Sailing Gloves Guide

SailingClothing Store Reply Thursday, November 21, 2013
Sailing Gloves are an essential piece of kit for any Sailor, and we often get asked about different styles and what they mean to the user. This glove guide should help answer some of those questions and give a few tips and hint on what to look out for when purchasing your gloves. You can view our full range and purchase online on our sailing glove page .

What brands of Sailing glove?

This is a common question that is almost impossible to answer, all of the brands we stock produce products of the highest quality and therefore cannot differentiate between them. Any gloves by Gill, Musto or Henri Lloyd will be a great choice, we advise not to go for any unknown brand as the build quality is generally poor for a product that will take a lot of abuse! ''False economy'' springs to mind!

How do I know my size?

Gill have a great size chart for sailing gloves, that can also be used for other brands as a general guide. If you are on the border, go larger as water tends to shrink gloves around the hand!

Ladies---6.5" / 16.5 cm6.5 - 7 " / 16.5 - 17.5 cm7 - 7.5 " / 17.5 - 19 cm--
Men's--6.5" -7" / 16.5 - 17.57" - 7.5" / 17.5 - 19 cm7.5" - 8.5" - 19 - 21.5 cm8.5" - 9.5" / 21.4 - 24 cm9.5" - 10.5" / 24 - 26.5 cm10.5" - 11.5" / 26.5 - 29 cm
Junior-6" - 6.5" / 16.5 - 17.5 cm------
Child6" / 15 cm-

What type of glove do I need? Why are there so many styles?!

Sailing gloves are designed in the same way as marine clothing ; the more active you are and what type of conditions you are sailing in, are a very important factors to consider when choosing the right glove for you. The top brands generally have a product in each of the following areas:

Entry level : This is the always cheapest and offers basic protection in the most important areas - ideal for the casual sailor, with general rope work. The build quality is high, however more basic materials and leathers are used, such as Amara, to keep the price down. An entry level glove will easily last a season - depending on the amount of use of course! A good example is the Gill Deckhand Glove or Henri Lloyd Maxi Grip.

Mid range : For a small increase in price the mid range is slightly more expensive with thicker, stronger leathers and harder protection around the palm and fingers, using quality materials such as kevlar. These gloves will 'generally' last a couple of seasons, with an average level of rope work. A good example is the Gill Championship Glove and we highly recommend this range over the entry level - the value for money is much better!

Premium range : These gloves are made using the best materials on the market and offer maximum protection, designed for the professional sailor using them every day. They are heavier, thicker and can be worn in all seasons and last for the longest amount of time, with a high amount of rope work. A good example is the Gill Pro Glove.

Waterproof gloves:  These are designed for colder conditions and will be fleece lined, fully waterproof and breathable, allowing you to tuck the wrists under your jacket. Due to the large amount of materials covering the hands, extra warmth gives way to the level of dexterity the hand have for rope work - so bear this in mind. Our best seller is the Gill Helmsman Glove or Musto Outdry Glove

Dinghy : Dinghy Gloves are made of neoprene and act like a wet suit, keeping the hands warm by trapping in water heated by the body. They are generally 3mm thick and have reinforced areas around the palm for extra grip - ideal for colder conditions. Check out the Gill 3 Season Glove.

Please note this is a guide only, many pro sailors use lighter entry level gloves and we often sell Premium range gloves to casual sailors that just want the best protection for there hands!! Again, everything comes down to personal preference and what level of activity. 

Do I need Short Finger or Long Finger?

This is probably the most common question we get asked about sailing gloves! 

Short finger gloves have all of the tips of fingers cut off, allowing for a good 'feel' on the ropes. Long fingered gloves have all but the thumb and fore finger cut off . 

Therefore is come down to what level of protection you require as both allow for you to use ropes and shackles. For those wanting better dexterity, short finger is best. For those wanting more protection, then its long fingered for you!

I hope this guide has been of use to you on the subject of purchasing sailing gloves. Our full range can be found on our website and you can contact us at  If you have any further questions - we are here to help!


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