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If it's cold out your fingers will feel it first; here's what to look for in winter gloves + the best choices

Hands have a hard time on winter rides. They're stuck out in front of you with nothing much to do beyond braking and shifting, spending long periods of time largely still but bearing the brunt of cold winds, not to mention rain and spray. It's no wonder that they tend to get cold. Good gloves are a must for comfortable winter riding – here's what to look for.

What to look for

The goal of winter gloves is to keep your hands warm. Fighting back against the cold is a two-pronged attack. First your gloves need to keep potentially chilling outside factors out, which essentially means wind and rain. Second they need to prevent heat escaping.

Louis Garneau Lathi Gloves

Louis Garneau Lathi Gloves

 

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Fabrics

You'll find the usual range of wind- and waterproof fabrics on offer in the glove market, including Gore-Tex and other waterproof/breathable fabrics. Much as with jackets, windproof fabrics with water-resistant coatings are becoming more popular thanks to lower bulk and a softer feel. Gloves often have reinforced areas of heavier-duty fabric at key points – between thumb and forefinger, on the palm, at the fingertips. Inside, some form of synthetic insulating fabric is the norm, although you'll also find natural materials like Merino wool and silk.

Fit

Winter gloves present a particular challenge to designers. Layers of insulation and heavy-duty waterproof fabrics tend to be bulky, but gloves have to permit you enough finger mobility to shift and change gear. These demands mean that glove shape is more critical on a winter glove – there's more fabric to potentially bunch up.

Full winter gloves generally have long cuffs to make sure there are no gaps before your jersey or jacket sleeves arrive. Have a think about how well these are going to work with the tops you're likely to be wearing – ideally they'll be generous enough to fit over snug-fitting jersey sleeves but sufficiently low-profile to tuck neatly inside jacket sleeves.
Many winter gloves have insulated liners that are only stitched in at the cuff. This is handy when you want to turn them inside out to dry but can be annoying when the whole thing prolapses out of the glove when you take your hand out and then has to be persuaded back in – potentially tricky if it stuck to your hand enough to come out in the first place.

Features

Adjustable Velcro cuffs are pretty much de rigeur with gloves, and full-on long-cuffed winter gloves will often have adjustable drawcords at the base of the cuffs too. These can be useful (pull in for extra snugness, let out for ventilation) but can get tangled up with jacket sleeves. You'll often find gloves that concentrate insulation and weatherproofing on the back and keep the palm thin.

DeFeet Duragloves

DeFeet Duragloves

This works well for dexterity. Most manufacturers have their own variant on ergonomically-designed padding, with pads positioned to align with common pressure points. Watch out for gloves designed for flat bars, though – different bits of your hands take the weight on drops and you can find that what would be a useful pad on flats becomes a slightly annoying lump on drops.

Choosing gloves: Things to consider

How wintery is my winter?

Even if we're just looking at the UK, winter varies quite a lot. On any given day the weather in Banff is likely to be somewhat different to that in Bournemouth. But even in one place the British winter is not a consistent beast. While some parts of the world will reliably deliver many weeks of sub-zero temperatures, in the UK it could be wind and driving rain, or precipitation-free but frosty, or actually quite moderate. Have a good think about the conditions that you're going to be riding in – across a lot of the country you can get away with surprisingly lightly-insulated gloves for quite a lot of the winter.

How warm are my hands?

Not all extremities are created equal. Some people are naturally warmer than others and this is particularly noticeable when it comes to hands and feet. For a given ambient temperature and degree of exertion one rider might be happy in thin, lightly-insulated full finger gloves while another is going numb in thick Arctic explorer gauntlets.

Craft Siberian Split Finger Glove

Craft Siberian Split Finger Glove

Only you know how much the cold gets to you, and this will inform your glove choice. If you run hot then you'll be wanting to go for less insulation and better breathability, while the cold-fingered will be able to sacrifice breathability for the sake of warmth. Keeping the wind out is always a good idea, though.

How many gloves am I willing to buy?

