When someone first suggested palmless mitts to me for watersports I thought they fell into the same category as chocolate fire guards and tartan paint. I'd tried full gloves for windsurfing and paddling but found that even with the narrowest diameter grips and thinnest possible gloves that I would get forearm cramp. The frustration of then trying to do anything else with the gloves on, like get in a pocket or dry bag sapped the fun out of being on the water.
Winter doesn't have to keep you off the water – with the right kit
So when I started using palmless mitts for windsurfing they were a revelation. They keep any windchill off and I still had direct contact with the kit. Slip your fingers out of the end of the mitt and they also allowed you to use your digits for everything else. I'd been using plain neoprene mitts for windsurfing for quite a few years before I got into SUP. When I got into SUP they seemed like the perfect piece of kit.
Backs of the hands covered with warm Thermofibre lined neorpene and just the right amount of open contact between your palm and your paddle
Traditional palmless mitts are almost full single and double lined neoprene, which is great when they are wet all the time but when you are mostly dry, pure neoprene isn't the most comfy and when combined with a bit of sweat the odour isn't too hot after a long session. The Talon mitts' plush ThermoFibre lining alleviates these problems. These mitts are as at home on a surf session as out on a cold day paddling a race board. The base of the fingers are well exposed so you get great paddle contact and they have a comfortable pre-bent shape.
If you suffer from hot aches when you go on the water, or just want to last a bit longer out in the cold and still be able to use your fingers then these will make a big difference to those chilly sessions.
A self confessed fanatic about teaching and getting on the water, Sam’s smooth style, expertise, and badger obsession stand out within the new stand up paddleboarding movement. What started as a way of getting to work has now become one of his life’s passions, and alongside windsurfing it’s his daily bread.