Best Sailing Gloves: Top 8 -Mens |Womens | Youth Sailing Gloves

Sailing gloves are essential materials needed by everyone who is looking for excellent grip and wants to be comfortable when going recreation sailing, competitive sailing or any other forms of sailing for that matter. Sailing gloves provide comfort to the body, it also makes the hand warm and comfortable. Sailing gloves come in different forms. They can also be used for sports such as skating, and other water sports. The primary use for sailing gloves is to protect your hands from rope burn and blisters. Traditional gloves offer reinforced palms and fingers to keep your hands guarded when pulling lines and guard against abrasion

Gloves also vary based on the number of fingers to be protected. This gloves could be a fingerless which cover 3/4’s of all fingers; 3-finger which cover the last three fingers completely and the thumb and first finger ¾’s of the way; or full finger which cover all fingers and the thumb completely. Our choice of gloves depends on the type of protection we need. Types of gloves also varies based on the weather conditions at that particular point in time. Gloves also varies based on age, sex, age,use,function and purpose.

Below we will look at some of the best all-purpose sailing gloves on the market today.

RatingI.D. ModelMaterial/CompositionCompare Price
#1Dakine Half Finger Sailing GlovesDaKine men's half finger sailing gloves Compression molded neoprene/Non slip/Breathable meshCompare Prices
#2 Gill Pro Gloves Short, Gill SailingGill Pro gloves shortNeoprene/Patented pre-curved finger Compare Prices
#3. Gill championship long fingerGill Championship Long Finger SailingNeoprene/Offset Finger Compare Prices
#4Gill Womans Championship Long Finger Sailing Gloves Gill Woman's Championship Long FingerNeoprene/Offset Finger/Run small (Almost Junior Size) Compare Prices
#5 Gill 2017 Three Seasons Glove Gill Three seasons gloves 7775
Lightweight Neoprene /‘No seam’ fingertips Compare Prices
#6WindRider Pro Sailing Gloves - 3/4 or Full Finger Amara Synthetic Leather/High Strength Velcro/Reinforced Nylon Stitching/Crossover Compare Prices
#7Helly Hansen Covert100% Goat skin Leather/Primaloft Gold Insulation/Microfleece lining/ Compare Prices
#8Henri Lloyd Sailing, Henri LloydHenri Lloyd NeopreneNeoprene/Integrate with wet suit/Maxgrip Palm Compare Prices
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The three basic functions of Sailing gloves are as follows:

sail gloves

*For Protection: this is the main purpose of gloves, to protect the palm against abrasion, friction against ropes, e.t.c.

*For Grip: they are used for holding firmly to ropes and on boats,and also when we go out to the mountains, it helps is to hold ropes firmly without the fear of falling.

*For Warmth : there are gloves made specifically for providing warmth such as the winter gloves which which often supply waterproof warmth.

8| Henri Lloyd Pro-Grip

We love these gloves for their high-end feel yet mid-range price point. It is a 4 way stretch material and you’ve got a neoprene wrist to work with so the material will lie flat and won’t want to roll.  Whats different about these is the way they countered the wrist band so that if you were wearing a  sail watch (Garmin Quatix for example)  you would have less interference from the glove and the sheer comfort of being able to flex your wrist back.

We love how they kept the adjustment velcro long so that it can fit more people comfortably. It is a safety measure and is equipped with a secondary tab so if the first velcro tab gets  caught in a line the glove will not come undone! you would have to release the second piece in order to disengage the adjustment fully. They grey areas is the synthetic leather called Amara. The Amara really helps keep the glove nice and supple and will not harden/dry out like real leather.

The little extra protection on the finger tabs, so when you grip down the seem of your joints will have little bit more protection. The palm is the Max Grip rubbery high end materials you will find in the more high end gloves. So the combination of the Amara and Max Grip will really make it easy on you when you are trying to grip down on a line. One of the best gloves for grip/less hand fatigue.

Improvements: Not much of anything. Make sure you get the correct size if you get them over on Amazon UK.

Conclusion: These come in short and long black/orange and grey and are unisex. We really love how they incorporated kevlar threading as well. The kevlar is stain resistant. We love the neoprene wrist closure on this glove. These work great for any kind of sailing. One of our favorites.

Overall Rating: 4.2/5

7|Helly Hansen Men’s Covert HT

We feel these can cross over to the sailing world from the snow world. These Helly Hansen Covert’s scream big weather gear! And if you like real leather then these cast doubt on most other makes and models currently on the market. These are 100% leather, with the patented Helly Tech insert technology. They measure 4″” high and 7″ wide.

Best Use: If you are a winter or foul weather sailor and are looking for something extreme to hold you over then we reccommend these premium HH Coverts. The leather used here is goat skin leather. With Helly Tech you get waterproof , wind proof and breathable inserts so your hands won’t sweat in the process. We have a pair of these just in case the going gets tough. We love the anti-pilling polyester and micro fleece lining, the utilizes Primasoft Gold 113gr insulation.