Given the huge variation in what constitutes “winter”, it's easy to end up with a whole bunch of slightly different gloves and the associated decision-making headache every time you want to go for a ride. Some people revel in having just the right bit of kit for all occasions – if that's you then feel free to go crazy. If you prefer to keep your gear cupboard under some sort of control, though, then think carefully about the range of conditions that you're actually going to be riding in, look at what you've already got and then see what's out there that'll cover the rest. There's a fair chance that a single pair of gloves will do the job.

A feast of fingers

There's a lot of choice in gloves. Here's a look at the full spectrum:

Thin or liner gloves

If it's merely a bit chilly out, you may need no more than a full-fingered summer-weight glove – it's amazing how much difference just covering your fingertips can make. Moving a step beyond that is a whole range of thin, lightweight insulated gloves that typically lack much in the way of weatherproofing but will keep fingers warmer than summer gloves in autumn or spring conditions.

Castelli Prima Glove

Castelli Prima Glove

While some thin gloves feature closely-woven fabric and a water-resistant coating to extend their capabilities, usually they're overfaced by strong winds and proper rain. But they're useful things to have in your glove armoury for less chilly days. Some gloves can double as (or are marketed specifically as) an extra insulating layer under a wind- or waterproof pair. If you're looking for gloves to do only this job, the thinner the better – silk is a good option.

Windproof gloves

The advantage of windproof gloves over fully waterproof ones is that they usually breathe a bit better, keeping your hands from getting all clammy. They're also often less bulky and with a softer feel than full waterproof gloves.

Sportful WS Pursuit Tech Glove

Sportful WS Pursuit Tech Glove

The obvious disadvantage is that rain can get in, although most windproof gloves have a water-resistant coating that keeps rain at bay up to a point. A good choice for cold but dry days, and the naturally warm-handed will benefit from the better breathability.

Waterproof gloves

Waterproof gloves come with varying amounts of insulation, with that being a trade-off between warmth and bulk.

Altura Thermastretch Gloves

Altura Thermastretch Gloves

Many riders will find that keeping wind and water out means that they can get away with less insulation, while others will need all the help they can get. Bear in mind that you can always boost the warmth of gloves by adding liners, but it's usually trickier to cool them down.

Two-part gloves

Two-part gloves are exactly what they sound like, with an outer shell glove to ward off wind and rain and an inner liner glove contributing thermal insulation.

Phew Lobster Outer Shell Winter Cycling Gloves

Phew Lobster Outer Shell Winter Cycling Gloves

You can of course assemble a glove “system” like this from separate bits, but an off-the-shelf two-part glove will have components that are designed to work together – you can be sure that there'll be enough room inside the shell for the liner and that the shapes of the two layers are complementary.

Two-part gloves are a great, versatile choice but if you're a warm-handed person then you may be paying for extra insulation that you'll rarely need.

The best winter gloves

Now you know what to look for, and hopefully you have a clearer idea of what type of glove is right for you, here are 17 gloves we've reviewed and rated highly over the last few years.

Giro Proof Freezing Weather Cycling Gloves — £51.99

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Giro Proof Freezing Weather Cycling Gloves.jpg

Giro's Proof 'freezing weather' cycling gloves provide windproofing, comfortable palms, decent dexterity and, most importantly, warmth down to below zero. They are pretty much perfect for winter riding.

My issues this winter have occurred on my sub-one-mile ride to work. The issue is, it's all downhill and my hands have frozen on any day that isn't above 5°C. So when, on my first ride in the Giro Proof gloves, I arrived at the office with working hands, I was rather impressed.

Read our review of the Giro Proof Gloves
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Altura Micro Fleece Gloves — £15.29

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Altura Micro Fleece Gloves.jpg

Altura's Micro Fleece Gloves feature a very simple design that works very well. There's fantastic grip, a windproof back and soft fabric. I've used these for road riding, cyclo-cross and mountain biking. They've impressed me every time.

Altura seem to have gone back to basics with the Micro Fleece gloves. The cheapest in Altura's glove range, they come in at £16.99 and they Just Work™. There's no fancy frills to be found here. That's not to say that they felt cheap, or poorly constructed. I've put these through some very muddy abuse causing no issues with premature wear.

Read our review of the Altura Micro Fleece Gloves
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Giro 100 Proof gloves — £61.99

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Giro 100 Proof Winter Cycling Gloves.jpg

If total thermal comfort is the name of the game for you when temperatures dip below freezing, the Giro 100 Proof gloves have to be right up there on your shortlist.

