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Apparel Review


Get a Handle on Protecting Yourself With Aftco's Sun Gloves

 

Date: 12/20/15
Tackle type: Apparel
Manufacturer: Aftco
Reviewer: Wolbugger






Total Score: 7.88 - GOOD

Introduction:
Aftco, short for American Fishing Tackle Company, has been well-known in the saltwater community for some time now. Makers of fishing components and accessories, they also produce a substantial lineup of fishing apparel. As someone who always tries to protect my skin from the harmful rays of the sun, I took particular interest in their newest sun gloves. In the last several years I have been wearing similar gloves—primarily from the Glacier Glove brand—so I was eager to sample a new offering and see if they prove to be better.

 

Aftco MSG 1001 Sun Glove Specifications

Material 88% polyester / 12% spandex
Sizes Small, Medium, Large
Colors Blue, Royal Blue, Silver
Features UV 50+ Rating, finger-less design, flat-stitched seams
Origin Thailand
MSRP $17.99 (TackleWarehouse.com)


My blue gloves arrived from TackleWarehouse.com in a size medium.

Quality/Construction: Aftco is known for producing some quality garments, and the construction of these sun gloves won't disappoint. Utilizing polyester and spandex construction, they are put together very well with a soft, inviting feel and clean stitching throughout. The material and stitching is also strong enough to resist some forceful pulling and stretching. There is no inner or palm lining present.

Quality Ratings for Aftco MSG 1001 Sun Glove

Thread Work
(1-5)

Outer Material
(1-5)

Lining
(1-5)

Fasteners
(1-5)

Total

Possible

Rating (= Tot/Pos* 10)

4

5

N/A

N/A

9

10

 9


These gloves exhibit a minimalist, clean appearance.

Performance: Not only do these gloves give you solid sun protection, but they are very easy to live with. They breathe well, dry fast, are comfy, and allow for nice mobility. With that said, the finger holes are slightly tighter than average on me and when my fingers are spread apart widely there's a hint of resistance since the holes are all bound together in a “webbed” style. It's not at all what I'd call uncomfortable, just a bit different.


The finger holes exhibit a “webbed” type of design

Performance Ratings for Aftco MSG 1001 Sun Glove

Wind
Block (1-5)

Water
Repellant (1-5)

Mobility(1-5)

Breathability (1-5)

Adjustability of fit 
(1-5)

Total

Possible

Rating
(=Tot/Pos *10)

N/A

1

4

  4

N/A

9

15

6


This particular color shows even light dirt and stains easily. The smooth palm is fine in most situations but lacks grip when using rods with graphite handles or when poling a flats skiff

Features: These Aftco gloves are basic in their features. There is no liner or built-in palm grip, and they don't boast any special features like adjustability or water-repellant properties. The wrist coverage is good, but the finger coverage (aside from the thumb) is a bit shorter than I'd like. On the plus side, any water they come in contact with dries extremely fast and they sport a high UV rating of 50+.


The stitching and material is neat and tidy

Features Ratings for Aftco MSG 1001 Sun Glove

Convertible(1-5)

Fastened
Pocket
(1-5)

Waterproof
or Fast Drying
(1-3)

Adjustable
Cuffs
(1-3)

Insulation or UPF Rating
(1-5)

Total

Possible

Rating
(= Tot/Pos
*10)

N/A

N/A

3

N/A

5

8

8

10


The left glove features an outer Aftco label

Design and Ergonomics: Although marketed as a “fingerless” design, these gloves cover my thumbs up to the knuckles and my other four fingers roughly halfway to the knuckles. The webbed finger design is different, but as mentioned the mobility and comfort is just fine. These are easy to wear all day long and roll up to nearly nothing which makes storing them in your pocket or a console glovebox a breeze.


The short, webbed fingers makes the gloves slightly harder to take off (especially when wet) unless you pull them from the wrists and remove them inside out.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Aftco MSG 1001 Sun Glove

Aesthetic (1-5)

Oversized
Sizing
(1-3)

Available Colors (1-3)

All Day Garment (1-3)

Packable
(1-3)

Total

Possible

Rating (= Tot/Pos *10)

4

N/A

3

3

3

13

14

9.28


The material sits loosely but comfortably around my narrow wrists.

Application: You can wear the Aftco Sun Gloves for many outdoor adventures besides just fishing. Consider them for activities like hunting, jogging, or hiking. With three different colors available you can match them to the rest of your outfit, if so desired.

Application Ratings for Aftco MSG 1001 Sun Glove

Top Layer (1-5)

Mid Layer (1-5)

Bottom
Layer
(1-5)

 Casual
Wear
(1-5)

Other
Outdoor
Pursuits
(1-5)

Total

Possible

Rating (= Tot/Pos *10)

N/A

N/A

N/A

2

4

6

10

6.0


Ratings:
(We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide)

Aftco MSG 1001 Sun Glove Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Put together quite well with comfortable material and tight, clean stitching. 9
Performance Despite the so-so score here, they performed well and were comfortable to wear. 6
Price Priced cheaper than gloves from brands like Simms and Columbia, but other offerings boast added features for their higher costs. 7
Features While they ranked highly here in our scoring table, I'd prefer added finger coverage and maybe some built-in palm grip. 10
Design (Ergonomics) These gloves are attractive, come in a handful of good colors, and are easily packed away. 9.28
Application You may get weird looks if wearing these to the local sports bar or steakhouse, but they are suitable for a range of outdoor activities. 6

Total Score

7.88
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Comfortable - Fingers could be longer
+ Great sun protection - No additional palm texture
+ Quick drying  
+ Breathable  


Protect those hands!

Conclusion: Sun protection is a serious matter, and these sun gloves from Aftco offer outdoor enthusiasts yet another avenue of protection. I can't proclaim these as my favorite sun gloves thus far, but they are satisfyingly comfortable to wear and make an ideal choice if you are looking for gloves that aren't expensive and maintain a very low profile.

Looking for the Aftco Sungloves? Try Tackle Warehouse

 




 

 

 

 

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