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David Holland Best Fishing Glove Author

Sun Protection Fishing Gloves

Nothing much beats fishing on a warm summer’s day. It’s a time when the sun is shining, the water is warm, and the fish are active and hopefully plentiful. There’s a sense of relaxation and peace that comes with being out on the water, enjoying the beauty of nature and the anticipation of a bite.

There is unfortunately a downside to fishing under the sun. That thing called a ozone layer and those UV rays from the sun can do us harm. We should all know that when we are exposed to the sun for any length of time that we need sun protection. This includes a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and clothing that covers your body. A sometimes overlooked piece of clothing are sun protection gloves. Not for me though! I carry several types of gloves as part of my fishing kit.

Now I will turn to providing you with the information on how to choose the best sun protection fishing gloves and also a few recommendations.

Key Criteria for buying Sun Protection fishing gloves

Sun Protection Rating

UPF stands for “Ultraviolet Protection Factor” and is a standard measurement for how much UV radiation can penetrate through fabric, such as fishing gloves. A UPF rating of 50 means that only 1/50th (or 2%) of UV radiation can pass through the fabric. The higher the UPF rating, the more protection the fabric provides. Idea.

Seek out sun protection gloves with ideally an UPF rating of 50. The minimum you should consider is a rating of 30. This will help to protect your hands from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays, including sunburn and long-term skin damage.


You want your fishing gear to last. Fishing can be harsh your gloves. Fishing gloves will be exposed to water, sun, bait, hooks, lures, fish slime and possibly fish guts. Therefore durability is important. Sun protection fishing gloves should be made of  strong and high-quality materials. This should include rip resistant materials, stitching should be reinforced and basically the design should be hold up for multiple uses. Finger and wrist pull loops will help with getting the sun protection fishing gloves on and off without damaging them.


Fishing gloves should provide a good grip, especially if you’re handling slippery fish and fishing gear. Look for gloves with grip sections on the palms or fingers that will provide a secure grip, even when wet.

Protection From Fish and Fishing Gear

Most sun protection fishing gloves are made from polyester or other stretchable material. This makes sense as you generally want a lightweight glove for fishing the warmer seasons. However, be conscious of the type of fishing that you are doing. Protection from fish teeth and spikes, as well as tackle may be a key criteria for you. 


Make sure the sun protection fishing gloves are comfortable to wear for long periods fishing. They should have a good fit with no rough seams or irritating materials. They should also not make your hands clammy.

Cuff Length

If you goal is sun protection, consider the length of the cuff, as you may also ensure no exposed skin between your gloves and long sleeved shirt.


Seek out gloves made from lightweight, breathable, and quick-drying materials. This generally means synthetic fabrics like polyester or nylon. These materials will help keep your hands cool and dry, even on those thinking hot or humid days.

Features to look for when Buying Sun Protection fishing gloves

Now you have a good set of criteria for deciding on the best sun protection fishing gloves. Decide if you need lightweight fishing gloves or gloves that will also provide protection from handling fish. Also consider if you want fingerless or full finger fishing gloves. 

You should also consider the type of fishing that you like to do, such as boating, kayaking, land based, etc. You can then ensure that that gloves balance sun protection with functionality. 

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Our Recommended Sun Protection Fishing Gloves

Fish Monkey Stubby Guide Sun Protection Fishing Gloves

These sun protection gloves have been designed with years of input from professional anglers. The goal for the Fish Monkey line-up of sun protection fishing gloves was for durability, comfort, style, protection from the sun and protection from fishing line, sharp gill plates, fins, teeth, and hooks.

These sun protection fishing gloves are short, without long cuffs. They include a silicon printer pattern on the fingers and palm that provide control, grip and reduce fatigue.

Materials – Lightweight, Quick dry, Breathable material with Synthetic leather palm


  • Non-slip silicone palm print 
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Superior construction for second skin fit
  • Quick dry breathable fabric for all-day comfort
  • Short (stubby) cut for increased comfort
  • Available in a range of colors


  • Quality made gloves
  • Strong with the right sections reinforced
  • Great sun protection
  • Silicon palm section for extra grip
  • Moisture wicking
  • Don’t provide as much sun protection as other gloves
What we liked about these sun protection fishing gloves:

These are my favourite summer fishing gloves. I love the stubby style fishing glove as it suit my fishing requirements as I compliment these gloves with other sun protection methods including hats, sunglasses, solar sleeves, shade, canopies, biminis and sunscreen. I also fish more fresh water and avoid the sun when it is most potent. If however you are fishing in the full sun, I would recommend also a pair of the other gloves mentioned below.

