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The Good: Warm and waterproof without the clammy feeling of other gloves. Touchscreen compatibility.
The Bad: A bit bulky when trying to get to small items.
Paddling this time of year can get a bit uncomfortable. Sure, the sun may still be out but the water is getting frosty and a heavy wind can really bring the cold home. That’s why this time of year I grab a set of paddling gloves along with my paddle jacket to make sure I stay warm and mostly dry when eeking out the last few days of sun on the water. Hanz sent us over a set of their waterproof Tap Knit Touchscreen gloves for us to take out and they were exactly what we needed for a fall paddle.
The Hanz waterproof gloves are touch-screen compatible which is great when it’s cold out there, and they have a nice, grippy palms so the paddle stays put during rough patches. One of the things I’ve always found it annoying that waterproof gloves have a plastic bag feeling as they trap in sweat while keeping the waves out. The Hanz don’t feel that way with a breathable membrane that pushes water vapor out without the clammy palms.
The gusset of the gloves aren’t waterproof, so if your hands go under the water, they will get wet. They combined with my splash jacket sealed at the wrists perfectly for a great water-resistant top layer.
Overall, the Tap Knit gloves are a great piece of gear I would go so far as to call essential when you want to keep paddling well into the sketchy weather. For the price, they’re worth having in your paddle bag just about any time you hit the water.
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