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Gloves

Since we will be travelling the UK and Ireland this September/October, I was wanting to take some gloves for the WHEN the weather turns. Any recommendations for something light weight, small packing size, but warm, somewhat waterproof?

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3657 posts

Look for runner's gloves at sporting goods stores.

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2525 posts

Just visit a sporting goods store buy lightweight, packs small, synthetic gloves. That's what I take for cool/wet weather. Waterproof gloves surely must be expensive, unpleasantly clammy, therefore defeating the purpose. Please report back with a field report.

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7785 posts

Buy a pair of gloves in the UK, if indeed you need them.

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1898 posts

I have a pair of leather gloves with a very light lining that I use for this exact purpose. I suppose they are not water proof, but they hold the umbrella just fine and keep my hands warm. This is the perfect time of year to pick some up on the cheap...if you live in the northern hemisphere.

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4567 posts

You will be highly unlikely to need gloves in September or October unless you have a medical condition that makes you really feel the cold. I would wait and get some if you need them after you arrive.

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2888 posts

September and October are mild months, so you won’t need gloves. If you do, there are many options available in the UK and Ireland.

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6007 posts

I travel with Smartwool glove liners. I'm on my 2nd pair as I wore the first ones out as I was using them for shoveling snow.

I actually just throw these in whenever I travel. They are lightweight and don't take up any room. I either put them in a jacket pocket or a ziplock in my purse so I can find them. You never know when you will hit a rainy patch in UK and Ireland and if you are in an area where it's windy you may feel cold.

https://www.smartwool.com/shop/womens-accessories-1/liner-gloves-sw0sc300?variationId=001#hero=0

I wear these all year - early AM birding in Summer in Yellowstone to snow shoveling in Idaho in winter. They are not waterproof but they are slightly water resistant. I waited too late last spring to try and replace my worn out ones and wound up with the Rab brand which is from UK. I wore those in Scotland and hated them. They seemed to have an absorbent quality wherein they soaked up dampness from the atmosphere. I put those in the charity box this fall. They were awful.

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2127 posts

don't bring gloves you won't need them at that time of year unless you have major circulation problems.if you do decided you need them then you can buy a couple of pairs out of Primark for £2. we are in the middle of winter here in Edinburgh and it is 6Centigrade at 8 pm at the moment

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10835 posts

Generally September won't be cold (but it will rain). October will get cold somewhere along the line. Like Wray, I'm generally happy with a pair of lightly lined leather "dress" gloves. I wear them to work in the winter and rarely need anything heavier. They are waterproof enough for some rain though I wouldn't want to use them during a snowball fight. You might follow the advice given and, rather than packing gloves, buy a nice pair there as both a necessity and souvenir.

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284 posts

Definately wont need gloves! In Oct i have usually just decided socks are needed.....

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367 posts

and I remember standing on the Hills of Tara in Sept, with pellets of rain coming in sideways, wind howling so bad couldn't hear the guide talking a few feet away. One of the coldest I ever remember being . . . and I live in Canada.

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416 posts

I have a pair of really thin fleece gloves that I almost always pack.
They have proven useful and worth packing on many trips--for instance, it was incredible cold up with the gargoyles on Notre Dame one very nice spring day.

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1447 posts

Cheapo gloves from Dollarama? Maybe 2 pair to trade out when wet. I also have a thin pair I bought years ago at Eddie Bauer Outlet in town. A little more wster resistant, thin and text fingers. I use them most of my Ottawa winter too. Very temperature adaptable. I see they have a merino liner glove. Merino keeps warm even if wet. Tightly woven so maybe more wind proof.

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390 posts

I have a pair of Isotoners that allow you to use your touchscreen on iPhone/iPad. These are light and work well in cool, but not cold weather.

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With all do,respect Warren... you’re from BC Canada and don’t know what kind of gloves you like? Idea... wait till you get where you’re going and see if you even need a pair. If so, buy them there. Makes a nice souvenir also.

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I bring a pair of North Face power stretch gloves with me, my sons likes the Smartwool glove liners, my husband takes the North Face Flashdry gloves with him. They're all lightweight options that provide warmth without much weight or bulk for packing.

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735 posts

I suggest looking for something like a liner glove for warmer to moderate temps. I have a pair from REI. These are my regular winter gloves. Won't do great in a polar vortex but good for "normal" winter conditions or shoulder season. Takes up very little space and are easily crushable. Available in both men's and women's.
https://www.rei.com/product/136791/rei-co-op-liner-gloves

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2167 posts

I recommend 3 button-length leather gloves with a wool or cashmere lining that has touchscreen functions on the fingertips. On a cool, rainy day, you'll be very happy to wear gloves especially if you're also holding an umbrella.

They're not going to be waterproof but unless you put your gloved hand into a bucket of water, you should be fine.

In all seasons except summer, I wear them on a regular basis at home. Go to Amazon, type "cashmere lined leather gloves women touchscreen" and you'll see all kinds. Read the reviews and pick a pair in your price range. Mine are from LL Bean; they are out stock unfortunately.

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2632 posts

We have also found that good, well made wool socks double nicely as warm gloves.

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4197 posts

I get the $1.99 one-size-fits-all knit gloves from Walgreens/CVS and just keep them in my rain jacket pockets at all times. Not at all water-resistant, but good enough for chilly days. If you DO find you need better gloves, you will be in a good location to buy them.

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2956 posts

Cheap light gloves are easy to find in England and on the continent. Thin leather gloves are a tradition, sold as "driving" gloves and priced as if the drive would be in a Jaguar. Recently I bought cheap synthetic gloves, with rough inserts on the palms, in several shops, including a convenience store. I am woefully out-of-touch: The rough surface is not intended for a steering wheel, but rather to keep a firm grip on one's 'mobile' -- to North Americans, a cell phone. A cute souvenir, even though of doubtful necessity in early fall weather.

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Several times I found very light gloves, with textured palms, in variety stores and very cheap. My old-fashioned view was of driving gloves. How quaint. The synthetic ribs are really intended for keeping a grip on a smart phone when the weather turns chilly. So many phones, so big a market for variety stores to pursue.

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I have some thin, fleece mittens where the mitten part that covers your fingers folds back out of the way if you need fingers for dexterity. They're cheap, weigh nothing, are warm enough to make a difference in a pinch, and they're always in the pockets of my light, summer weight fleece jacket. I've used them year-round when needed, from up on a mountain in Japan to in a driving rain in Latvia, to sitting near an exit door on a flight to Mexico where the plane's cabin was just super cold. I literally never go anywhere without them. Love 'em.