Necessity - the mother of invention
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Necessity - the mother of invention
"Necessity - the mother of invention."
Sealskinz is a creation of necessity, it's about the need to be first out and last in, the need to defy the cold and the wet, the need to perform, the need to protect.
If you think about it, in the outdoors the "Achilles heel" is in fact an Achilles foot, head, ear, finger or toe and this is where we are vunerable, this is where we need protection.
This necessity created Sealskinz, the first laminated sock, keeping wet out and warmth in, Sealskinz three-layer patented sock broke the mould, Hats and gloves followed using the same technology.
An Endurance Accessories brand was born and athletes welcomed innovative products supporting performance in challenging weather. More than a company, Sealskinz is a collection of talents bound by a single obsession. “Whatever the weather, whatever the activity, our purpose is to enable you to go further, go longer, leave first and return last.”
At Sealskinz® we have over thirty years' experience in developing and manufacturing endurance accessories. From our conception we’ve worked in partnership with some of the world’s greatest athletes including mountaineers, explorers, cyclists, skiers, runners, sailors, horse riders & all forms of mad ultra-event teams and individuals, to ensure our products deliver the very best in comfort and performance, to enable you (and all the other Sealskinz wearers) to defy the great outdoors.
17 years ago we launched the world’s first ever waterproof sock. From that day to this we’ve developed new technologies and used fabrics that have made our products world class. It’s pretty fair to say that we created the Endurance Accessories market. As the category has grown we’ve welcomed the competition as it drives us to be the very best that we can.
As well as our internal testing we use independent research organisations like SATRA to collect performance data on all of our products. Up until now we’ve never felt the need to share these results because we know you love our products! After all, we don’t have a 96% customer satisfaction score and a 0.5% return rate for no reason.
Recently one of our sock competitors decided to publish their results. We don’t contest their findings about their own products, but we do want to make it clear that we are not the brand they are using for comparison. Data from the tests carried out on our socks at the same research facility delivered better results than both our competitor and their “closest rival”.
We’re delighted with our results and as long as you continue to be happy with our products we’ll just concentrate our efforts on being the very best we can.
Sealskinz Athlete and Turn the Tide skipper Dee Caffari led her team in sailing’s toughest team challenge, the Volvo Ocean Race.
Dee handpicked the clothing suppliers for her team and Sealskinz is delighted to keep the entire crew warm, dry and comfortable throughout the race, especially in the dreaded conditions of the Southern Ocean.
Craig Jones uses Sealskinz products in his recent trip to the Himalayas to track Snow Leopards.
"I took the latest products to keep my feet, head and hands warm... The temperatures were extremely cold at times and all the Sealskinz products helped me do the best job I could. I've used this gear now for many years and for me they are the market leaders"
The Inca Divide is a high-altitude ultra cycling experience in the Andes, with 8 passes over 4,000 meters to cross, one at 4,920m. An XXL race mixing asphalt and gravel, the "Grail of ultra cycling"!
Robbie Ferri was provided with Overshoes, Socks and Gloves by Sealskinz and completed the race in 194hrs 57mins
Matthias Schindler started as the first Paracycling Athlete on Track A of the Salzkammergut Trophy in Austria At 211km long, it is one of the toughest Mountain Bike Marathons in the world.
Wearing Sealskinz Summer Cycle Gloves and Sealskinz Thin Ankle Socks, Schindler crossed the finish line, completely exhausted, after 15:03 hours as the first handicapped cyclist in the history of the Salzkammergut Trophy in Bad Goisern.