Keela EXTREME gloves are waterproof and breathable, with a Primaloft insulation inner, designed for cold weather use with full dexterity, writes Mike Gormley.
Something new from Keela and something good for this time of year. In fact there is a lot good about these gloves. They are comfy and cosy, using Primaloft insulation, so great on a cold day out.
But being cosy is no good if your hands get wet. These Keela EXTREME gloves are waterproof and they are indeed from what I have done with them. To help keep the elements out they extend up over your wrists and have a drawcord so as to not only keep the cold where it should be but also keep out the wet stuff. The wrists are elasticated as well, so will be good even if you do not have drawcord pulled in.
So you do not have to keep taking them on and off if you are using a touch screen these gloves have screen-friendly patches on both index fingers, so also cater for the ambidextrous. When not in use, they have clips to keep them together – something which always comes in handy. Fingers are slightly pre-shaped for added comfort and dexterity. The palms are covered with an extra grippy hard-wearing surface which runs over all fingertips. Also if you are out in those cold day conditions and your nose runs, these have a soft fabric on both thumbs to cater for this eventuality.
Although I have worn these EXTREME Gloves on several outings I haven’t as yet worn these for so long, but they certainly look like they will take the knocks for some time. All-in-all Keela seem to have thought of everything on these gloves and even have a range of colours – including Black, Moss (Olive) and White – that will suit both civvy and military users. They are available in four sizes, from S through to XL.
This gear test has already cost me two pairs for members of my family – one for ice climbing and one for skiing.
[images © Mike Gormley]