Tailin’ Toads are fingerless fishing gloves geared towards a wide array of outdoor enthusiasts. Mostly used by anglers right now, these gloves provide protection for your hands from the harmful UV rays of the sun. They are lightweight and come in tons of different colors.
The gloves are being used by a wide variety of people from yoga enthusiasts to…gardeners? Who would have thought.
In this article we’ll be focusing on how well these gloves perform for the everyday angler. Gloves have been used by fishermen for quite some time. If you’ve ever been out in the sun for hours on end, weekend after weekend, you might find that the top of your hands will have become dry, red, and cracked from the exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Gloves such as the Tailin’ Toads will help with that in a big way and keep the tops of your hands from experiencing those symptoms or UV exposure.
Tailin’ Toads was generous enough to send us a pair of grey camo gloves to take out on the water and use for a few weeks, and they did not disappoint!
Here’s what Tailin’ Toads has to say about the product on their website:
TAILIN’ TOADS LLC WAS CREATED BY AN OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST FOR OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS!! TAILIN’ TOADS OFFERS AN AWESOME SELECTION OF FINGERLESS GLOVES FOR ANYONE FROM THE COMPETITIVE ANGLERS TO KAYAK LOVERS TO THE WEEKEND ANGLER WHO LOVES BEING ON THE WATER!! THESE COOL FINGERLESS GLOVES PROTECT YOU FROM HARMFUL UV RAYS WHICH CAUSE SKIN CANCER AND SUN SPOTS!! THESE GLOVES ARE EVEN BEING SOLD TO THE YOGA ENTHUSIASTS AND THE AVID GARDENER!! CHECK OUT THE COOL PRINTS ON THE NEXT PAGE AND REMEMBER….WHETHER FISHING OR PLAYING….KEEP IT REEL WITH TAILIN’ TOADS!! PROUDLY MADE IN THE USA
Fit and Finish
At first glance the Tailin’ Toads gloves look as they are well constructed. We used them over the course of a few weeks and had no issues with tears or the material coming apart. The material is rated for UV 50+ protection and is easy on the skin. It’s a soft microfiber-like material similar to what you would find in a fishing face mask, but more of a nylon than a cotton. We tested a medium size glove out on the water and it was able to fit my hand, as well as my girl’s hand easily. It was slightly big on her, so I would recommend a size small for most women. Men should be fine with medium and large sizes as usual. The glove itself extends past the wrist into the firearm about four inches providing ample material to be slid up on the users forearm if needed, or it can just be left loose-wrinkled around your wrist when wearing a long sleeve jacket or shirt.
The gloves are fingerless, and include a thumb-hole to slide your thumb through, similar to the more modern winter jackets that have a thumb-hole in the sleeve cuff. The gloves are finished off with a square Tailin’ Toads logo sewn into the top face of the glove.
In Use – Pros and Cons
The Tailin’ Toads were worn for a few hours each day to get a feel for how they affected a users normal style of fishing, positively or negatively. The Tailin’ Toads sure did what they were meant to do, kept my hands from getting sunburnt and cracked at the end of the day. The light material allowed air to flow through the glove and didn’t constrict my hands at all. While fishing with them, you could hardly tell that you were wearing them! Another plus side to the gloves is that they dry off quickly. As you can see in the photos below, we released a few fish while wearing the gloves and they would dry off within the hour when they got back into the sun. No moist gloves all day!
The downside to these ‘completely fingerless’ style of glove is just that, they are not even ‘half fingers’. The nature of a fingerless glove like this allows is to slip around slightly when your hand is moving around allot. For instance, while fly fishing. If you are constantly feeling for your line, stripping it in, and etc- the glove will shift itself slightly and become noticeable. This leads the user to fix it, taking your eyes off the fish. I only experienced this a few times, and did not experience it at all while using a spinning rod.
In the end, I would definitely recommend Tailin’ Toads to anyone who wants to protect their hands while fishing out in the sun all day long. They are light and keep your hands cool from the sun’s UV rays while casting and poling out on the flats. They serve their purpose and will cover your hands without issue. You can purchase them at the Tailin’ Toads website here. You can also visit Tailin’ Toads on their Facebook page!