After reviewing the Showa 281 and 282 gloves two years ago (281 review, 282 review), I contacted Showa urging them to develop a more outdoor recreation-specific version. In particular, I wanted to see a rain mitt (not glove) in a subtler color and with a wrist cinch.
I got no response and dropped it. Their loss.
So I was surprised last month to receive an email from Showa, saying, “We really appreciate your comments about our gloves and we have a new style that accommodates some of the items you mentioned in your blog. If you could reach out to me with your address and glove size I’ll send you a sample to try.”
Preview: Showa 282-02 Gloves
The new Showa 282-02 ($20, 4.1 oz in size Large) is not an improved rain mitt so much as a winterized version of the 282. It will be available in August 2020 from LFS Marine & Outdoor.
The chief differences between the 282 and 282-02 are:
- Draft collar with elasticized cinch, and
- Black color.
If you own or have read about the 282, the 282-02 will otherwise sound familiar:
It’s made of the same waterproof/breathable polyurethane, branded as Tem-Res. This rubbery material has proven to be exceptionally waterproof and durable, and I’ve used the 282’s in ways that I never would use shell mitts made of conventional WP/B fabrics like the REI Minimalist Mitts, such as breaking pointy spruce branches for firewood and cleaning leaves out of my gutters.
The 282-02 has the same acrylic liner as the 282. When new, it effectively traps hand warmth and protects from conductive heat loss. But with use it will delaminate, and at that time I recommend cutting it out and substituting it with a separate liner glove. This two-piece system has the added advantage of being easier to dry.
The fit of the 282-02 is also the same as the 282. Refer to my 282 review for a fit guide. As a general comment, they fit small — like Montbell, it’s Japanese sizing, not American.
The 282-02 can certainly be used as a rain glove. It will perform similarly to the 282, but be marginally warmer because of the seal-able collar. The collar is not waterproof, however, so the 282-02 cuff is still a potential entry point for moisture.
The 282-02 is primarily designed as a winter recreation glove. It will particularly excel with wet frozen precipitation — like sleet, slush, and heavy snow — that would overwhelm most other waterproof handwear. It might be the ultimate glove for snowball fights.
I’m wary of offering an ideal temperature range, because this will vary by person and activity. My hands are generally cold, and the 282/282-02 reaches their comfort threshold when running in the low-10’s and downhill skiing in the upper 20’s.
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