What are your favorite cold weather shooting gloves?

Matt Landfair

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#1
It is cold weather season here and I need to provide some options to poor cold patrolmen who don't work in climate controlled environments. What gloves provide sufficient cold/wind protection yet have good dexterity for shooting and all important writing?
 
#2
Manzella all elements 3.0 are my go to winter gloves. They're not the warmest but they're good for a few hours, thin enough to manipulate a gun or write with, and have the touch screen tips.
 

ggammell

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#4
Never heard of that brand. Looks like I better get some first hand experience.
Nice pun.

I had some Manzella Windstopper gloves a long time ago. Didn’t last too long before the seams starting ripping. Maybe a year or so.

Mechanic fleece lined are alright for cool weather and have reasonable dexterity because they aren’t that thick.

Hatch thinsulate gloves work better in cold conditions but are thicker so dexterity suffers some but it’s workable.
 
#5
I'm a big fan of outdoor research's products. Coldshot Sensor Gloves, or the MGS fleece sensor gloves. I think anything thicker than this isn't really setup for pistol shooting or fine dexterity. The nice thing added are the "sensor" touch pad compatible areas on the index finger and thumb. The heaviest that could work is their Paradigm line. Given that most gloves like the Ironsights aren't really cold weather, if you aren't spending hours in the cold, they'll do fine to provide a layer between you and a cold object. They also make some great heavier gloves and mittens for serious work/sustainment.
 

McQueen

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#6
PIG Alpha on the dominant hand with a hand warmer retained up the wrist over the radial artery with a sweat band. I have a couple different Outdoor Research gloves and mittens for the offhand, use determined by conditions at the time. PIG Alpha gloves work pretty well under fingerless wool gloves, too, with the hand warmer radial artery sweatband trick.

I usually have a FHF MOLLE Muff with hand warmers when it gets really cold.
 
#7
far from ideal I know but what I do is have two pair of plain mechanix gloves and hand warmers. A set of warmers in the pockets with the other pair of gloves and a set on the hands with a warmer in the back of the glove if it’s that cold out. Doesn’t work for wet environments. I destroy gloves pretty fast so I’ve been reluctant to buy higher quality ones.
 

Kain

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#8
For warm, but thin enough for me to shoot, manipulate 90% plus of the things I generally want to manipulate, to include writing, and shoot, reload, ect with I have found gloves that are neoprene to be about the best option for me. That said for cop stuff, you are either going to have to have cuff keys that are like the big pen type, or take them off to manipulate those things. They are generally on the tighter side too, which makes manipulating things easier for me. Oh, and they are warm. Like warm enough that it better be pretty cold otherwise you will sweat in them, or I will. There are no real brands I can throw out since the pair that I have been running that I have was bought cheap at a gun shop like 6 years ago. So I am sure there are better, thinner, but as warm versions out now.
 

BooneGA

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#9
When it comes to warmth and maintaining dexterity there is a delicate balance. We were issued the OR MGS Fleece Sensor Gloves (https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/...oves/mgs-fleece-sensor-gloves/p/2668250014008) and they did well for me in temps down below freezing. I also used a waist mounted hand warmer that was perfect for when you are standing around and don't need to be actively holding a rifle/pistol. Between the two products I was fine in cold/rain/wind even for extended durations.

Rick
 
#10
I also used a waist mounted hand warmer
Are you using something like the First Spear hand warmer or something simpler and are you attaching to your belt or have you tried hanging one off of the bottom of a PC? I'm a big fan of thinner gloves with a hand warmer but have been trying to find a way that works for me to keep the hand warmer out of the way when I'm not using it.
 

BooneGA

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#11
Are you using something like the First Spear hand warmer or something simpler and are you attaching to your belt or have you tried hanging one off of the bottom of a PC? I'm a big fan of thinner gloves with a hand warmer but have been trying to find a way that works for me to keep the hand warmer out of the way when I'm not using it.
We are issued the Wild Things Knuckle Roaster (https://www.wildthingsgear.com/products/knuckle-roaster-fr?variant=1633231363) and I didn't find it obtrusive at all. I honestly end up using it as a catch all dump pouch for stuff like pens, notepads, batteries, or flashlights when I am in a static position. Being able to active a hand warmer inside completely changes cold weather environments into something much more tolerable.

Rick
 
#12
I'm a big fan of outdoor research's products. Coldshot Sensor Gloves, or the MGS fleece sensor gloves. I think anything thicker than this isn't really setup for pistol shooting or fine dexterity. The nice thing added are the "sensor" touch pad compatible areas on the index finger and thumb. The heaviest that could work is their Paradigm line. Given that most gloves like the Ironsights aren't really cold weather, if you aren't spending hours in the cold, they'll do fine to provide a layer between you and a cold object. They also make some great heavier gloves and mittens for serious work/sustainment.
Everything here. I live by OR gloves, and appreciate the Sensor line, but do be aware it wears off.

My go to is the PL400, which is about as thick as I can shoot in, though it is not preferred.

If I know I am doing work, or shooting, the ... hell if I can find the name, but a thinner glove with a velcro retainer is what I use. Just enough to insulate me from the gun or other object, keep wind from wicking off my warmth.

Good line of gloves. This is their tactical page, but many others exist if black is your only need: https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/...-tactical?nav_gear_categories_tactical_gloves Hit up any good outdoors store to try them on and poke at them if needed. REI carries pretty much the whole line.
 

BooneGA

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#13
Everything here. I live by OR gloves, and appreciate the Sensor line, but do be aware it wears off.

My go to is the PL400, which is about as thick as I can shoot in, though it is not preferred.

If I know I am doing work, or shooting, the ... hell if I can find the name, but a thinner glove with a velcro retainer is what I use. Just enough to insulate me from the gun or other object, keep wind from wicking off my warmth.

Good line of gloves. This is their tactical page, but many others exist if black is your only need: https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/...-tactical?nav_gear_categories_tactical_gloves Hit up any good outdoors store to try them on and poke at them if needed. REI carries pretty much the whole line.
You can add or repair the touch screen feature of gloves with just some silver thread sewn through the finger tips.

Rick
 

TXLEO

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#14
When it comes to warmth and maintaining dexterity there is a delicate balance. We were issued the OR MGS Fleece Sensor Gloves (https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/...oves/mgs-fleece-sensor-gloves/p/2668250014008) and they did well for me in temps down below freezing. I also used a waist mounted hand warmer that was perfect for when you are standing around and don't need to be actively holding a rifle/pistol. Between the two products I was fine in cold/rain/wind even for extended durations.

Rick
I have a FHF Gear Molle muff that is great for this role. It actually does get cold in Texas from time to time. Post warrant service or even long traffic control its a life saver. Pop a hand warmer or two in and good to go. Still lookign for the right glove, bout to try some OR stuff.

https://fhfgear.com/collections/tactical/products/molle-muff
 

nightchief

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#16
I was out yesterday in the "Texas cold" (about 28 degrees) with Mechanix Insulated gloves. They were ok protection form the cold, but my shooting certainly suffered. In the summer, I wear PIG gloves and my trigger pulling, especially with a rifle, doesn't get impacted much. Yesterday's drills, especially with the pistol, were less than satisfactory. My trigger pull was all over the place with the pistol.