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I think that gloves are essential gear for the prepper. The importance of having gloves SHTF cannot be emphasized enough. A good supply of everthing from latex/nitrile, knit with nitrile palm, leather and cold weather gloves are a must. Take a minute and think of the possible things you come into contact with or the mess you might be cleaning up SHTF...

I often use the knit with nitrile palm gloves that come from the dollar store for messy jobs! I have leather gloves that are great for handling rough wood and thorny weeds. I have fleece lined golves that keep my hands warm in the winter months.

Glove up your hands will thank you...lol
 

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I agree big time. Having cleaned up after quite a few hurricanes, gloves are very important protective items. For long term shtf/bugging out too when a simple cut that can get infected could mean life or death and they'll be more than enough labored work to go around, gloves are a very smart thing to have. I keep some half finger Mechanix gloves and leather full usgi's with liners in my pack. There's various work gloves and rubber gloves around my house too.
 

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Let your hands get used to rough work--mine are always calloused. If you lose the gloves you might be screwed when you need them to pull a trigger, effectively hold a knife,start a fire
Not really as those things aren't really glove work. I have calloused hands from working but know when to put on the gloves too when it's time to start moving heavy items with thorns or sharp edges, lots of wood, rock or other rough items. Also when dealing with chemicals or anything hazardous like someone elses wounds.
 

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If you ever find yourself in a teargas canisters mess. You need gloves and a decent pair to throw the ****er back. Just saying. They got hot.

I use mechanics gloves. They are great multi purpose gloves and dont restrict movement much and nitrite gloves for medical or severe wet/cold situations. They go on great under a pair of gloves and will keep you warm through most conditions.
 

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I agree as well. I use gloves all the time, from blue nitrile for when I use chemicals, Mechanix gloves for tool use, I use the old school suede leather palm and canvas work gloves for digging to latex/cotton gloves for light duty work. I wear gloves when I go shooting, hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles or ATVs, and whenever I handle meat or game for cooking (disposable vinyl).

My favorites are the Mechanix gloves, because they let you retain a lot of tactile feel and dexterity while still protecting your hands from damage.
 

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I dont like cold hands when Im working true. But wet and cold gets miserable. Thats when I start looking for the nitrite gloves to keep the water and cold out. But yeah for general work I tend to go gloveless unless Im in the fenceline.
 

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Some people tend to use them all the time. The hands become dependent on them--then they're unable to to function without them for long periods when cold or doing rough things
I'm sure there are those that get extreme and have soft, pink, squishy hands because of it, but extreme and practical are two different things.
 

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I use gloves...I didn't mean to give the impression that they were to be used all the time...I apologize if I gave that impression...that would be silly...of course you don't use them all the time...common sense.

There are somethings and some chemicals that caloused or not you don't want coming into contact with your hands...I work outdoors in the cold and sometimes it requires that I be ungloved, when my hands thaw out and warm back up it's a painful experience.
 

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Be carefull about storing latex gloves, I had them stored for a long time and you couldn't put them on with out them ripping. I found they shouldn't be stored over 18 months. Other disposable gloves will last much longer. And for cold weather don't forget about hand warmers they will last 8 to 10 hours.
 

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Fuzzee,

I thought you made a good point, after a disaster such as a hurricane, you just don't know what you're going to be exposed to during the clean up. The potential hazards are enormous, everthing from chemical spills to sewage...

I work on my own vehicles whenever possible, and started using nitrile gloves when I found out that brake/parts cleaner can be absorbed through the skin and damage the liver...

I've got several pairs of new winter gloves some fingerless gloves some nitrile palm gloves and some latex gloves. To me gloves are one of those things that people will buy when they need them but don't particularly think about stocking up on them as a prep...
 

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I figure there ARE people that visit here that DO have soft,city or deskbound hands. I see folks in gloves mowing the lawn,gardening and driving cars.
Toughen up your mind and body (hands included)
You are right about some folks having soft hands...SHTF I guess they'll have a blistering rough go of it...I'm country...calloused and stringy, so I don't worry about blister...lol
 

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I am in a W/C so pushing around in the snow is damn cold on the hands.

When I was younger it absolutely did not bother me to be out cutting wood in the snow with bare hands.

Now I will be 40 this spring, I do not have the circulation to keep my bare hands dipped in the snow for long periods of time.

Gloves are a necesity now, I went to Menards and bough several cheep pairs this past fall.

I would be SOL out trying to feed my cows with out them in this snow.
 

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Never really fully appreciated gloves and knee pads till the war on terror was started. Im sold on both in no uncertian terms. While I am tough...I have discovered I aint all that tough and I dont have super man leotards or a cape!
 

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I like the gloves for motorcycling with the thick leather or kevlar pads on the palms and fingers
 

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I only use gloves for certain things. Like welding or working with hot objects.
Certain chemicals demand them also.

Other than that I don't need or want them, unless it is just to keep my fingers warm.
 

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Thank you all for chiming in on gloves...
Bottom line....wearing gloves is about being smart and about protecting yourself...I have caveman hands and I wear gloves...I also use lotion to keep cracking and splitting to a minimum...lol
 
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