Gloves - full finger
When the Ana Nichoola Sorbets arrived in the office I was desperate for them to be the perfect cold season glove. Never have I seen gloves that I can happily apply the word 'beautiful' to, before now.
You can't beat a bit of day-glo for the darker months and Polaris RBS Hoolie gloves are an absolute bargain for general riding thanks to solid, weather resistant construction and effective gel padding. Some have suggested the Scotchlite detailing wasn't generous enough and should extend to the fingertips. I have some sympathy with this argument but was pleased by it's omission having gesticulated at a particularly ignorant driver along a narrow and deserted lane somewhere close to midnight.
Technology transfer: it's big in sports these days. Look to Formula One for aerodynamic advice on your frame; sailing for your waterproof fabrics and such. Golf would never have something to offer, though, would it? Well, apparently so. Hirzl, who make both these full-finger Gripp Tour FF riding gloves, and a mitt-style version too. And, guess what their USP is? Yup. Simply put, once on the bars, your hands aren't going anywhere.
Castelli's Chiro Due gloves are good-quality mid-weight gloves for cool autumn/winter days - although not for the very coldest rides.
The Chiros owe much of their performance to the fact that they're made from a Gore Windstopper fabric throughout - and that includes the cuffs. No cold air gets through it. Plus, although these gloves aren't designed to be waterproof, no rain gets through the Windstopper fabric either. It can soak through the seams but not through the fabric itself.
Altura Shield Waterproof gloves are ideal for training, touring, commuting and cross country mountain biking thanks to hardy weatherproof construction, comprehensive detailing and competitive pricing. However, gel padding designed to protect the Ulnar nerve area induced precisely the tingling it was supposed to alleviate - for me anyway.
The Endura Equipe Thermo Windshield gloves are made from a mix of fabrics including rubber, lycra, nylon and polyester - with a dash of leather thrown in - together creating a good quality product for spring and autumn riding.
These simple, lightweight PBP gloves from Velobici are soft and warm, and they can be used either on their own in autumn/spring or as liner gloves through the winter. They don't come packed with features; they're about as straightforward as you can get.
Designed to pretty much be a 'do it all' glove, the Knog Switch has been put together with the features to cover all styles of riding and with a level of warmth aimed at covering most of the year.
A simple pull-on style full-fingered glove, the Sugoi Betty is suitable for all kinds of cycling in spring and autumn conditions. These gloves would also suit summer off-road use, if you want a bit more coverage. If you run warm, they might even see you through warmer winter rides.
These spring/autumn-weight Zero RH Ergo gloves are windproof and do a pretty good job of keeping the rain out too. They're not cheap but they do boast some useful features.
The backs of the Ergo gloves are made from Zero RH's Airdrygold 250 fabric which is windproof and slightly fleecy on the inside, making them surprisingly warm considering their low bulk. I've been using these in temperatures from about 9-14C. I get cold hands quite easily (I'm a martyr to it but you'll never hear me moan!) so you might use them in cooler conditions.