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Old 12-20-2009, 06:44 AM
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well i thought i FINALLY found the perfect pair of hunting gloves but lastnight my hands got cold it was only 30 outside but i currently have these gloves http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...0005309921326a
and i was just wondering what the best gloves are for archery hunting?? i need something that is warm down to 0 degrees but is still light and i can have my release in the proper position so i dont have to take my glove off for a shot....any help is GREATLY appreciated...
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:09 AM
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I live in VA where it doesn't get that cold (comparative to other states) and my hands get frozen in my pair of Arctic Shield gloves (they are a glove within a glove, thinsulate, etc, etc). I would also appreciate some glove recommendations as well. I don't bow hunt (yet), but the gloves I have are not well suited to get your trigger finger in position quickly, and I can't imagine those trigger finger gloves working without freezing my trigger finger off!!
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:34 AM
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Most likely a single layer glove won't cut it. Finding the right kind of glove to wear for shooting has always been a nemesis of mine. I finally settled on fleece gloves with Windstopper along with a polypropylene liner.(sometimes 2 liners) Then I tuck the hand inside a large pocket or muff. On top of that, I also utilize the Heat Factory large air activated warmer. Don't get the smaller ones for the hand, they don't cut it as well in real hunting weather.

The combination works well, but still can't keep my hand in the cold too long before I have to tuck it back in the pocket or muff. Sport Muffs are worth their weight in gold when it comes to cold weather.

The chemical or carbon packs with the iron powder are sold about everywhere this time of year. I got several Heat Factory packs for around .80 each when bought in bulk. Not a bad investment to keep my hands warm for a hunt.

I've always considered the battery heated gloves, but I guess as they say, if it isn't broke, don't fix it.

I do have one good tip though. I bought a few pair of special combination wool socks to wear. The problem is that they are too long. I can't stand socks that are too long, as it's irritating for me. So, what I did was cut them so they are just right in length. What I did with the cuff part was to use them as wrist warmers! Some people wear leg warmers... these are like that, except they'll keep the wrist warm, which is turn helps keep the blood circulation to the hand warm. My layered shirts go on first, then I'll slip the "wrist warmers" on underneath them next to my skin. I can say it DOES work and adds to keep the hands warm!

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I have found that layering on the hands is the best way as well iSnipe. I usually have a pair of leather gloves on the outside and brown jersey gloves inside. Most of the time I have my hands in my pocket's to make sure they are warm when they need to be so I can take the shot without stiff fingers.
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:16 AM
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I have tried all types of gloves, gore-tex, windstopper, thinsulate, etc..... What I've settled on is the cheap wool gloves you can buy at the Army Navy store. The wool gloves are lite enough to have your release on and still shoot with the gloves on, they are also lite enough to feel the trigger when gun hunting. I also buy the larger hand warmers and always have one in each pocket. My hands are never cold! I still carry a heavier set of gloves in my pack, old habits die hard, but never use them. It won't cost much to give it a try.
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:24 AM
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I wear a pair of knit gloves with no finger tips so when the time comes I can work the trigger and action. Because these things are not bulky it let's me keep my hands in my hunting jacket pockets where I have a couple of the chemical hand warmers. This has worked for me for years and it get's -20 F up here sometimes rifle deer hunting.

http://www.amazon.com/Fox-River-Sock...pd_sbs_a_5_img
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Old 12-20-2009, 09:52 AM
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Grey Wolf Woolens

Bought these 2 years ago and have never turned back,I hunt in-30 up here in Alberta and have never been cold since the purchase 2 years ago. I use a pair of thin camo gloves so that I can put on my release over them then I pull on my Grey Wolf Mitts over them that are 100 % wool. With these my hands never get cold and I also can wear my release all the time instead of worring about not being long enough to reach my string loop. All you do is when you see the deer approaching is pull back the mitts so that your whole hand is free of the mitt ,click on your release and your set to shoot. Also keeps the snow of off your release so it won't rust up.I believe I paid $45 in Predator camo with a draw string to tighten up on your arm about mid forearm length. Never get cold again.
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Old 12-20-2009, 11:42 AM
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These are what I use, they were about 30 bucks at Dicks Sporting goods, but look how cheap they are here, and check out the reviews...

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/1...s-For-Men.html
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Old 12-20-2009, 01:36 PM
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I find my best bet is to wear a thin glove and keep my hands in my pockets. when it comes time i can shoot and my hands dont get cold for a while.

I sat in 4 degree weather this weekend with no issues
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by iSnipe View Post
Most likely a single layer glove won't cut it. Finding the right kind of glove to wear for shooting has always been a nemesis of mine. I finally settled on fleece gloves with Windstopper along with a polypropylene liner.(sometimes 2 liners) Then I tuck the hand inside a large pocket or muff. On top of that, I also utilize the Heat Factory large air activated warmer. Don't get the smaller ones for the hand, they don't cut it as well in real hunting weather.

The combination works well, but still can't keep my hand in the cold too long before I have to tuck it back in the pocket or muff. Sport Muffs are worth their weight in gold when it comes to cold weather.

The chemical or carbon packs with the iron powder are sold about everywhere this time of year. I got several Heat Factory packs for around .80 each when bought in bulk. Not a bad investment to keep my hands warm for a hunt.

I've always considered the battery heated gloves, but I guess as they say, if it isn't broke, don't fix it.

I do have one good tip though. I bought a few pair of special combination wool socks to wear. The problem is that they are too long. I can't stand socks that are too long, as it's irritating for me. So, what I did was cut them so they are just right in length. What I did with the cuff part was to use them as wrist warmers! Some people wear leg warmers... these are like that, except they'll keep the wrist warm, which is turn helps keep the blood circulation to the hand warm. My layered shirts go on first, then I'll slip the "wrist warmers" on underneath them next to my skin. I can say it DOES work and adds to keep the hands warm!

Good luck,

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The Arctic Shield gloves are two pair of gloves, the outer being waterproofed, insulated, etc. I have a thin pair of polypropylene gloves that I wear underneath and it seems to help, but I don't know that I could fit a second pair on. I have wanted to get a muff but haven't been able to swing it this season. Maybe I just have issues with the cold because we are talking Virginia weather here, not MN weather!! Rarely is it colder than 20 in the morning and heats up between 30-40 by 10:00!!
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