Winters on Vancouver island are usually rainy. We sometimes get snow, but it is not the norm. Most things that I do outside involves wearing leather gloves. Quite often, I will take my gloves off and wring the water out of them, so that they have better grip.
I have never found any sort of rubber covered fabric glove that is as comfortable and useful as leather.
I have found ways to deal with the wet. My number one trick is to wear surgical gloves beneath the leather. Allen Lumley has mentioned this somewhere on the forums. The plastic gloves last much longer if fingernails are kept clipped.
I sometimes use the engine of my car to dry out wet gloves. I often arrive in the morning at a site where I already have wet gloves from the day before.
These gloves are immediately placed on the top of the engine before it cools off.
I don't want to get gloves caught in my belts, so I always put visual reminder on the hood. Normally, I will put my keys up there, but on this day I was using the radio and it requires the key to be in the ignition.
My setup was similar. I would splurge and get the heavy black nitrile gloves, they would last much longer. Worth the extra coin in the long run. I would put a super thin glove liner on first, that protected the surgical glove and made it easier to put back on when sweaty.
I found winter weight coated knit gloves that I am trying this year. Like the top pair but with terry lining. They will dry just from body heat, but time will tell if they last.
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