10 Best Fishing Gloves Reviewed

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Best Fishing Gloves

Hola! If you’re looking for the best fishing gloves, you’ve come to the right place.

The first fishermen didn’t wear fishing gloves, so they’re clearly not a necessity. Nevertheless, there’s no denying that fishing gloves offer invaluable protection for your hands. Whether it be sharp fish teeth, hooks, UV rays, and even cold weather, fishing gloves protect against them all.

Finding the right fishing gloves is no mean feat though. You need to make sure they don’t inhibit your dexterity and provide a secure grip. That aside, depending on your needs, you also need to look out for specific features. This includes water resistance, insulation, sun protection, and so on. To spare you the trouble, my team and I spent 13 hours assessing every fishing glove on the market. In the end, we decided these ten were the best the fishing world had to offer.

If you’re rushing and don’t have time to read the reviews, our number one recommendation is the Glacier Glove Pro Angler Gloves. These are most likely the gloves you came here for. Not only do you retain much of your dexterity, but they’re also warm and comfortable even when wet. The neoprene also provides a firm grip, and you’ll be glad to hear that these gloves are touchscreen-friendly.

Still, if you’re not ice fishing, or not looking to spend so much, you might not like those gloves. But fret not. You’ve got nine other fishing gloves to choose from. From sun gloves to budget picks, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s begin!

The 10 Best Fishing Gloves

Before we begin, let me clear something up. For the sizes listed, 2XL means extra extra large, and 3XL means extra extra extra large. You may never have worn these sizes before, so this should clear up any confusion.

Now that we’ve got that over with, let’s jump right into it!

Best Overall

1. Glacier Glove Pro Angler Gloves

  • Material: Neoprene
  • Waterproof/Water-Resistant: Neither
  • Sizes: S to 2XL

Kicking things off is our best overall pick – the Glacier Glove Pro Angler Gloves.

Featuring removable fingertips for the index and thumb, you’ll have no trouble handling tasks that require small and fine motions. From knot tying to rigging leaders, you won’t find your movements limited in any way.

Neoprene itself is a type of rubber, so your grip will be firm even in wet conditions.

Internally, the neoprene is lined with fleece. This makes it comfortable to wear and keeps your hands warm in the winter.

To seal the deal, these incredible gloves are even touchscreen-friendly.

All in all, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better pair of ice fishing gloves than these. The only issue I found was that they’re somewhat bulky due to the fleece lining. They also run a little large, so get one size smaller than you usually do.

Other than that, these are the perfect gloves for cold weather. For winter anglers, these are the best ice fishing gloves money can get.

On the other hand, for those who fish in the sun, these next fishing gloves are for you.

Best For Hot Weather

2. Simms SolarFlex Fishing Gloves

  • Material: Polyester
  • Waterproof/Water-Resistant: Neither
  • Sizes: XS to 2XL

These next fishing gloves were made for hot weather fishing. When the sun is glaring and your skin is burning, these are the gloves you’ll want to be wearing.

Starting with sun protection, you’re protected by the UPF 50 polyester. UPF 50 means that 98 percent of the sun’s UV rays are blocked out. This translates to much less damage to your skin, no blisters, and no sunburns. And this protection isn’t limited to your hands. These gloves are designed with longer button cuffs to protect your wrists too. You also have a longer index and middle finger portion for additional protection.

On top of that, the moisture-wicking polyester pulls moisture from your hands so that they don’t feel sweaty. This, coupled with the quick-drying capabilities, ensures comfort at all times.

Finally, these gloves allow completely free movement of your hands. Polyester is the material used for swimming trunks. In other words, you’re essentially wearing swimming trunks on your hand. Needless to say, you’ll be able to execute all manner of minor tasks smoothly.

To sum it up, the Simms SolarFlex will enable you to operate comfortably with full functionality without having to worry about the sun. Anglers looking for sun gloves for fishing, look no further.

Best Toughness

3. Pelagic End Game Pro Gloves

  • Material: PVC
  • Waterproof/Water-Resistant: Neither
  • Sizes: S to XL

Next up are the toughest fishing gloves on the market – the Pelagic End Game Pro Gloves.

First off, let’s go over what makes these full-finger gloves so tough.