You'll notice from our images that the glove is lobster-like, grouping two fingers together into each compartment. The design has a clear advantage over individually fingered gloves, allowing the circulation and resulting heat that gets to your fingers to build more effectively in a closed system.

Of course, this comes with the obvious downside of loss of dexterity, although with these it's still fairly easy to actuate mechanical shifts, as long as you're not in a hurry to get them. Spend a split second longer to find the shifter, and 99 times out of 100 you shift slickly and relatively precisely. Electronic shifting is another matter, though.

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B'Twin 900 Winter Cycling Gloves — £19.99

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Renamed from 700 to 900 since we reviewed them, these B'Twin winter gloves are designed for cold weather rides around the three-hour mark. For less than £20 and as an overall package, they are genuinely impressive.

These aren't an impervious design, which for me at least is a blessing since I find those with a waterproof TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) liner can become uncomfortably clammy, especially on very cold but sunny days.

Read our review of the B'Twin 900 Winter Cycling Gloves
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Gore Universal Gore-Tex Thermo Gloves — £60.66

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Gore Universal Gore-Tex Thermo Gloves.jpg

 When the temperature reaches freezing the Gore Universal Gore-Tex Thermo Gloves keep on going, keeping out the best that Mother Nature can throw at them. Truly awesome!

It was -6°C according to my Garmin, and my evening's ride was being cut short as my leg muscles, feet and face weren't really feeling the love. My hands, though, they were toasty as hell. Normally at this temperature I'd be using a pair of liners but the Gore Thermos weren't even struggling.

Read our review of the Gore Universal Gore-Tex Thermo Gloves
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Sportful Sotto Zero Gloves — £30-£50

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Sportful Sotto Zero Gloves.jpg

Providing excellent insulation without the bulk, these Sportful Sotto Zero Gloves will keep you warm right through the winter. When the temperature plummets these gloves keep your hands warm without fail.

For me, there's nothing much worse than freezing cold hands. Cold feet I can manage, but lose the feeling in your fingers halfway into a ride... well, that's not much fun. Traditionally, cold winter gloves, while they might keep your hands warm, would be massively bulky and seriously compromise your ability to operate the controls of the bike.

Sportful has managed to produce a glove that can provide impressive warmth for the coldest winter rides, but without the bulk. That means you maintain good control of the handlebar and can operate the gears and brakes easily, while remaining warm. They're like the size of a mid-weight glove but provide the warmth of much chunkier designs.

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DeFeet Duragloves — £17.99

DeFeet Duraglove

DeFeet Duraglove

DeFeet's Duragloves are simple, hardwearing gloves with a good amount of grip, for those days when it's not cold enough to need a windproof option. The latest version has fingertips that work with touchscreen phones.

Read our review of the DeFeet Duragloves
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Castelli Prima Gloves — £12.10

Castelli Prima Glove

Castelli Prima Glove

Castelli's Prima gloves are a grippy option for spring/autumn and you can operate all kinds of touchscreen with them.The gloves are made from Coolmax polyester with long cuffs to keep your wrists draught-free. They're fairly warm but not windproof.

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Craft Siberian gloves — £54.99

Craft Siberian glove

Craft Siberian glove

The Craft Siberians are well-made mid-weight gloves that provide decent warmth without being too bulky.

Read our review of the Craft Siberian gloves
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Galibier Roubaix Vision Gloves — £16.00

Galibier Roubaix Vision Gloves

Galibier Roubaix Vision Gloves

The Galibier Roubaix Vision gloves fill that gap in your cycling wardrobe between winter gloves and short fingered mitts, around the 8-15°C range for me.

Read our review of the Galibier Roubaix Vision gloves

Madison Avalanche Men’s Gloves — £26.99

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The Madison Avalanche Men's Gloves do the basics well. It would be nice to have the touchscreen element work a bit better, but for keeping your hands warm and dry in showers, if not heavy rain, they don't disappoint.

The primary function of any full-finger winter glove is to keep your hands warm. To help with this, the Avalanche gloves have a micro-fleece lining and a fully windproof upper. This combination creates a good barrier against the cold.

