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The ORIGINAL

waterproof socks, gloves and hats Product Catalogue 2012/13


It’s always raining somewhere. Whether it’s because you’re committed to your sport, your daily commute, because the dog needs walking every day or even if it’s simply because going out running or riding through puddles is actually a lot of fun (go on, be honest, it is).

Which is why we created the ORIGINAL close fitting, breathable and completely waterproof socks and we continue to dedicate our time and effort to transforming the most basic accessories into essential bits of kit.

Whatever the reason, one thing’s certain – a cold and wet head, hands or feet is pretty miserable.

This really is all season, all-purpose technical gear with a range of hats, gloves and socks that are designed for hiking, cycling, climbing, trail running, horse riding, hunting, shooting, fishing, even walking the dog.

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SealSkinz® enables anyone and everyone to get outdoors –

whatever the weather.


Welcome to our 2012/13 product catalogue. A lot has happened in the last 12 months; the seasons are shifting, we’re experiencing ever more inclement weather and more and more people are discovering SealSkinz® and realising the benefit of our products. As always, we remain dedicated to refining and developing our product ranges and this season sees more improvements to product design, detailing, fabric specs and fit on many of our ‘original’ lines, as well as the introduction of new products.

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We’re still focussed on our key market sectors of Cycling and Outdoor and will continue to invest heavily in R&D to refine our product ranges for these disciplines. We’re also seeing significant growth in the Equestrian and Field Sports markets, as well as new applications such as Run.

You will discover some exciting new products in the 2012/13 catalogue including our Belgian-Style Cycling Hat, Nordic Gloves, more children specific products and the most revolutionary close fitting knitted gloves in the world. From a commercial perspective, our focus is forging stronger partnerships with our retail customers and distributors to ensure we promote sell-through. To achieve this we’ve spent time with our customers to develop POS and in-store material that continues to work. We aim to increase awareness and understanding to make SealSkinz® a core brand of choice for consumers. We take a different, specialised approach to our competitors. Socks, hats and gloves are what we do, not merely an accessory.

SealSkinz® are one of the few all-purpose specialist technical accessory brands. We design and create the world’s best no-nonsense waterproof socks, gloves and hats using innovative materials, technologies and processes. That means we do it better than anyone else. SealSkinz® is technical gear in the truest sense – rugged, hardwearing and unashamedly functional – designed and engineered to the highest standards.


What makes SealSkinz速 different?

waterproof waterproof waterproof

your head

your hands

your feet

Simple ideas that make a big difference.

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How do SealSkinz速 work?

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Waterproof, breathable 3 layer patented technology.

Something for all conditions. 1

SealSkinz速 products are engineered using our unique seamless, close fitting, 3 layer technology which maintains membrane integrity alongside an anatomical 3D natural feel.

We design and engineer the entire range of products so there is something suitable for all weather conditions. Naturally, how cold or hot someone feels is relative to the individual. We have developed a thermal rating system, graded from 1 ONE2 to FIVE to indicate 4 5 the relative warmth of our products.

They incorporate:

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Products with a thermal rating of ONE are lighter weight and/or thinner and suited to warmer conditions or more energetic activities, such as running. Products with a thermal rating 1 2of FIVE 3 are heavier 5 weight and/ or thicker, these are great for cold, extreme conditions and are suited to less-energetic, static activities, such as fishing and shooting.

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2. A waterproof, breathable (min WVP 65%) membrane. 3. Built-in moisture management thanks to high-wicking, anti-microbial liners, which actively wick moisture away from the skin. breathable

PLEASE NOTE: The type of membrane arrangement varies depending on the product.

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1. Tough durable outer fabrics.

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Hats Hats have to work as both a base layer and outerwear, but they should be considered as an important bit of kit. We think they’re essential and carry our expertise across into this range of waterproof, windproof and breathable hats. With all-purpose and sport specific styles, anatomically engineered for amazing fit and flexibility, our hats feature various levels of insulation for all weather conditions, as well as performance tested sport specific features.

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Hats


Outdoor hats WATERPROOF TRAIL HAT

WATERPROOF CAP Classically styled, 6 panel baseball cap with a stiff peak and back adjuster. The perfect all-round, all season cap.

The definitive technical bush or trail hat. Soft enough to fold with an adjustable brim, this is the ultimate 3 season adventurer travellers hat.