Anyway, back on point. These sun protection gloves are super comfortable with the 4 way stretch material, they are lightweight, breathable and provide UPF 50 for the covered sections of your hands. 

These gloves allow for great dexterity and control of your casts, tackle and fish. The silicon grips on the palm provide great control of your fishing rod.

These gloves are that comfortable and such a key part of my fishing gear, that they are high on my checklist when packing for a fishing trip.

Premium Sun Protection Fishing Gloves

AFTCO Solago Sun Gloves

The AFTCO Solago sun protection fishing gloves provide UPF 50 sun protection from the wrist to the mid-finger.

These gloves are unique as they have an open palm and fingertips to allow allow extreme sensitivity for bite detection and also rigging dexterity.

Basically the extra lightweight Sensi-Tech palm material and open-palm design is made for detecting the slightest bite vibrations through the fishing reel or the rod.

These fishing sun gloves are perfect for fresh and saltwater fishing fishing, where sun protection and bite detection are key factors for the angler.


  • UPF 50 sun protection
  • Quick dry and moisture wicking material
  • Extra short fingers for increased dexterity
  • Open face Sensi-Tech palm for increased bite feel
  • Silicone grip pad for secure palming 
  • Power knit mesh finger webbing
  • Reinforced fingers and thumb panels


  • Quality made gloves
  • Strong with the right sections reinforced
  • Great sun protection
  • Silicon palm section for extra grip
  • Moisture wicking
  • May not like the sensi-tech palm section
What we liked about these sun protection fishing gloves:

Looking for top end sun protection gloves that will last? These AFTCO fishing gloves will have you covered!

They have a real feel of quality about them that you can tell as soon as you put them on.

The mesh along the side of the finger sections (fourchettes) and thumbs, the reinforced stitching, combined with the strong and breathable material, make these a near perfect pair of sun protection fishing gloves.

These fishing gloves are super comfortable and the short finger sections allow for dexterity when casting, tackling up and fish handling.

This is the pair of glove that will last you for many years and fishing sessions.

Best Budget Sun Protection Fishing Gloves

KastKing Sol Armis Fishing Gloves

These are 3/4 finger fishing gloves with a UPF rating of 50. 

The material is a predominately a spandex type material making these fishing gloves comfortable, lightweight and quick dry.

They have an extended cuff to ensure adequate sun protection when paired with a long sleeve shirt.

Materials – Quick-dry Breathable Poly-spandex Fabric with Microfiber palm sections


  • UPF 50 Protection
  • Breathable Material
  • Wrist and Finger Pull Tabs
  • Microfiber palm
  • Extended Cuffs
  • Available in a range of colors


  • Excellent sun protection
  • Palm material provides extra grip
  • Comfortable for all day wear
  • Machine washable
  • Hooks can get caught in the material
What we liked about these sun protection fishing gloves:

These gloves have definitely been designed by fishers. The breathable material is great for those hot summer days.

The 3/4 finger length is a good feature, as it allows great dexterity when tackling and baiting up. However, please be aware that while less likely that other parts of your body, your fingertips can still get sunburnt. 

The real selling point of these sun protection fishing gloves in the material of the glove and the microfibre material on the palm and two of the undersides of the fingers. This provides great grip for holding your fishing gear and also handling fish.

These are a great value for money, or budget, pair of fishing gloves.

Summary For the Best Sun Protection Fishing Gloves

Sun protection fishing gloves firstly need to provide UPF 50 levels of sun protection. You should choose a fishing glove that meets your sun  protection needs and covers your desired amount of hand and wrist. You should also then consider the likely fishing situation such as boat fishing, kayak fishing or land based fishing. You can then find the balance between sun protection and other requirements such as dexterity. 

Fishing in summer is the best. Keep yourself well protected from the sun so that you can continue to enjoy your hobby. 

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