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You may be one of these people that denies global warming is down to the human race - one thing for sure is that it is happening in some shape or form. In my opinion the extremes of hot and cold weather are become more pronounced and almost every year we seem to break some kind of record when it comes to the winter months. Here in the UK we must admit that we are never prepared weather-wise when it comes to the transport system and our roads etc. One way that you can stay ahead of the game hoever is to invest in a pair of Jasmine Silk Thermal Glove Liners. They are the perfect solution to keeping your hands ultra warm in the very cold winters we now experience.
The Jasmine Silk Thermal Glove Liners are made from 100% pure silk. Silk is known for its health benefits to the skin, keeping you warm and insulated whilst also being lightweight without the bulk. The other important property of silk is that it naturally draws hand perspiration away from your skin, leaving your hands dry allowing them to be warm.
This product has many uses. Obviously its primary use is to keep your hands warm, and will always be used for this purpose. The gloves can be worn as a liner for your hands, before you apply your thick winter gloves over the top, whether they be wool or leather etc. They can also be worn on their own, as gloves in their own right. Priced at under £10 they are easily found online and this is where I purchased mine from. The gloves come in five sizes, XS, S, M, L and XL.
Obviously they would be of huge benefit to those that partake in a lot of winter sports, such as skiing or snowboarding abroad and at their leisure centres. For me, they come in very useful during the winter, when we have such inclement weather that it warrants the use of the jasmine Silk Thermal Glove Liners.
Last year I went on the holiday of a lifetime to Canada. For one week of the holiday me and a friend travelled to the Yukon in the north of Canada, there we spent a week in a cabin in the wilderness. While there the average temperature was -25, so as you can imagine, it was a wee bit nippy. When planning our adventure we did some research into what kind of gear we would need, we found that wearing thin gloves under your main gloves was a very sensible idea, so that's where these came in.
The Jasmine silk glove thermal liners really did come in very handy. To be honest I think they are aimed at women, but as they fit under your gloves nobody is going to see them, so I wasn't overly worried about this. When I wore them they really did keep my hands warm and snugly. Quite often I wanted to take my big thick gloves off to operate my camera, tie my laces etc.... So it was very handy having a thin pair of gloves on that would stop my hands getting very very cold.
The gloves look quite womanly I would have to say. I suppose from a ladies point a few they are quite nice looking gloves. They have a stretchy band on the wrist which was handy and they came in black. They kept my hands nice and toasty warm under my big thick gloves. The gloves are made from silk and so have a nice feel to them, they are apparently machine washable and are supposed to stay in good condition wash after wash.
The only problem I did have with these gloves is that they did not go very well with Velcro. The fact is after wearing these for a week I ending up throwing them away. The problem I had was I would remove my big gloves, then go into my jacket pockets to retrieve my camera or whatever else I was after. All my pockets had Velcro on them somewhere, the gloves stuck to the Velcro. This meant they basically got pulled to pieces every time I went into my pockets. By the end of a week they were all shredded to pieces.
Apart from the problem with Velcro they were very good gloves. I was not bothered about throwing these away after a week as I don't think I would near to wear them over here. I bought the large pair which fitted pretty well. A pair of these gloves will cost you £7.99 so they are not to expensive. They would be ideal for wearing under ski gloves or something like that. So if you are going somewhere cold and want a nice pair of glove liners then these may well be for you. Although they are not the best quality of gloves you will ever see they do serve a good practical purpose. They certainly kept my fingers warm in the extreme cold of the Yukon.
As some of you may know from a previous review, my oldest son has possible Raynauds syndrome in his hands. The main issue with this is that he experiences real and fairly intense pain when his hands get too cold. This meant that at one point he was unable to go outdoors to play at all in the winter, so we began trying out different types of gloves. We found a pair of motocross gloves that are very helpful, but he still had trouble in extreme cold, and I remembered hearing that silk was once used by pilots for warmth and was meant to be one of the warmest fibers available. It is also very thin and flexible, and while my son has sensitive skin as well, these have never irritated his skin in anyway.
The gloves are very thin and black. I expected these to feel - well silky - light satin I suppose. The fabric is not as shiny as I expected, but is is incredibly smooth and comfortable. The seams are very thin and do not rub or irritate in any way. They have a soft ribbed cuff which is also comfortable, and non scratchy for my son, as he hates anything itchy, which includes anything wool. While these are designed to be worn under gloves, my son often wears them alone. I don't think they look especially stylish, but they do not look bad either. I plan to buy myself a pair as well, and will likely wear mine alone. They do work perfectly under gloves though and my son was absolutely delighted with them. he said " Ohh Mom these feel soooo nice" when he first put them on. Because they are quite thin and fit to the shape of the hand very well, the extra layer under his motorbike gloves did not affect his freedom of movement at all. I do not think these look like they would last very long. They just look too thin and light, but I have found them to last quite well to date, and I have read that silk is so strong it was actually used for early aircraft production in which silk was stretched over a wooden frame. I don't care how strong you tell this fiber is this, there is no chance I would go in a airplane made out of this!
