Weaknesses: They do not perform nearly as well as desired.
Please refrain from believing that these things work, and please refrain from calling others ignorant. I am well aware of how they are supposed to work, but they usually fail. Please take the time to review 100's of reviews at various web sites - you will see that most reviews are negative. The quality of this product has declined since when they were first introduced.
Strengths: Water proof. Excellent grip. Simple design. Very breathable.
Weaknesses: Non yet.
I am writing this review to inform those reading this review page of the potentially uneducated people posting negative reviews of the Sealskinz gloves.
I have used this product in many conditions from snowboarding, mountain biking, running, and yard work. When i first bought them i was not sure on the 100% waterproof statement as well, so what i did was fill a bucket with water so I could test them out. They indeed remained waterproof. My idea on the reasoning of why people think they are not waterproof is that they are indeed breathable... They transfer more vapor than the skin on your hand does. So this naturally would cause water on the outside of the glove to transfer heat energy to the inside of the glove giving the feeling that they are not working. Please remember that the glove is also built in three layers, with the middle layer being the waterproof material. Therefor the outer shell that protects the waterproof membrane will absorb water, but this will not affect you for the water does not leak through.
With regards to what Bruce has said about the water proof test at 4.5 psi for 60 seconds, he has some flaws in his understandings. Yes, at sea level the atmospheric pressure is about 14.7 psi but you must also understand that the 4.5 psi(Pounds per Square Inch) is a force. When you shoot a stream of water at the glove at 4.5psi, the atmospheric pressure has NOTHING to do with the waters force. Atmospheric pressure is the force of air.
So in short, i wish people would do a little bit more research into the mechanics of how things work and how outside forces affect things before they go and rant on the products. I would recommend this product to anybody in need of some riding gloves that are waterproof and have excellent grip and breathability.
sealskinz hi vis waterproof socks are not at all waterproof returnd home with wet cold toes , still waiting a reply from sealskinz..........................
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: November 26, 2008
Strengths: They are both waterproof and warm. The palms & fingers are covered with small dots which allow you to hold on to most anything. These gloves are NOT so thick as to make it difficult to hold on to dropbars or to shift. In a nutshell, they are PERFECT!
I have read the other reviews and I am surprised. I have had nothing but GREAT things to say about my pair of SealSkinz gloves! First off, they are 100% waterproof...how many times have you ridden your bike with your hands immersed in water (read other reviews)? Answer: NEVER! I have been caught in several downpours & not only are my hands kept dry, but also warm! Hands down the BEST WINTER CYCLING GLOVES!!!!!
Similar Products Used: I previously used winter cycling gloves by Giordana & Capa Forma...both of
Bike Setup: 2007 Cannondale Synapse with full D-Ace components; FSA compact bar & stem; FSA (50/34) crankset w/ceramic BB; Shimano Ultegra wheels.
Date Reviewed: February 9, 2007
Weaknesses: Not Waterproof.
WATERPROOF FOR 60 SECONDS ... WHY NOT TO BUY (OR SELL) SEALSKINZ
Attention All Motorcyclists:
PIL Membranes Ltd. (formerly Porvair International, website: PilMembranes.com) is a UK-based company that claims to specialize "... in the science, development and manufacture of high-performance waterproof breathable membranes for fabrics and leather". They, along with California-based Danalco, Inc. (Danalco.com), claim to be the manufacturers and/or distributors of a line of supposedly "waterproof" gloves and socks sold through Bass Pro Shops (BassPro.com) and other major U.S. sporting goods retailers under the "SealSkinz" brand. On the SealSkinz.com website, they make the following claim:
"SealSkinz are suitable for cycling, walking, climbing, golfing, riding, canoeing, motorcycling, sailing, fell running, orienteering, gardening, fishing, rowing, caving, backpacking, mountaineering ... and 100% waterproof."
I AM WRITING TO INFORM YOU THAT BASED ON MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH SEALSKINZ SOCKS AND GLOVES, THEY MOST CERTAINLY ARE NOT "100% WATERPROOF" IN A MOTORCYCLING CONTEXT, NOR ARE THEY LIKELY TO BE WATERPROOF IN ANY OTHER.
