Yachting Monthly - - GROUP TEST -

All our test­ing team pre­ferred the fit of dif­fer­ent gloves on this test, so un­less you have gloves tai­lor­made for you, there will al­ways be some com­pro­mises when it comes to choos­ing the best pair for you and your sail­ing.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, we found that full-fin­gered gloves were less dex­ter­ous than short fin­gers. There was some ad­van­tage to short-fin­gered gloves com­pared to just thumb and fore­fin­ger be­ing short, though not a huge amount – we pre­ferred the pro­tec­tion and warmth of the com­pro­mise. Nearly all of the gloves tested have pre-curved fin­ger con­struc­tion to give a good moulded fit and greater dex­ter­ity. This worked well with the Zhik G2, the Gul Evo, the Musto Evo and the Henri Lloyd Pro Grip, but it made the Helly Hansen pair cum­ber­some.

We were im­pressed with how well the cheaper gloves stood up against more ex­pen­sive pairs. While the Gill Grip and Musto Dipper Grip might not look like a tra­di­tional sail­ing glove, they were su­pe­rior when it came to the grip test, mak­ing them ideal for haul­ing lines and an­chors. Dex­ter­ity could be im­proved by cutting the fin­gers off. The per­for­mance of the Decathlon Tri­bord 900 was also strong, con­sid­er­ing the low cost.

Gill is good at mak­ing sail­ing gloves. The Gill Pro Gloves Long Fin­ger were our best on test. They might not have beaten our run­ner-up, the Gul Evo 3, on grip, but the close fit and com­fort made them clear win­ners.

Thanks to In­spi­ra­tion Ma­rine for the use of their Hanse 388 as a base for our test.­spi­ra­tion­ma­

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