The base material, PVC, is extremely durable and lightweight. But that’s not all. These gloves are kevlar-reinforced. Given that kevlar is used for bulletproof vests, it’s safe to assume that these gloves are as tough as it gets. Combining the PVC and kevlar, the result is the most durable fishing gloves in the world.

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For its other aspects, it’s not as comfortable as the previous gloves. It also restricts some of your dexterity, as the kevlar makes it a bit stiff. Grip-wise, I found it not as secure as rubber, but still pretty secure.

Basically, it excels in toughness, but comes with some necessary evils like less comfort, dexterity, and a weaker grip. For those looking for the most heavy-duty fishing gloves out there, this is it.

Best For Cold Weather

4. Storm Strykr Neoprene Gloves

  • Material: Neoprene
  • Waterproof/Water-Resistant: Water-Resistant
  • Sizes: XS to 2XL

Coming in at number four is the Storm Strykr Neoprene Gloves. As a glance at the features would tell you, these gloves are remarkably similar to the Glacier Glove Pro Angler Gloves.

Crafted with the same fleece-lined neoprene, you’ll have the same warmth and comfort that the Glacier Glove Pro Angler Gloves have.

Grip-wise, once again, the neoprene rubber guarantees a solid grip even in wet conditions.

Here’s where they differ.

The Storm Strykr Neoprene Gloves don’t have removable fingertips. As neoprene is by nature a stiff material, you’ll find these gloves rather stiff. They did hinder some of my casting motion, though not by much. Still, that’s not ideal, which is why these gloves cost less than the Pro Angler Gloves.

These gloves also aren’t meant for use with electronic screens, so you won’t be able to use your phone with them. I also don’t like that they’re listed as “waterproof gloves”. They’re water-resistant for sure, but definitely not “waterproof gloves”.

In short, these gloves will keep your hands warm and cosy, but lack the dexterity and screen compatibility of the Pro Angler Gloves. Obviously, the Pro Angler Gloves are the superior fishing gloves. However, we still put these as the best for cold weather because we feel that insulation matters above all. Since these are less expensive but provide the same warmth as the Pro Angler Gloves, economically speaking, these are arguably better.

Best For Photography

5. Bassdash Wintepro Insulated Winter Fishing Gloves

  • Material: Polyester
  • Waterproof/Water-Resistant: Water-Resistant
  • Sizes: S to XL

Similar to the Storm Strykr, these winter gloves got a place on this list because of their affordability.

Sporting removable fingertips, the Wintepro Fishing Gloves are every bit as accommodating as the Pro Angler Gloves. Seeing as polyester is a more stretchy material though, these gloves do in fact allow for more deftness than the Pro Angler Gloves.

To help you stay toasty, there’s fleece lining on the inside. This fleece lining also gives you a comfortable wearing experience.

The one aspect that these gloves lose out in is grip. The grip isn’t rubber, so it’s only to be expected that they’re a tad less secure. They’re still great though, just not as secure as neoprene gloves.

Overall, with the fleece lining to combat freezing temps and the wide range of free movement, these gloves are perfect for cold weather photography. This isn’t to say the Pro Angler Gloves aren’t, but when price is a factor, these gloves can’t be beat. For a slightly less firm grip, you’re saving 20 bucks.

P.S. Note that these gloves run small, so buy a size bigger.

Best For Beginners

6. Orvis Sunglove

  • Material: Synthetic Leather
  • Waterproof/Water-Resistant: Neither
  • Sizes: XL

New anglers most probably won’t be going ice fishing and won’t need too high-end gloves. That’s why we chose these fishing gloves for beginners.

With the UPF 50 rating to ward off the sun, you’re completely safe from sunburns. This allows you to go summer fishing with peace of mind.

For finer movements, the thin synthetic leather doesn’t inhibit movement at all. Plus, these are fingerless gloves, which further enables you to perform small, delicate actions like tying knots.

It’s also worth noting that the synthetic leather is thin and quick to dry. This makes wearing it quite comfortable.

As for the palms, the synthetic leather is soft and prevents blisters.

In comparison with the higher-end options, the Orvis Sunglove is less durable, thus the lower price. This will last you fewer fishing trips, but those new to the sport will appreciate these affordable well-rounded quality fishing gloves.

