Showa Temres 282 Gloves Review | Best Hiking Rain Glove!
Finally, warm, comfortable rain gloves for hiking & backpacking!
And with some incredible grip!
The Showa Temres 282 Gloves are likely the best all-around rain glove for hiking in cold and harsh conditions. But you’ve probably never heard of them. Nonetheless, we have field-tested these gloves, in heinous conditions in Alaska, mega sleet storms and snow in the Sierras, and days of bikepacking in 30 to 40-degree rain. In conditions like this, they’ve excelled. Better yet they cost less than $20!
So What are the Showa Temres 282 Gloves?
The Showa Temres 282 Gloves (originally designed for Japanese fishermen?) are usually found in marine supply and “industrial & scientific” categories so they are not on the radar for hikers and backpackers. But they should be, as they work exceptionally well for these outdoor pursuits. These industrial-looking gloves might look familiar to people working outside, or out on fishing boats, but the acrylic insulating liner, waterproof and breathable outer material, lightweight, durability, and great grip of these gloves make them some of the best rain gloves we’ve ever used.
A Waterproof Breathable “Rubber” Shell?
Showa describes the Temres shell as a waterproof/breathable shell made from “micro-ventilated polyurethane.” Our guess is that this technology is similar (if not exactly so) to the WP/B membrane used on most rain jackets on the market. Whatever the technology, it works. While not the most breathable material on the market it is sufficient to keep hands from sweating out in cold weather AND it is waterproof with great grip on wet gear!
Full Video Review of Showa Temres 282 Gloves
If a picture is worth a 1,000 words what is a comprehensive video of the Temres Gloves review worth? There’s stuff in here that we can’t begin to cover in words.
Key Specs* | Showa Temres 282 Gloves
Design: Waterproof, breathable, insulated gloves for protection against water and cold
Features: Waterproof, breathable Temres outer material, textured finish for grip, insulating liner
Weight: 4.5 ounces / 125 size XL (our measured weight)
Insulation: Synthetic acrylic insulation
Technology: Temres waterproof / breathable shell with a PU laminate
MSRP: $18.24 (at publication)
Key Features | Showa Temres 282 Gloves
WP/B TEMRES Shell Material: This technology from Showa is a version of the waterproof/breathable materials we know and love from the backpacking world.
Warm Acrylic Liner: The liner is molded into the glove, and increases the warmth and protection of the gloves by a significant amount. The waterproof membrane protects from the wind, and the liner adds insulation while not adding too much bulk.
Great Grip | Movement-friendly design: The articulated fingers of these gloves are highly conducive for movement and dexterity. Everything from holding trekking poles to pulling up tent stakes, to braking on your bike. And compared to fabric, or even leather, the “rubber-like” shells have fantastic grip, especially on wet stuff!
Overview of the Showa 282 Gloves
A Great Wet & Cold Weather Glove for the Backcountry!
Despite the industrial look and the fact that these gloves are not specifically made for the outdoor industry in the ways we usually see our gear marketed, they are a great option and not to be overlooked. With amazing warmth, dexterity, and breathability, these gloves proved themselves over and over to us. I have very cold fingers and hands, and I’ve used these gloves from Alaska to Patagonia with very good results.
These are perfect for packing up the gear on cold mornings, scraping ice and snow off your tent, or hiking all day in 40-degree rain. These seem to be warmer and drier than waterproof-breathable fabric gloves with GoreTex liners. Plus, they have way better grip and dexterity than fabric gloves that are of similar warmth.
Note that these gloves run really small. I usually wear a Men’s Medium but use an XL in these gloves. Folks with larger hands will probably need a 2XL size.
What’s Great About These Gloves
Waterproof, breathable shell has textured grip:
No more sliding hands as you grasp your tent poles on a wet, freezing morning. Since these gloves are recommended for everything from agriculture to construction, they have a durable outer shell with micro-texture for grip.
Seamless Insulating Liner:
The fuzzy liner is made without seams, so you won’t have any uncomfortable rubbing points, even with extended usage. It’s made from
Easy to do camp chores in:
The fingers are molded to be fitted towards the movements we do each day with our hands, allowing for maximum dexterity. Clumsily fumbling with your tent poles or pack buckles is frustrating in some of the bulkier gloves and mittens out there, but these were built with movement in mind.
