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Aug 30, 2006
Nr Chester
Like most clothing and tools it is alway a compromise. Cost against wear, dexterity against protection and insulation.

I have a cheap pair of rubber palmed work gloves for lugged timber around. A thin neoprene pair for dexterity and there is usually a leather pair knocking around for hot stuff.

I had a neoprene fishing pair with the flip tips but as said above, quick velcro wipe of the old beak on a freezing cold day is not pleasent.

There are posh pairs out there that are close to all you want and fit most requirements above but they are very expensive sealskins etc but one snag handling brambles n timber and its a lot of cash to lose.
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Apr 19, 2018
You can get deer skin and goat skin workers/drivers/gardening gloves dirt cheap (or of course you can pay a fortune for them - a quick goog revealed a price range of 8 dollars to 110 dollars :)). Very supple, tough and dextrous. So, they aren't super bulky and do squish down out of the way in your pocket or pack.

You might buy several. Some to fit close for fine work, some loose to go over liner gloves.

Treat them right and they will last yonks. Just as information, Hestra use goatskin on their high end gloves.


Sep 9, 2003
Yvelines, north-west of Paris, France.
I have a pair of unlined welding gauntlets that I've tried around the barbecue; they are not at all insulated, and I can only assume that they are not to protect against heat, but against flying sparks.

The problem with thick cotton oven gloves, is that if they get damp they lose all insulation value: the heat turns the absorbed water into steam right against your skin. Not comfortable.

I also have a pair of deerskin winter gardening gloves, with thick cotton lining. Much better insulation, but quite bulky and makes my fingers feel quite clumsy.

For lifting pots off a fire, I'd either take a piece of leather that I can double over and put between my hand and the bail, or I'd use a wooden hook that I could also use to lift the lid. grasping the small loop on the lid can be difficult in bulky gloves.

Or a short length of hemp rope with a whipping on each end, to pass through the bail to lift it.


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Jun 22, 2009
South Wales
Maybe Mechanix have something to suit. They come up a lot in gloves threads.

I use mechanix classic gloves for working on cars and they really are excellent for that. They've saved me from a lot of smacks and scrapes and the dexterity is good enough to pick up washers and deal with small bolts etc. I've only ruined one pair so far which caught fire while I was grinding some metal. I think they must have been saturated with WD40 and caught a spark. :oops:


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Feb 18, 2010
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.

Welding gauntlets suck for dexterity, I have a nice pair of leather tig gauntlets that were more expensive and better dexterity but they are still to ‘clunky’ for bush use imo

I use a pair of German army flecktarn combat gloves - about £8 - leather hand area and the rest is heavy canvas. Nice and long and come above the wrist, reasonable dexterity.

Not anymore heath resistant than leather but fine for quickly whipping a pot off the fire etc.

Very hardwearing gloves though

I use a bar towel for grabbing hot things

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