The palm and the fingers are covered with soft
rubber gripper dots that will aid in holding your prized catch for those Kodak
moments, provide good grip to the gear wet or dry, and much more. Since
the rubber dots are soft it will not harm the fish in anyway but provide an
added feature for the gloves and your fishing experience.
The gripper dots assist in palming, providing a non-slip
grip to the rod and reel
SealSkinz Patented MVT: MVT stands for Moisture Vapor
Transpiration. This patented 3 layer fabric makes the gloves and
socks 100% waterproof and breathable that will protect your hands and feet from
getting wet and cold during any of your fishing
SealSkinz's 3 layer system. So how does MVT
work? 1) The outer layer of the glove is
an abrasion resistant nylon or Lycra. This layer is used to increase
durability and to prevent the loss of shape after extensive use. 2) The
waterproof MVT membrane lets perspiration out while blocking water from
entering. 3) The inner layer that comes in contact with your skin is made
out of Coolmax, a DuPont fabric that wicks away the moisture caused by sweat
glands. This material assists in the extraction of perspiration by
spreading it over a large surface area allowing quicker evaporation.
Lab Tests: Knowing that the gloves will be used in extreme
conditions we tested the glove in as many ways as possible under careful lab
setups. First we ran cold water of approximately 50 degrees
Fahrenheit over the gloves while wearing them. This was performed with 60
second intervals using a "shower-head" setup to simulate heavy rain. After
20 minutes we analyzed the outside of the gloves. Some water does collect
on the outer material, but how about the inside. Did water get in?
SealSkinz are 100% waterproof and we found that to be true after we ran this
test for about 1 hour long.
When using Danalco's gloves Anglers will be sticking them into the water
to catch and then release the fish. The next setup will test the SealSkinz
gloves while most of it will be submerged in water. Not that Anglers would
have their hands in water for extended periods of time, but TackleTour really
wanted to see how waterproof SealSkinz's 3-layer system is. The duration
of this part of the test took 12 hours while doing frequent checks for leaks or
any moisture build-up inside the gloves. Again the results are
outstanding. Danalco's MVT material really prevents water from entering
even though it's breathable.
Real World Tests: Lab tests are good because they are under a
strictly controlled environment, but the better way to test the SealSkinz Gloves
is to use them in real fishing adventures. That's where we take you
We used the gloves in both largemouth bass and rainbow trout fishing in
local lakes such as Anderson, Lexington, and Steven's Creek Reservoir under
different weather conditions that included the sun, the rain, the wind, the
cold, and a mixture of all of the above.
Comfort: Many of you have tried on Neoprene waterproof
gloves that are fully fingered, but how comfortable were those?
Comfort-wise I found them okay at first. Later my hands start to sweat and
the level of comfort begins to go downhill from there.
Danalco's SealSkinz Gloves display an entirely new level of comfort in
fishing gloves. First, SealSkinz gloves are knitted. These
gloves provide a skin-tight fit but it does not decrease dexterity because it's
knitted design provides great flexibility. Because these gloves fit nicely
and allow easy hand movements I was able to use them during an entire day of
fishing without discomfort.
Yes, SealSkinz gloves are knitted, but they are 100% waterproof and
breathable. These two elements are very important because when you're
fishing and it's cold outside, keeping your hands dry and warm will allow you to
fish longer during those freezing days. Many times when I fished during
the winter months the freezing cold weather ended my fun early, but now that I
use the SealSkinz Gloves I am able to fish the entire day while other anglers
have to retreat to the warmth of their homes.
Coolmax, the inner layer of the Danalco Gloves, is used to wick away
moisture, but it also provides a nice feel to one's hands and will not irritate
Waterproof & Breathable: Danalco SealSkinz gloves claim
that they are 100% waterproof, and from the lab test results that statement is
100% true. So the next step is to take the gloves out and apply them in
all the different ways an angler would use them where they would get their hands
When you are float tubing in water that's 50 degrees Fahrenheit,
SealSkinz gloves really help. I usually engage all the buckles once
I am in the water. This would mean that my hands will get wet.
Previously without SealSkinz gloves my hands would be burning-cold after
reaching into the water to secure the apron. But with the 100% waterproof
gloves I am able to stick my hands in the water without getting them
For those who have used a float tube before, you know that from constant
kicking and wearing Neoprene waders can cause you to sweat even on the coldest
days. Staying dry and being able to wick the sweat from your skin is
important to keep yourself warm and to prevent hypothermia. Danalco's 100%
waterproof gloves are also breathable. The patented MVT material, as
explained above, allows moisture to leave the membrane while keeping water
out. Also the Coolmax inner layer spreads out the moisture from your skin
allowing faster extraction. I did notice that my hands started to sweat
and I can feel minimal moisture inside the gloves, but soon after the
perspiration was removed from the inside due to the material's ability to
breathe. These gloves are breathable, but it works best when the air
temperature is cold and your hands are warm.
