When I was offered some samples of waterproof socks and gloves from Hanz USA (a family-owned corporation manufacturing all of its products in California), I was interested for several reasons. One, I’m interested in pushing my Winter activities, so a warm waterproof layer for the hands and feet sounded pretty good. Two, I had never heard of the company, which is a bit surprising, since they’ve been around a while. Founded by Cole Williams in 1970, Hanz Extremity Wear is based on technology originally developed by company founder Cole Williams for clean room manufacturing. Work on recreational products began in 1990.
This is a three-layer membrane construction glove (HANZ® wicking liner , HANZ® stretchable waterproof, breathable MVT membrane, Nylon/Lycra® Spandex shell), with abrasion-resistant grip dots on the palms. TapKnit technology touted as being touchscreen compatible is in the works.
The gloves kept my hands warm, even in an icy stream and it was easy to keep a grip on everything I tried it on, including ice-covered stream rocks. Since each glove is tested before being sold, you can rest assured there will be no leaks – I had no issues whatsoever. One thing they did, however, is stretch when they were wet. Sizing guidelines are provided on the website – I felt the gloves were a hair on the large side and there is quite a bit of stretch, so go with a smaller size if you’re close.
The socks are again a a three-layer membrane construction glove (HANZ® wicking liner , HANZ® stretchable waterproof, breathable MVT membrane, Nylon/Lycra® Spandex shell), stretching just above the calf for adequate coverage. For ease of mind, every sock is pressure tested to ensure it has no leaks – again, I had no issues. The socks run a bit large as well (the XL size covers feet 12-15), but I preferred them with a sock underneath, so the extra room was a benefit and not an issue.
Standing in an icy stream, my feet felt warm even after quite some time. The socks did feel loose however, after getting out – these definitely are made to be worn as socks and not on their own. I wore these socks around the house without a liner for several hours – they kept my feet warm and it never got uncomfortable, which was quite a surprise. I also hiked in these socks on a wet and cool day, and they were comfortable the entire time, a nice surprise.
I can see myriad uses for these products. The gloves will keep your hands warm and dry whenever you are in wet situations: ice climbing, fly fishing, cold weather cycling, etc. The socks fit the bill for the same purposes, along with possible uses during the summer (hiking with multiple stream crossings for example). One thing I’ve wanted to try for a few years is winter stand up paddle boarding, so putting these socks under a neoprene bootie seems like a perfect partnership.
MSRP $34.95 (Gloves), $37.55 (Socks)
Products provided for review purposes – all opinions are my own.