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A must-have for fly fishing enthusiasts who need a fishing fix mid winter.

The Patagonia Shelled Insulator Fingerless Gloves come in super-handy while you fly fish in cool or cold conditions. Its fingerless middle, pointer, and thumb enables you to change your fly and feel the line while you fish in snowy conditions, while the Fingerless's water-resistant and windproof fabric offers shelter from the elements.

  • Fingerless design always you to change your fly without taking the gloves off and lets you feel the fish's action
  • Water-resistant, insulated soft-shell gloves provide windproof protection and warmth while you make your way up the skin-track, belay your ice climbing partner, or fly fish
  • Full-stretch fabric supplies plenty of movement while you land a trout mid-winter

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Not this time, Patagonia.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large
  • Height: 5'8"
    Weight: 150 lbs
    Size Purchased: XS

This would make a decent glove for winter fishing, if your hand never got wet and you had alien fingers. Even then they're only decent. My palms were damp and cold from just stripping line throwing a streamer. The back side of the glove does not get wet, and does a nice job to keep the wind out, but they're not really all that warm otherwise.

On top of the inability to keep your hands reasonably warm in even moderately cold temperatures, the fingers are too long, and the glove is too loose. I have tiny hands and the small was like a large, the extra small is still baggy and the fingertips that are cut must be rolled down to make them useable for tying knots or other tasks requiring finger dexterity. The open finger holes also allow water to enter the glove easily if you need to get your hand in the water at all because they are so loose.

Basically I wasted $69 dollars, and another $7 to return the smalls, for a glove that will get minimal or no use. It's disappointing since I love my other Patagonia gear so much.

If you have extra long fingers, and don't get your hands wet, these might be an option for you, but I would still order a size down. If you are unsure, order them from somewhere with a free return policy, or find a local store that carries them.


Great idea

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

So i love the idea of having four of my poor finger tips covered compared to none while winter fishing, and patagonia almost nailed it. Maybe my hands are dumb but the sizing is really bizarre in that the fingers and palm are wide, but the wrist to base of the fingers is short and the fingers are so long that they end up screwing up your knot tying. Also i wear xl simms gloves and they fit perfect, but i had to size these down to large because the fingers wouldn't be too long, and somehow the rest of the glove is baggy. I like these gloves still and generally love patagonia, but they've got to fix their sizing problems, its an issue with pretty much all their clothes

Can these be used for ice fishing

Can these be used for ice fishing

Best Answer

A lot of outdoor gear can be used for a multitude of purposes, and the only real important question is whether the product will fulfill your needs. In this case the Patagonia Shelled Insulator Fingerless Glove is intended specifically for fly fishing, and yet we have touring and ice climbing listed as recommended uses as well. I would confidently add ice fishing to that list.

A full stretch fabric and fingerless three digits make it easy to work with your gear, while an insulted, water resistant, and windproof shell make sure that you will still have all of your digits by the time your trip is over.

So if the test question for unintended use is "will this serve my needs ice fishing?" Hell yes!

How would these hold up while fly fishing...

How would these hold up while fly fishing in the winter? I understand they're water resistant, but I'd like to know if I have to take them off to release a fish or not. I've been looking for a pair of gloves for winter fishing, but haven't found anything I liked yet.

Best Answer

Matt, these are specifically designed for winter fishing and should be just fine to keep on while releasing fish, they're a pretty awesome pair of gloves for sure.