Gear Review: Buff Elite Glove
Buff has done some deep thinking, and the result is the Buff Elite fishing glove. Over the years I’ve tested over a dozen gloves, and what sets the best ones apart is fit, which leads to full-day comfort. There are many fishing gloves available at every price point and you generally get what you pay for – especially when it comes to materials and construction – fit rests on those two variables.
The Buff Elite benefits from the best materials currently available: the palm is made of a tough, breathable, quick-drying synthetic suede bonded with an abrasion-resistant film to improve durability, an abrasion-resistant film is also fitted onto high-wear areas to reduce blisters and cuts (one area that inferior gloves commonly skimp on), grippy pull tabs for easy-on/off, the bonded stretch hem eliminates chafing (bonded fabrics rather than hi-volume stitching is the second area that inferior gloves skimp on), and the package is rounded out with an anti-microbial fabric prevents odors (third area… ): three consecutive days of salt water use, no rinsing, and no offensive smell to speak of. This spec list won’t leave you wanting.
The gloves also provide the requisite UPF 50+ sun protection, and speaking of that, the Buff site provides a great explanation of what that is. I’ve copied & pasted it right here: “Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) measures the amount of UV radiation that penetrates a fabric and reaches your skin. A fabric rated with a UPF of 50 will allow only 1/50th of the sun’s UV rays to pass through. In other words, it blocks 49/50ths or 98% of the UV radiation. UPF 50+ is the highest possible rating.”