I have tried to find time to do several product
reviews, but there isn't enough time in each day
for that. It isn't that I don't want to do them,
but I have so many other things going on, I haven't
even fished like I would love to this summer.
Here are a few things that have kept me busy. I
have scraped and painted every bit of trim on my
house and shed this summer. Almost every day I
had off this summer had a relative's birthday or
visit attached. I recently installed a new, large,
heavy picture window. I have been working on a
mapped survey of the fishing streams in the Black
Hills for another company. And, to top it off,
my parents visited on my days off for two weeks
in a row. Not that I mind doing that stuff (except
the painting), but it takes your time away, and
fishing is killed in the process.
So, I'm going to break a tradition here and do several
product reviews in a row as my normal columns. I'm
sure a few vendors will be pleased by my actions, and
I will be pleased to get them done. So, here is the
first of several to come.
It took me way too long to do this. I have excuses,
but that doesn't make it any better for the supplier.
Jim Siegle and Wind River, my special apologies to
you since I had planned to have this done last
Wind River Value Line Gloves
Most of us have a series of weather that requires
some sort of glove to protect our hands from the
cold. Sometimes a fingerless glove will work,
and sometimes it requires a glove that protects
the fingers also. However, most gloves cost way
too much, or they don't offer the things that we
wish we had in a glove. That will change with
the new value line of gloves from Wind River.
First of all, the value line gloves offer a material
that is wind resistant and that is waterproof. Those
two forces of nature are always there to disrupt you
when fishing, and having gloves that counter them is
a good idea. They also have leather-type of material
in the palm of each glove to help hold a fly rod or
anything else you might want to hold. I have tried
them in at least a dozen different situations so far,
and give them a thumbs up for comfort and wear.
The fingerless gloves cover the hand but leave the
fingers and thumb open for easy use and knot tying.
Although the fingers are open, the fact that the
hand is covered will help a lot in keeping the
fingers warm. I use fingerless gloves a lot when
the weather is cold, but not cold enough to warrant
a covering for the whole hand. Even on days when
the line is trying to freeze to the guides of my
fly rod, fingerless gloves usually do the trick
Then there are times when the weather is so cold
you shouldn't be out there in the first place.
Your fingers are simply ice cycles that forgot
where to thaw out. On those days, it is better
to wear the gloves that double as mittens when
the covers are pulled down. These gloves work
as fingerless until you pull the covers over
the fingers and thumb. They are comfortable
and easy to use either way. Wear them as gloves,
and then fold the covers down for fingerless
gloves when needed. You can't go wrong with
Now for the hard part. The prices for these
gloves is $15.95 for fingerless, and $19.95
for the gloved ones (Flipmitt). Considering all the
features, I believe that is a great price.
They are warm and weather resistant, and
easy to wear.
For more information, contact Wind River at:
5610 County Road 1
Erie, CO 80516
Phone: (303) 652-0648
Fax: (303) 652-0653