Sealskinz gloves

#1
Just ordered a pair of these gucci looking sealskinz gloves (I'm a kit tart, sorry). The reviews on RVops were a bit on the bad side however. Anybody any experience of them?

One review said that he kept getting defective gloves, but they worked when he got decent ones.

Other reviews seem to all be quite conflicting..
 
#3
I've loved mine so far. Still able to do fiddly bits in them, kind of warm and have certainly been waterproof for me.
 
#5
They will keep your hands very dry, however in winter they will become very cold when wet. I'd suggest getting a pair of glove liners to go with them, it tends to do the trick. They are waterproof, but not quite in the issue gaytex type of way - they absorb water, strange way of doing it but they work I guess.
 
#7
I found them far far far too long and narrow for my hands. I bought the biggest size of them I could find as I really needed some decent gloves.
Great for keeping water out, but utter shoite for keep hands warm!
 
#8
great pieces of kit...

I agree with the liner comment as they can become cold when wet and wind blowing really bad.

Besides they hide the DNA and you can still do stuff..
 
#10
Sealskinz gloves are good when they are used with respect but will not stand up to massive abuse.

They are 100% waterproof and breathable, if they not waterproof you have punctured the waterproofing layer.

The glove is made from a stretch outer layer, a waterproof membrane (like Gore) and a liner. The liners can be merino wool if you want warmth and coolmax if you want to stop sweat building up.

Currently these are on issue to most Phase 1 ATRD recruits and have been reducing the instances of non-freezing injuries. The issue ones have the merino wool liner.

They are some advanced lightweight materials being trialed that are extremely tough while delivering excellent tactility...can't say ant more as they have sworn me to secrecy.

PECOC has tested them.

They will replace the issue green contact glove at many training establishments (Why? because they have the cash!)

The same technology is in the issued waterproof socks.

Fit is all important if you want to retain tactility
 
#11
defender said:
I found mine were good at keeping my hands warm, but not good at warming them up if cold to start with.
Ditto, mine are great for 'what it says on the tin' but when my hands were cold and I put them on, it wasn't the lush warmth I was expecting! 8O
 
#12
Bought a pair used them once shite wore them walking in the lakes got totally pish wet through the gloves soaked up water that much you could use them as a sponge hands were damp for the rest of the day kept having to wring them out and done nothing for keeping the heat in
 
#13
You mean they don't issue the green woollen ones any more?

msr
 
#15
The issue leather ones are great for keeping your hands warm, but not that great for working in.

Neoprene are OK as they saty warm whent wet, but taking them off and then putting damp gloves back on is horrid. I never tried sealskinz as I heard some dodgy reports.

Get yourself some Oakly Tactical's they are a bit walty but keep hands warm and are good contact gloves.
 

Biped

LE
Book Reviewer
#16
MacWet gloves are pretty good too. Baby leather, very tactile, and yes, your hands get wet, but it would seem, so do Sealskinz.
 
#17
I use the green nomex contact gloves. They aren't waterproof, but dry quickly, are reasonably warm and have good grip. I never tried the sealskins, as I got some sealskin socks and they shrunk when they got wet :x
 

Mr Happy

LE
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#18
My first order from RVOPS were the sealskinz and i have to say somewhat dissipointed, not with RVOPS who turned the order around in no time at all but the product.

I would say they that if they are cold, e.g. left out and then put on in the morning, they retain their freezing temps far too long. In addition, I found them too bulky to be too useful. I have a pair, they look nice and cool but I wouldn't buy another pair. I use them for skiing so am perhaps operating at some more extreme temps than you though.
 
#19
kitmonster said:
Sealskinz gloves are good when they are used with respect but will not stand up to massive abuse.

They are 100% waterproof and breathable, if they not waterproof you have punctured the waterproofing layer.

The glove is made from a stretch outer layer, a waterproof membrane (like Gore) and a liner. The liners can be merino wool if you want warmth and coolmax if you want to stop sweat building up.

Currently these are on issue to most Phase 1 ATRD recruits and have been reducing the instances of non-freezing injuries. The issue ones have the merino wool liner.

They are some advanced lightweight materials being trialed that are extremely tough while delivering excellent tactility...can't say ant more as they have sworn me to secrecy.

PECOC has tested them.

They will replace the issue green contact glove at many training establishments (Why? because they have the cash!)

The same technology is in the issued waterproof socks.

Fit is all important if you want to retain tactility
I wore a pair stalking hinds in Wester Ross last October. They are certainly not waterproof (well not in West coast weather anyway). They keep your hands reasonably warm, but not for the whole day. I ended up wearing the G10 Arctic inners and outers. Now they are waterproof!
Verdict on Sealskinz - waste of money (even when tax free in a BFG PRI).
 
#20
royalmile said:
kitmonster said:
Sealskinz gloves are good when they are used with respect but will not stand up to massive abuse.

They are 100% waterproof and breathable, if they not waterproof you have punctured the waterproofing layer.

The glove is made from a stretch outer layer, a waterproof membrane (like Gore) and a liner. The liners can be merino wool if you want warmth and coolmax if you want to stop sweat building up.

Currently these are on issue to most Phase 1 ATRD recruits and have been reducing the instances of non-freezing injuries. The issue ones have the merino wool liner.

They are some advanced lightweight materials being trialed that are extremely tough while delivering excellent tactility...can't say ant more as they have sworn me to secrecy.

PECOC has tested them.

They will replace the issue green contact glove at many training establishments (Why? because they have the cash!)

The same technology is in the issued waterproof socks.

Fit is all important if you want to retain tactility
I wore a pair stalking hinds in Wester Ross last October. They are certainly not waterproof (well not in West coast weather anyway). They keep your hands reasonably warm, but not for the whole day. I ended up wearing the G10 Arctic inners and outers. Now they are waterproof!
Verdict on Sealskinz - waste of money (even when tax free in a BFG PRI).
I found that when I used them they often did not feel waterproof because, as people have said, the water goes straight through the first layer and sits cold and clammy on the waterproof liner which is only separated from your skin by the thin inner. Carefully removed you can see that your hands are still dry.

I can tell you without a doubt that when new, undamaged and barring QA faults sealskintz are waterproof and breathable. I have visited the factory twice seeing them made. I paid particular attention to how the parts of the waterproof layer are sealed together; I was accompanied by a tech specialist with 30 years commercial experience. The method they use is simple and has no requirement for tape seams (unlike some other methods) and so is as thin as its possible over your fingers to maintain tactility. DC IPT regularly sends the Sealskintz socks and gloves to SATRA the independent test house to confirm manufactures claims.

The gloves are on issue to Royal Marine Coxwains and about 3000 are issued each year to ATRD. We have had some concerns raised about their durability (often it turns out they were being used as a combat glove) but never that they leak out of the packet. The sock, which is identical in construction, is being procured at about 17000 pairs a year. Zero complaints.; there even part of the SF issue!

If your gloves are undamaged and letting water in then take them back and get them replaced. Sealskintz are one of the most honest and reliable manufactures that I work with and I doubt they will give you any hassle if you have a genuine complaint.

Hope this helps
 

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