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Oyuki Sencho GTX Glove Review

These average gloves aren't that warm or dexterous, but they do offer good weather resistance for a decent price
oyuki sencho gtx glove ski gloves review
Credit: Oyuki
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Price:  $140 List
Manufacturer:   Oyuki
By Jeff Dobronyi ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 1, 2022
58
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RANKED
#16 of 21
  • Warmth - 25% 5.0
  • Dexterity - 25% 5.0
  • Water Resistance - 25% 7.0
  • Durability - 15% 7.0
  • Features - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

The Oyuki Sencho GTX offers good water resistance and durability at a reasonable price. The exterior is made completely of leather, and a Gore-Tex lining keeps out any water that penetrates through the leather. The result is a comfortable and protective glove that is also built to last. There isn't much insulation, and the fit is a bit off, meaning that warmth and dexterity are in short supply with these gloves, so we don't think they are the best choice for snow professionals or anyone who has to use their fingers on the ski hill.
REASONS TO BUY
Water resistant
Durable
Multiple color options
REASONS TO AVOID
Poor fit
Not warm
Bad dexterity

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Pros Water resistant, durable, multiple color optionsWaterproof, super durable, heavily featuredWarm enough, weatherproof, reasonable priceIncredible warmth, weather resistant, durable, reasonable priceWarm, great features, comfortable, inexpensive
Cons Poor fit, not warm, bad dexterityLacks some dexterity, could be warmerPoor dexterity, slightly tight fit around the knucklesPoor dexterity, could have better featuresNot 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 priceThese are excellent gloves for the worst winter conditions, and only come up short for dexterityA warm and fully featured ski glove for a great priceThese mitts provide extreme warmth and weather resistance at a good price, nailing the two most important aspects of ski mittensA 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...
Warmth (25%)
5.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Dexterity (25%)
5.0
6.0
4.0
2.0
2.0
Water Resistance (25%)
7.0
10.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Durability (15%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Features (10%)
5.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
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-TanĀ® 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
Nose Wipe? No Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

These gloves look cool, but they are marred by a poor fit and a lack of warmth.

Performance Comparison


oyuki sencho gtx glove ski gloves review - the oyuki sencho gtx doesn't have much insulation, but it is stylish...
The Oyuki Sencho GTX doesn't have much insulation, but it is stylish and mostly keeps the water out.
Credit: Sam Willits

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.

oyuki sencho gtx glove ski gloves review - a thin fleece lining adds a cozy and comfortable feel, but not much...
A thin fleece lining adds a cozy and comfortable feel, but not much actual warmth.
Credit: Sam Willits

Dexterity


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.

oyuki sencho gtx glove ski gloves review - the sencho lacks key dexterity in the fingertips, making detailed...
The Sencho lacks key dexterity in the fingertips, making detailed tasks hard to perform.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Water Resistance


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.

oyuki sencho gtx glove ski gloves review - the oyuki sencho's leather exterior repels water, and even once the...
The Oyuki Sencho's leather exterior repels water, and even once the leather wears in, the Gore-Tex insert keeps your hands dry.
Credit: Jackie Kearney

Durability


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.

oyuki sencho gtx glove ski gloves review - the leather palms and fingers offer good durability, but all leather...
The leather palms and fingers offer good durability, but all leather gloves wear out over time.
Credit: Sam Willits

Features


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.

oyuki sencho gtx glove ski gloves review - a narrow wrist cuff with a hook-and-loop closure is a decent...
A narrow wrist cuff with a hook-and-loop closure is a decent feature, but we would like to see a bit more.
Credit: Sam Willits

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.

oyuki sencho gtx glove ski gloves review - the sencho on the slopes on a cold colorado day.
The Sencho on the slopes on a cold Colorado day.
Credit: Sam Willits

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.

oyuki sencho gtx glove ski gloves review - testing the oyuki sencho gtx.
Testing the Oyuki Sencho GTX.
Credit: Sam Willits

Jeff Dobronyi
 
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