Certain pairs of Gore-Tex gloves will run you $100 or more. These gloves are $20 a pair, and they are quite durable, especially when you consider how much usage you can get out of them, and how incredibly well they work to keep your hands warm in a variety of conditions.
Showa TemRes 282-02 “O2 Winter” Glove
new for 2020 a cold weather version
Showa Temres 282-02 “O2 Winter” Glove
Adds an Extended Cuff with Draw Cord
New for this year is the SHOWA TEMRES® 282-02 Glove with an extended nylon cuff with drawcord, sometimes referred to as “02 Winter.”
This extended cuff has a couple of advantages and a few drawbacks. First, it seals out drafts making the glove warmer in really cold weather without having to put your jacket cuffs over the glove. This is a definite convenience for faster donning and doffing of the glove. It will also make a temporary “better seal” against rain leaking into the glove, again without tucking the glove in under your jacket cuff. But of course, in heavy rain, this “seal” will last only so long. The only disadvantage that it is 0.5 oz (15g) heavier. Currently, this glove has limited availability, you can try getting it from go2marine.com | Showa TemRes 282-02.
Recommendations for Improvement
The large opening cuffs are not flush against your skin, or elasticized. You’ll have to be very careful to avoid getting water up the gloves and into your jacket. This can be mitigated by protecting the end of the glove from rain entering as it runs along the sleeve of your rain jacket during hard rain. Just put the rain jacket cuff over the end of the glove, and for jackets with narrow cuffs, you can put the gloves on and then layer your rain jacket over it.
Liner is not removable | doesn’t last forever
The fuzzy liner is permanent, which means you really don’t want to get the inside of these gloves wet, as they can take a while to dry out. And the liner will deteriorate after a time at which point you can pull it out and use the remaining glove shells with a liner or you can get another pair for $18.
Compared to the Competition
Rain Gloves for hiking & Backpacking
Compared to almost all rain gloves for hiking, backpacking and other outdoor sports, the Temres 282 gloves cost a ton less, are more waterproof, at least as warm if not warmer, have far more grip and dexterity.
REI Co-op Minimalist GTX Mittens
Weight: 2 oz (~50 g)
REI Co-op Minimalist GTX Mittens while lighter, are over twice the cost, have far less grip/dexterity and need a liner to keep you warm. In addition, we find they are not nearly as bomber waterproof as the Temres 282 Gloves. And while they are lighter than the the Temres gloves when used alone, that weight advantage will be lost as soon as you use liner gloves with the mitts. Finally, we do not find that Gore-Tex shells remain totally waterproof during long periods of rain. On the plus side they are more compact, and they are easier to get under the cuffs of a rain jacket.
Outdoor Research Revel Shell Mitts
Weight: 3.7 oz Men’s Large
The Outdoor Research Revel Shell Mitts are 3x the cost of the Temres gloves and do not include insulation. Without insulation, these mittt shells are approximately the same weight as the Temres 282. But with with an inner glove for insulation they combination will be a lot heavier than the Temres 282 gloves. They do not have the grip or dexterity of the Showa Gloves. Finally, we do not find that fabric WP/B shells remain totally waterproof during long periods of rain. On the plus side they are more compact, and they are easier to get under the cuffs of a rain jacket.
REI Co-op Gauntlet GTX Gloves
Weight: 8 oz Men’s Large
The REI Co-op Gauntlet GTX Gloves are over 3x the cost, weight 2x more, have far less grip/dexterity. In addition, we find they are not nearly as bomber waterproof as the Temres 282 Gloves. They are quite bulky and are overkill for almost all backpacking and hiking — they are more suited to skiing, and mountaineering.
Conclusion | Showa Temres 282 Gloves
The Showa Temres 282 Gloves are likely the best all-around rain glove for hiking in cold and harsh conditions. The are totally waterproof, reasonably breathable, warm and have incredible grip. In addition, they are a great value for less than $20. And at only 4.5 oz (125 g) they are pretty dang light for an insulated waterproof/breathable glove — handily besting the most of the competition on both price and weight.
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