The instructions say these are machine washable at 30 degrees. I have not machine washed them though as they are easy enough to just rinse out by hand. Silk is damaged by direct sunlight though, so it would not be advisable to hang these out on a line to dry, and I do not think they are meant to go in a dryer either. I do not find this much of a problem. Silk does not really hold moisture so if you wring them out well you can just hang them indoors to dry. My husband did lay these over the radiator with no problem but I would prefer to hang them over the banister, or a small distance from the heat.
We have had these for this winter only, so I can not say how long wearing they will be, but considering that they have been used while climbing over climbing frames at the park, riding bicycles, including one crash, and general rough and tumble play I am very happy with the way they have worn so far. If in fact they should fail to survive the season, I will not really have grounds for complaint as they are used in fashion much more rough then just as liners under a proper set of gloves. As an added plus my son does find it easy to play in these, they do seem to be easy to grip things with.
I absolutely love these. I am so happy to see my son able to play and have fun again and thanks to these and his motorbike gloves the Raynaud's Syndrome is no longer such a difficulty for us. As I also have Raynaud's as part of my autoimmune issues, I am really looking forward to getting a pair of these myself.
Jasmine silk also does silk socks which sound lovely as well.
I would really recommend these to anyone who wants to keep their hands warm. They are perfect for outdoor sports like skiing or hiking in cold weather, but would be a great gift for someone who works outdoors to wear under heavy work gloves, or for motorcyclists, even horse back riding outdoors in winter.
I really can not think of anyone who could not use them in a cold climate this. They are also ideal for anyone with allergies, excema etc as silk is meant to speed up healing of skin conditions. Silk nappy liners are even the ultimate baby item for children with extreme skin problems, and reputed to cure diaper rash far faster than any creme. Silk really is meant to be a wonder fabric.
I am not able to think of any drawbacks to this product except that they do not make it in a size small enough for my two year old! Thankfully he does not have any problems like his brother, but I am sure even he would enjoy having something thin and comfortable which would allow full freedom of movement for his hands while still keeping him warm. the only other issue is the price, but I do feel £6.99 is fair for these, and that is what I paid on ebay. I only wish I could afford the bedsheets they makes as well, as it would be lovely to sleep all warm and toasty in them, or perhaps a full body suit.
A few years ago I went skiing in Bulgaria, I had all of the usual ski equipment from a previous skiing trip to Canada, but whereas when I was in Canada it was reasonably warm despite the snow in Bulgaria it was going to be extremely cold, minus 13 I think it was most days. Anyway before I went I came across the Silk Glove liners when browsing online, they seemed like the perfect thing to take with me to wear under my ski gloves, designed to keep your hands warm in extremely cold conditions they were perfect for my trip.
The gloves are quiet basic to look at, they look like just a standard pair of gloves, the only difference is that they are made from silk. They have stitching which follows the edges of the fingers along with stitching detail around the thumb area, all of this is in black and is very discrete. The area which sits around your wrist is slightly stretchy helping to keep the gloves in place and prevents them from rolling down, this is particularly helpful if you are wearing the Silk Glove Liners under other gloves. I found the gloves very comfortable to wear and in no way did the stitching between the fingers rub against my skin, they felt incredibly soft and successfully stayed in place when I wore them under my ski gloves. There is not a lot more I can really say about the appearance as to be honest they are quiet plain to look at, but still a very handy product!!
The Silk Glove Liners are as the name suggests glove shaped liners made from silk which are designed to wear under other gloves. I wore my Silk Liners firstly under my ski gloves for added warmth and then under motor bike gloves again for added warmth, even on warm days your hands can get very cold on a motorbike. Really the Silk Glove Liners can be worn under any gloves including various types of work gloves, any situation where your hands are exposed to the cold these liners can be very useful at keeping your hands extra warm The Silk Glove Liners can also be worn on their own as a pair of gloves, the ribbed cuff helps to not only keep the warmth in but also hold the gloves in place, personally I would not wear them as a pair of gloves as I feel they do look like a glove liner rather than an actual pair of gloves, but that's just my opinion should you wish to wear them alone they are suitable for this as well as wearing them under another pair of gloves as a liner.
