Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

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Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

Postby sore thumb » 14 Nov 2014, 9:35am

I bought some new Altura road waterproof gloves and today was the day that they had a good wet test.

So are they waterproof?

They were waterproof for 30 mins then started to let the water in.

I was wearing a waterproof jacket and my arms remained dry, I did not feel any water running in the top of the gloves cuff and the cuff was underneath the waterproof jacket.

The only area of the glove that was exposed to the rain was the hand itself.

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So I'm going to have to look for some more actual waterproof gloves.

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Re: Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

Postby Penfolds11 » 14 Nov 2014, 9:43am

sore thumb wrote:I bought some new Altura road waterproof gloves and today was the day that they had a good wet test.

So I'm going to have to look for some more actual waterproof gloves.


I hope you're going to return them to where you bought them as being not fit for purpose. They might be a bad batch and a replacement pair could be waterproof. If they're advertised as "fully waterproof" then that's exactly what they should be!

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Re: Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

Postby iviehoff » 14 Nov 2014, 10:14am

I don't think it's possible for a pair of gloves of that general type to be waterproof in the sense that a pair of washing up gloves is waterproof. If you want really waterproof gloves, then you need something that is essentially a pair of insulated washing-up gloves. But the trouble with those is that they will get still soggy inside from condensation and your sweating.

For this reason I have a pair of neoprene gloves which work on the wet-suit principle for cycling for extended periods of time in foul weather.

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Re: Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

Postby Ben@Forest » 14 Nov 2014, 11:38am

I don't have this exact pair but something similar. As it says in the review - good in the wet, but can't keep out the cold for that long.

http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/category/clothing/gloves/product/review-capo-iso-neoprene-ls-glove-47761/

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Re: Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

Postby iviehoff » 14 Nov 2014, 11:53am

Ben@Forest wrote:I don't have this exact pair but something similar. As it says in the review - good in the wet, but can't keep out the cold for that long.
http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/category/clothing/gloves/product/review-capo-iso-neoprene-ls-glove-47761/


Neoprene gloves are never going to work for sub-zero temperatures, that's not how they work, they are specifically for wet conditions because they work like a wetsuit. Near-freezing temperatures are also a bit of a problem - which is why divers use dry suits when diving in the coldest seas. But mostly when it's raining temperatures are substantially above freezing. If you are going to have to deal with cold but dry as well, you need another pair of gloves. That's why when touring Iceland or Norway I take both. In extremis when it's cold and wet, take some warm gloves and wear plastic bags over them.

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Re: Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

Postby sore thumb » 14 Nov 2014, 12:05pm

If they are advertised as waterproof then they should be waterproof.

If they are not waterproof then maybe say water resistant or say nothing at all.

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Re: Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

Postby Si » 14 Nov 2014, 12:36pm

I was having a chat with some one earlier in the week about waterproof gloves - she had the same gloves as the OP and reported much the same thing.
I did have some ski gloves that seemed very waterproof but did not get sweaty inside....just no padding on the palm for longer rides.

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Re: Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

Postby Stradageek » 14 Nov 2014, 12:58pm

I only once found some truly waterproof gloves but gave up on them after they filled with water that ran down my sleeves (60mins in torrential rain) then took two days to dry out!

I now trust in neoprene or similar materials, driving rain and near zero temperatures being both rare and mostly countered by riding faster to keep warm

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Re: Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

Postby Vantage » 14 Nov 2014, 1:00pm

I bought some Altura Nightvision waterproof gloves 3 years ago. They leaked after a while in a moderate downpour. And as Stradageek pointed out, days instead of hours to dry out.
My Altura Arran 36 panniers were according to the advertising "water repellent". Nope. They aren't.
I doubt I'll be buying Altura again. They seem a little too optimistic about their products capabilities.
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Re: Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

Postby Flinders » 14 Nov 2014, 2:48pm

Very few products are 100% waterproof.
You can get rucksacks that are but they cost a fortune and are hard to find. Best bet for bags is waterproof covers. For garments, unless you can seal all cuffs etc. and don't sweat, you'll never be completely dry.

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Re: Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

Postby julk » 14 Nov 2014, 5:26pm

Not a solution to the gloves leaking but,
turn them inside out and then try short bursts in the microwave to dry them out.
Maybe saves a day or two trying to dry them and they warm up as well.

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Re: Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

Postby snibgo » 14 Nov 2014, 8:08pm

In winter I use padded Goretex gloves. Expensive when I bought them about 20 years ago, but toasty warm and they've never let water in and don't get sweaty. They might be too warm for some people, but my fingers get cold rather readily.

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Re: Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

Postby ChrisButch » 15 Nov 2014, 10:26am

As a general point about winter gloves, It usually pays to look at gloves aimed at the hillwalking/climbing market from a specialist retailer rather than those specifically sold as cycling gloves. The range is much wider, and materials and construction often better; but there's little difference in the actual requirements, so there's little to be gained in restricting yourself to a specific 'cycling' glove. And I endorse the point others have made about no wearable glove being truly waterproof, as there's no realistically practical way to seal the cuffs.

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Re: Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

Postby Vantage » 15 Nov 2014, 10:34am

I always pull my sleeves over the top of my gloves. It stops water dribbling into them and feels more comfortable and warmer.
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Re: Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

Postby NUKe » 15 Nov 2014, 1:27pm

Are you sure this not just your hands sweating. I have a similar pair of gloves, but find them too warm at this time of year
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