NRS Rafter's Glove - Men's
NRSRafter's Glove - Men's

River-run under the sun.

Ideal for sunny raft trips and warm-weather paddling, the full-fingered NRS Men's Rafter's Glove has you covered with a lightweight spandex back, Amara synthetic leather palm, and UPF-50+ sun protection. There's even a fleece thumb panel, so you can wipe away the tears of terror after running that class 5+.

  • Lightweight spandex back
  • Amara synthetic leather palm
  • Hook-and-loop wristband
  • Fleece thumb panel
  • UPF-50+ sun protection
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Warm Weather Stuff

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I primarily use them guarding at a camp on the lake. I like the full coverage to help with sun, but they're thin enough to not get too warm. I normally wear a medium glove, but ordered a large and they fit pretty well. The fingertips a little long, but everything else it good.

Warm weather protection

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ordered the large, which fits pretty true to size but the finger lengths can be tight at the tips when you straighten your fingers out. The stitching is pretty solid. The velcro clasp is pretty slim and might be an issue as the material wears out. The material is comfortable and breathes well, and does not have any abrasive stitching or seams on the inside. The whole palm is solid but soft and flexible enough to not restrict any movements. This also causes them to slip a little in a loose grip around a carbon fiber shaft, because there is no friction material. I would advise taking a good look at the palms to see if they will work for you. They are fairly water resistant gloves and won't soak through unless you submerge them.

I would have preferred them to fully close at the clasp and come down the wrist another inch, but they are light enough to not heat your hands. The surface materials cool off quickly in the wind so you won't need to take them off. They are definitely not for cold weather or heavy boating activities; they are a compromise between half-finger gloves and thicker insulated gloves. It's a good choice if your fingertips are raw or blistered and you want to keep salt water off your skin.

NRS Rafter's Glove