P.S. You’ll see these gloves being listed as being for fly fishing on the Orvis website. To clarify, most fingerless gloves are suitable for fly fishing. It doesn’t mean that these gloves are only meant for fly fishing and not for regular fishing.

Best Orvis Alternative

7. KastKing Sol Armis Sun Gloves

  • Material: Polyester
  • Waterproof/Water-Resistant: Neither
  • Sizes: XS to 2XL

If you liked the Orvis Sunglove but it was out of your means, you’re going to love these gloves. The KastKing Sol Armis shares many similarities with the Orvis Sunglove, making it a great alternative.

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For starters, both gloves employ UPF 50 sun protection. The quick-drying and stretchy polyester and fingerless design also equal to zero motion inhibition, like the Orvis Sunglove. What’s more, these gloves are even equipped with the same synthetic leather.

At this point, you must be wondering. If both gloves are so alike, why would this one be less expensive?

Well, the KastKing Sol Armis isn’t exactly fully synthetic leather like the Orvis Sunglove. Instead, these gloves are mostly made out of polyester but have synthetic leather in certain areas. What’s impressive is that the synthetic leather is inserted in exactly the right spots for gripping fishing rods to prevent blisters. As such, the end result is the same as the Orvis Sunglove – no blisters.

The bigger difference is that these gloves are less hardy. These fishing gloves have a shorter lifespan than the Orvis Sunglove, which is why they’re less pricey by $10. After all, which do you think will last longer, synthetic leather or swimming trunks?

All things considered, this is another pair of all-around high-quality fishing gloves, just not as long-lasting as the Orva Sunglove.

Best For Casual Anglers

8. Cordova Rockfish Fishing Gloves

  • Material: Synthetic Leather
  • Waterproof/Water-Resistant: Neither
  • Sizes: M and L

Next on the list is our fishing gloves of choice for casual anglers – the Cordova Rockfish.

By now, you should be quite familiar with the various specs we’ve listed, so I won’t go into too much detail.

You’ll notice these are fingerless gloves, and with the synthetic leather material, you’ll retain most of your dexterity. As mentioned earlier, synthetic leather is also quite comfortable.

The main difference between these and all the fingerless gloves so far is the UPF rating, or rather, the lack thereof.

Casual anglers won’t spend too long out in the sun, so sacrificing sunlight protection to keep costs down makes sense. Of course, sun gloves are recommended. But if you’re a casual angler looking for wallet-friendly fishing gloves, these could just be the gloves you’re looking for.

Best Budget Sun Gloves

9. Palmyth Fingerless Fishing Gloves

  • Material: Polyester
  • Waterproof/Water-Resistant: Neither
  • Sizes: XS to 3XL

Another pair of fishing sun gloves, the Palmyth Fingerless Fishing Gloves are the cheapest sun gloves on this list.

At first glance, you might be confused as to why these are so economical. There’s the UPF 50 rating, stretchy comfortable polyester, and synthetic leather palm. These are all the same features you’d see on high-end sun gloves.

However, there’s a huge drawback to these gloves – comfort. These gloves are thicker than average. I’m guessing that’s how they achieved the UPF 50 rating. Since more thickness is needed for the same amount of sun protection as the previous sun gloves, this also means these gloves use lower-quality material. This thickness traps heat, so it gets quite warm after some time in the summer.

This huge downside and lower-quality construction are why these gloves are so modestly priced. Even so, you won’t find a cheaper pair of UPF 50 fishing gloves than this. Anglers looking for sun gloves on a budget can do a lot worse than these Palmyth Gloves. Just note that they run small, so do get a size larger.

Best Budget

10. Berkley Coated Fishing Gloves

  • Material: PVC
  • Waterproof/Water-Resistant: Neither
  • Sizes: One Size

Fishing things off is the Berkley Coated Fishing Gloves.

At $6 (last I checked), these are the most inexpensive functional fishing gloves available, and for good reason.

In terms of dexterity, these are the worst on the list. The entire glove is rubber, which normally isn’t an issue. The problem is, these gloves don’t let you feel anything in your fingertips at all. You’ll be able to hold fish, but you can forget about tying any knots.

The grip is also not the greatest. You will have to exert more force than normal to ensure slippery fish don’t slip out of your hands.

For its other aspects, it’s just average. It’s not super comfy, but not uncomfortable. It’s able to withstand abuse, but won’t last more than a few years.

