Review by Arnie
Sealskinz provided the WP Extreme Cold Weather Gloves 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.
This review is on the Sealskinz waterproof extreme cold weather glove.
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.
Model: # 12100065000130
Size: 10 L
designed in: UK
Manufactured in: China
Outer shell: 94% Elastomer, 6% Elastane
Membrane: 100% Polyurethane
Inner lining: 100% Polyester
* Waterproof – three layer construction for warmth, durability and waterproofing
* Enhanced control – Zero liner movement provides excellent control
* Insulated – Primaloft Gold insulation provides excellent thermal protection and breathability
* Dexterity – Pre curved fingers for greater control
* Grip and control – Goatskin leather palm provides a natural feel, excellent durability and control
* Thumb Wiper – Fleece wiper for a variety of uses
Do not wash, do not tumble dry, do not dry clean, do not iron, and do not bleach.
Two Year Guarantee
This product qualifies for our two year waterproof guarantee.
Trying them out
I could not wait to slide my hands into these gloves. I was impressed by their softness but they did feel a bit snug. My hands and fingers feel snug in all gloves I try, especially the fingers on my left hand since I am left handed. I did notice some extra space at the tips of my fingers. I think this will change as the glove adapts to my hands.
The gloves feel natural when they are on. My hands don’t feel warmer or cooler when I put the gloves on in the house. I am looking forward to using these gloves on the trail where my hands have had trouble staying warm and dry.
These gloves are light weight and compact, and are easy to put on and to remove. I was surprised to find a Primaloft tag on the outside of the right glove and not on the label on the inside of that glove. I was surprised there was no obvious way to attach the gloves to each other when not in use. I look forward to trying these gloves on a daily basis for all my outdoor activities.
I wish to thank 4alloutdoots and Sealskinz for the opportunity to test the Waterproof Extreme Cold Weather Gloves. Please check back in about a month when I will have more to say about these gloves.
Update for Sealskinz WP Cold Weather Glove
This test 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 trail use
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.
A snow slush start of day after wintry mix overnight
My definition of wintry mix is that you can expect anything from rain to snow. This time we got three inches of sloppy slush. I had my gloves on when I used them to clear the accumulated snow in the windshield wells of the car. I had two pleasant surprises. First my hands stayed perfectly dry. Second they did not get cold. I squeezed a handful of slush and it turned into an ice ball with water dripping off the glove. My hands stayed absolutely dry. When I continued to squeeze the slush, it turned to ice in my gloved hand and my hand felt a little cool but not uncomfortable. I looked at the gloves, they looked wet but after a shaking and a few minutes they looked and felt dry to the touch.
Fit and feel of glove in action
I like these gloves because they are warmer and less bulky than any gloves I have used. I noticed this especially when my hands gripped my trekking poles. Because these gloves were not as bulky my other cold weather gloves, I always had grip firm enough to keep them under control without causing any cramping in my fingers. With my short stubby fingers this is not always possible with bulkier gloves.
I wish to thank 4alloutdoots and Sealskinz for the opportunity to test the Waterproof Extreme Cold Weather Gloves. Please check back in about a month when I will have my last look about these gloves.
A last look for Sealskinz WP Cold Weather Glove
Time to complete a review 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. I was surprised 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.
I wondered why 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.
As I get older I notice I rely on my hiking poles more and I also tend to grip my poles a lot tighter. I am more stable when I do this, but also my fingers tend to cramp at times. When I wear these gloves this cramping is reduced for me.
Compared to how the gloves felt when I first tried them on with extra space at the ends of the fingers, I no longer notice fit problems.
During this test I have been able to verify that these gloves have kept my hands warm and dry under various conditions. I was especially pleased when I could clean slush off my car with these gloves and not get my hands wet or feel cold. I have used these gloves a lot with my various hiking poles and sticks. I could not find any signs of wear or signs of abrasion on the surface of my gloves.
I wish to thank 4alloutdoots and Sealskinz for the opportunity to test the Waterproof Extreme Cold Weather Gloves. I look forward to using these gloves for many years.