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Glove Durability

501Brandon501Brandon Posts: 144 Baller
edited February 2012 in News & Other Stuff
Getting ready to order gloves... I have been using clinchers and the Masterline prolocks. I think I have enough strength back in my forearms to go with regular gloves again... I had an old set of the Straight Line kevlar and they got me through the rest of last year. I wanted to get some opinions on what you guys use and what type of life your getting out of gloves. I am leaning real hard on the Master Line K-Palm.
Brandon Atkinson


  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,180 Mega Baller
    edited February 2012
    ML K-Palm for me,
    or ProGear Gloves
    that reminds me I need to order some new gear to start the season!
  • raynrayn Posts: 400 Solid Baller
    Been using K-Palm for years, really like them, they will last. I have 2 pair ready to go for the season and just bought a pair for my son.

    The non kevlar portions do get holes(especially the top of the thumbs) by the end of the season
    Ray Newmark -
  • MZitoMZito Posts: 172 Baller
    ProGear!! they don't feel like much but they are the beast gloves I have ever used.
    Matt Zito...Detroit Mi
  • LazLaz Posts: 341 Solid Baller
    This past summer I went through too many pairs of gloves. I used the Masterline prolocks for a while but they bother my thumbs.

    I'm now back to my favourite gloves, the Connelly Prophecy. They seem to pretty durable.
  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,462 Crazy Baller
    Progear are the best. HO's 41 Tail's are second best.
  • ntxntx Posts: 835 Crazy Baller
    41 tails rock
  • PT MikePT Mike Posts: 163 Baller
    Been wearing t K palms got years. Can usually get a solid season from a pair of gloves.
  • h2oskih2oski Posts: 176 Baller
    I've found Goode gloves to be extremely durable, you have to get
    used to the color.
    Terry Bandel AWSA Regular Judge & Driver
  • MZitoMZito Posts: 172 Baller
    The Goode gloves do hold up, but for some reason I would always rip my hands up in them...
    Matt Zito...Detroit Mi
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,790 Mega Baller
    Used to be a K-Palm Curve guy, but I switched three years ago to 41 Tails. I like them a lot. Any glove will wear out with use, especially if it fits well. I go through three or four pairs a season, about the same as with Masterline.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
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  • Onside135Onside135 Posts: 434 Crazy Baller
    edited February 2012
    Straightline Classic's have been great for me .
    @Brent The old style (black gloves with red stitching) were far better than the newer ones. I can't pinpoint exactly when they changed up the manufacturing, but the new S.L. Kevlar Classics are a far inferior product compared to their old gloves. Last season I started with a new pair of new style S.L. Kevlar Classics...they lasted about 1 month. Fortunately, a ski buddy sold me an old pair of S.L Classics he had in his garage for a number of years (unused). I used them for the next 4 months, a plan to start up with them again in April. They just don't make things like they used to. I too am exploring alternatives. Considering 41 Tails, K-Palms and D3 Enzos.

    Anyone have any experience with D3 Enzos?
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,180 Mega Baller
    At one point this last season I was wearing a Large ML KPalm (what the chart says i should be wearing) and they fit and worked well. Then per insight from Jodi I switched down to a small. What a difference in the feel of the handle. They started to rip after a few weeks but are still very skiable. If you want to size down which I like I would get 3 or so pairs and just use them in rotation every set.
  • Been using HO 41 tail. Holding up nicely. Just going to be trying on some Radar Ergo's they are Amara Palm.

    I will report back once I have a chance to put some set's on them. I was a little nervous on longevity but I get gloves at cost so I figure I better try them out.
  • MasterLine with smaller diameter handles.

    Straightline Rockets with 1" or larger diameter handles.
    Am I a jumper that wants to be a slalom skier? Or a slalom skier that wants to be a jumper?
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  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    Can't ski with Kevlar palm gloves -- they bunch up and tear up my handle. I look for the cheapest amara palm gloves I can find and just use a lot of them.
    Jim Ross
  • Nick SullivanNick Sullivan Posts: 676 Baller
    I have the D3 Enzos and they rock!
  • davemacdavemac Posts: 454 Baller
    Hey to elaborate on the Enzos? Sizing, fit, etc?
  • WBLskierWBLskier Posts: 476 Baller
    41 tails are good...but the strap across the back of the palm comes undone a lot, which is kind of a pain. They are the most durable and best gripping gloves I have had to date though.
  • MrBMrB Posts: 146 Baller
    I've use the Radar Strada Gloves. Love that Boa System, keeps palms tight and no bunching. Too expensive.
  • Nick SullivanNick Sullivan Posts: 676 Baller
    Something about the material inside the Stradas rub my hands raw. The other thing that someone else brought up at our lake is that the nob sure would do a number on your face if the rope broke or you hit youself in a fall.

    The D3 feels alot like the old K Palms by masterline. From what I can tell the newer Masterline gloves do not last like the older version.
  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,095 Baller
    Bart's guantlet half finger. I usually get 2-3 seasons out of them, but they only get used from may until the end of the season. I have cold water gloves that I use from April until the water warms up.
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
  • ski4xtcski4xtc Posts: 203 Solid Baller
    I switched to the Radar Strada's last season and could not be happier. The gloves are great out of the package, the grip is great, they fit good and they seem to be longer lasting than anything else I have used. The boa system is slick. As the gloves start to stretch out after months of use, the boa system can be tightened to compensate. I have not been able to do this with other gloves such as the HO and Connelly. They are a little more expensive but make up for it in durability.
  • Mateo_VargasMateo_Vargas Posts: 888 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    We were just talking about what to do with the Boa system after the gloves are done. I think Radar should offer an exchange program.
    Success is failure that just hasn't happened yet
  • DustyDusty Posts: 315 Baller
    41 Tails- Before that I found the Straightline glove with the silicone(?) dot palms the most comfortable, with great grip, and lasted as well as any. Kevlar palms tear up my hands and handle, faster than amara, but do give a better grip...
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,262 Mega Baller
    Best glove I liked was the Motoglove. Had a different material on the palm and was very sticky on the handle. Didn't wear too badly. Like most things in water skiing, they stopped making it.

    Anyone else use this and find anything comparable?
  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,095 Baller
    I have two old pairs of Body Glove smoothskin neoprene. I only use them in the spring , then I switch to my Bart's half finger gloves. Unfortunately Body Glove does not make them anymore. I have been able to repair them using pieces of worn out weight lifting gloves. The half finger gloves last me a long time. I buy two pair at a time, and I usually get 3-4 seasons out of a pair. Since my boat lift does not have a canopy(not really necessary in PA) my gloves get to dry on the black dashboard of my boat. They shrink back to their original size. I only use them for kneeboarding and slalom. Usually Bart's, Overton's, or Performance Ski and Surf of Orlando will have something for cold water. I can't hang on to a handle as well with full fingered gloves, so I switch as soon as it is warm enough..
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,406 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Masterline K-palms were durable. Clinchers extremely durable but an acquired taste. New pro-locks in my bag awaiting spring.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • 501Brandon501Brandon Posts: 144 Baller
    Thanks for all the great input! I just submitted an order and decked myself out with a new ML customer handle, rope, 1 pair of pro locks and a pair of k palms... I figure that way I can rotate when my grip gets weak I can throw on the prolocks! Thanks again for all the good info...
    Brandon Atkinson
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,406 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    There's a short break in on the clincher/pro-lock. First time out before strap gets broken in may actually be a bit slippery. Once broken in grip is unmatched.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
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