If you’re an avid angler or outdoorsman, you understand that protecting yourself from the suns UV rays is extremely important. Being mostly Norwegian, it’s no surprise that I burn in the sun! Over the years I’ve learned to protect my arms, legs, and face; but I’ve always neglected one of my most useful and necessary tools: my hands. The main reason being most gloves just don’t allow me to fish comfortably.
After a recommendation from Hobie Representative, Justin Ritchey, I decided to check out a company that sells performance fishing gloves. Tailin’ Toads is a local company that originated on the Space Coast by Manny Altman, a fellow fishing FINatic. She offers multiple products that provide protection from the sun, including Tailin’ Toads Shieldz, Sockz, Rod and Paddle Coverz, and of course their Gloves. After simply scrolling through their website, I picked a few colors that I’d wear and placed an order. Two days later, my new fishing gloves were sitting on my doorstep!
The first thing I liked about these gloves is that they are light weight and fingerless. Whether I’m shooting photos, throwing the fly, or simply tying knots, I prefer to have full range of motion with my fingers. This product allows you to perform on the water without ever noticing they’re on your hands -- which brings me to comfort. If you’re spending hours at a time on the water, comfort is everything! I don’t care how well a product works. If it is causes me discomfort over a short or long period of time, I will not use it! Being light weight and flexible, these are very functional gloves for the every day outdoorsman.
Another thing I noticed is that these gloves cover a good portion of your wrists. Often times you’ll find that these performance gloves don’t extend far enough down your wrist, and will leave skin exposed resulting in silly looking tan lines. Manny thought about this, and made sure to leave enough glove for your shirt to overlap and ultimately keep your wrists from being exposed to the sun. Protected skin makes for a much happy angler (and wife) when you come home after a long day on the water.
I’ve heard some anglers say that fishing gloves are too wet, and that’s why they don’t bother protecting their hands. I’ve found that if you roll these gloves into your hand and squeeze them like a sponge, the water will drain out and the sun will have them dry again in minutes. I will say that getting these gloves wet in cold conditions will make your hands a bit cold, but that will happen with any glove when submerged in water during colder months!
Overall, these gloves are well thought out and very good quality for the price ($24). Not only do they protect your skin and function well, but they also keep the harmful oils on your hands off the gamefish we all love so much. I encourage you to check out the Tailin’ Toads Website for all your sun protection needs!