklands Granger has them for around $6.. Often Home Hardware does also. I’ve seen them at Canadian Tire, but they’re close to $15. And of course there’s Home Depot.

      If you shop around, you can find very similar gloves with white backing and blue palm. They’re a bit cooler to wear in the summer.

      • Peter December 3, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

        I should add; The gloves at Canadian Tire and Home Hardware are not called ‘Gorilla Gloves’, though they are the same. They have lycra backs and neoprene coated palms. Anyone who wears them lots refer to them as ‘dime gloves’ because you’re able to pick up a dime while wearing them.

  2. Pat January 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    I use mine for pot grippers. They cover your entire palm and don’t slip off your beer can pot. Mine are size large (7/8 oz). They also serve double duty as a nonslip glove 🙂
    Mine came from Home Depot also.

  3. Gabe January 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    I like these gloves a lot. One note of caution: when exposed to enough heat they will melt, which can be painful.

  4. jim January 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Be careful when using a grinder, the sparks WILL melt right through the fabric and it burns.

  5. Mathew Brasier February 8, 2012 at 11:16 am #

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