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Once again I was rudely reminded of a very inconvenient allergy that I have to some forms of neoprene when I purchased and attempted to use a pair of Sugio winter gloves
. Unfortunately after a couple of uses I found my old allergy was still in intact as my wrists broke out in a painful rash. The suspect material is in in the wrist enclosure so I basically have an pair of perfectly fine but used gloves that I have to get rid of.
I've had this problem before with other gloves but hadn't experienced an outbreak for a long time. I sorta forgot about it. Unfortunately (?), it doesn't seem to be a problem with all neoprene since cycling includes a good deal of it and it only rears it's ugly head occasionally. More so in the winter since most winter clothing contains a great deal more of this product then summer gear, though I have had some issues with summer weight gloves as well.
So my question... Obviously I can't go without gloves in the winter, but now I'm hesitant to try other gloves since most of what I'm finding do involve neoprene. Any suggestions on manufacturers/options out there that I could consider instead?
I would also like to find something that is at at least water resistant (since I live in the rain capital of the US) but obviously this makes my quest even the more difficult. I even tried using a glove liner that prevented the glove from coming into direct contact with my skin but this didn't help either. I suspect the actual allergy has to do with a chemical that is used in some neoprene production. I had an allergy test done many years ago that failed to pinpoint the actual source of the problem, but it's definitely something to do with neoprene.
Thanks in advance for any feedback on this.
Last edited by karlkras; 01-03-08 at 07:50 PM.
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