It's always a quandary about what gloves to use for rollerskiing. Use my expensive ski gloves? Use some expensive full-fingered mountain bike gloves? Buy expensive gloves meant just for rollerskiing?
I've done all of the above. My worn-out ski gloves become cold weather rollerski gloves. I have a pair of Toko Thermo Plus's with one finger seam ripping out - they work great as long as I repair the seam periodically. But they're a bit warm for the summer and early fall.
I had a set of Trek mountain bike gloves that worked great - until they sort of melted away from use.
And way-back-when, I had a nice pair of Saranac leather rollerski gloves. Saranac doesn't make cross country ski gloves anymore.
A big problem is glove sizing. I don't really want to order a pair online or mail order without trying them on first. Gloves are more about immediate gratification: I need 'em. I go into a store and try 'em on. I buy them.
The nearest cross country ski shop is three hours away. Not immediate gratification...
Big box store to the rescue
So, being on the cheap, I drop into one of the many Lowe's I pass during the week. Lowe's, Home Depot and the other big boxes stores, have oodles of gloves in their garden or tool section.
I have a couple criteria for rollerski gloves:
Since I want summer gloves, I also looked for lighter weight gloves. One pair stood out...
Lowe's has a zillion gloves (above).
For less than fourteen dollars, Lowe's had a pair of lightweight deerskin gloves with a wrist closure.
Here's the fresh unused pair. They don't stay clean for long.
The wrist closure is heavy duty Velcro...
...that grips like iron.
Notice the stains. I have 10 hours of skiing in them.
But the stains don't matter - the gloves are comfortable and keep the blisters away.
How long will they last? I don't know. A real ski glove would be reinforced between the thumb and forefinger, although my gloves tend to wear along the first finger or the palm. But for $14 compared to over $40 for ski or bike gloves, if I can get a couple season out of them, I'll be happy.