Although not totally waterproof, the Avalanches have a decent level of protection against rain – Madison describes them 'shower proof'. They kept our hands dry in moderate rain, and it was only really in driving rain that we noticed anything getting through, and even then it was only after about 20 minutes or so.

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Altura Thermastretch gloves — £29.99

Altura Thermastretch Gloves

Altura Thermastretch Gloves

Altura's Thermostretch gloves take a simplified approach to winter hand protection. Made from a single material - neoprene - and with no layering, they a worthy addition to your wardrobe.

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Phew Early Winter Windster Cycling Gloves — £24.99

Phew Early Winter Windster gloves

Phew Early Winter Windster gloves

Great value midweight wind-resistant gloves with excellent fit and grip.

Read our review of the Phew Early Winter Windster Cycling Gloves

Phew Lobster Outer Shell Winter Cycling Gloves — £24.99

Phew Lobster Outer Shell Winter Cycling Gloves

Phew Lobster Outer Shell Winter Cycling Gloves

Neat, comfortable, windproof and showerproof over-gloves, ideal for cold weather. They're designed to fit over a pair of gloves to provide a second layer of protection and the design keeps three of your fingers together for increased warmth.

Read our review of the Phew Lobster Outer Shell Winter Gloves

GripGrab Insulator Long Finger Gloves — £18.00

GripGrab Insulator Hi-Vis gloves

GripGrab Insulator Hi-Vis gloves

GripGrab's Insulator gloves are a great option for layering – they can be used on their own but are still slim enough to be worn inside most winter gloves for when it gets really cold.

Read our review of the GripGrab Insulator Long Finger Gloves

Craft Storm Gloves — £24.99

Craft Storm Glove

Craft Storm Glove

Craft's Storm gloves lack the bulk of heavier duty winter gloves but despite that provide impressive insulation, striking a good balance that makes them pretty much spot on for most typical British winter days.

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SealSkinz Ultra Grip Gauntlets — £29.95

Sealskinz Ultra Grip Gauntlet

Sealskinz Ultra Grip Gauntlet

SealSkinz Ultra Grip Gauntlets have been designed to cope with cold and wet conditions, offering protection from water and wind as well as being breathable, all in a knit, stretch glove. They deal with the elements competently, keeping your hands protected and dry. They can get a little warm on the inside but rather that than cold, wet hands.

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GripGrab Windster Gloves — £30.60-£48.55

GripGrab Windster Glove

GripGrab Windster Glove

GripGrab's Windsters are good quality, wind and water proof gloves that allow for lever grip combined with smartphone usability.

Read our review of the GripGrab Windster Gloves

Pearl Izumi ELITE Softshell Gloves — ~£30-£46

Pearl Izumi ELITE Softshell Gloves

Pearl Izumi ELITE Softshell Gloves

Excellent gloves for really cold weather, with a great fit and padded palm. Pearl Izumi ELITE Softshell Gloves are stupendously warm thanks to the Primaloft insulation, which provides good insulation for sub-zero temperatures without being too bulky.

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Showers Pass Men's Crosspoint Softshell WP gloves — £61

Showers Pass Men's Softshell WP Gloves

Showers Pass Men's Softshell WP Gloves

Showers Pass Crosspoint Softshell WP gloves will keep your hands dry and toasty even in a hard winter, but if it's mild they might be a shade too warm.

Read our review of the Showers Pass Crosspoint Softshell WP gloves
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Gore Bike Wear Road Gloves GTX-1 — £35

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Gore Bike Wear Road Gloves GTX-1.jpg

The Gore Bike Wear GTX-1 gloves are very well made and provide excellent protection from the cold and wet, though on longer rides in the rain they can get saturated and your hands a bit sweaty.

Gore describes them as a lightweight, unisex design. The soft and breathable material is very comfortable, providing a warm cocoon for your hands during winter rides.

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Bontrager Stormshell — £56.99

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Bontrager Stormshell Glove.jpg

Bontrager's heavyweight and durable Stormshell gloves provide a solid layer between your hands and the stormy world outside, but they miss the mark if you want toasty warmth too.

As the name indicates, these gloves are designed for stormy conditions, so first and foremost need to be competent at dealing with lots of wind and rain for prolonged amounts of time. It was our dubious pleasure to ride in such conditions recently, and the gloves impressed.

