I had been searching for a thin waterproof and windproof pair of gloves for walking for quite some time before discovering the SealSkinz gloves. Normal ski style gloves are great for keeping hands toasty in frosty winds but not ideal when you want to zip up your jacket right to the top as the thickness of these style gloves means you cant get a grip on the zip. I wanted gloves that would keep my hands warm and dry but would also allow me to tie shoelaces and fetch a tissue out of my pocket while walking in cold and wet conditions. The SealSkinz women’s all season gloves promise to do just that.
The gloves have a pre-curved classic box finger construction which provides a snug and accurate fit which enables me to zip up my jacket easy and they are advertised as 100% waterproof, windproof and breathable. The palm is made from goatskin leather which is soft, supple and provides grip. The lining is luxuriously soft fleece which provides warmth and makes the gloves cosy to wear. The cuffs can be tightened with the Velcro tabs which are easy to alter with the other hand while wearing the other glove. The cuffs of the gloves then fit snugly under the cuffs of a jacket. The gloves retail at £35 on the official SealSkinz website but D purchased mine as a Christmas present for £25 after doing a quick search on Google Shopping. The gloves come in sizes small to extra large. I have size medium which fit snugly on all fingers but my ring finger but this maybe because mine are shorter than average. Ladies can choose from the colours black, pink or hi vis yellow and men have the option of black or red
On a windy day at the Northumbrian coast the gloves proved to protect my hands from the strong icy breeze but didn’t keep my hands as toasty warm as I hoped; I would remove my gloves to operate my phone and my hands wouldn’t warm back up sufficiently once I had put the gloves back on. Ideally I need to test the gloves out for warmth in snowy conditions but this year; so far, we haven’t seen any in Yorkshire. After an hour of walking on the beach in the bitter wind I warmed up enough to remove the gloves to moderate my body temperature as the rest of my body was covered in layers. I think if the gloves were any more insulated they would be too warm for me, plus the gloves would need to be thicker which defeats the point of them being slim line.
It hasn’t rained much on walks either so I haven’t been able to test how waterproof the gloves are in realistic conditions. However, I did test the gloves my immersing my hands with the gloves on, into the sea. The water beaded and rolled off the tops of the gloves immediately but the goat leather palms stayed wet on the surface for a while. No water made its way inside the gloves though which was great.
I have read mixed reviews of the gloves on the internet and several people have experienced the gloves
letting in water after just a few occasions of wearing them. I would be really disappointed if this happens to me. I shall continue to put my gloves through tests and be sure to report back!