My big hunting trip is a week in Montana each year. It's a terrific time, it's a beautiful area with lots of game. It's also very cold in late November.I've been looking for a decent pair of hunting gloves for a while now. I basically don't like the flip-up mittens, so that was out. I initially tried jersey gloves, but the grip wasn't acceptable. After some hunting around, I also tried out a pair of Underarmor liner gloves, which had great grip but weren't any good against wind or rain and weren't especially warm. Other gloves were too bulky or uncomfortable.
Ordered the Camelbak Cold Weather gloves off the web based on the strength of the description. It seems perfect -- neoprene and thinsulate with a little bit of mesh-like leather for grip and durability. The photo is a little misleading -- these gloves actually fit close with very little bulk.I took them to the range with me on Friday and was able to load and operate both my bolt-action Savage rifle and my Mossberg shotty without any problem. I could switch the safeties, work the bolt and the pump, work the release on the shotgun and (of course) squeeze the trigger. The gloves let more than enough feeling through to allow me to do this normally (I wasn't looking at my hands the whole time).Of course, it was 65 and sunny at the range. My hands got pretty warm, but being from Wisconsin I understand that doesn't necessarily mean they're good gloves.To test them out in the cold, I took them to the Giants preseason game that night. If you've never been to PacBell, let me tell you it's not warm -- the wind off the bay is cold and brutal, and we were sitting up a ways and not sheltered by the bulk of the stadium. The gloves worked well. They blocked the wind effectively, kept my hands from freezing and I didn't have to take them off to unwrap my hotdog or dig out the money for another beer (they're up to $65 for a Bud Lite at the ballpark now if memory serves). By the 7th or 8th inning my hands started to get chilly, but by that time I'd been sitting still for a couple of hours and was cold throughout.Anyhow, I think these are perfect, at least for what I needed. I've never seen them in stores, but they were easy to find on the web -- I paid $38 for mine, which is a little steep but seems worth it to me.