SealSkinz Ultra Grip Hi Vis gloves review£32.50

Merino-lined waterproof glove with a blocky cut

BikeRadar score3/5

The Sealskinz Ultra Grip Hi Vis gloves are three-layer waterproof numbers, with some rubber grip on the fingers and palm. While the merino lining is a welcome addition for a rubbery waterproof glove, the blocky cut detracts considerably from a good fit.

The Ultra Grip Hi Vis is definitely less clammy than a pure neoprene glove, and is fairly flexible too. Some tight-fighting waterproof gloves feel as though you're fighting the shape to wrap around the handlebar – that is not the case here. Though the company won't specify exactly what is is, a proprietary, rubbery-feeling layer is sandwiched between the merino and the outer polyester layer.

These gloves definitely keep the water out. And as long as the temperatures are not sub-freezing, they are warm enough for wet weather.

The cut could definitely be improved. The very loose wrist means a squirmy palm within the glove, despite the grip on the palm. And constricted fingers can mean cold fingers.

SealSkinz ultra grip hi vis gloves have a merino lining:

The merino lining is a nice touch for a category of glove that often feels rubbery

As for the 'Hi Vis' part of the name, the color certainly delivers on that front. The gloves nearly glow they are so bright!

Bottom line? Good materials that could benefit from better tailoring.

SealSkinz ultra grip hi vis gloves have an almost rectangular cut through the palm and wrist:

Hi Vis by name, high vis by nature…

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Age: 39
  • Height: 183cm / 6'
  • Weight: 84kg / 185lb
  • Waist: 84cm / 33in
  • Chest: 99cm / 39in
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team, Trek Boone 5, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4, Marinoni fixed gear, Santa Cruz Roadster TT bike
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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