I’m sure by now, you can see why these are so dirt cheap. It doesn’t do well in any area and is even subpar in some. Having said that, for the price, you won’t find better. And fishing gloves at this price are hard to come by. Any other fishing glove at this price or below is just complete trash. If you’re on a shoestring budget, the Berkley Coated Fishing Gloves are your best bet.

P.S. There’s only one size, and after trying them on, I’d say it’s in between medium and large.

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What To Look Out For When Buying Fishing Gloves

We’ll now go over in detail the factors to consider when buying gloves for fishing. This way, you’ll know exactly how to choose a good pair of fishing gloves for yourself.

Fit

Same as with clothes, your gloves should ideally fit you just right. Too loose and you lose deftness, too tight and they’ll be uncomfortable.

In theory, here’s how sizing should work.

Anglers with average sized hands should get medium. Those with larger hands should get large. Those with smaller hands should get small. Simple right?

The thing is, in reality, different brands have different ideas of what each size should look like. Most fishing gloves do have similar sizings, but there are some that don’t follow the norm. That’s why you could end up with a size medium that’s too small for your average sized hands, or perhaps too large.

But worry not. We’ve tested each and every one of these gloves for you. We’ve flagged out the ones that run small or large, so you can be sure you’re getting the appropriate size.

Durability

There’s no point buying gloves that will only last one season. As such, fishing gloves have to be tough enough to weather at least a few seasons. In general, cold-weather gloves will last longer than warm-weather ones due to their thicker build.

It’s hard to tell whether a pair of gloves is tough based on material alone, as you never know whether the material will be high-quality. That’s why we took the time and effort to scout the best fishing gloves for you.

Weather And Climate

No matter how good a pair of fishing gloves are, if they don’t fit the conditions you’re fishing in, they’re useless. As such, it’s crucial that you know what to look for to find gloves that suit your climate and weather.

For warm weather fishing, you’ll want gloves that are breathable and can fend off harmful UV rays.

For colder weather, insulation is key, but it’s also vital that the thicker material doesn’t limit your movements.

Regardless of cold or hot weather though, it’s important that there is padding to prevent blisters and that the gloves are comfortable.

Warmth

Warmth is of the utmost importance for cold-weather fishing. Unfortunately, it’s inevitable that to achieve this warmth, thicker gloves will be needed. Thicker gloves equals to less dexterity, so be prepared to be less deft.

One way to mitigate this is removable fingertips. Just note that removable fingertips can sometimes mean less insulation around the fingers.

Breathability

Hot-weather gloves are often thinner and stretchy, but this doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed to be breathable. Make sure to go for materials like polyester that dry quickly and won’t leave you with sweaty hands.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the more common questions that those buying fishing gloves tend to ask.

What Are Fishing Gloves Useful For?

The main reasons people wear gloves when they catch fish are for protection and grip. Fishing gloves safeguard against blisters, cuts from fishing line, hooks, cuts from sharp scales and teeth, harmful UV rays, and even frostbite.

Certain gloves also provide a better grip for slimy catches.

Should I Handle Fishes With Gloves?

You shouldn’t handle fish with gloves if you plan on releasing them back into the water. Fish have a slimy coating that protects them from germs and bad bacteria. You risk damaging that layer if you hold them with gloves, exposing them to infection. Instead, take off the gloves and handle them with wet hands.

Can I Use Other Outdoor Gloves For Fishing?

Earlier, we went through what to look out for when buying gloves for fishing. As long as your outdoor gloves tick all the criteria, then they’re as good as fishing gloves.

My Verdict

Fishing gloves bring invaluable protection to the table. No matter your skill level or experience, fishing gloves are essential to not just stay safe, but also enjoy fishing to the fullest.

That said, you will face issues like lower-quality materials and different dimensions for the same sizes across brands. These make it hard to find the right fishing gloves. That’s why we did the dirty work and found these ten top fishing gloves for you.

For those having trouble deciding, just get the Glacier Glove Pro Angler Gloves. They’re flexible, well-insulated, comfortable, and provide a secure grip. They’re even touchscreen-friendly. Seriously, what more could you ask for?

Now that you’ve found your dream fishing gloves, if you’re missing any other fishing gear, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our compilation of the best fishing gear out there.

Stay safe on the water!