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Rapha Deep Winter Gloves and Merino Liners — £150.00

Rapha Deep Winter Gloves

Rapha Deep Winter Gloves

If you really struggle with poor circulation, and keeping your hands from getting cold on a ride is a perennial challenge, then you'll be very interested in Rapha's Deep Winter Gloves. Yes they're very expensive but they're among the warmest winter cycling gloves we've ever tested.

Read our review of the Rapha Deep Winter Gloves and Merino Liners

[This article was last updated on September 4, 2017]

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tritecommentbot [2268 posts] 10 months ago
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Any opinions on those Rapha Deep Winter gloves?

 

They're on sale at 77. Still twice the price of my current winter gloves, but I'm dying out there so considering it. Upgraded my kit massively since last winter but still my fingers freeze within an hour. Really is killing me. Missus's hands on the same ride are toasty warm (she has the regular Rapha winter ones and loves em - I'm using Castelli Cromo gloves atm and they're useless for me anywhere near 0- need something way, way better). 

 

Toes freeze too, but they go numb and can't feel them so don't mind funnily enough.

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bendertherobot [1450 posts] 10 months ago
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Yeah, they're rubbish. Like massive ski gloves but with the benefit of not being remotely warm. But that was my experience of them and lists like this fall down as finding what works is a very personal thing. I still recommend lobsters as the way to go, the Aldi ones are good but the Pearl Izumi ones are probably still the absolute best ones. 

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tritecommentbot [2268 posts] 10 months ago
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bendertherobot wrote:

Yeah, they're rubbish. Like massive ski gloves but with the benefit of not being remotely warm. But that was my experience of them and lists like this fall down as finding what works is a very personal thing. I still recommend lobsters as the way to go, the Aldi ones are good but the Pearl Izumi ones are probably still the absolute best ones. 

 

Okay nice thanks, going to check those Pearl Izumi's out. Definitely need to go nuclear on the gloves thing and lobsters do seem a safer bet. Crazy how some people can have warm fingers with just a little insulation. 

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bendertherobot [1450 posts] 10 months ago
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unconstituted wrote:
bendertherobot wrote:

Yeah, they're rubbish. Like massive ski gloves but with the benefit of not being remotely warm. But that was my experience of them and lists like this fall down as finding what works is a very personal thing. I still recommend lobsters as the way to go, the Aldi ones are good but the Pearl Izumi ones are probably still the absolute best ones. 

 

Okay nice thanks, going to check those Pearl Izumi's out. Definitely need to go nuclear on the gloves thing and lobsters do seem a safer bet. Crazy how some people can have warm fingers with just a little insulation. 

There's a cut off point with me where I can happily move between De feet dura gloves and full on winter ones. Generally around 3-4 degrees or so. But I really suffer at freezing point and the lobsters are the only ones I've found that work really well at freezing.

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longassballs [53 posts] 10 months ago
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It was too cold for Craft Storm gloves on Saturday. What was it, about 1°? My fingers were hurting. Yesterday was fine but it was significantly warmer. They don't have any insulation, neoprene with fleecey liner. I'm going to try Galibier's Barrier glove but I'm also interested in their leather gloves. Think I'll buy a pair for my Dad for Christmas and see how he gets on. I wonder exactly how water resistant they are.

Bender, you gave a great review to a pair of Parentini gloves on your blog. Do you still have a good opinion of them?

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gunswick [105 posts] 10 months ago
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I have some Gripgrab Polaris gloves, which is -7c this week were fine (cold but still useable and effective).  They are great from 5c down to -10c.

I also have the GribGrab Windster's which are very good, though in HEAVY rain will wet out and become very cold.  The Polaris is water-proof and avoids this happening so is my preference.  Windster's are good on their 3c - 12c, with the the GripGrab insulator's they can go to 0c.  These are a bit warmer than the SealSkinz ultra grip which I find can be too cold at say 5c, but they will go up to 15c which is handy.

The insulator's are a great spring / autumn glove for keeping light rain off and good for use when fingerless gloves are not enough.  They are also very good liner gloves with the Windster or Polaris.

