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NRS Boater’s Paddling Gloves Review

Posted by on December 22, 2012

Overview

“The NRS Boater’s Gloves are ideal for any type of boating. Lightweight backs, tough palms and three-quarter fingers. Great protection from sun and blisters and excellent finger dexterity.” –NRS, company website


NRS Boaters Gloves Kayaking

 Material: Spandex back

Palm Material: Amara® Synthetic leather

Seams: Single needle with high tenacity thread

Design: Three-quarter finger, wristband with hook-and-loop Velcro closure

MSRP: $24.95

 

Review

The NRS Boater’s glove is available in men’s, women’s, and youth sizes and are designed for a variety of on-water purposes from sailing to kayaking. Made from a synthetic Amara® and Spandex front/back combo, the NRS Boater’s gloves are intended to dry quickly and remain lightweight even while wet.

I found these gloves to fit comfortable both on and off the water, although they tend to feel a little stiff after they get wet. The hook-and-loop fashion fits snugly around the wrist and remained secure throughout my entire paddle. While the Velcro strap was strong and fastened well, historically I try to avoid purchasing paddling equipment with Velcro as it is more prone to clogging up with sand and mud.

The paddling on the palms is sufficient and provides a great grip while not inhibiting the overall feel of the paddle shaft. I do not necessarily agree with NRS’s go-ahead with making the palm material white as these lighter colored fabrics tend to visibly collect dirt and grime.

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 Since these gloves have a built-in sunscreen material with a combined UPF of 50, they provide paddlers with much needed sun protection on their hands – an area where sunscreen is most likely to wash off first while kayaking. Make sure you double-up on sunscreen for your wrists as you may be leaving the water with an awkward glove tan line.

The three-quarter finger design is great for summer paddling as they keep you in-touch with the environment while keeping your hands protected. Having exposed figures is great for taking photographs, making a VHF radio call, or tying a knot on the water. I have always been a fan of three-quarter finger paddling gloves since they tend to dry quicker and can store quickly in a PFD pocket. As for a suggestion with NRS’s design, I wish they had opted to hem the finger ends as the loose fabric curls around the finger during use.

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 Overall, NRS has developed and release another great paddling product. The NRS Boater’s gloves are great for anyone looking for a nice summertime paddling glove. Since these gloves are constructed of lightweight materials and are fingerless, I would suggest using these in warm weather conditions ONLY, as they provide minimal protection from cold water exposure.

-Alex

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