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Jan 13, 2013 06:46AM
OK, back to waterproof, breathable glove to wear over our gloves and gauntlets. My Seirus Innovation Women's Xtreme All-Weather Gloves (wow...what a name!) came from Amazon the other day! They were $35, plus $6.99 shipping. I had found the men's version locally (for $50) , but the men's small was too big, so I ordered it online.
The fit is perfect for me (I wear a small off-the-shelf gauntlet, if that's any kind of size reference), and the gloves, although lightly lined, are quite thin and flexible. There is a bit of rubber-like material sewn over the index finger and the palm, to help grip things. That bit of rubber is textured slightly, and I found it quite easy to grasp dishes, silverware, etc. as I worked in the kitchen. The gloves are comfortable and I wore them quite a bit for kitchen work, maybe about an hour, two times, yesterday. My work included making a pie crust, which doesn't ask much of my LE hand (left hand; I am a righty), but I was quite interested in what the fabric of the glove would look like after it was covered in wet flour during my cutting board clean-up work. I used a bench knife to scrape the board of the damp flour, into my left hand (much as you might sweep crumbs from one hand to the other). The glove was pretty coated in the goo, but I had no trouble rinsing it off to what looked like a brand new glove.
That made me think about what might lurk in the glove's fibers if I had been handling chicken. The outside layer of the glove is a knit fabric, and that layer does get (and stay) wet. So, I washed my hands with anti-bacterial hand soap, with the glove on over my LE gauntlet, really lathering. I believe the glove can be washed in the machine, but that's not useful if the idea is to cut up chicken, then turn to a pile of salad greens. I say 'believe' the glove is machine washable, because there is no comment about that on the packaging, although I know for certain that Gore-tex and other similar raingear are washable, so I suspect that's true here, too.
Anyway, the glove seemed no worse for the wear after a vigorous handwashing with the kitchen hand soap, and I have no reason to think that the anti-bac properties of the soap did not do its work. But--probably if I had chicken or meats or seafood to work with, I would use one of the disposable plastics for that part of my kitchen work. Just in case the glove fiber doesn't readily sanitize.
That all sounds great, right? Except...one of the fingers leaked! My pinky tip was wet inside, which probably means that the seam was not fully sealed. The rest of the glove was dry and snug as a bug after repeated dunkings and holding the hand under a running faucet, and the rest of my hand never got in the least bit sweaty. But clearly a wet pinky is not what I paid for, so the glove goes back.
I'll ask for an exchange and give it a second try. For the record, this glove would be absolutely perfect for an outdoor activity, such as skiing or nordic pole walking, where the hand might get sweaty from the warmth of the activity. I'm hoping that I got that one odd glove with a leaky seam, but if the replacement is not fully dry, I'll have to give the product a thumbs down for LE garment protection.