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Tearing hands up

steve77steve77 Posts: 28 Baller
I am wondering if anyone else has a problem with tearing their hands up? My hands get so bad that I have to take a few days off because I blister and tear pieces of ski the size of nickels off my hands. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have tried several types of gloves and it doesn't seem to matter what I wear


  • GOODESkierGOODESkier Posts: 1,107 Crazy Baller
    palm savers? Cycle through gloves more often? They may wear out before they actually tear or look worn out.
    2003 Nautique 196 LE Star Gazer & ZBox - GOODE NANO OneXT 66.75" - Powershell 5 (LFF) - Tournament PB: 2 Balls @ 39.5' OFF (34.2 MPH) on 7/18/2015 at BIG DAWG BROHO!
  • bmiller3536bmiller3536 Posts: 298 Baller
    kevlar liners, grainger $5 a pair
    Brad Miller
  • steve77steve77 Posts: 28 Baller
    I will give the palm savers a try, I have always wanted to try them but my local ski shop never seems to have any. The gloves I was wearing last night were almost new, I free skied with them once and last night they made it on the course though three sets and then I had to stop because my hands were shreaded...
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,043 Mega Baller
    Been using kevlar liners for many years. They help a LOT.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • KrleeKrlee Posts: 533 Solid Baller
    Get a foot file (sander) and after you get out of the water sand the calluses down each time. This keeps them from building up and tearing.
  • Jim NeelyJim Neely Posts: 291 Baller
    edited July 2013
    I agree with Krlee. The one I use is Ped Egg. Also Overton's has palm protectors with free shipping
    68" Vapor
  • jackskijackski Posts: 263 Baller
    They are easier to sand when really dry.
  • webbdawg99webbdawg99 Posts: 1,067 Mega Baller
    Keeping the callouses small is key. About once a week, I get in a hot shower and use a razor blade to shave down mine. I suggest using cheap disposable blades bc they will become easily clogged.
  • tbrenchleytbrenchley Posts: 120 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Do you wear under gloves? I don't think my response will help but I have always just held the rope with my finger tips more than in my palm but my ski partner @klundell has suffered with this same problem for most of his skiing life...maybe he has some advice since he's tried just about everything.
  • Lieutenant DanLieutenant Dan Posts: 190 Baller
    I had the same problem for years until I found what has worked for me: I use a handle with a very small, elliptical shaped bar (I personally love the Connelly Prophecy handle by Proline) and hold it in my fingers instead of in the palm. I also use Masterline palm protectors and Masterline K-Palm curves. No more "hamburger hands" using this combination....
  • WaternutWaternut Posts: 1,511 Crazy Baller
    I started with the elliptical handle and gripped the rope in my finger tips and that helped. Then got the Radar BOA gloves and that helped a little more. However, even with those two, I would still have considerable pain at a couple points after 2-3 sets. Shaving my calluses wet usually ended up tearing the callus off. I was dry sanding my hands with 80 grit sandpaper about 4-5 times a week and that helped but still wasn't ideal.

    I broke down and spent the $8 or whatever on the palm savers or pussy palms as I like to call them from Overtons (Amazon has some too that are marketed to dirt bikes). The big ones for two fingers from Overtons were too big for me and I couldn't use them so I got the thinner ones with five finger holes. These have been awesome! The rope feels softer and my hands don't hurt even a little when I'm done with 2 sets. I bought some kevlar liners too but haven't tried them yet as I love the little pussy palms so much.
  • KelvinKelvin Posts: 1,059 Crazy Baller
    Try using a larger diameter handle. I used to use a 0.98" handle with the grainger Kevlar glove liners and had problems all the time. Last year I switched to a 1.10" handle, ditched the glove liners and haven't had a problem since. Master line even makes a 1.1825" handle that Chet Raley uses, but that is way too big for me.
    Kelvin Kelm, Lakes of Katy, Katy Texas
  • KlundellKlundell Posts: 432 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    The best thing I ever did for my hands was start doing CrossFit in the off season. All of the pull-ups had my hands ready for ski season.
  • BlueSkiBlueSki Posts: 533 Crazy Baller
    Try slicing the callous off (when dry) with a knife. A Buck knife may be a bit much, but a small Swiss Army knife works well.
  • Ed_ObermeierEd_Obermeier Posts: 1,339 Crazy Baller
    I've used Overtons palm pads under Clincher-type gloves for probably 25+ years and I seldom get even a small blister and hardly any calluses. Whatever gloves you use the palm pads help immensely.
    Ed Obermeier - owner, EZ-Slalom Course Systems
  • estromestrom Posts: 508 Baller
    Foot sander, shaving in the shower, underliners, wash with dish you pluck your eyebrows and paint your nails too??? Thank God @BlueSki brought a Buck knife into the conversation!!
    [Deleted User]Brady
  • MSMS Posts: 4,899 Mega Baller
    I think this thread started in the Groups section under woman ballers.
    Shut up and ski
  • lathompsonlathompson Posts: 29 Baller
    We use a dremmel tool as @bruce55 described. Works great with the fine sandpaper cylinder. Kevlar liners and gripping the handle more with the fingers keeps the callouses thin and easy to sand off. er...for my wife I mean. (actually both of us)
  • LkSamm196LkSamm196 Posts: 75 Baller
    Quit being such a p*ssy.....soft hands.
  • BradyBrady Posts: 1,057 Mega Baller
    edited July 2013
    rip the damn callouses off and let them bleed and go out and ski more sets!!! This is me today btw! :) image
    I ski, therefore I am
  • CsSkisCsSkis Posts: 107 Baller
    Please go to the "C's Skis - Simple glove modification to reduce/prevent sore hands" The whole reason I came up with the mod was to address the problem you describe. I can't guarantee that it will eliminate your sore hands - but, everyone who has tried the mod has been a "happy camper" so far.
    Chuck Illi
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,642 Mega Baller
    For me clinchers made a huge difference. I didn't go to them for the grip but the hand protection. When I am at ski school I duct tape also. I still get the occasional hand issue but it is better.

    Pull ups, dead lifts and body rows on a smith machine all help build callouses.
    Mark Shaffer
  • skinonstopskinonstop Posts: 20 Baller
    Used to have the same issue, starting wearing Kevlar gloves and dry gloves for each set . No problems since.
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,456 Mega Baller
    I used to wrap my outside fingers with white first aid tape but the US Gear radius handle took care of that problem. I think that handle has done more for my buoy count than any other piece of equipment.
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,225 Crazy Baller
    Try the HO Accurate glove. These have a lightly padded palm that work great protecting your hands. I did not think they would hold up well, but they hold up very well. And, when they do wear out, they retail at only 39.99
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,225 Crazy Baller
    It is called HO Accurate World Cup glove. They have them. At Performance Surf n Ski
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 2,854 Mega Baller
    Hang handle in garage where you walk to your car, every time you walk by beat your hands up.
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,566
    Flat sharp edge electrical cutters, keep them nice and flat. Super glue as well. And take a cup of concrete :)
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

  • MoggieMoggie Posts: 105 Baller
    I use $2 white cotton gloves underneath my radar boa's. They only last a month but they're cheap and I've not had a blister since. The slightly extra padding means you have to grip a little harder but you quickly get used to it.
    A bad day on the water is better than a good day in the office.
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