I also have the GripGrab Pro Gel fingerless gloves for summer which are excellent too.

4 gloves from GripGrab, all very good.

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TotalLoss [4 posts] 10 months ago
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I've found these EDZ Merino liner gloves make a massive difference under my winter Sealskinz gloves: http://amzn.eu/1Gcpopr don't let the cheap price put you off they are really toasty!

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bendertherobot [1450 posts] 10 months ago
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longassballs wrote:

It was too cold for Craft Storm gloves on Saturday. What was it, about 1°? My fingers were hurting. Yesterday was fine but it was significantly warmer. They don't have any insulation, neoprene with fleecey liner. I'm going to try Galibier's Barrier glove but I'm also interested in their leather gloves. Think I'll buy a pair for my Dad for Christmas and see how he gets on. I wonder exactly how water resistant they are.

Bender, you gave a great review to a pair of Parentini gloves on your blog. Do you still have a good opinion of them?

Yes, they're very good for freezing upwards when it's damp. And good for just below with a liner. For racing (I used them in snowy CX last week) they are ideal. For commuting and pootling a lobster will still provide that bit more warmth. 

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shutuplegz [50 posts] 10 months ago
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I find that hand/finger temperature is directly linked to my core body temperature once the outside temps drop below 5 degrees. The problem with this (for me) is that my perception of core temperature seems to have quite a bit of hysteresis! So to be sure that the blood keeps flowing to my extremities I have to keep my core almost uncomfortably warm! I have a pair of Gore gloves similar to those above (but they were about £40 I think) which are pretty good down to freezing and when it is wet, although like all gloves that are marketed as 'water-proof' it seems that the outler layers arent water-proof so once they are wet the action of the wind-chill and the water evaporating just cools my fingers down even more! Below about -3/-4 I use some Sealskinz insulated lobster gloves. A bit bulky, but they do the job. They are also waterproof but at these temperatures it isn't normally raining. I also use merino wool liners once it dips below freezing too. These help a bit.

I still woudn't say I have found the perfect pair of waterproof winter gloves though.....

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peted76 [690 posts] 10 months ago
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I have four pairs of gloves which I use in varying conditions..

1) Mitts - I like the fit of giro gloves.

2) Outeredge windproof gloves, they are cheap, thin and windproof, the fit for me is excellent. My three season gloves. For when it's a bit nippy for mitts right down to abotu 5degrees or downright cold. Two weeks ago (8degrees ish) I wore them with a pair of mitts over the top just to keep the backs of my hands warm. This weekend I wore a standard pair of 3) non cycling wolly gloves over the top for warmth (4degrees ish) and they were too warm, ended up removing the wooly glove layer half way around.

4) A pair of "sealskinz winter cycling gloves" which frankly I try to wear as little as possible, mainly for when it's one of those 'I'm pretending to be brave' days of weather on the bike. Very warm, windproof and waterproof. The lining I find isn't as attached to the outer layer, so when you pull a sweaty hand out it makes getting them back on again a chore.

 

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Anyone seen my ... [32 posts] 10 months ago
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Any opinions on those Rapha Deep Winter gloves?

Re: the deep winter gloves, in my opinion they look and feel (to the touch, at least) like cheap ski gloves and  you could get some thinsulate gloves that perform just as well at a fraction of the sale price.  But they come in pink which is great for visibility and signalling.

I opted for the winter gloves which are less bulky.  If it get's very cold I use ten quid silk liners.  Don't buy the waterproof gloves either because the one thing that they definitely are not is waterproof. 

Last comment.  The warmest gloves I have are neoprene - Castelli.  Not very comfortable and they stink after a ride, but they cost about GPB30.

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ktache [609 posts] 10 months ago
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I am a big fan of pearl izumi.  Have 4 pairs of their winter gloves.  Only ever had one bad pair, their mediums, which fit me like the proverbial, were just very baggy that model.  Have the Elite above, the pro for slightly warmer temps with the pittards leather palm, hole on the thumb, grrrr, but this years don't use pittards.  The Elite have a slightly padded palm so the handlebars aren't quite as cold and a little thicker on the back.  The Am-Fibs with fingers for when it's proper cold, and something ridiculous with fingers I must have got over 15 years ago, which is meant to have a temp controlling insulator but are so warm they only need to come out a couple of weeks a year,and not for the past 3.