How The Gloves Work
You wear the glove liners as you would a regular pair of gloves, once they are comfortably in position you then simply pull your regular gloves whether that be ski gloves, work gloves and so on, over the top of the liners. The silk material is thin enough to be able to comfortably wear as a second layer under your regular gloves but at the same time helps to keep your hands warm. I was a little concerned that wearing a second pair of gloves under my ski gloves would restrict the movement in my fingers and feel bulky, however I was surprised to find that I could hardly feel that I was wearing a second pair of gloves other than my hands felt much warmer, also the movement in my hands was in no way restricted, I could easily grip the ski poles as well as adjust my skis/ ski boots etc without having to remove them, I could just remove the think outer ski gloves and keep the silk liners on this meant that I could feel what I was doing properly but did not have to expose my hands to the very cold air around me, this was a problem I had found in the past I would have to remove my ski gloves to adjust my boots or remove my skis meaning my hands would get so cold they would hurt but now I could remove my gloves but keep the liners on retaining some of the warmth that had built up. The silk material the gloves are made from means that your hands are insulated keeping in warmth but without the added bulk or weight of a second pair of gloves, very handy for activities, the silk gloves work because silk has a natural wicking motion, this transfers perspiration away from you hands surface which helps to keep the skin on your hands dry and in turn keeping them warm. Wearing a second pair of gloves can just make you hands sweaty (I have tried this when skiing and gave up) but just because your hands are sweaty they will not necessarily be warm, however the silk fabric of the liners draws this perspiration away from your hands which helps to keep your hands dry and the warmth in.
Other Benefits of Silk
Silk has many benefits depending on the form it is used in. Silk has what is know as the draping effect, this means that it hugs and follows the contours of the body helping to hold and keep the heat in when it is very cold outside, this is the case with the gloves the silk fabric follows the shape of you hand closely, the slightly ribbed cuff keeps the whole glove in place meaning that the material is not loose on your hand but sits closely against the skin helping to trap a layer of warmth whilst at the same time keeping your hands sweat free (as previously mentioned) Another benefit of silk is that it is naturally hypoallergenic providing relief from itchy skin conditions such as eczema, this relief is also aided by the fact that the silk fabric helps to keep your hands dry and free from perspiration which could irritate skin conditions further. If you suffer from any type of skin condition on your hands these silk glove liners would be perfect to wear alone as gloves especially if you have trouble wearing regular gloves due to irritation, the silk fabric would not cause any irritation to itching skin. Also should you wish to wear gloves either for skiing or on a motorbike etc but have found that regular gloves suitable for these activities usually irritate you hands then wearing the silk liners underneath would prevent this meaning that not only would your hands be warm but you would be able to wear any gloves you wished without the added irritation.
Price & Sizes
The Silk Glove Liners are measured in size from the wrist to the end of the longest finger and come in the following sizes
Extra small - 5.5" - 7"
Small - 7" - 8.5"
Medium - 8.5" - 9.5"
Large - 9.5" - 10.5"
Extra Large - 10.5" - 11.5"
The liners come in quite a large range of sizes so there should be a size suitable for everyone. All sizes cost £9 for a pair which is quite a lot but they are so hard wearing and long lasting that personally I feel that they are well worth the money. I was a bit concerned when I first bought them that being silk they would be delicate and wear very easily however I was surprised to see that after wearing them everyday whilst skiing they were still as good as new and showing no signs of damage and were not coming apart at the seams so I was pleased to say that they were worth every penny. I bought my Silk Glove Liners from www.jasminsilk.com a website which specialises in silk products.
Washing the Silk Glove Liners is very easy, you can wash them in 2 ways either in a machine at 30 degrees with a mild/ gentle detergent or by hand. Personally I have washed mine by hand as I was not totally confident at putting them in the machine although I'm sure they would be perfectly ok to wash in this way. I just use a mild detergent bought from the supermarket however you can also buy a special detergent designed for silk from the Jasmine Silk website at £9 a bottle, however I felt this was a bit expensive for one bottle and as the gloves are not something I wear every day of the week I didn't think it was worth paying out this much money for a washing liquid.
Overall I have been very impressed with my Silk Glove Liners they were very successful at keeping my hands warm whilst skiing as well as keeping my hands dry, they also have the added benefit of not irritating sensitive skin. Whilst they are not the cheapest pair of gloves I have ever bought they are definitely worth the money, as well as actually doing what they say they will they are very hard wearing despite being made from silk. I would recommend these to anyone, especially those who enjoy outside activities in the cold weather, they really will keep your hands warm!!