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    Nice looking fitted leather winter glove that is also built to last

    Here's my deal. I am annoyed by the fact that the vast majority of winter glove out there do not in fact fit like a glove. They are boxy, and only vaguely hand shaped with nasty seams that stick out in weird places, and fingers that are too long. Yes I'm aware getting a glove to fit ones individual hand is at least as hard as well fitting pants or shirt, probably harder, but most gloves out there don'e even seem to be trying.

    One notable exception are the German Military Surplus Luftwaffe gloves in Pebbled grey leather. They used to be plentiful in Army Navy stores, but are not that easy to find now. They are pretty much my mainstay, and are both durable enough to wear all the time, and nice looking enough to be used as anything shy of a night at the opera. The only problems with them are they are hard to find, you can only find them used, and you can get them in any color you like so long as it's grey. Still, they have become my yardstick against which I measure other gloves. Most don't fit as well, and the ones that do are anything but durable. Last winter I got a pair of Cashmere lined lambskin gloves that fit fairly well, but they got a hole in the index finger before the winter was out. So I'm looking for recommendations for something like that that looks nice, fits well, and is made to last.


    These are my mainstay.
    Last edited by mattface; October 28, 2013, 12:35 PM.

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    I bought some Polo Ralph Lauren calfskin gloves lined with cashmere and thinsulate last fall. I just brought them out today and they still look and feel practically new. Put This On did a glove round up a couple years ago that may give you some ideas of places to try.

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      #3
      These worked for Bond:

      http://www.dents.co.uk/products/786/...r-Gloves.asp#n

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        #4
        Originally posted by frost View Post
        Sadly there are plenty of things that are good enough for Bond that are too rich for my blood. :-(

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          #5
          These are on my list to purchase this year, they appear to be a tight fitting glove. I also bought the cashmere lined, calfskin gloves from Ralph Lauren last year.

          http://store.kaufmann-mercantile.com...driving-gloves

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            #6
            Originally posted by mattface View Post
            Here's my deal. I am annoyed by the fact that the vast majority of winter glove out there do not in fact fit like a glove.
            ...
            So I'm looking for recommendations for something like that that looks nice, fits well, and is made to last.
            Chester Jefferies, done: http://www.chesterjefferies.co.uk/Scripts/default.asp
            Most are cheaper than Dents and are completely customizable. For £20 more you can send them a tracing of your hand for completely bespoke gloves. I gave my mom a pair last xmas (from a hand tracing) and she loves them. Next time I need gloves I'm definitely purchasing from them.

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              #7
              Wow.. nice.

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                #8
                In terms of sticking with what's been working for you, I've been contemplating what appear to be your mainstays through this online army/navy shop for awhile:

                These appear to be a dead ringer but in fairly limited sizes: http://www.armynavydeals.com/asp/pro...waffe%20Gloves

                These might be the same (have the same given name at the very least, though I don't see the clasp at the wrist) but in just about every size you could need: http://www.armynavydeals.com/asp/pro...waffe%20Gloves

                And these don't look close at all, but again have the same name and might suit your fancy but then don't have a size option: http://www.armynavydeals.com/asp/pro...lined%20Gloves

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Fred G. Unn View Post
                  Chester Jefferies, done: http://www.chesterjefferies.co.uk/Scripts/default.asp
                  Most are cheaper than Dents and are completely customizable. For £20 more you can send them a tracing of your hand for completely bespoke gloves. I gave my mom a pair last xmas (from a hand tracing) and she loves them. Next time I need gloves I'm definitely purchasing from them.
                  Some very nice stuff there thanks!! I really love the Vincent, though it's not really what I am looking for in a winter glove, it's the perfect motorcycle glove. I'll have to bookmark that for spring as I'm also in need of new motorcycle gauntlets. Also it's $100 in American money, so that'll be quite a splurge.

                  The Paris in Copperleaf Cape with a wool lining is probably exactly what I'm looking for in a winter glove. It'll come to about $60 which is expensive, but not at all unreasonable.

                  Originally posted by Longshanks View Post
                  In terms of sticking with what's been working for you, I've been contemplating what appear to be your mainstays through this online army/navy shop for awhile:
                  THanks I'm on their mailing list, and I actually bought a extra pair of the first ones (lined) from them for $12.75 (Coupon code HALLOWEEN13) shortly after posting this thread, I always like to have a spare pair of these on hand, and I dread the day when I won't be able to find them anymore. Judging by the tags in the ones I have, and others I've seen I think the last ones were probably made in the 1980s. I should probably just sack up and buy 50 pair to last me a lifetime. I definitely recommend you get some. You won't find a better value in leather gloves anywhere. Just leave some for me. ;-)

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                    #10
                    Thanks for the recommendation!

                    I usually lean towards an XL in gloves and the closest they've got in the lined is a L. Do you think I could swing a large since the reason I generally need XL is long fingers (I noticed that a few of the reviews mentioned long fingers)?

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                      #11
                      THe gloves are actually sized in half inch increments. I usually wear a large, and a 9 1/2 fits me very well with a little extra room in the fingers. The 9 is a bit snugger and my fingers go right to the tips. Sadly the way they sell them is a bit of a grab bag, they'l lump 8 and 8 1/2 into the Medium size range, and 9 and 9 1/2 (and maybe 10?) into the large. Your best bet is if you can find an army navy store that has a big box of them. Rummage through the box, and you will find they came in a myriad of sizes, one of which fits you very well.

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                        #12
                        Thanks for the help. There's not many army/navy stores near where I live (southern New Hampshire), at least that I've been able to find, but I'll have to try and check out the couple I've seen.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Longshanks View Post
                          Thanks for the help. There's not many army/navy stores near where I live (southern New Hampshire), at least that I've been able to find, but I'll have to try and check out the couple I've seen.
                          Well if you find one that has 'em, let me know. I'm in Central VT, and they may be in range. They used to be everywhere but I haven't found them anywhere around here in recent years.

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                            #14
                            I picked up a couple gloves recently that I am pleased with and seem to be inline with what you are looking for.

                            I picked up the Indochino Ink gloves mentioned here: http://dappered.com/2013/10/columbus...rmada-handful/
                            It doesn't look like they are available anymore. Really nice. Warm, nice fit, and not bulky. A bit more than I would normally spend, but no buyer's remorse, other than leaning a little more blue than the pics indicated.

                            Going the cheaper route I picked up these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Designer-NEW...vip=true&rt=nc
                            I was able to get these for under $30 AFTER shipping. Still, good construction, warm, and nice looking. Not quite as sleek as the ones from Indochino, but are exactly what I was looking for without breaking the bank.

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