Author Topic: Carrying Rock Climbing Gloves: Your thoughts?  (Read 4735 times)

Offline J.R. Morelli

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Carrying Rock Climbing Gloves: Your thoughts?
« on: October 06, 2008, 01:04:46 AM »
Note: This doesn't seem like the right place for this topic but I couldn't really see any other more fitting place so here goes...

I was shopping in a sports store the today when I came across something I hadn't thought of carrying before. Gloves.
Specifically climbing (rock climbing) gloves. The ones I was eying were some Metolius brand Climbing Gloves with open finger tips so you protect your palms and the base of your fingers but don't loose the ability for finer things you do with your fingertips. Do you guys think that would be a good thing to carry with you?

I was thinking about whether they'd help you out with some grip and protect your hands from the wear of hard work with wood, knife, axe, hatchet, etc., as well as help you climbing trees and rocks.

Does anyone think this could be helpful?

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Re: Carrying Rock Climbing Gloves: Your thoughts?
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2008, 04:48:22 AM »
I carry leather work gloves in my BOB and BOV. I find that I use them on a regular basis. For everyhthing from digging to handling hot pans over the camp fire. Of course those are the full finger style bought thats just my preference.

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Re: Carrying Rock Climbing Gloves: Your thoughts?
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2008, 04:19:11 PM »
Mechanics gloves are a good choice. They allow gripping of hot and slippery items and protect the hands. I have a several pairs that I keep in diiferent bags/tool sets.

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Re: Carrying Rock Climbing Gloves: Your thoughts?
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2008, 04:40:28 PM »
Mechanics gloves? Can you give more info on them? I've never heard of them.


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Re: Carrying Rock Climbing Gloves: Your thoughts?
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2008, 07:26:14 PM »
I have some generic work gloves with padding I picked up at Home Depot.  I use one pair for shooting my rifle and one pair's in my BOB.

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Re: Carrying Rock Climbing Gloves: Your thoughts?
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2008, 04:27:38 AM »
I totally agree with carrying gloves in a bug out pack and I always wear them when I'm practicing bushcraft, using an axe, saw or knife or whatever. I have saved myself from so many scrapes and cuts so many times by doing so. I've been in (training) survival situations where I've cut myself even though I know how to use knives properly and safely just because I was tired and hungry and not quite thinking straight. Also, as Dreadstalker says, they're good for handling hot pans and generally protecting you from splinters and nettle stings and blisters. I work sitting on my backside all day so when I work without gloves - I get blisters really quickly! In a SHTF situation where you have no choice but to "go bush" as the Australians say it is very very important to protect yourself - you need to have all your faculties and be as fit as you can. If you haven't done so, take a look at the thread on physical fitness. I recently sprained my ankle working in the garden and was dismayed at how much it prevented me from doing the things I like to do. In a survival situation I would suggest that rule one is - don't get injured, it is going to make your life a lot harder. Protecting your hands is probably one of the most important things to do - they're useful things to have full use of! I have a pair of leather ropers gloves that are brilliant and I always carry them in my backpack. I'm putting together bug-out bags for my family and I'll include gloves and probably goggles or safety glasses for the same reason. If I had no choice but to head outdoors and head for the hills in a civil unrest situation or a big storm say (I know - I've been stupid & should have got out earlier) I think I'd get my family to each grab a helmet of some sort like a snowboard helmet or cycle helmet. Our brains are our most valuable survival tool.
I'd be interested to hear what you all think about the subject of protective equipment generally - Cheers, Jon

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Re: Carrying Rock Climbing Gloves: Your thoughts?
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2008, 08:39:17 PM »
The gogles or safety glasse really aren't a bad idea. Now I'm not thinking of eye injuries although that possibility always exists.
Actually I am thinking more of the comfort factor.
Comfort factors aren't going to be widely available so take advantage of the ones that you can.

How is  googles or safety glasses a comfort factor?
Keeps the wind and sun out of your eyes. In cold weather you will find that they actually help keep you warmer, Now that might be pschological I don't know but it helps me and I am outside constantly in all extremes of weather.

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Re: Carrying Rock Climbing Gloves: Your thoughts?
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2008, 02:19:01 AM »
Definitely - I've been caught out on the hills in rain that was so hard and so horizontal that goggles were essential, the same would apply to sand or dust storms I guess. I remember my Dad & I fighting to save a poly tunnel during some big storms in 1990 and I couldn't have done it without goggles on (we didn't succeed - the poly tunnel eventually took off like a zeppelin and was totally trashed - it had only been up for a week!)
Cheers - Jon