We have been having many storms on Lake Michigan so far this April. On Saturday we had 14 foot waves on the Lake. I have been kayaking only once this month, but several time last month. The water temp. is between 42 and 44. Needless to say I dress for survival, 5mm wetsuit, under a foul weather jump suit with sealable gaskets, 7mm hood, and divers boots.
Here is my problem, on Sunday we had 15 mile per hour winds and moderate waves (11/2 to 4 feet). I was bracing several times and my gloves slipped on the paddle shaft and I did not correct my paddle position after the brace. I went in once (very cold I set a personal record on my roll) and once I re-positioned my paddle in time. The lack of feeling the shaft in my hands I think really makes me tenuous, which in cold water I think is very dangerous even close to shore. I use a Stearns sport glove, I like gloves. Has anyone ever used a Brooks glove or Northwest River Supply glove? They appear to look the same as my glove, but maybe they are better. Any comments.