In this guide we’ll look at the best fishing gloves.
We’ve compared comfort, UV protection, grip and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Are The Best Fishing Gloves?
More Detailed Fishing Glove Reviews
KastKing Sol Armis UPF 50+ Fishing Gloves Review
Rated SPF 50, and featuring a slightly longer cuff to cover your wrists, these Kast King Sol Armis gloves are perfect for long days under the blazing sun. I always make sure to grab my gloves when I see sun in the forecast.
These gloves are also amazingly comfortable. Made of poly-spandex with four-way stretch, they have a snug but flexible fit, almost like a second skin. The material is quite breathable so you’ll avoid sweaty palms. Plus, they dry quickly when they inevitably get wet.
The fingerless design gives you good control and dexterity when you’re handling your bait or line. The pull tabs on the cuff and middle finger make it easy to remove these gloves quickly when needed.
Finally, I’ve found these gloves to hold up well to use thanks to reinforcing at potential wear points on the palm of the hand. Overall, these are my choice for the best fingerless fishing gloves, definitely some of the best fly fishing gloves out there.
Palmyth UPF 50+ Fingerless Fishing Gloves Review
These Palmyth Fingerless Fishing gloves have also got an impressive UPF 50+ rating that will protect you from the sun. The long cuff gives fuller coverage and protects your wrists. Pair these gloves with a long-sleeve shirt, and you’re good to go!
The fingerless design frees your fingers up to handle bait and lures with ease. Pull tabs on the wrists and fingers allow for easy removal.
Crucial areas on the palm are reinforced with synthetic leather. This both increases durability and improves your grip. The glove material is lightweight and breathable; it stretches well and molds to your hands. All things considered, these are another functional, comfortable option!
Palmyth Flexible Insulated Fishing Gloves Review
Now what about if you’re fishing in cool weather conditions? In my opinion, these insulated Palmyth gloves are among the best cold weather fishing gloves—up to a certain point. They’re an awesome choice for temperatures down to about 36oF (much colder than that and you’ll want something heavier-duty).
These gloves have a convertible design: You can wear them as full gloves (all fingertips covered), or you can flip back the thumb, index, and middle finger caps when you need a bit more dexterity. This is a great feature that helps you stay warm but also frees up fingers when needed to tie knots.
The material is water repellant and should keep your hands dry when you get splashed. Fleece insulation keeps your hands warm, but again, these are designed for cool and mildly cold weather, not extreme cold.
Synthetic leather palm reinforcements provide both durability and a solid grip. Pulls on the fingers for easy on/off. Wrist has an adjustable Velcro strap.
Palmyth Neoprene Fishing Gloves Review
Made of Neoprene, these Palmyth Fishing gloves are breathable and windproof. They fit well and are nice and flexible. They also feature a convertible design that lets you flip back the thumb and index finger caps. I give the #3-ranked Palmyth insulated gloves the slight edge though, since I like the ability to free up three of my fingers instead of just two.
These gloves are a great option for cool or drizzly days and of the gloves on my list are perhaps the best waterproof fishing gloves. They’re not fully waterproof—you won’t want to submerge your hands or use them in a torrential downpour—but they perform well in light rain and damp.
Palmyth Neoprene gloves aren’t designed for intense cold, but are awesome in cool (40os and 50os) conditions and mild winters. They have an adjustable wrist strap to ensure a snug fit that keeps out wind and water.
Finally, there’s reinforcement on the palm, which also provides a good gripping surface. Overall, I really like these gloves; they fit great, grip the fish well, and keep my hands dry, all at a great value.
Berkley Fishing Gloves Review
Sometimes you just want a basic, affordable pair of gloves to protect your hands from cuts and scrapes, UV rays, and the elements. These Berkely fishing gloves fit the bill. They’ve got a simple, traditional glove design with all fingers fully covered.
Their textured, rubberized palms give you a solid grip on fish. They’re pretty tough, reasonably comfortable, and flexible; plus, they provide some protection for your hands.
The KastKing and Palmyth gloves offer better functionality in my opinion, but if you’re looking for inexpensive gloves that make it a bit easier to grip and handle fish, then these Berkley fishing gloves will do the job.
Fishing Glove Buyer’s Guide
Here are a few factors to consider when choosing a pair of fishing gloves:
Breathability and Comfort
Sweaty hands help no one. That’s why I’ve chosen gloves made of lightweight, breathable materials designed to fit snugly but flexibly. The Kast King Sol Armis gloves are my favorite here; I often forget I’m even wearing them.
What are the best sun gloves for fishing? Ideally, gloves made of a specially treated material resistant to the sun’s rays. UPF protection typically lasts for around 30 to 40 washes (1 to 3 years for most people).
Many protective materials come with a UPF rating (e.g. UPF 50), which measures the extent to which UV rays can penetrate the fabric. A rating of UPF 50 basically means that only ~1/50 UV rays get through. In contrast, many everyday clothing fabrics are only around UPF 5 or 7.
A major benefit of sun protective clothing is that it’s often more effective than cream sunscreens, which need to be reapplied and can be washed off.
Good fishing gloves give you a firm grasp even on the slipperiest fish—the gloves featured here, including the Berkley Fishing Gloves,
all have design elements, such as textured and reinforced areas, intended to improve your grip.
Bare fingers are essential for tying knots or doing other tasks that require finesse. That’s why I love fingerless gloves such as the Kast King Sol Armis (in warmer weather) and convertible gloves such as the Palmyth Flexible Insulated Fishing Gloves (in cooler weather).
Different gloves provide different levels of insulation and warmth. The fingerless options on this list—by KastKing and Palmyth—are lighter-weight, ideal for hot sunny days when you want some sun protection and grip without additional warmth.
If you’re looking for the best ice fishing gloves or the best winter fishing gloves, then you’ll probably want to seek out more heavily insulated options. None of the gloves on this list are intended to be used in lower temperatures than around 36oF.
That said, if you only ice fish every once in a while, you can get by the Palmyth insulated gloves (or similar) paired with hand warmers. I did this a couple times before investing in dedicated ice fishing gloves.
Invest in some good fishing gloves now, and your hands will thank you for years to come. I always make sure to have a pair on me when I head out on the water. There’s no better or easier way to shield your hands from the sun, rain, wind, or cold.