Seal Skinz Ladies All Weather Cycle Gloves  £30.00

6/10

Good performance but let down a bit by waterproofing

Contact  www.sealskinz.com

by hgorman   May 28, 2009  

Seal Skinz Ladies All Weather glove

I tested the Sealskins All Weather gloves to the maximum in winter hail, a deluge of rain and wind storms. Freezing temperatures and painful hail stones bit into my exposed face, but the gloves, and my hands, stood up to the extreme winter weather. However, they weren't as waterproof as I'd hoped.

The gloves are tight fitting. The medium size is borderline slightly too small for me, which is surprising as I’m only 5'4" and take an extra small sized frame. If you're in doubt, go a size bigger. In the winter dry my hands felt snug and warm, and I was easily able to keep control of the gears and brakes. Grip was good in the wet too with the rubber pads on the fingers and palms of my hands working well. Ideally I’d have liked a bit more padding on the palm of my hand for comfort.

In average winter temperatures the gloves kept me warm and dry. In extremely cold weather the ends of my fingers gradually got cold during a longer ride, but I’d trade that for the improved handling of these gloves over a much thicker, clumsier glove.

It’s almost a shame that it’s getting warmer now, as I’ll have to pack them away ready for next winter! They’re probably too warm for summer rain, but perhaps April showers will see them get a few extra rides.

Overall, the waterproofing isn’t perhaps quite as good as I had hoped, they need a little extra padding on the palm of the hand, but the fit, comfort and handling is excellent and well worth the price.

Verdict

Performance was good but I was a bit disappointed they weren't more waterproof.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Seal Skinz Ladies All Weather Cycle Gloves

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Ladies all weather cycling gloves. Claim to be totally waterproof and highly breathable with silicon print on fingers for grip. Not quite as waterproof as expected.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

'Lightweight construction with pressure point padding on palm and silicon grip on fingers.' - These aspects seem good to me, just a little more padding perhaps needed?

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Seem to be very well made.

Rate the product for performance:
 
5/10

Less waterproof than I'd expect for a 'totally waterproof' glove.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

Have not had any problems during testing - expect them to wear well based on construction.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10

A bit small even though I normally take a small, would like to try a size larger.

Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Snug fit and comfortable. Overall good performer.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Lightweight and solid looking construction. Grips on fingers really good.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Not as waterproof as I expected.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Maybe

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe... there aren't many women's specific winter gloves to choose from

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 5ft4  Weight: 63kg

I usually ride: Giant TCR  My best bike is: Giant Aeryn Alliance TT

I've been riding for: 5-10 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, sportives, general fitness riding, Triathlon

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