If you haven’t taken stock of your cold weather gear yet, now is the time. A couple of weeks ago, while packing for a quick camping trip in the Rocky Mountains, I looked through my gear and discovered I was a little skimpy in the glove category. Here’s what I found: a pair of camo gloves that are warm but somewhat bulky (I have small hands, what can I say?), another pair of gloves in black and more for wet situations, a pair of leather mittens, and a single glove in camo that fits great.
Having hunted in cold weather and expecting to do so again this year, I know the importance of warm hands. Fingers just don’t work as well when they cold. What I’ve done in the past is kept my hands in my gloves while stalking and then taking them off when I am ready to shoot. But what I really wanted was fingerless gloves. That way, I could keep my gloves on and my hands warm but have my fingertips exposed for a safer and more accurate grip on my rifle.
I know fingerless gloves abound on the market, but I really like the Merino Wool Fingerless Gloves by Minus 33. Merino lambswool is lightweight, machine washable, machine dryable and, most importantly, warm! They are sleek enough to wear under larger mittens or gloves for added warmth.
While ordering the gloves, we also tacked on the Rogers Midweight Mock to our order. We found this shirt to be soft, warm, and perfect for layering. Minus 33, based out of New Hampshire, knows a lot about how to keep warm in wintery weather. To this end, they use Merino wool in their products. Merino wool is perfect for outdoor wear because it is odor resistant, moisture resistant, and anti-microbial. The fabric is naturally flexible allowing it to move with your body movements.
Minus 33 did a great job of getting the products into the mail quickly (same day as the order), so there was little wait time. Prices were reasonable: the gloves were under $18.00 while the mock was a bit pricier at $70.00. As anyone who spends any time in the outdoors during the winter months knows, staying warm is worth it. Just select the key pieces that you know are most important.
Check out all their gear, including men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, at www.minus33.com.