Pre and post-season sales at your local sporting goods store and online offer some of the best prices and deals. Every year I start to look for some items I just can’t live without, usually a new pair of gloves. I have tried many different brands from the in-house brands of sporting goods stores to the rather expensive waterfowl-purpose gloves. At the end of every season, I just can’t see myself using them again, they’re just not comfortable or there’s something I just don’t like about them.
Now don’t get me wrong, a pair of waterproof neoprene elbow length gloves is great to keep in your bag, but after recently purchasing an Avery handwarmer, I may never again buy a pair of gloves. I purchased an Avery Outdoors Ducks Unlimited neoprene handwarmer . This thing clips to your waders, has two Velcro pockets (elastic choke tube holders inside the right pocket), a zipper pocket on the back side with a smaller pocket inside (great for an iPhone), extra shell holders outside, belt just in case and is lined with a fleece lining. Don’t want to forget about the waterproof seams also.
I would use two HotHand hand warmers for the inside and also have my wader pockets and jacket pockets (when my jacket is tucked into my waders) to help keep my hands warm. Once I started using this new setup, I quit spending money on waterfowl gloves and more on other gear, like shells and beanies!
So we want to hear from you. What is your preference, gloves or handwarmer?