Oyuki Sencho GTX Glove Review
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Oyuki Sencho GTX Glove
|Price||$140 List||$170 List|
$169.95 at Amazon
$69.99 at Amazon
$119.95 at REI
$64.95 at Amazon
|Pros||Water resistant, durable, multiple color options||Waterproof, super durable, heavily featured||Warm enough, weatherproof, reasonable price||Incredible warmth, weather resistant, durable, reasonable price||Warm, great features, comfortable, inexpensive|
|Cons||Poor fit, not warm, bad dexterity||Lacks some dexterity, could be warmer||Poor dexterity, slightly tight fit around the knuckles||Poor dexterity, could have better features||Not dexterous, bulky and cumbersome|
|Bottom Line||These average gloves aren't that warm or dexterous, but they do offer good weather resistance for a decent price||These are excellent gloves for the worst winter conditions, and only come up short for dexterity||A warm and fully featured ski glove for a great price||These mitts provide extreme warmth and weather resistance at a good price, nailing the two most important aspects of ski mittens||A quality mitten that is super warm, comfortable, and relatively inexpensive|
|Rating Categories||Oyuki Sencho GTX Glove||Rab Khroma Freeride...||Gordini GTX Storm T...||Black Diamond Mercu...||The North Face Mont...|
|Water Resistance (25%)|
|Specs||Oyuki Sencho GTX Glove||Rab Khroma Freeride...||Gordini GTX Storm T...||Black Diamond Mercu...||The North Face Mont...|
|Double or Single Glove||Single||Single||Single||Double||Single|
|Gaunlet or Cuff?||Cuff||Gauntlet||Gauntlet||Gauntlet||Gauntlet|
|Palm Material||Water resistant goat leather||Pittards Armor-Tan® Goat leather||Polyurethane||Goat leather||Synthetic leather|
|Waterproof Material||Gore-Tex||Gore Tex Plus Warm||Gore-Tex||BD.dry||DryVent|
|Insulation Type||200g Primaloft Gold||Mapped Primaloft Gold 100g, Back of hand: Primaloft Gold 133g, Palm: Primaloft Gold grip control 133g,||Megaloft||340 g PrimaLoft Gold, high-loft fleece||Back of hand: 250g Heatseeker Eco
Palm: 160g Heatseeker Eco
Our Analysis and Test Results
These gloves look cool, but they are marred by a poor fit and a lack of warmth.
The Sencho uses high-quality synthetic insulation throughout the hand and fingers, but there isn't much of it, especially on the front and back of the hand. There is good insulation in the fingers, which helps keep them warm, but overall, these aren't super warm gloves. They also have a thin fleece lining, which makes them comfortable to wear, but this lining doesn't seem to add warmth. These gloves are warm enough for more temperate days on the hill, or for spring skiing, but we don't think they are warm enough for most cold winter days.
Unfortunately, the Sencho GTX has a poor fit, which severely limits its dexterity. Our lead tester wears a size large in most gloves, and a large in this pair fits his palm very well, but the fingers are about half an inch too long. He also tried on a medium, which fit his fingers perfectly, but the palm was way too tight. As a result, he decided on large, with dramatic dexterity limitations. The fingers are boxy and straight-cut, with no articulation or tapering at the fingertips. The result is a lot of extra material that makes it difficult to perform detailed tasks like zipping zippers, clipping buckles, or tying boot laces.
The Sencho uses a Gore-Tex insert to keep water out of the inside of the glove. This goes a long way in keeping your hands dry, and we didn't notice any water seeping into the glove during our dunk tests. The outside of the glove is made completely of leather, which needs to be treated with a waxy water repellent, but these gloves come with a pouch of leather waterproofing, enough for one treatment. Over time, especially if you use the gloves a lot, you'll need to re-apply this treatment. These gloves have a long wrist gaiter that closes with a hook-and-loop strap, but there is no drawcord closure, meaning these gloves can't be worn on the outside of a jacket cuff on deep days.
The Sencho seems about as durable as other leather gloves on the market. The seams are tightly sewn, and the critical seam between the thumb and forefinger is double-stitched. We couldn't find any weak points in this glove's construction, other than the fact that the palm and finger leather will eventually wear out similar to other leather gloves. With proper care and regular leather treatments, these gloves seem built to last.
Light on features, the Sencho is fairly easy to use. It comes with removable, elastic, and minimalist wrist leashes so that you don't drop them off the chairlift. We also like the prominent pull tab that makes getting the gloves on a lot easier. Glaring omissions include the lack of a nose wipe patch on the outer thumb and no way to connect the gloves to keep them together for storage.
Should You Buy the Oyuki Sencho GTX?
This glove is offered at a good price, especially for a glove with Gore-Tex. That makes it a decent choice for users who spend a lot of time in wet winter climates, though there are better and cheaper Gore-Tex gloves on the market. We also can't recommend this glove to anyone who needs lots of dexterity, like snow professionals. It is a stylish glove, so that might appeal to some users. But overall, we think you can probably do better elsewhere.
What Other Ski Gloves Should You Consider?
The Sencho doesn't match up to the performance of the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II, which is even more affordable, and is our top pick for users on a budget. If you like the all-leather look, check out the high-performing The North Face IL Solo Pro FUTURELIGHT, which is a little warmer, and much more dexterous. And if you are looking for the best glove on the market, we recommend the Arc'teryx Fission SV above all others.
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