Improvements: They aren’t cheap but we worth the extra cash.

Conclusion: Only pick these up if you are planning on getting wet in rough waters and in off-season climate/weather. If you love the thrill of cold weather sailing then we implore you to atleast thing about these!

Overall Rating: 4.3

6|WindRider Pro Sailing Gloves – 3/4 or Full Finger 

We love that you have the option to go with 3/4 finger or full finger with these Windriders. They tend to be very breathable and the dry in a matter of seconds. The mesh backing works real will in keeping your hands from sweating in warmer climates. The mesh also works well in drying out the hands faster before even getting wet. When WindRider constructed these gloves they felt a need in eliminating the soggy glove life! They thought about the times you may be out for a multi-day and how much of a need there was for gloves to stay dry during these long excursions. 

After testing, we found that Amara synth leather was constructed pretty well on these. Many companies are going with the Amara for longevity in use. The Windriders do well with helping to avoid any rope burns, ugly blisters and the grip feels pretty rubbery so you get a good handle on your line.  We love the extra layer of padding under the palm. They just added this layer in 2018. They did a good job with keeping the padding thin enough so that the user does not lose any feel but thick enough to add protection while pulling in sheets What we love even more about these WinRider gloves is the price tag! You can pick these up for 18$ .

With the 3/4 gloves, we love have you have full mobility to tie any kind of sail knots, open coolers or eat with them on! You get a lot of control and the fingers stay pretty nimble. Whichever kind you go with(full or 3/4), you can use these as your crossover (any water sport)

Improvements:  Sizing is a little off. They run a little big, so if you are a medium normally , get a small. (men, women or youth)

Conclusion: We feel as though this is the best value glove on the market for crossover gloves. They truly are performance sailing gloves and they are skillfully designed to last a long time.  So if you are on a budget or you need a starter pair, then these are the ones for you.

Overall Rating: 4.5

    5| Gill Three seasons gloves 7775

    If you are looking for pro style glove with really good insulation then look no further then the three seasons glove by Gill. It uses a neonprene construction through the most of it . The backs , wrist, through the thumb are all neoprene. The reinforced area of the palm is made of an Amara which is a synthetic leather, which can also be found between the fingers. The advantage of that is when it gets wet and dries it doesn’t get hard like with real leather as it ages. With the Dura-grip, you get this textured ballistic type of material which we find to be extremely durable and adds a grip factor between the texture and a little bit of a rubbery texture.

    When you put them on you will notice a bit of a pre-curve so you will not be fighting to break them in order to get them to flex. It seems to fit perfectly to size (ex: an xl is a true xl US size)

    You will notice that there is a “no seam” fingertip construction  for enhanced comfort, sizing, age-wear and dexterity. We really like the wrap-around palm protection. Seems to work great on board, pulling on dry rope.

    Improvements: hardly anything besides the fact that when one of our crew members wore them and came across a sharp edge on board, the seems tore open. It may have been a fluke but nevertheless worth stating.

    Conclusion: These are race proven and work really well to keep your hands from burning up on your sailboat. We love the pre-shape construction , as it is convenient to not have have to break in. We love that they are lightweight and stay warm even when wet thanks to the neoprene construction.

    Overall Rating: 4.5/5

    4| Gill Woman’s Championship Long Finger

    You will love these woman’s 3 finger glove by Gill. You really get the best of both worlds (glove/bare fingers) which work out to be quite a happy medium. These are the mid-performance glove on the Gill line circa 2017. On the back of the glove there is a four way fast dry material. These are very easy to slide on . This sailing glove utilizes a neoprene cuff which runs all the way around the glove so it is very soft and flexible as well. The great thing about neoprene is that it tends to not want to roll up and typically stays flat.  The adjustment tab is pretty simple and a soft rubber material. The tab itself is very flexible and the receiver pad is made of velcro. If you are someone with shorter wrists you will be able to flex these gloves out pretty easily.

    The palm utilizes the Amara (synthetic leather) which run down the sides of the fingers. The fingers utilize a Dura-Grip which definitely has texture to it and is slightly rubbery which adds the grip facto while trying to hold onto your sheet, rope or line! The Dura-Grip runs all the way around the edges and around the thumb.

    With the three finger portion, there is plenty more protection and the fingers will not slide down or roll back. We also love that they decided not to seem the tips of the fingers. The areas that are seemed are actually offset in order to remove pressure points/wear. The wrap-around palm does a really good job at eliminating uncomfortable side seams. This glove is UV 50+ protected and is water repellent.

    Best use: These are excellent sail racing gloves as they are proven to offer the best in flexibility and comfort with pre-shaped construction. The inside facing adjustment/closure was designed in such a way not to bump any of your sail watch starter buttons.

