Photos // James Poole
I’m sure that I’m not the only one who hates being cold on a bike ride, especially when it comes to my hands. Once the cold chill has penetrated through my gloves and into my bones, the numbness that takes over drastically reduces my confidence as I fail to feel the brake levers, and struggle to shift gears. Fortunately, breakthrough weatherproof technologies are at the forefront of the Sealskinz brand as they launch all-new Fusion Control™. Using this new fancy technology, I attended the launch of the Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves.
What is Fusion Control?
Setting a new precedent for weatherproof fabric, Fusion Control offers unparalleled breathability while remaining 100% waterproof and windproof. The unique bonding process layers a hydrophilic membrane with a merino wool liner, goatskin and a softshell outer shell. This bonding technique allows for a closer fit for optimal dexterity and grip.
One of the great things about these gloves is that there is a soft inner liner that’s been moulded to the outer layer. This means there’s no bunching up or slipping when putting on, and taking off your gloves. Another great feature that I found is just how warm these gloves are! With super soft merino wool liner protected by the outer layers of Goatskin leater and hydrophilic membrane, my hands remained supremly toasty. However, I’ll have to wait until the unforgiving depths of winter have grasped my wee Welsh valley before really testing these gloves to see how they stand, although I’m very optimistic based on how they have performed so far!
While the Goatskin leathers gives the illusion that this glove looks like it should belong on a motorcycle, the Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves are a lot more supple than they seem. Designed to bend and flex with the natural movements of your hands, I didn’t find any restrictions of movement when it came to using any of the controls on my cockpit. Furthermore, the leather panelling actually offers addition protection in the areas of your hands that are most likely to get bashed when you’re riding.
As luck would have it for the Sealskinz launch, the sun came out and there wasn’t a drop of rain in sight to test out the waterproof capabilities of this glove. No worries though, I did my own ghetto test by running my gloved hands under a running tap for a few minutes. Suffice to say that my hands stayed totally dry, which is amazing, but real-world testing is still required to be totally sure.
There are two other cool features that I want to highlight as well. The Velcro tab on the wrists is always welcomed to ensure a secure and comfortable fit, it also helps to minimise water leaking into your glove. Secondly, there’s a nifty little side clip that attaches the gloves together. This is a game-changer for those of you, like me, who stops to snap some photos on the phone and loses a glove in the process (don’t ask me how, I have no idea).
Available in stealth black and grey/black, the Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves come in sizes small through to extra large, and retail for £75 directly from Sealskinz.
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