Time for me to complete this review for the Sealskinz Cold Weather Glove under the unique conditions we are all experiencing. My outdoor activities have continued but with changes like covering my nose and mouth with a bandanna and keeping my distance from others. I reduced food shopping to every 2-3 weeks, but I continued to take local walks. I wore Sealskinz gloves when temperatures were below the mid 60’s.
The lower temperature was about 25 F and the upper range was in the high 60’s. My walks were in my neighborhood and were from 60 to 90 minutes. One part of my walk is along Silver Lake. There are no houses along this stretch of the lake and the view is always good.
I was not surprised when my hands were comfortable at the lower temperatures. Ii surprised me that my hands were still comfortable when the temperatures were in the upper 60’s. At some point during the walk I could feel sweat rolling down my calves. I could feel the warmth on the back of my hands caused by the intensity of the sun on the black surface of the gloves. I wore a black shirt that day and my back felt like it was burning.
My back felt like it was burning, yet I was not feeling anywhere near that hot on the back of my hand. The outside of the glove felt hot to the touch. I think this speaks well for the insulating properties of these gloves.
This test of the Sealskinz WP Cold Weather Glove period began normally with the weekly Wednesday group hikes in Harold Parker forest continuing until they were discontinued due to the social distancing advisory. I continued my testing by taking walks in my local neighborhood early in the morning. The weather gave me an opportunity to check out the ability of the gloves to keep my hands dry and warm. We did have a warm spell then the morning temperatures did drop to 20 F several days.
On the Wednesday hikes the starting temperature was 20 F. My exposed parts such as my face felt cold, especially when I could feel the wind. My hands were so warm and dry that I removed one of the gloves to see if my senses were working properly. It was not long before I had both gloves doing what these gloves do best — keeping my hands warm, dry, and comfortable.
The WP Extreme Cold Weather Glove were provided by Sealskinz for review purposes. Sealskinz is “a Great British company”. I love the motto of the company “Necessity – The mother of invention.” Their product line consists of hats, gloves and socks. They were the first company to use a three-layer patented technology in their hats, gloves, and socks.
These gloves have a tab to help when putting on the gloves. There is a strap with hook and loop design to secure the gloves once on your hand. To read more about the Sealskinz WP Cold Weather Glove please click here.
MSR provided the MSR Dyna-lock Explore Backcountry Poles for review purposes.
In my last update of the MSR Dyna-lock poles I will dig deeper into the differences in using summer and winter baskets. I hope to show why the more you use these poles the better you may like them. I will explain the reasons that caused the annoying things that happened on the trail.
I will explain how my poles become an extension of my body while hiking. The hiking conditions I encountered during the test period forced me to make a choice between wearing traction may depend of the confidence I have in my poles to prevent me from sliding and falling.
The MSR Dyna-lock Explore Backcountry Poles were provided by for review purposes.
The New England weather is crazier than ever but hiking with the MSR Dyna-lock Explore poles made it easier and safer. The ground being frozen during this period was constant. The snow cover varied from near bare to about six inches of snow. Most Wednesdays I hike in Harold Parker forest with a group of hikers for at least two hours. With about 35 miles of trails there is a lot of variety. I also did some local walks.
In this update I will relate my experiences with the baskets. There are adjustments to make my hiking more efficient. I show you why I like the locking mechanism of the Dyna-lock Explore Backcountry Poles. To me there is nothing better than quick and easy, especially when it is 20 F.
I have not seen that much difference in poles weights for most good poles. These poles are a couple ounces lighter than the ones I have used for many years and I can’t tell the difference especially in winter with the extra weight of clothing. To read more please click here.
MSR provided the Dyna-lock Explore Backcountry Poles for review purposes
As a regular hiker that enjoys hiking I find a lot to like about the MSR Dyna-lock Explore Backcountry Poles. They are quick and easy to use. For many years I hiked without sticks or poles. I even witnessed other hikers having nasty falls, but still did not believe it could happen to me.
Then near the end of a hike, I turned my body before thinking of the consequences. I was off balance, falling, with nothing to hold onto and I fell hard. From that point on, I used sticks and then poles on all my hikes.
In this review I hope to explain why I think I will like using the MSR Explore poles on all my hikes. I will explain the comfort and the ease of making adjustments. Since I hike year round, I will have that option with the summer and winter baskets that are included with the Explore poles.
Comfort is an important part of enjoying hiking. Comfortable grips prevent the hands from fatigue and pain or sometimes blisters. Sometimes the length of poles need adjusting during the hike as trail conditions change. To continue reading, please click here.