Sealskinz - Waterproof Hats, Socks and Gloves
|Sealskinz Men's Waterproof Versatility Glove |
New for 2009 and with a supple and durable goat skin all leather palm, this new fully waterproof glove is simple, comfortable and dexterous. Ideal for the great outdoors and it is versatile enough to be worn anywhere.
|Sealskinz Waterproof Outdoor Glove |
The Outdoor Glove, which is new for 2009 is a great all round waterproof glove, with an extended cuff and drawstring closure. Ideal for a wide variety of outdoor activities from hiking, to gardening to walking the dog. A good all-round waterproof glove.
|Sealskinz Ladies Waterproof Versatility Glove |
New for 2009 and specially designed to fit smaller Ladies hands with slimmer wrists and longer fingers, this glove has a supple and durable goat skin all leather palm, it is new fully waterproof, comfortable and dexterous. Ideal for the great outdoors it is versatile enough to be worn anywhere.
|Sealskinz Activity Waterproof and Breathable Glove |
With a supple sheepskin leather palm and fingers and using Porelle® DXTwaterproof membrane technology, this glove offers superb fit, dexterity and padding. Ideal for general outdoor use and road cycling
|Sealskinz Waterproof Ultra Grip Glove |
Sealskinz most popular glove. It uses SealSkinz patented technology, Merino wool and has grip dots on the palm and fingers. It is close fitting, dexterous, windproof, breathable and 100% waterproof.
|Sealskinz Waterproof Mountain Biking Glove |
Our highest specification cycle glove. With superior gel padding on the palm, Primaloft® insulation and Porelle® DXT membrane this glove provides comfort and protection in all weathers.
|Sealskinz Waterproof Winter Glove |
Sealskins Winter glove is specifically designed and developed for colder conditions using the highly breathable Porelle membrane to ensure maximum comfort, minimum internal moisture build-up and thermal insulation.
|Sealskinz Winter Waterproof Mitten |
Designed for colder conditions, this mitten uses highly breathable Porelle® membrane to ensure minimum internal moisture build, maximum thermal protection and comfort
|Sealskinz Windproof Glove |
Using the latest windproof fabric technology, the Windproof glove offers superb fit, dexterity and padding.
|Sealskinz Waterproof Glove Liner |
These glove liners are designed to be worn under your gloves to give an additional layer of insulation. They are made from Merino wool for extra comfort and wicking performance.
|Sealskinz Waterproof Winter Hat |
The SealSkinz Winter Hat, with its breathable membrane and micro fleece lining offers warmth, comfort and protection. It has drop down ear flaps and an adjustable peak.
|Sealskinz Waterproof and Breathable Beanie Hat |
The Beanie Hat with its Porelle® membrane is waterproof, windproof and highly breathable. Ideal for a wide range of outdoor activities, the micro fleece makes it extremely warm and comfortable.
|Sealskinz Waterproof Bush Hat |
The new Sealskinz Waterproof Bush Hat features a breathable membrane and mesh lining to offer protection from all the elements - including both sun and rain.
|Sealskinz Trekking Waterproof Sock |
Developed specifically for hiking in more arduous conditions. The Trekking sock has a padded loop piled layer of Merino wool for the toes, sole, heel and Achilles area to give extra protection, comfort and support.
|Sealskinz Walking Waterproof Sock |
New for 2009. The Walking sock includes an elasticated arch and ankle support. These give a closer fit and reduce movement in the shoe while providing additional comfort and support.
|Sealskinz Mid Thermal Waterproof Sock |
Using a high density loop pile padded layer of Merino wool as a lining, the Mid Thermal is the warmest SealSkinz sock available and is available in both black and olive green.
|Sealskinz Ultra Light Waterproof Socks |
SealSkinz Ultra Lights are our lightest and thinnest socks. Using a Coolmax® lining they are ideal for use with lighter weight footwear and trail shoes. They add a great deal of flexibility when used with non-waterproof, breathable trail shoes for hiking in wet conditions or for crossing streams.
|Sealskinz - How do they work?|
Waterproof and breathable socks and gloves - Why both ?
Sealskinz waterproof socks and gloves need to be both waterproof AND breathable. A totally waterpoof but non-breathable sock / glove would be very uncomfortable to wear, as perspiration (as water vapour) would have no means of escaping, thus condensing on the inside of the garment, leaving the wearer 'wet from within' and feeling cold.
Conversely a very breathable but non-waterproof sock / glove would be so open, allowing air, and perspiration (as water vapour) to pass freely through, that it would offer little protection from the elements (e.g. canvas tents let water through if you lean against them!)
|Types of Waterproofing ...|
There are two commercial ways to make a fabric resist water:
Some garments are made water-resistant by coating the outer surface with a layer of hydrophobic ("water hating") chemical or wax. When water droplets fall onto the fabric they "bead" due to the surface tension of the water, and roll off. However, coatings are not always durable, and can be damaged during repeated washing and flexing (wear)
A more durable method is to use a waterproof breathable film or "membrane", which is laminated (glued) to a layer of fabric inside the garment. SealSkinz® waterproof socks and hats incorporate a Porelle membrane which is laminated between the inner and outer layers. Porelle membrane is both waterproof AND breathable, and will never wash away.
| There are two types of polyurethane film used to make waterproof breathable socks / gloves:|
1. Microporous ...
Microporous films are full of microscopic holes or pores. These pores are approximately 5 microns in diameter whereas water droplets are typically 500 - 5000 microns and 'drizzle' droplets can be as small as 200 microns in diameter and are therefore too large to penetrate the pores in the film. It is impossible for water droplets to pass through, and therefore the film is 100% waterproof.
Water vapour molecules, generated by the body perspiring, are much smaller (typically less than 0.0003 microns) and pass easily through the holes, carrying moisture away.
2. Hydrophilic ...
SealSkinz® socks and gloves use a different type of membrane called hydrophilic ("water loving"). Hydrophilic membranes are totally solid, without pores. It is therefore physically impossible for droplets of liquid water to pass through the membrane, however, it is breathable because water vapour molecules are transmitted from molecule to molecule through the membrane on the polymer chain and expelled on the other side. The driving forces are the differences in humidity and temperature between the atmospheres on each side of the film.
The internal climate, next to the skin, is hot and humid because the body is generating heat and moisture as it exercises. The external climate is much drier and cooler. Consequently water vapour is driven from the inside of the garment to the outside. As the foot gets hotter during an activity, so the film becomes more efficient at expelling moisture.
|SealSkinz® 100% Waterproof Testing
Every single SealSkinz® product is tested before it leaves the factory. The hat is mounted onto a machine which subjects it to water pressure. If any product leaks, the item is rejected and diced. Every SealSkinz® product is therefore guaranteed to be 100% waterproof.
The waterproof film can withstand 10psi of hydrostatic head pressure, the equivalent of a column of water 700cm high standing on the fabric surface. This is 7 times the level required to meet European Standards for waterproof clothing.
Breathability is measured by a water vapour permeability index in accordance with BS 3424: Part 34: 1992 Method 37. In this test, pieces of laminated fabric cover a small cup holding a measured mass of water.
The cup is allowed to stand in a controlled climate for several hours. At the end of the test, the cup is re-weighed to determine how much moisture from within the cup has evaporated and been expelled through the sample fabric.
A water vapour permeability (WVP) rating is then determined by comparison to a standard fabric given the same treatment. The SealSkinz® Mid light, Long light, Mid thermal and the New SealSkinz Glove all have a water vapour permeability index of 50-60% when measured in accordance with BS 3424: Part 34: 1992 Method 37.