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eric_k


Oct 10, 2012, 12:30 PM
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My hands seem to be somewhere in between Medium and a Large. Medium fits tight but is wearable and large fits loose but there is no extra room at the ends of my fingers. For the past few seasons I have been using the BD punisher glove in a size medium. They fit tight enough that opening my hand all the way seems to stretch the glove. I never thought this was a problem since my hands are always curled around tools. But now I am in the market for a new pair and I am wondering if I should go for a size up but I don't want to buy too big since I really have a hard time guessing how a glove should fit in a shop. How tight do you guys like your gloves. Do you fit them tight like I have been or do you prefer a looser fit?

Eric


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Oct 10, 2012, 1:50 PM
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Too large and you get extra material bunching up when holding the tool. Too small and the tool may not nestle between your thumb and index finger.

Personally, I'd rather err on the side of too small (assuming you can still hold onto the tool properly). A sloppy fit means you lose dexterity, which will be a problem when placing screws, etc. Plus, less material bunching between your hand and the tool means less pump.

Personally, I almost always climb in liner gloves for the thinnest and sleekest grasp on my tools. You warm up pretty fast once you start climb and I keep a pair of mercury mitts for the belay. YMMV


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I also say, stick with the smaller glove or go for a different make and hunt down a glove that fits well.
A glove that is too large makes you sloppy and sloppy puts you in danger.


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Thanks for the advice. I think I will stick with what has been working!

Eric


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The other thing to think about is how stretchy the material is, especially on the back of the hand. When a glove runs small, if the material is tight across th back of the hand/fingers, then even if it stretchtes, it adds to the amount of effort it takes to close your hand, let alone grip a tool, which will make you pump out faster. I think how ever your gloves fit, you should be able to close you hand with little to no extra effort than if you had no gloves on.


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I fit em loose a bit. Plus bring a couple extra pairs.


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Eric, find a western leather shop that makes saddles, etc. & custom fit gloves. My friend Tracy has her own leather shop and does that. The Leather artist can make the gloves to your specifications and can make suggestions as to what "kind" of leather to use. Some leathers stretch more than others. Some breath better, and some grip better.
Good Luck, Grizzly Jane


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Eric - On of my friends has the same problem, and his solution is to wear the smaller size, but he spends an evening pre-season soaking the glove and then wearing it to stretch it out. Swears by the process.


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