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boubindica

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morning :) I'm looking for a good pair of gloves that will protect my hands from campfires and thorns. Suggestions much appreciated.
 

boubindica

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You can find useful ones in garden centers, but:.....

Learn to handle and be around a fire and (thorny) nature without protection.
Safer that way, specially the fire.
Comment appreciated but, i still will need good ones for the fire... Dutch oven an all that... i have a lot of pain in my thumbs and don't need anymore pain atm... same goes for the thorns... I'm pretty good with safety...

was just wondering which materials are best for both jobs whilst maintaining maximum dexterity.
 

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I generally carry a pair of the cheap workman rigger gloves
they work well enough for hot things and can be flicked off quickly if needed

I was given a pair of thicker gardening gloves for a Xmas pressie a while back. they are OK. softer leather and cut much better with a fleece type liner material so better in winter, worse in summer as too hot and although comfortable, not as easy to get off quickly. Plus the are 10 times the price of rigger gloves
i do use them but when they die i wont be replacing them.
 
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gonzo_the_great

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I carry a pair of rubber coated cloth gloves. The really thin type, rather than thick inductrial ones.
Think they came from the local clearance shop (In-Excess), in their gardening section.

Small, light and offer protection. I've had to use them to fix problems with hot stoves etc, without damage and burns to myself.
 
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Janne

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I find leather is good for insulating from heat.
Another product ( I use those in the kitchen, removing hot pots and pans from the oven) are the newfangled Silicone rubber mittens.
edit: They are usually coloured in hideous neon shades, but at least you will not lose them easily.
Another plus is that humidity does not affect them. Leather gloves are not so nice after being outside in the wet and then you have to use them....
 
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Robson Valley

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Go visit a big motorcycle dealership and try on a few pairs of leather insulated motorcycle gloves.
You will be amazed at the manual dexterity that you retain.

As you mostl likely do not have snowmobile dealerships, you may still run across Tolko sled gloves.
Bike gloves they are not. Never try to wipe your nose with the goggle Squee-Gee bar.

I have Tolko but not the electric ones. Don't recall when I bought them, 10? years ago?
The durability of well made gloves is also important. Here, we get what we pay for.
 
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boubindica

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All great suggestions to think about, thanks peeps :) Not sure what I'll go with just yet... Will get to some stores and try different types on from your suggestions and see what they feel like... Surprised about the rubber-coated, thin cloth gloves. Is that silicone rubber or just rubber gonzo?

And i shall google Tolko for availability and prices, and I shall also google Goggle Squee-Gee bar, just to be sure that i NEVER wipe my nose with one! Thanks for the heads up :eek:
 

Robson Valley

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The Squee-Gee bar. I did not even realize that the Tolko gloves had a squee-gee bar for wiping snow off goggles & helmet visors..
It's a stiff plastic/rubber knife edge which is attached to the thumb side of the left index finger.
Maybe -15C? and me with a runny nose. I decided to give my itchy beak a rub with said left index finger.
Actually cut the web of my nose worse than I imagined, when I got a look at it.

The bar was very nicely stitched on and very quickly cut off with a scalpel.
 
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gonzo_the_great

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A correction to my earlier posts.
My rubber coated gloves were given to me by my brother, who at the time was doing metal fabrication. They used them to handle the materials (cut ali, which is normally not to sharp) and warm metals, a little while after wekding has finished. So, cooking pan hot, not glowing orange!
I saw some similar ones in the trade section of B&Q today. 6 pairs for a fiver. These only had rubber palms/fingers, and bare backs to the hands. Sold as grip assist gloves.
Take up no space and are really light. Great for sorting a meth burner, or pot support, that would otherwise take off your fingerprints.
 
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Robson Valley

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Dry fluffy ( and washable) regular chef's oven mitts are good to 450F.
What sorts of leather gloves do welders in the UK wear?
Top mfgr of leather gloves here is probably Watson.
 

Woody110

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Dry fluffy ( and washable) regular chef's oven mitts are good to 450F.
What sorts of leather gloves do welders in the UK wear?
Top mfgr of leather gloves here is probably Watson.
I just use a pair (well just the left) of cheap gauntlets. About £5 a pair, they are good for the heat, but you can’t do anything with them on other than weld.
 

Robson Valley

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I'm trying so hard to be civilized. In my former days, I just pulled my sweater/jumper sleeves down over my hands.
My partner hit the freakin' roof! Turned out that I MUST USE OVEN MITTS.
So I bought a few pairs of commercial kitchen mittens.
I'm guessing that really cold and dry, they might be pretty nice inside a shell mitten.
 

boubindica

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I'm trying so hard to be civilized. In my former days, I just pulled my sweater/jumper sleeves down over my hands.
My partner hit the freakin' roof! Turned out that I MUST USE OVEN MITTS.
So I bought a few pairs of commercial kitchen mittens.
I'm guessing that really cold and dry, they might be pretty nice inside a shell mitten.
not enough dexterity for the wood collecting/sawing for me...
 

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