Seal out Water, Wind, and Cold.
No one is trying to scare you off. We’re just encouraging you to think ahead. The time is nigh to consider how your digits are going to stay warm and dry when the temperatures start to drop and cold weather sailing starts up again.
(For those of you sailing in cold climes year round: fist off, you rock. We love sailing too! and second, these gloves were made for you.)
The murmurs regarding a technology called OutDry are getting louder, and the sailing community is taking note. One example of the technology in play: Musto’s OutDry Waterproof Gloves. NOTE – These are no longer available and have been replace by new options available winter sailing gloves.
OutDry technology is big in the outdoor industry and seems to have proven its merit over time. If Musto’s OutDry Waterproof Gloves do what they’re supposed to do, they may just be the lightest, most waterproof, dexterous gloves in the sailing market…
So what is OutDry exactly? It’s a waterproof and breathable membrane. It’s also the patented lamination process in which that membrane is bonded directly to an external shell. In this case, the shell material for the gloves is nylon. Because the membrane is bonded directly to the interior of the shell, there are no gaps that will allow water to penetrate the barrier. Furthermore, there is a layer of insulation, which serves comfort in more ways than one.
The soft insulation layer sits next to your hand and wicks away sweat. There is a layer of dry air that allows your sweat to turn to vapor, and the highly breathable membrane lets the water vapor pass through keeping your hands warm and dry.