Phill Price finds the per­fect hunt­ing gloves for warmer weather,

The ed­i­tor tries some well-made, yet sim­ple hunt­ing gloves

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Ifind hunt­ing gloves a con­stant source of frus­tra­tion. They sel­dom fit well enough to of­fer good gun feel if they’re warm. If they’re thin they of­ten fit poorly. I have boxes of gloves I’ve bought and hated, so when my col­league from Ri­fle Shooter mag­a­zine showed me some Czech gloves for sum­mer use, the qual­ity fit and feel re­ally caught my at­ten­tion. Af­ter some re­search, I found that they’re im­ported by Vik­ing Arms who sent me a pair of the very light­weight gloves called … Anne! Not the most butch, hunt­ing kind of name, but it must have a dif­fer­ent mean­ing in the Czech Repub­lic where they’re made.

They have a light­weight, stretch back fab­ric, Sen­si­tive®Sculpt, with an in­ter­est­ing grippy syn­thetic ma­te­rial across the palm and fin­gers. What­ever this ma­te­rial is, you can use the screen on an iPhone, so there’s no need to rip gloves off to an­swer a call. It also gripped the stock very well, so I had no wor­ries about a lack of trac­tion. The fit was su­perb, with ex­cel­lent gun feel and trig­ger con­trol that al­lowed the most del­i­cate re­lease. In sum­mer ,we need gloves more for cam­ou­flage than any­thing else, so the drab green was per­fect for my needs. A knit­ted cuff comes up high enough to cover the gap from glove to sleeve and this too is light­weight, al­though on a re­ally hot day I no­ticed the ex­tra in­su­la­tion. As au­tumn comes around, I’m sure I’ll be grate­ful for it and I’m keen to see how far into the cooler weather they’ll re­main com­fort­able.

MULTI-SEA­SON?

Where I live in south­ern Eng­land, we sel­dom get re­ally cold weather any­more, so I’m hop­ing they’ll be use­ful for a good chunk of the year. I noted that they’re ma­chine wash­able, which is great news. Gloves can get pretty stinky, so an easy wash is a good thing. They’re not any­body’s idea of a work glove, and I think you’d be un­wise to use them for any­thing but shoot­ing.

This is a sim­ple glove done very well, and in my ex­pe­ri­ence, that’s rare. They’re light­weight, dry quickly and of­fer su­perb fit and feel. Bet­ter still, at un­der £ 20 I think they’re ex­cel­lent value for money. Only time will tell how durable they are, but they feel and look well made and I’m en­joy­ing wear­ing them.

“They’re light­weight, dry quickly and of­fer su­perb fit and feel”

ABOVE: Ex­cel­lent fit and high- qual­ity ma­te­ri­als make for a su­perb sum­mer glove

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