• Totally waterproof, windproof and breathable • 6 panel construction, with fully welded and taped seams • Stiff peak 2keeps3rain and/or 4 5 sun out of eyes • Rear size adjuster • Mesh lined for comfort

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• Totally waterproof, windproof 2 3 4 5 and breathable • Classic construction with fully welded and taped seams • Adjustable brim can be worn up or down • Soft and flexible, can be folded and 1still return to shape 3 4 5 • Mesh lined for comfort • Detachable chinstrap • Ideal for dry or wet conditions

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THERMAL RATING

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One Size

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KJ361 KJ362 4 5 KJ367

COLOURS Black

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Olive

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Grey

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• Totally waterproof, windproof and breathable • Durable Ripstop outer shell fabric • Fully welded and taped seams • Flexible, adjustable peak keeps rain and/or sun out of eyes • Drop 1 down 2 ear flaps 4 5 • Micro fleece lining for warmth and moisture control • Elasticated size adjuster

THERMAL RATING

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Black Olive

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KJ6411 KJ6421

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Red

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RAIN HAT 1

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Based on the classic sou’wester, favoured by the greatest of fishermen, this hat has an extended rear brim which keeps rain away from the neck. The ultimate hat for extremely 2 conditions. 3 4 5 wet weather

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• Totally waterproof, windproof and breathable • Classic construction with fully welded and taped seams • Large flexible brim • Extended at back 1 3 for extra 4 5 neck protection • Mesh lined for comfort • Detachable chinstrap

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SIZE

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Setting the standard for waterproofing your head in cold 1 conditions.3 4 5

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WINTER HAT

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KJ303 KJ306

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KJ311

COLOURS Black

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1 2 3 4 5 BEANIE WATERPROOF

IMPROVED

Our best selling, totally waterproof, windproof and breathable knitted beanie hat. Suited to a multitude 3 could 4 this5be the of1outdoor uses, most versatile hat on the market?

SIZE

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KJ5711 KJ5721 2 Red 3 4 KJ5761 Hi Vis Yellow KJ5751 Hi Vis Orange KJ5791

COLOURS Black

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KJ861

COLOURS Black

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CHILDREN’S BEANIE 2

3 of 4 our 5 A1miniature version best selling, totally waterproof and breathable knitted hat. • Totally waterproof, windproof and breathable • Acrylic knitted outer for maximum 1water 2repellancy 4 5 • Close fitting knitted construction • Micro fleece lining for warmth and moisture control

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THERMAL RATING

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Blue Stripe

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KJ123 Pink Stripe KJ128

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S-M L-XL XXL

SIZE

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S-M L-XL XXL Olive

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• Totally waterproof, windproof and breathable • Acrylic knitted outer for maximum water repellancy • Close fitting knitted construction •1 Micro 2 fleece lining for4warmth 5 and moisture control • Short, knitted stiff peak offers extra protection

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• Totally waterproof, windproof and breathable • Acrylic knitted outer for maximum water repellancy •1 Close 2 fitting knitted construction 4 5 with IMPROVED fit • Micro fleece lining for warmth and moisture control

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A peaked version of our best selling, totally waterproof, windproof and breathable knitted beanie hat. The short, stiff peak offers extra protection 1 the elements. 3 4 5 from

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WATERPROOF PEAKED BEANIE

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THERMAL WATERPROOF CAP The ultimate winter cap for 1 3 4conditions. 5 adventuring in colder

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• Totally waterproof, windproof and breathable • 6 panel construction, with fully welded and taped seams • Stiff peak keeps rain out of eyes • Drop 1 down 2 ear flaps 4 5 • Micro fleece lining for warmth and moisture control • Elasticated size adjuster

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THERMAL RATING

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S M L XL

SIZE

COLOURS Black Olive

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KJ371 KJ372

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Cycling hats With cycling being one of our core sporting disciplines, it was only a matter of time until we introduced Cycling specific hats into our product range. Working with input and feedback from pro and expert riders, we have developed a capsule product range that brings something new and technical to the market.

