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
    – Mwigs
    May 6, 2014 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. May 7, 2014 at 1:32
  • Hi amphibient! I just noticed (12/10/18) that your product link is down. The site itself is still up, so I didn't know if you might want to see if the product is located elsewhere now. It's totally up to you! Dec 11, 2018 at 1:10

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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.

  • 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. May 13, 2014 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, 2014 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. May 15, 2014 at 18:49
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    @DanubianSailor - I've got motorcycle gloves with armored knuckles that definitely saved my hands in an accident a while back. The armor was significantly ablated, but I'm very glad it was the armor and not my knuckle.
    – William
    Aug 20, 2019 at 20:31

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.


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? May 13, 2014 at 8:53

I've had trouble finding kayaking gloves with adequate grip on my paddle (unless they grip too much to rotate the shaft in my left hand). So you may have trouble. However I'm looking for warmth and it doesn't sound like you are.

Cheap cycling gloves with suede-like palms have good grip in the wet. Unfortunately they usually have padding - either foam, which will absorb water, or gel. I suspect either will get quite uncomfortable as the grip on a paddle shaft isn't quite the same as on handlebars, so minimal or no padding would be a good idea. Cycling gloves often have the thinnest backs they can, so you don't get too hot; you may want the opposite. A few mountain bike gloves have protection for the backs of the fingers; these tend to have more palm padding.

Overall I'd be tempted to try something like these from PlanetX (despite the padding), but for me they wouldn't be wasted if they weren't useful on the water as I could use them for winter cycling

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