Three new winter glove designs for rowers
From our recent promotion we got testers from around the Rowperfect community to test out three new winter glove designs. The products are below
- The Pro is the cheapest a straightforward thermal glove for rowing.
- The Elite incorporates thinner fabrics and has better breathability and blister prevention
- The Ice is top of the range with wind-proof material on the back and a strengthened palm fabric.
Coastal Rower, Jac Davies tried the Elite Glove
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to try out your rowing gloves.
Paul Arnold, a sweep rower who’s beginning sculling tried the Ice Glove
So I took them on Allan Whitwell’s sculling camp in Penne D’Angalais last week (excellent! – highly recommend it). I did 132KM
and boy did I need them for the last two days! As a sweep oarsman, my hands were all cut up, and was finding it difficult to control the blades. I was honestly worried about using them in a scull (as a scrappy novice in that boat!), but after a few duff strokes I did get used to them.
I would say I honestly prefer to scull without them on because the feel and dexterity you get without them on is much better, but as a protection against my hands, it meant I could train when otherwise I could not.
I am still trying to perfect my ‘flick’ (like rolling a cigar) and noticed that was less easy so was using more wrist action than I really wanted.
Sweaty palms rowing?
The big insight I got though was how rowing gloves really help with sweat. Some days it was really hot and my hands
after 16K was very wet (which makes twisting the blade a little more uncertain). Even rubbing my hands against my shorts does not get rid of the sweat (that said, wearing the gloves in the heat is uncomfortably hot inside but at least it stops the sweat affecting the handles). If my hands had not been cut up I reckon I would still have taken them off, but wearing the gloves really helped as it kept a solid contact with the blade handle. The water was not that rough so could not say how they would have performed if the glove itself had got wet (but reckon it would have performed better than wet hands alone).
One final comment – I had XL and these were tight on me – so I did notice my left thumb ached after the outing and had to use more pressure than normal to twist the grip (I’m just 6’2” so not sure how a taller person with even bigger hands would cope. I would probably want them a little loose (but not too loose).
On Sunday I wore them in the IV back on the Tideway. I must admit to feeling a bit of a ‘softy’ wearing them but such was the state of my hands, it was a necessity! In a sweep boat they were much better (but again, having rowed for 25 years prefer the feeling of hand on wood!)
So net for me I was not testing its ability in the cold but would say they really help when hands are blistered up.
Honestly would I wear them every day? No. I would tend to use them as a ‘bandage’ in a scull as feel nervous of being slightly less in control. In the sweep boat I think I’d like to try them on a 7.30am outing in January!
Hope this helps!
Finn McHale a pogie wearer who wanted an alternative tried The Rowtex Ice Glove
Reviewed by Finn McHale ” I would love to try these as they would provide blister protection and I’m curious about handling. The problem with the pogies is you can only put them on once you are on the water as you can’t carry the boat. Then by the time I have launched and am ready the crews and the coaches launch are either waiting or rowed on. The gloves would add practically as I could put them on whilst getting changed and carry the boat with them. “