Waterproof gloves are used extensively by scuba divers and snorkelers when diving in cold or temperate waters. They are also used by hunters, fishermen, joggers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, skiers, snowboarders, hikers, bird watchers, military personnel, kayakers, and others exposed to the cold wet outdoors for extended periods of time. They can also be a great accessory for doing outdoor chores in wet weather and/or winter weather such as painting the house, mending a fence, or feeding the outdoor animals.
Many water proof gloves are made of neoprene. This is a type of synthetic rubber made from the polymerization of chloroprene, or more specifically, polychloroprene. The term “neoprene” is actually a trademarked name by the Dupont, the well known chemical company. Sometimes the outer layer of the gloves are made from nylon and/or lycra spandex to make them more flexible. They are often lined with nylon to make them more comfortable, warmer, and easier to put on and take off.
Some people use a separate liner on their hands before they put on their waterproof gloves to give them a double layer for added warmth and protection. These liners can be made of a variety of materials including silk or nylon. This is especially recommended in areas where the temperature may dip below twenty degrees Fahrenheit.
Some waterproof gloves are made with GORE-TEX. This is a favorite of many outdoor enthusiasts like backpackers and campers. Some hunters and trappers also like GORE-TEX gloves.
Many hunters like waterproof gloves made of neoprene because it gives them such a nice grip on their rifle and other equipment. When waterproof gloves are made for this purpose, they usually have a camouflage design on the upper hand portion of the glove and a nice tight fit on the wrist to prevent loss of air. Some are fleece lined for added insulation and warmth.
Even if you are using waterproof gloves, if you have a tendency to have cold hands, your hands may remain cold for the duration of wearing your water proof gloves, although they will remain dry. This is true even if you have insulated gloves. If you have this issue, try warming your hands before you put on your gloves and also make sure they are dry. If you put a warm hand into a waterproof glove, especially if it has added insulation, your hand will usually stay warm.
If you want 100 percent absolute waterproof gloves, look for gloves that are made with a single solid piece of material for the entire hand portion, including the fingers. Gloves that are sewn or have seams tend to leak more than those that are make with a single piece of material. You also need to think about whether or not you will be using your gloves with a sharp object that could potentially puncture a hole in your gloves. If this is the case, look for gloves that have the palm and underside of the finger part of the glove coated with something that will prevent tears and punctures. This is also important if you will be wearing your gloves while performing a repetitive motion that could wear a hold in the gloves. For example, if you will be kayaking while wearing your gloves, the paddle could potentially wear a hole in them.