Other times where an angler would get their hands wet is when they stick
their hands into cold water and lip largemouth bass or to pick up the trout,
while releasing the fish, and also fishing when it's raining. SealSkinz
gloves kept my hands perfectly dry while I did this from a boat, shore, and
Usability: When wearing the SealSkinz Gloves for fishing,
how well can you perform regular fishing tasks? Throughout the testing
period I was able to experience and feel the differences with and without
wearing the gloves while fishing.
1. Casting: While wearing the SealSkinz Gloves I was able to cast both a
baitcasting and spinning reel without any problems. The first few tries
weren't too pretty, but after I got used to it casting became normal like I
didn't even have the gloves on.
The skin-hugging fit allows easy casting, even with
baitcasting reels. Using your thumb to control the line is also
2. Tying Knots: I have mentioned above that the gloves have a skin-tight
fit, but did I tell you that they are really thin? Well, they are.
The overall design of the thin flexible gloves allowed me to tie different
knots. Some where easy to tie while others had a little more difficulty;
and some that I couldn't tie without removing the gloves.
3. Catch & Release: The SealSkinz Gloves act as a great tool for you
to land your fish in cold weather either by lipping them, holding them by body
and tail, or any other way an angler would bring their fish into their
hands. I found that the 100% waterproof gloves kept my hands dry while
attempting this, and it has great dexterity that allowed me to quickly move my
hands into position to take on the prized catch. Also because the gloves
are thin and skin-hugging tight they are no where near the clumpsy
category. The gripper dots also aid in holding the fish without causing
Lipping a largemouth bass using the 100% waterproof gloves
keep the hands dry and warm. The gloves also assist in holding the
And while releasing the fish I usually hold them in the water allowing
oxygen to pass through their gills to get the back to a stable state before I
let go. Again the SealSkinz waterproof gloves protected my hands from the
freezing cold water while releasing the fish.
4. Other uses: Danalco's SealSkinz Gloves are great for fishing in
extremely cold and wet weather, but they are good for other purposes as
well. We at TackleTour found that the gloves can also be used for other
things while fishing. The gloves are great for driving the boat since they
are flexible, wind-proof, and has excellent grip to the steering wheel and the
throttle... wet or dry.
Danalco's gloves can also be used for driving the boat in
extreme conditions. The superb grip insures that you will never slip when
steering or controlling the throttle
The SealSkiz Gloves can also be used when you take your kayak or canoe
out for fishing. They provide good grip to the oars, and of course they
will keep your hands dry throughout the entire expedition.
5. Need longer gloves?: The SeakSkinz Gloves extend a little above your
wrists. This might cause a problem for some of you who like to stick their
entire hands into the water while releasing the fish or for any other
reason. But don't worry, Danalco produces the SealSkinz Gauntlet
Gloves. They are elbow high and will allow you to reach well into the
water without getting any water into your gloves.
SealSkinz Gauntlet Gloves are elbow high protecting you
from getting wet even when your entire hand and wrist are in the
Care: This is very important to assure greatest longevity of the
gloves. Hand wash the gloves and allow them to drip dry. DO NOT
twist or wring them. Machine wash on low temperature and tumble dry on
low. Remember to reverse the gloves halfway through when machine drying.
Waterproof Glove Ratings (?/10)
||SealSkinz Gloves are constructed using a high quality patented
3-layer system, seamless, and are ISO 9001 certified
gloves are there to keep you dry. They are 100% waterproof and
breathable. The knitted design allows full dexterity. An
extreme glove to be used in extreme conditions
good price for a glove that's fully waterproof and breathable
gripper dots add gripping power in wet or dry conditions
flexible knitted skin-hugging design provides good comfort while
great glove that will help you fish longer in winter months by keeping
your hands dry and warm
Pluses and Minuses:
Hooks can snag on knitted material if
Conclusion: When the weather calls for extreme gear, don't
forget to bring Danalco's SealSkinz 100% waterproof gloves. The patented
3-layer system along with the other features make these gloves a very useful
tool for fishing. They will keep your hands dry and warm in the unstable
cold winter months and allow you to fish much longer. For an incredible
price you get a product that's fully waterproof, breathable, allows full
dexterity, comfortable, and is constructed with quality while following ISO 9001
standards. I would recommend using SealSkinz Gloves the next time you are
out fishing in extreme weather.