WINDPROOF SKULL CAP* Close fitting, lightweight and breathable skull cap designed to be worn under a helmet, this sets the standard for additional 3 season protection against cold-weather. • Anatomic 4 panel design for improved fit • Windproof breathable 4 way stretch shell 2 3 4 5 • Low bulk easy to wear • Micro fleece lined for warmth • Ear perforations to aid hearing

NEW WATERPROOF CYCLING CAP Classically styled, low profile, 3 panel cycling cap. The perfect all season cap for wearing under your helmet in wet weather. • Totally waterproof, windproof and breathable • 3 panel construction, with fully welded and taped seams • Low bulk – comfortable under a helmet • Stylish enough to be worn on its own 2 3 4 5 • Short, stiff peak keeps rain and sun out of riders’ eyes • Mesh lined for comfort

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THERMAL RATING

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S-M L-XL

SIZE

KJ431

COLOURS Black

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KJ631

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NEW BELGIAN STYLE CYCLING CAP SealSkinz® take on the Belgian ‘classic’. The ultimate cold, wet 2 3 hat 4for when 5 weather training you absolutely have to go out and get the miles in.

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• Totally waterproof, windproof and breathable • Knitted, close fitting, classic 17 panel construction 3 4 5 • Low bulk - comfortable under a helmet • Stylish enough to be worn on its own • Short stiff peak – keeps rain and/ or sun out of eyes •1 Bemburg 2 lined for warmth 4 and 5 moisture control • Traditional ribbed knitted ear band can be worn up or down

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S-M L-XL

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KJ391

COLOURS Black

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Max Cursor Team – Czech National Cup (Toi Toi Cup) in Lostice

“We compete in the craziest conditions where even the best boots don’t keep the mud and rain off your feet. SealSkinz® socks and gloves are an essential part of team kit. Simple stuff, but it make us smile.”

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Got a question? Let us answer it... Do SealSkinz® contain any animal products?

How breathable are SealSkinz® products?

Can the membrane be damaged?

We absolutely do not use animal parts in any of our products other than Merino wool and leather.

SealSkinz® products are very breathable. We specify a minimum W.V.P (Water Vapour Permeability index) of 65% for all our patented socks and gloves (BS3424: Part 34; Method 37).

As the socks contain a membrane, always wear them with appropriate footwear. Avoid standing on stones and sharp objects that could puncture. With gloves, avoid thorns and other very sharp objects that could puncture the membrane.

Do SealSkinz® products need any special waterproofing treatment?

How warm are the Ultra Grip and Spun Steel gloves?

How can SealSkinz® products be both waterproof and breathable? The waterproof, breathable material we use is a hydrophilic membrane. It’s a thin but solid, flexible layer which does not allow water droplets to pass, making it totally waterproof. The membrane ‘breathes’ by allowing water molecules to pass. These water molecules are driven through the membrane because of the higher temperature and humidity inside the sock, glove or hat compared to the outside.

How waterproof are SealSkinz® products? Waterproof fabrics and garments are generally tested to withstand a certain level of ‘hydrostatic head’. Our membranes are tested to withstand a column of water (hydrostatic head) at least 7,000mm high.

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Are SealSkinz® products guaranteed? We guarantee all our products to be 100% waterproof when leaving the factory. Should you have a problem with a SealSkinz® product, please return it to us and we will put it through our testing procedures. If there is a manufacturing defect, we will replace the item.

No, the membrane is a permanent waterproof barrier. There is no need to treat or reproof it in order to maintain or restore waterproofness.

Are SealSkinz® waterproof products also windproof? Yes, the membrane is windproof as well as waterproof.

How do I wash and dry SealSkinz® products? Washing instructions are shown on the packaging and labels attached to the products themselves. SealSkinz® socks and waterproof knitted gloves can be machine washed at a maximum temperature of 40°C. They can be either drip or tumble dried on a cool setting. A good tip is to turn the socks inside out when drying them, as the wool lining takes longer to dry than the nylon outer. Also, ensure they are not exposed to excessive heat. There are no special requirements for the type of washing powder or detergent that you use. Please refer to the care instructions on the individual products.

The patented 3 layer system means that these gloves are warm considering how thin they are. However, they are designed to be close fitting with maximum grip and dexterity. Typically warmer gloves such as Ski gloves have thick insulating material making them more bulky and less dexterous. Thinner gloves are not as warm. Be careful that the gloves are not too tight as this can restrict the blood circulation and make the hands feel cold.

