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Old 10-20-05, 03:02 PM   #1
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Neoprene or sealskinz chillbuster gloves?

I'm looking for some waterproof gloves for use commuting - short 20-30 minutes but with a variable, exposed wait for a bus. Second use for the gloves will be for my other, diametrically opposed hobby, of detailing my cars. It gets cold dipping your hand in a bucket of wash water in January!

Any thoughts or real world experience with one or the other?

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Old 10-21-05, 10:47 AM   #2
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My sealskinz gloves arrived today and I get to pick them up tomorrow from the post office. I'll be able to give you some feedback after that.
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My sealskinz gloves arrived today and I get to pick them up tomorrow from the post office. I'll be able to give you some feedback after that.
I just bought a pair of Sealskinz gloves and socks at REI this morning. Now I wish it would rain...
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Old 10-23-05, 12:42 PM   #4
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I posted on this in a thread in the commuting forum earlier this year. In summary, unlined neoprene gloves don't do much for cycling in the winter, but they're great above freezing in the wet. I would expect they'd be better than nothing for detailing work.
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Old 10-23-05, 06:49 PM   #5
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Last winter I spent half an hour in REI trying to make up my mind between buying a pair of the Sealskinz or a pair of Manzella Silkweight Windstopper. I bought both, intending to return the ones I liked less. But I liked them both a lot. The Sealskinz are great if it's really pouring hard and it's pretty cool out. I've ridden maybe a hundred miles in cold (40's F) wet conditions, and my hands were quite dry and quite warm. But they're a little bulky, and a little warm for my hands if the temp is above the 50's. The Manzellas are lighter weight, and I haven't ridden them in as much rain, but they've been fine for keeping the chill off. Last week I rode them through an hour of pouring rain and my hands were perfectly dry, but I don't think they're advertised to be waterproof. For real winter riding, I wear mittens that can flip back and let your fingers out (so that if you start to overheat, you can use your fingers as effective radiators). They've been good down to 10 degrees F. I've got a pair of goretex overmittens in case it gets colder.

Neoprene booties make my feet sweat -- I'd hate to have my hands sweat like that.
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Thanks for the replies, I got some neoprene "diving" gloves since I'm sure they will work for dipping my hands in the wash bucket while car detailing, are cheap and might possibily work for wet day commutes as well. We'll see!
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Sealskinz are made in the USA while most neoprene gloves are made in China or some other third world country.
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Old 12-09-05, 03:33 PM   #8
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My sealskinz gloves arrived today and I get to pick them up tomorrow from the post office. I'll be able to give you some feedback after that.
how'd you like the gloves?
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