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    Gloves

    Looking for a pair of work gloves to chop wood - espec as it gets cold. Considering leather. But which kind? Calf, pig, lamb, etc? Also, is there any real difference btwn $10 leather work gloves at Home Depot, and the $30 from catalogs?

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    I've had a pair of sueded deerskin gloves for years that I use for gardening, and they've held up very well. I got them at Sierra Trading Post for less than $20. I do see insulated deerskin gloves on that website right now - sounds like a good deal.

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    Using leather work gloves for trailwork/chopping in the White Mountains (to keep this thread backcountry related), I go through them pretty quick. I wouldn't spend too too much on them. Any leather glove will do. Carhartt and other brands make insulated leather gloves. You can also find fleece work gloves at Lowes or similar which also work well. I usually spend around $10-20 on a good pair of gloves.

    Stay away from the cheap "movers" gloves such as this. http://www.baileysonline.com/itemdet...utm_medium=cse

    LLbean carries a "Chopper mitt" leather work mitten with wool mitten liner. I find that the thicker gloves make my hands sore quicker (from trying to grip the axe more). Seems expensive though and I haven't tried them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cooperhill View Post
    Using leather work gloves for trailwork/chopping in the White Mountains (to keep this thread backcountry related), I go through them pretty quick. I wouldn't spend too too much on them. Any leather glove will do.
    Agreed. I have separate hiking and work gloves for when I do trail work.
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    Previous thread from last December on this very subject, titled curiously enough: Gloves.

    BTW, goatskin gloves are tougher than deerskin with regard to abrasion, by a country mile. Here's a handy display of leather gloves from a manufacturer that is mentioned in the other thread: Tillman gloves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cooperhill View Post
    LLbean carries a "Chopper mitt" leather work mitten with wool mitten liner. I find that the thicker gloves make my hands sore quicker (from trying to grip the axe more). Seems expensive though and I haven't tried them.
    I'm a big fan of LLBean, but $50 for a pair of chopper mitts seems a bit high. I'm sure that the Kinco version is a lot less, even after you've gotten a separate wool liner mitt.

    I've got a pair of of chopper mitts that are about 20 years old and they show no signs of quit.

    That said, if you don't want mittens, as others have said, pretty much any insulated leather or cotton/leather that you can find at your locally-owned hardware store should do the trick.

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    Kincos are tried, tested, and have never failed me. 10 bucks at my local hardware store. No need to spend more if you're just gonna beat on them.

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    as children we never got to wear gloves.
    callused hands are the way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mookie View Post
    as children we never got to wear gloves.
    callused hands are the way to go.
    Agree when using an ax with a wood handle. It's actually safer on the trail - better control. I have to wear gloves when using my fiberglass handle maul.
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    I actually use these gloves for most yard work and when I was helping my friend build his house. They were warm enough, as long as you stayed active, during the winter and had a better grip than most leather gloves. I tried a pair of the leather unlined Carthart gloves and wore through them in about 3 days.

    http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

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    I'm a big fan of these for winter, they're quite insulated (think of them more as a rugged winter glove than an insulated work glove):
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cold-we...rge-96606.html
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    Rup really takes his time on the gloves decisions...
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    Naah. It's just in the facinating world of 'performance hand ware', you never know what exciting innovation technology (or in this case, cows or pigs?) have brought. Beside, it's interesting to see who changed their opinions from last year.

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    Hard to beat Labonvilles for working gear in the woods

    http://www.labonville.com/shop/pc/vi...?idCategory=37

    They cater to people who earn theri living in the woods and dont have a lot of cash to spare. A pair of mitten shells with removable liners are hard to beat and are a lot warmer for chopping wood (not much use if you are chainsawing). For chainsaw gloves I usually buy the insualted Kinco gloves, they are reasonable warm, not htat expensive and come in sizes.

    I think they will be having 20% off everything in the store (except power equipment) this Friday and possibly Saturday and that usually applies to web orders.

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    I think if you visit your local farm supply store you'll find what you want and a great price.
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