Do the socks or gloves ever let water in? Actually yes they do; this can happen in extreme conditions if water runs into the top of a sock or into the wrist of a glove. To reduce this, many people will wear their trousers or leggings over the socks and cyclists will often run a piece of tape around the top of the socks. With gloves, tuck the cuff under the wrist of the jacket to prevent water running into the glove.


Will my feet feel sweaty in the socks?

How long do the socks take to dry?

No they shouldn’t. The membrane is ‘breathable’ and the inner lining ‘wicks’ moisture and sweat away from the skin. The moisture then passes through the membrane keeping your feet dry and avoiding any clammy feeling.

If you don’t have access to a tumble drier, turn them inside out and the socks should dry overnight in a warm room or airing cupboard; just remember not to put them onto a direct heat source such as a radiator. The heavier weight socks may take a little longer to dry due to the thickness of the product.

Will the socks keep my feet warm? Yes. The 3 layer system is inherently warmer than a normal sock and the membrane is windproof as well as waterproof. Of course the biggest factor is keeping your feet dry as dry feet will feel considerably warmer than wet ones.

How do the socks reduce blisters? Blisters are formed because of excessive friction on the skin. Wet skin, being softer than dry skin, is far more susceptible to blistering. SealSkinz® socks reduce the chance of blistering by keeping your feet dry. The patented 3 layer system also absorbs movement between the shoe and the skin, further reducing blisters.

How long will the socks last? As with other items of quality outdoor clothing, if cared for in the right way, SealSkinz® products can last for several years depending on how often they are worn. The nylon outer is harder wearing than a typical walking sock and they will last just as long, if not even longer.

I’m in-between shoe sizes, what size sock should I buy? Our socks come in Small (UK shoe size 3-5), Medium (6-8), Large (9-11) and Extra Large (12-14). If you are in-between sizes, we recommend going up a sock size, i.e. if you are a shoe size 8½, then buy a ‘Large’ size sock.

Should I wear liner socks or gloves? SealSkinz® waterproof socks and gloves are designed to be worn directly next to the skin with no liners. However, if you do need an extra layer for warmth then our liner socks and gloves are perfect. Made with Merino wool, they are both warm and have excellent wicking properties – a must for any liner. Of course, the liner gloves and socks are also great when worn by themselves.

What is the fit of our socks like? The close fitting socks will fit comfortably, just like a normal sock in your shoes.

What is the lowest temperature that I can wear SealSkinz® gloves at? It is difficult to give a definitive answer to this question because everyone feels the cold in a different way. Some people will feel cold when the temperature is above freezing, others won’t. The minimum temperature for wearing a glove also varies depending on the activity and the weather conditions. For example, when running, you feel the cold less than when standing still and you may feel colder when cycling into the wind in the wet than downwind in the dry. For these reasons we don’t define maximum or minimum temperatures. SealSkinz® products can be worn in conditions ranging from summer warmth through to extreme cold. The thermal rating system provides an indication of the relative warmth of different SealSkinz® hats, gloves and socks – the higher the thermal rating, the colder the weather condition the product can be used in. (Please see page 6 for more information.) Got a question not answered here? Please contact SealSkinz® on 01553 817990 or visit www.sealskinz.com

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We use the most suitable material. Our SealSkinz® products are made from a variety of technical materials, tailored to suit the end purpose of the product. We currently use the following materials. Merino wool - Finer than traditional wool with tiny overlapping scales that case each fibre. These scales are hydrophobic (water repellent). Inside it’s a different story, the fibre core is hydrophilic (highly absorbent). Merino is therefore a wicking fibre and can absorb and release 10 times more moisture than synthetics. Each fibre can absorb up to one third of its own weight in moisture without feeling clammy or wet to the touch. In our socks and gloves, the moisture is then wicked through the membrane to keep you feeling warm and dry.

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Merino wool has the ability to absorb and release moisture to cool or warm, regulating temperature. It also has excellent anti-microbial properties, helping reduce odour buildup inside your socks or gloves.

Coolmax® - A specially engineered fibre from INVISTA™ which transports perspiration away from the skin towards the waterproof, breathable membrane. The uniquely shaped fibres provide great breathability, even when wet, helping you to stay dry in all conditions.

In moisture management and breathability tests versus competition, Coolmax® is proven to have the fastest drying rate, the quickest and most efficient movement of moisture away from the skin and the best breathability.

