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Protect Your Hands From Sun and Fins with Buff's Pro Series Angler Gloves (continued)

Dexterity: Like most fishing gloves, protection from the Pro Series Gloves extends right to the base of your finger tips so you maintain feel of your rod, reel, and lure during a cast and while working your bait. They are cut far back enough so that tying a lure is easily accomplished while taking the gloves off.

Here is the Fish Camo pattern.

Dexterity for certain movement is limited somewhat however as I am wearing them at this very moment attempting to type up this paragraph. Fine range in movement such as that required to type on a keyboard is somewhat limited, but this is provided as a simple case in point since this fine a degree in motion is rarely, if ever needed while fishing. The Diamond Grip palm material does do an excellent job providing grip for slick surfaces and quality grip in both wet and dry conditions.

Zander all "Buff"ed out at Clear Lake

When it came to fly fishing Zander found the gloves very comfortable for casting and stripping line and unlike many other gloves that provide protection but limit movement he found these gloves were comfortable to fish in all day, and really appreciated the stripping guards on fingers which held up well to constant contact with a variety of different sinking and floating lines.

As you can see, dexterity is not affected while wearing these gloves and you can cast and fish with them on with no issues.

Effectiveness: I wore these gloves just about every day during our week long stay down in the Amazon. One easily overlooked recommendation is if you plan on something similar, bring along two or three pair of gloves so you can wash a pair out while using another. Synthetic materials like Buff’s UPF 50+ fabric are great at wicking away moisture from your skin, and they are equally great at retaining some of this moisture in the fabric that if not washed out daily can put some of your scents used to “attract” fish bites to great shame.

Staying covered up down in the Amazon is part of the day to day routine.

On the plus side, funky gloves are probably a good measure of deterrent to put in your luggage on the way home as mitigation against theft during secret luggage inspections.

These gloves served me well on our recent trip to the Amazon...

But seriously, even the occasional rinse in the water to try and clean out the gloves is not enough to keep them clean and free of odor buildup. It’s easy to forget, but these gloves need to be washed regularly, just like all your normal clothing, to keep them clean and fresh.

... They worked so well, that they are officially Amazon Certified.

Other than that one issue, Buff’s Pro Series Angler Gloves do a fantastic job in the purpose for which they are designed which is to protect your hands from sun while offering utility in guarding the palm of your hand from accidental cuts and punctures while handling fish.


Buff Angler Glove Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Put together very well with quality materials like Dupont® and Clarino 9
Performance Held up well under some extreme conditions 8
Price A tad on the high side, but they're built with a purpose 7
Features UPF 50+, Breathable, Anatomical Thumb, Articulated joints for the fingers, Extended Cuff, Diamond Grip Palms... 9
Design (Ergonomics) They fit, well, like a glove ... but it'd be nice if there were more color options. Though a little stiff at first even the palm got looser after time and the more you wear these gloves the more they feel like your own 8.5
Application They serve their intended purpose very well and are good for both conventional and fly fishing 9

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Protection without the bulk - Just a little pricey
+ Comfortable to wear  
+ Reinforced palms protect you from spiny fins  



Buff's Pro Series Angler Gloves kept me protected down in the Amazon while not making my hands too hot. They are a valuable tool to add to your sun protection arsenal of wardrobe - but like with any item of apparel, for prolonged trips, make sure to bring at least two pair.


Conclusion: I've never been too fond of wearing gloves while fishing because I've never been willing to give up the feel at my finger tips, but at the same time I knew that if I didn't use some type of protection on our trip last fall, I stood an excellent chance of getting sun burn on the top of my hands. You could say this trip forced my hand and I'm glad it did. Buff's Pro Series Angler Gloves are comfortable and non-intrusive during a cast, tying a lure, and give me the assurance of protection when handling fish. They, along with Buff's Headwear are going to be a staple in my attire when I need protection from the sun.









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