    Improvements: You may find the inner seems to be less pronounced then other gloves made by Gill. The previous version of these gloves were smaller and held a much more rounded/pronounced  thickness. You may want to try cutting the excess fabric away and soften them up with a scrub brush if you want more pronouncement. This is a personal preference but not needed for many.

    Conclusion: We love these long finger gloves as they really hold up will to saturation and they are very comfortable. The three finger definitely wins in the control factor department. Try these, we think you will love them

    Gill Woman's Championship Long Finger

    Overall Rating: 4.7

    3| Gill Championship Long Finger (3 Finger)

    We love this 3 finger glove by Gill. You really get the best of both worlds (glove/bare fingers) which work out to be quite a happy medium. These are the mid-performance glove on the Gill line circa 2017. On the back of the glove there is a four way fast dry material. These are very easy to slide on . This sailing glove utilizes a neoprene cuff which runs all the way around the glove so it is very soft and flexible as well. The great thing about neoprene is that it tends to not want to roll up and typically stays flat.  The adjustment tab is pretty simple and a soft rubber material. The tab itself is very flexible and the receiver pad is made of velcro. If you are someone with shorter wrists you will be able to flex these gloves out pretty easily.

    The palm utilizes the Amara (synthetic leather) which run down the sides of the fingers. The fingers utilize a Dura-Grip which definitely has texture to it and is slightly rubbery which adds the grip facto while trying to hold onto your sheet, rope or line! The Dura-Grip runs all the way around the edges and around the thumb.

    With the three finger portion, there is plenty more protection and the fingers will not slide down or roll back. We also love that they decided not to seem the tips of the fingers. The areas that are seemed are actually offset in order to remove pressure points/wear. The wrap-around palm does a really good job at eliminating uncomfortable side seams. This glove is UV 50+ protected and is water repellent.

    Best use: These are excellent sail racing gloves as they are proven to offer the best in flexibility and comfort with pre-shaped construction. The inside facing adjustment/closure was designed in such a way not to bump any of your sail watch starter buttons.

    Improvements: You may find the inner seems to be less pronounced then other gloves made by Gill. The previous version of these gloves were smaller and held a much more rounded/pronounced  thickness. You may want to try cutting the excess fabric away and soften them up with a scrub brush if you want more pronouncement. This is a personal preference but not needed for many.

    Conclusion: We love these long finger gloves as they really hold up will to saturation and they are very comfortable. The three finger definitely wins in the control factor department. Try these, we think you will love them

    Overall Ratings: 4.7/5

    2| Gill Pro gloves short

    We love seamless construction for grip on board, and these Gill Shorts  answer that bell. The short Gill’s are really the top performer in the Gill range. We love their fingerless version and on the back of the glove, you’ve got a 4 way stretch to work and quick dry material.  We love the neoprene around the wrist. Gill did a really stellar job with the neoprene fit. Neoprene is very soft and flexible but also wants to lie flat and does not roll up on you. For the adjuster , you have a really soft rubber tab which we really like. You will find the tab to be extremely flexible and simple to work the velcro in. The fingers are a little bit longer. They’ve got these tabs which give you little extra in the protection department.

    The material around the fingers is the Proton-Ultra which is a very durable abrasion resistant material (so you don’t rip your hands up on rope, sheet or cable) . This Proton-Ultra has been proven and tested to be way better than traditional materials used. and they’ve wrapped through the fingers and the darts help with flexion. They’ve taken the proton on the sides of the fingers and have added a synthetic leather called Amara so you don’t get bunching on the sides of the fingers. In t he palm, you will notice a dura-grip which adds a friction element when trying to maintain your grip on the line.  the Dura-Grip material is seamlessly sewn on and has a great rubbery texture, and it wraps around the palm. You will love how grippy it can get. The grip material lasts forever on these. We’ve had them running on 5 years.

    Improvements: Although the synthetic leather works real well, some still prefer the original version of these gloves with the real leather grips. We are on the fence about which we like better but these newer version Gill’s definitely make the cut.

    Overall Rating: 4.8/5

    1 | DaKine men’s half finger sailing gloves

    We love how you can slip these off by pulling on the finger tabs! We found these to be very breathable and extremely comfortable while rigging our boat. There is a non slip material over the palm and the fabric is the compression molded neoprene backpanel. We love that Dakine allows for a 2 year warranty and we’ve found that they are willing to replace them for you if they inconveniently tear. However they can last for 3-4 years if taken care of . Gloves get lost and get worn down overtime no matter which pair you go with but we find Dakine to make just the right kind of glove at very affordable rates. This one in particular is between 22-40$.

    If you happened to purchase the older model that is all great you will notice that these are actually bigger in size. The fit bigger then average.

    Best use: Any form of sailing, windsurfing. They can be used as your crossovers

    Improvements” The mesh does ware over time

    Conclusion: With all factors considered these Dakine’s should very easily  be your choice if you are looking for functionality/price.

    Overall Rating 4.8/5

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