Kevlar® is five times stronger than steel on an equal weight basis yet at the same time, it is lightweight, flexible and comfortable. This unique combination of attributes enables it to provide excellent cut, abrasion and tear resistance.

Even cotton, which absorbs and retains 14 times more moisture than polypropylene, does not wick moisture away from the skin like Coolmax®.

Pittard’s leather - Pittard’s leather is the finest in the

Primaloft® - Originally developed under contract for the United States Army as a replacement for down because down absorbs water and loses its insulating properties when wet. Primaloft’s® unique composition was patented and the product line was expanded to meet the specific needs of outdoor enthusiasts. The lightweight and soft Primaloft® insulation core creates millions of air spaces suspended in the microfibre mesh. Even when forced into the Primaloft® core, water is repelled and not absorbed by the patented microfibre structure, so Primaloft® keeps you warm, even in the wet.

Kevlar® - An advanced technology from DuPont that combines high strength with low weight and comfort with protection. Products made with Kevlar® range from protective apparel and sports equipment to automotive parts and ropes used on the Mars Pathfinder.

world. Pittards has been manufacturing leather in the UK since 1826. Pittards have a reputation around the world for producing fine gloving, fashion and shoe leather. They are at the cutting edge of new leather innovations which have enabled sports wear brands, such as ourselves, to offer improved products to customers and the Pittard’s technical leather we use, results in superior performance in our gloves. Coolmax® is a registered trademark of INVISTA™. Kevlar® is a registered trademark of DuPont™. Primaloft ® is a registered trademark of Albany International Corp ©2011.


Product care and size guide. Care instructions - Every SealSkinz®

Thermal ratings - Page 6 details the

product has care instructions on the packaging and attached to the product labels.

product technology and the thermal rating. As a quick reference our thermal rating system grades the products from ONE to FIVE to indicate the relative warmth of our products. However, how cold or hot someone feels is relative to the individual.

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SealSkinz® waterproof socks and knitted Wash at 40ºC Tumble dry Do not Do not Do not or below lowgloves dry clean iron machine bleach waterproof can be washed at a maximum temperature of 40°C. They can be either drip or tumble dried on a cool 30 setting. It is advised that you do not dry on Do not Do not Do not dry other Wash at 30ºC Dripor a radiator direct heat source. There tumble dry iron bleach are no special requirements for the type of washing powder or detergent that you use.

Returns - Products made using SealSkinz®

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Do not dry clean

Do not iron

Do not bleach

For other products, please refer to the care instructions on the individual products for a 30 definitive guide. Wash at 30ºC

Products with a thermal rating of ONE are lighter weight and/or thinner. Products with a thermal rating of FIVE are heavier weight and/or thicker.

Drip dry

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dry iron bleach For gloves thattumble have leather palms, clean leather with a cloth or brush and lukewarm water and avoid using soap on the leather. Use suitable leather conditioner as required.

patented technology are tested for waterproofness during manufacture. For this reason, in the unlikely event that there is a problem, we ask that any faulty products are returned to us for testing prior to giving the customer a refund or replacement. All goods found to have a manufacturing fault will be replaced free of charge.

socks

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UK shoe size Euro shoe size Size in centimetres

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3-5 36-38 24-26

6-8 39-42 27-29

9-11 43-46 30-32

12-14 47-49 33-35

4-7 37-41 25-28

8-12 42-47 29-33

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XXL

liner socks UK shoe size Euro shoe size Size in centimetres

gloves & mittens Mens/Unisex glove size Ladies Fit glove size

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hats Size in centimetres

beanies and skull caps Size in centimetres

children’s gloves & mittens Children’s glove size

S/M 55-57 5 yrs & under 4

L/XL 58-61 6-9 yrs 5

XXL 62-63 10-13 yrs 6

Note: It is recommended that SealSkinz® waterproof socks are not used under wetsuit boots – the unique waterproof construction may insulate the foot from the warm water layer between the skin and the neoprene required for the function of the wetsuit.

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SealSkinz® Limited 36 Oldmedow Road, Hardwick Industrial Estate, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4PP Tel: +44 (0)1553 817990 Fax: +44 (0)1553 772662 Email: info@sealskinz.com www.sealskinz.com


The ORIGINAL waterproof socks, gloves and hats