In the photos above, I am wearing the glove in the most dexterous configuration, with the thumb tip and mitten flipped back, and held in place by the embedded magnets. We’ll call this Convertible Mode. The gloves were comfortable and flexible, and I was pleasantly surprised with how well I could move my fingers, and complete various tasks.
The palm material is soft, and has some sort of textured coating on it that seems to increase grip, which is useful when carrying a tripod and similar things.
In between shooting photos and other activities, if I needed to warm up my fingertips a little bit, I could flip the mitten tops over for a few minutes. Later in the day, I put a hand warmer in each mitten top just to see how it would feel…it was fantastic.
The amount of thought that Sealskinz put into these gloves is apparent, and it shows up in some nice little details that make my life easier.
They installed two pull loops on each glove, for ease of removal with the opposing hand. There’s no more picking and pulling at the fingers and trying to wiggle your hand out gradually. (See video which demonstrates proper use of the pull loops.)
They used magnets instead of Velcro for fastening the mitten and thumb tops back. Magnets are better for at least two reasons; 1. They won’t deteriorate or detach, like Velcro eventually does, and 2. Unlike noisy Velcro, the magnets are virtually silent, which is useful for wildlife photography, where we don’t want to spook the animals. (See video which exhibits the magnetic fasteners)
The stretchy wrist cuff on the glove fits close to the skin, and extends nicely up the forearm, so it easily tucks inside a jacket sleeve. In other gloves with a bulkier, wider, shorter cuff, it can be difficult to get it to stay inside your jacket sleeve, thereby leaving a gap for cold air and water to sneak in.