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Seirus Innovation Glove Review: Original All-Weather, Xtreme All-Weather, Hyperlite, and Softshell

Posted Feb 10 2011 12:00am

Despite my recent posts celebrating the pleasantly warm weather we’ve enjoyed on the Monterey Peninsula for the past 2 months, it should be pointed out that I’m not completely immune from facing harsh winter conditions sometimes.

December through March tends to be the rainy season in these parts, and there’s also a slightly counterintuitive relationship between the beauty of our winter days and the coldness of the corresponding nights and mornings. If skies are clear and sunny during the day, our nights will be especially frosty and frigid. When skies are overcast, there’s a better than average chance that I’m going to get wet on my morning run - either through actual measurable rainfall, or from the moisture of dense fog blanketing my favorite valley trails.

What I’m getting at is, I run in cold weather sometimes – and over the past several weeks I’ve ventured out into my share of 30-degree mornings or steady downpours. And the reason I’m telling you about such unspeakable hardship (yes, really) is because I’ve also been using a collection of gloves that have made this misery quite a bit easier to bear.

The gloves are from Seirus Innovation , a company born primarily around ski and snow gear, but one that continually adapts and expands its product line to provide functional crossover potential for outdoor winter athletes. They currently have over 300 products in five main categories: gloves, liners, masks and balaclavas, hats, and "essential equipment" such as boot dryers and snow wallets.

Seirus has so many gloves to choose from that when setting up the review, I had a in trying to decide which models to test. So I basically told the rep, “I do a lot of trail running and MTB riding in wet conditions that get as low as 20 degrees”, and she responded by giving me 4 pairs to test: the Original All-Weather, the Hyperlite All-Weather, the Xtreme All-Weather, and the Softshell Lite. They’ve all performed very admirably for both running and bike riding, and I’ve used all of them frequently enough to distinguish my preferred circumstances for each.

Before describing the specifics of each glove, one important caveat should be pointed out about Seirus gloves: many of their models, especially the All-Weather versions, are marketed as 100% waterproof … which is only about 95% accurate. Of the four models I tried, only one was truly waterproof. For the others, the material that’s used is indeed impenetrable, but the seams aren’t sealed. (It actually says this on the packaging that comes with each pair of gloves, but the font size isn’t nearly as prominent as the “100% waterproof” part.) This style of construction improves breathability and flexibility, but it does allow water to seep through the seams. Consequently, you’ll see some negative reviews of these on various online retail sites posted by customers who expected them to keep their hands absolutely dry in all conditions.

So if you’re wearing an All-Weather glove and stick your hand in an icy stream or get caught in an ocean squall somewhere, yes, your hands will get wet. However, in my experience with them I’ve found that regular old rain stays out pretty well – and when water does trickle underneath the surface, the gloves act similar to a surf wetsuit, in that your body heat warms a thin layer of water that is trapped against the skin, keeping you comfortable despite being wet.

Seirus All-Weather glove


Now that we’re all clear on the waterproof/not waterproof question, let’s talk specifics, beginning with the most popular glove in the lineup: the Original All-Weather glove . Seirus uses a material called Weather Shield tri-laminate that is 100% windproof (same disclaimer about the seams here, though – you can definitely feel some air sneaking through) as well as waterproof, but manages to be breathable as well. Three layers are combined together: an outer shell of Polartec 4-way stretch fabric, a middle layer with the weatherproof membrane, and a wicking microfleece interior.

On the palm side there’s abrasion resistant leather, and the knit cuffs stay in place quite nicely on your wrist. I typically wear these for running when temps are in the 30s, or for MTB riding in the 40s. Perhaps the best aspect of these gloves – and this will be a recurring theme for all the models I tested – is how thin and flexible they are for the amount of warmth they provide. Wearing the All-Weather gloves, I still have enough dexterity to use zippers and headlamp buttons, which is a very nice perk when you’re reluctant to expose your fingers to the cold.


Seirus All-Weather Xtreme glove

For more extreme conditions, Seirus has the Xtreme All-Weather glove , which is the only truly waterproof glove in this lineup. It has the same 3-layer fabric as the Original All-Weather glove – but in this case the seams are sealed, preventing any water from seeping in. It has a Soft Grip palm, and the same snug form-fitting comfort as the Original. The Xtreme is a little bit thicker than the Original, so dexterity isn’t quite as good, but this has quickly become my best severe weather glove. I’ve used it comfortably for temps in the high 20s (as cold as it gets around here, really) as well as in the rain, and they work equally well as a cold-weather MTB glove.


Seirus Hyperlite All-Weather glove

When the weather isn’t quite so nasty, Seirus has a Hyperlite version of the All-Weather glove, which provides the same weather resistance as the original with a bit less warmth - or as the website describes it, “half the weight, all the awesome.” They can be used as a single layer, but are thin enough to wear as a liner for a bigger, thicker glove if you happen to find yourself in Alaska or some other place I never hope to encounter. Dexterity with these thin gloves is pretty impressive, as I can even use my compact camera while wearing them. Right now I wear these for temps in the 40s, and they’ll probably become my go-to glove as winter turns into spring shortly.


Seirus Softshell Lite glove

The misfit, so to speak, of this review is the Softshell Lite glove, which uses a lighter Polartec stretch shell on the outer layer instead of the more rugged exterior of the All-Weather gloves. Wind and water-resistant barriers are only on the palm and side walls instead of on the entire hand surface, which decreases its utility in harsh weather. Finally, they’re not quite as form-fitting as the others, so finger dexterity is compromised just a bit.

Hearing all that, you might conclude that I don’t like them … but actually, I’ve used these more than any of the others. The softshell construction still provides good insulation, and breathability is noticeably better than the All-Weather models. They have great versatility for a wider range of conditions; I’ve worn them for multi-hour runs that started in the low 30s and finished in the high 40s, and my hands generally stayed at a nice consistent comfort level throughout. If I’ve got an early morning 20-miler to knock out and I know that it’s not going to rain, these are the gloves I’m taking with me.

On the whole, I've really been impressed with my Seirus gloves, and I honestly can't recall any mornings where I've felt like my fingers weren't warm enough. I suspect that the Xtreme gloves would be suitable for temps into the teens or even lower, but fortunately for me, I haven't had to put them to such a severe test. Regardless, there’s certainly something for everybody in this assortment, and a few pairs in rotation would probably be enough to get you through an entire winter. Most Seirus gloves are available at Amazon.com with slightly variable prices based on size and color; the links for each are right here
retail for $27-$35.


retail for $44.


retail for $25-$30.


retail for $44.

*Products provided by Seirus Innovation
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