Based on the assurances of SealSkinz.com, in October 2006 I placed two online orders through BassPro.com for two pairs each of (a) SealSkinz ChillBlocker Waterproof Gloves, and (b) SealSkinz ChillBlocker Waterproof Socks. I placed the second order after road-testing their socks, and being pleased with how well they did in fact "block the chill" under dry conditions. I gambled that they would also in fact be waterproof as claimed. In December 2006, I found out nothing could be further from the truth. In riding through less than 100 miles of hard rain, the SealSkinz "waterproof" socks proved to be nothing more than thick sponges. And just to verify the false nature of their claims, after washing them as instructed I let the lower half of a dry pair sit in a pot of water, weighted by a smaller pot, and in less than an hour they were soaked inside and out!
I Googled the following phrase…
+sealskinz +"not waterproof"
…and discovered I was not alone in my dissatisfaction with SealSkinz. I then conveyed my negative experiences to PIL Membranes in an email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. It was replied to by Sam Matthews of Danalco (email@example.com), whose response included:
"We are the manufacturer of SealSkinz and we make the 100% waterproof claims. We operate an ISO 9001 certified manufacturing facility in California... SealSkinz are manufactured using a patented 3 layer lamination technique that bonds a stretchy waterproof membrane between an inner and outer fabric layer. The same lamination is used in our socks and gloves... Prior to shipping all SealSkinz are 100 % tested for leaks. I have attached some technical test data which supports our claims."
Please review the "technical test data" he attached in this PDF:
There you will see that their "100% Waterproof" claim is based on the fact that a test laboratory found no leakage at 4.5 psi after 60 seconds, which they claim meets the requirements of the International Standards Organization's ISO 811. Sounds pretty impressive, doesn't it? WELL, IT'S NOT, AND HERE IS WHY:
First of all atmospheric pressure at sea level is about 14.7 psi, so a pressure test at 4.5 psi isn't much pressure at all. Secondly, the test duration is only 60 seconds. That's right, SealSkinz are labeled and sold as "100% Waterproof" because they are proven under laboratory conditions not to leak for SIXTY WHOLE SECONDS. When is the last time you rode your motorcycle for less than sixty seconds?!? And even more revealing is what I discovered in this ISO Bulletin from June 2001...
... where it states "... According to ISO 811, materials with a hydrostatic head of more than 150 cm can be designated, in general, as rainproof. In the advertising field, however, the manufacturers of rain-protection materials outbid each other with hydrostatic heads of 80 m and more. But the materials are stressed with a static water pressure of only 2-3 mm in use. Rain is a dynamic and not a static process... There are numerous applications where raindrops are projected onto a garment at a high velocity, e.g. by motorcycling or strong winds. These are highly dynamic processes and have to be considered differently."
In simpler terms, EVEN THE ISO WARNS THAT ISO 811 IS NOT A SUITABLE STANDARD FOR JUDGING WHETHER GARMENTS ARE WATERPROOF IN REAL WORLD CONDITIONS ... LIKE RIDING A MOTORCYCLE IN THE RAIN.
So why does PilMembranes/Danalco/SealSkinz base their "100% Waterproof" claim on an inappropriate standard and test procedure? Probably because they know their products have no chance of holding up to more suitable testing standards like the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists' (AATCC's) "Water Resistance: Rain Test" Standard AATCC-35, the scope of which is defined here...
"This test method is applicable to any textile fabric, which may or may not have been given a water-resistant or water-repellent finish. It measures the resistance to the penetration of water by impact, and thus can be used to predict the probable rain penetration resistance of fabrics. It is especially suitable for measuring the penetration resistance of garment fabrics. With the instrument, tests may be made at different intensities ... of water impact to give a complete overall picture of the penetration resistance of a single fabric or a combination of fabrics."
I have shared the above with you in the hopes that you may benefit from my experience and research, and not fall victim to the misleading advertising and packaging claims about SealSkinz products. In short, my experience and research suggest:
1. SEALSKINZ PRODUCTS ARE NOT WATERPROOF IN REAL WORLD CONTEXTS SUCH AS RIDING A MOTORCYCLE IN THE RAIN.
2. IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED SEALSKINZ PRODUCTS, YOU SHOULD RETURN THEM FOR A REFUND IMMEDIATELY.
3. IF YOU HAVE NOT PURCHASED SEALSKINZ PRODUCTS, YOU SHOULD DO SO AND IMMEDIATELY RETURN THEM FOR A REFUND. IF WE DRIVE UP THEIR RETURN RATES SUFFICIENTLY, IT WILL FORCE RETAILERS TO STOP STOCKING SEALSKINZ PRODUCTS.
Thank you for your time. I would greatly appreciate it if you would forward this email to every motorcyclist you know.