Charles Locke, Antarctica Explorer
"Needless to say, I may have caused a lot of envy among the penguin population as the gloves were warm and dry even when immersed in frigid water. (Sea temperatures vary from about 10 degrees Celsius to –2 degrees Celsius.)"
I am finally back from Antarctica and cal tell you I don't think I would make a good Eskimo. However, let me say from the outset that I loved your gloves and socks. I found the fleece lining very comfortable and it did provide more warmth than the polypro gloves I brought as well.
I found the gloves to be most effective if I put a shell around them as the wind shill in Antarctica is cold enough to penetrate the lining of the gloves standing alone. If there was no wind, I found the gloves to be comfortable and warm. Manipulating a camera could be done in the gloves, but since I have small hands I would opt for a medium size glove for better finger control (vice the large size I had).
The socks were perfect both in size and performance on my feet. I kept them inside shoes or boots while in Antarctica and did not try them as a stand alone product. At times I could feel the seam down the center of the heel if I was walking for a long duration but it was not bothersome. Because my feet were protected from the wind, I had the most toasty toes imaginable.
Overall, I was most impressed with your product and mentioned it to all the participants on the trip. In fact, I even had one friend photograph me testing your product in the Bay. I though if those penguins could swim in that Southern Ocean water, why not give the gloves a try? Needless to say, I may have caused a lot of envy among the penguin population as the gloves were warm and dry even when immersed in frigid water. (Sea temperatures vary from about 10 degrees Celsius to –2 degrees Celsius.)