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I am looking to replace my NRS creeking gloves that I use for kayaking "bony" rivers and creeks where rock contact is a real possibility. The problem that I have with them is that the seams are not done very well or neoprene is simply not conducive to hanging onto many seams so they tear easily.

Unfortunately, this seems to be the only glove on the market that is designed for this purpose. I was thinking of perhaps goretex gloves that offer some degree of padding on the fingers and knuckles and don't really need to be waterproof as long as they resist tearing in wet conditions. Their purpose is not to protect against the cold but against impact, so wetness is OK.

So I was thinking about perhaps dirt bike or mountain biking gloves of some kind. Or perhaps some gloves that commercial fishermen use. Any suggestions that would meet my needs?

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Looked into military gloves? I'm super pleased with my set of Mechanix m-pacts –  Marcus Wigert May 6 at 22:13
    
I have a summer pair of gardening gloves that are rubbery on the fingers and palm, mesh on the back of the hand. I am only protecting against paddling blisters and minor burns from touching hot cookout, but I expect they would work for your purposes too. –  Kate Gregory May 7 at 1:32

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Go to your nearest builder's supermarket, or even check a normal one, and look for worker's gloves. Or mechanic's gloves. Such as are used by people building houses or repairing cars. Those are very resistant and cheap. I've bought my ones for about 2-3$ (price in Poland, but I've found similar gloves in Germany too, only it was a small craftsman's shop).

The companies making 'dedicated extreme sport equipment' tend to charge unimaginable sums for fancy equipment, where something simple and cheap is just enough.

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With builder's supermarket, do you mean a Do-it-yourself store? Builder's supermarket sounds like a mean translation of the German "Baumarkt" to me. –  Benedikt Bauer May 13 at 10:09
    
Standard work gloves provide very little impact protection. Perhaps your thinking of something different from what I am. Would you include a few pictures? –  Mr.Wizard May 15 at 16:02
    
The OP didn't want anything bullet-proof. The impact that could smash through the work gloves would break your hand even if you were wearing something like that. Work gloves are fair enough to deal with rocks etc. –  Lukasz May 15 at 18:49

You could look at sailing gloves such as these. There are loads of different varieties with open or closed finger versions depending on your preference.

As mentioned by others many sailors also use rubber gardening or builders gloves. These are much cheaper but wear out a lot faster. I'm not sure how much of an issue this would be for kayaking.

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I use these regularly for Kajaking, since i nearly ripped off my flesh while getting out of my yak at a stonewall. They're not waterproof, but they're very durable in my opinion and they dry very quick, and as an extra they are windproof. And also the seams don't rip at your fingernails while paddling as many others did which i tried.

The palms are made out of durable leather And the top is made out of some goretex-like material The knuckles are protected by a hard plastic, can be taken out if you don't need it

The model i supplied isn't available anymore, but they where from the SWAT series from Under Armour

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Could you maybe give some extra information (like type of golve they are sold as, materials...) in case the link goes dead in future? –  Paul Paulsen May 13 at 8:53

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