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Following his graduation from Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law in 1988, Andrew Barovick embarked on an extensive legal career that has culminated in his current role of partner at Alegria & Barovick LLP. Away from his professional duties, Andrew Barovick is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys kayaking.

Gloves are one of the kayaker’s most essential pieces of kit, as they provide protection from the elements and, in some cases, ensure skin doesn’t experience friction issues as a result of extensive paddle usage. Thicker gloves offer protection from the weather but reduce dexterity. The opposite is true of gloves made using thin materials.

A number of gloves are designed specifically for kayaking. Mittens are able to keep your hands warm, but their design results in the loss of individual movement in your fingers. As such, you may find you can do little more than hold onto the paddle when wearing them.

Pogies, which are open-palmed gloves that fit directly onto the paddle’s shaft, lend a greater degree of control. However, they offer no protection to hands once you release the paddle and have a tendency to cup water, which makes rolling and playboating more difficult.

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