Re: [John Muir Trail] Gloves
- Interesting point Peter, it was my understanding the most effective way to use the poles are with the straps so that you are lightly griping the poles instead with a heavier grading with out using the straps. I really don't know
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Roleigh Martin wrote:
>here's from an ER doctor I met hiking: NEVER use the strap on these
> I like the REI gloves because they are very breathable, light, and
> have a long "skirt" around the wrist, which enables the leather
> strap of the hiking pole to wrap around that "skirt".
poles unless you're crossing a moving stream and don't want to lose your
poles. You're only asking for a wrist injury the next time you slip and
the pole gets stuck in one of these common granite cracks that seem to
never want to give up your pole.
I never put my hands through these loops - the minimal gain in "support"
of your forearms isn't worth the risk, plus, I can hike all day without
gloves to protect me from the straps. The only other great use of the
straps is to pick up a pole with the other pole after you dropped it, so
you don't have to bend down with your heavy pack.
- Last year I hiked with those ragwool gloves with the "flip-over" part that makes them into mittens. I really liked them. Even though I had about a week in the rain, the gloves still kept me warm. They are half-finger gloves, mittens, and work when wet (you just cant keep taking your gloves off everytime there's water around). You've got to have your finger tips free when needed. Plus they are cheap!