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Apparel Review

Simms Sun Gloves are for more than just Fly Fishing  (continued)

Operation: The Simms Sungloves are made out if a 4 way stretchable fabric and feel comfortable and lightweight, after only half a day fishing I could already feel a difference. According to Simms the fabric will block approximately 98% of the UV rays. The elongated design of the gloves covers not just the top of your hands but offers full coverage of your wrists as well. At the end of each trip I checked my hands and sure enough I didnít have any sunburns at all, part of the reason why these gloves are so effective are that unlike sunblock they canít wash off, as long as you leave them on you are protected.    

Unlike sunblock the gloves will not lose protection as a result of being washed off 

One of the biggest benefits for anglers is that the open design allows full use of your fingers to tie knots, and unlike other gloves these half a complete open palm design. This open palm design while designed for better fly line management but is actually ideal for bass anglers as well. The open palm allows you to maintain a firm grip on baitcasters while casting or even when palming. This is one of the few gloves that will allow you to maintain a firm grip while casting.     

Fly line management is easy with the open finger access

On occasion they will get wet but the Simms sungloves dry quickly in the hot sun and when it comes time to stow them they can be removed quickly and folded or simply crumpled up into a ball and put into your pocket. They are designed to breathe and do not offer much in terms of warmth but if your wearing a pair of these not enough heat is probably not your concern.

Working spinning reels is just as straightforward

Price & Applications: I purchased the Simms Sun Gloves for $14.95 from a local fly shop, and the sun gloves can actually be ordered online for a few dollars less. Iíve used a number of Simms products ranging from their waders to their fly vests, and each of these products are well designed and equally well built. As simple as the sun gloves are they follow this tradition of quality and throughout the last few months the gloves have held up well.

After a complete season the gloves were pretty stained with fish slime but it wasn't anything that some detergent and OxiClean couldn't take out

The only real problem I have encountered with the Simms sungloves is how dirty they got over the span of the season with the combination of water stains and fish slime staining the gloves. I tried washing the gloves in the sink with a bit of detergent and OxiClean and the stains came right out.


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):

Simms Sungloves Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Like other Simms products these simple gloves are built well and we didn't have any durability problems 8
Performance The Simms Sungloves may not be the most glamorous product but they do exactly what they are advertised to do 9
Price A reasonable price for a quality pair of sungloves 7
Features A basic design that isn't all that feature rich, if you are looking for a simple pair of sungloves the Simms solution fits the bill 6
Design (Ergonomics) Overall a good design that is comfortable to wear all day 8
Application Designed for fly fishing but surprisingly good for bass fishing as well, the open palm design is good for fishing baitcasters 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!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Quality sun protection L Get's dirty, but can wash out
J Lightweight and comfortable  
J Allows full use of fingers  
J Not just for fly anglers great for palming baitcasters while bass fishing  

Conclusion: Anglers spend countless hours in the sun and it is important to protect yourself excessive radiation. Sunscreen works but if youíre like me your likely washing a great deal of it off while fishing. Simms Sungloves are designed to protect your hands and the open finger and palm design allows you to keep the gloves on and still do all the things you need to do when fly fishing including tie-knots, strip line, and palm your reel. The design on these gloves also make it surprisingly good for handling both spinning gear and even palming baitcasters while bass fishing. The bottom line is that these gloves work and are well worth the money, the thin yet breathable material effectively protects your hands and wrists all day long and when it comes time to head home they pack down quickly and easily.












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