Many moons ago, when I first started surfing we used to wear a form of dry glove. The woollen part of the gloves were thin and offered no real thermal protection and the rubber outer layer was about as strong as Clingfilm, and the first time you paddled out with them on, they soon became punctured and you just ended up with sodden wet cold woollen gloves on! Now a new range of cold-water gear, launched by Furnace Brand is bringing the dry glove to the 21st century.
Furnace is the brainchild of Sam Palmer, who started out experimenting with an orange latex dish washing glove and was driven by a passion to create a dry glove, that not only offered excellent thermal qualities but was also lighter than a standard neoprene glove. Along with co-founder Yona Belfort and through much product development and testing the Response Dry Glove was born, but now the team have made further improvements to the glove and are looking to launch a 2nd generation Response Dry Glove.
What sets these apart from the rest is you have the option to blow warm air into the glove through a cleverly designed bite valve and in turn remove the cold air from the glove. The liner glove is made from award winning Polartec fleece and the outer dry glove forms a watertight seal to the wrist, keeping the cold water out. The Furnace team are currently seeking funding through Kickstarter to bring the 2nd generation Response Dry Glove to manufacture.
Full details of the Kickstarter campaign can be seen here, but at time of writing the team are halfway to their $25 000 goal with 129 backers with 12 days left. There is a wide range of funding rewards, from hoodies and 1st gen Response gloves, to bundle packages and a limited Furnace edition Shaw and Tenney SUP Paddle. You can also check out the campaign video, which is embedded below this article. We would love to hear your thoughts on this innovative new idea, do you think the bite valve technology could be a game changer for cold-water surf products and have you had any experience with dry gloves in the past?