Had some lobster gloves once, long ago, specialised I think.  Would get too warm, start to sweat, which would then freeze.  Insulation would be better now, and cannot praise pearl izumi gloves enough.  Though if their full finger summer gloves used pittards I'd be wearing them then as well.

For me it's about getting the temperature just right.  Also when I got to work, or to the train station, I'd remove the Am-Fibs, and put on the thinner Elites to lock her up/ remove lights/ read book, and stick the Am-Fibs down the front of my bikesters, stops the sweat inside from freezing for use later, and keeps my bits warmer.

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dottigirl [763 posts] 10 months ago
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TotalLoss wrote:

I've found these EDZ Merino liner gloves make a massive difference under my winter Sealskinz gloves: http://amzn.eu/1Gcpopr don't let the cheap price put you off they are really toasty!

Seconded. They make one hell of a difference. Lovely things.

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Freddy56 [266 posts] 10 months ago
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longassballs wrote:

It was too cold for Craft Storm gloves on Saturday. What was it, about 1°? My fingers were hurting. Yesterday was fine but it was significantly warmer. They don't have any insulation, neoprene with fleecey liner. I'm going to try Galibier's Barrier glove but I'm also interested in their leather gloves. Think I'll buy a pair for my Dad for Christmas and see how he gets on. I wonder exactly how water resistant they are.

Bender, you gave a great review to a pair of Parentini gloves on your blog. Do you still have a good opinion of them?

I'm into my third winter with the original Barrier gloves from Galibier . Buy them as they do seem to run out of stock if stuff  I want which is a bit maddening .

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pedalpowerDC [364 posts] 9 months ago
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I have probably 30 pairs of cycling gloves because every time I see a new one, I dream that it will keep my hands warm. I have generally poor circulation in my hands and feet, and I like to eek out some outdoor miles late in the year if possible (9000+ miles/year). I have ridden with the Raphas once around 2-3* C and I was very happy with them. I like the dexterity, and my hands were warm once I got my pace up. Compared to a Castelli Estremo, I would say that they are better.  I would buy them again (on sale), and I actually got my wife a pair on the most recent sale (mine are the older version without a velcro cuff for $80USD).

 

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Any opinions on those Rapha Deep Winter gloves?

 

They're on sale at 77. Still twice the price of my current winter gloves, but I'm dying out there so considering it. Upgraded my kit massively since last winter but still my fingers freeze within an hour. Really is killing me. Missus's hands on the same ride are toasty warm (she has the regular Rapha winter ones and loves em - I'm using Castelli Cromo gloves atm and they're useless for me anywhere near 0- need something way, way better). 

 

Toes freeze too, but they go numb and can't feel them so don't mind funnily enough.

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Grumpy17 [75 posts] 9 months ago
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30 pairs of cycling gloves? Blimey!
I stopped at about 5 pairs before I realised that the only things that stop my fingers going numb on sub 4 degree rides are ski gloves. Cheaper than cycling gloves and much warmer. And water repellent too.

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Poshfpg [5 posts] 9 months ago
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unconstituted wrote:

Any opinions on those Rapha Deep Winter gloves?

 

They're on sale at 77. Still twice the price of my current winter gloves, but I'm dying out there so considering it. Upgraded my kit massively since last winter but still my fingers freeze within an hour. Really is killing me. Missus's hands on the same ride are toasty warm (she has the regular Rapha winter ones and loves em - I'm using Castelli Cromo gloves atm and they're useless for me anywhere near 0- need something way, way better). 

 

Toes freeze too, but they go numb and can't feel them so don't mind funnily enough.

 

I bought them in the sale last week, went for the hi vis pink for dark mornings, and had them out this morning in -6c and fingers were toasty, I did have the merino liners on too. No problems changing gear or braking. On a previous -4c morning a few weeks back I had the Winter gloves on with liners and my hands did get cold, not badly but enough to make me think about these.  

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tritecommentbot [2268 posts] 9 months ago
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Poshfpg wrote:
unconstituted wrote:

Any opinions on those Rapha Deep Winter gloves?

 

They're on sale at 77. Still twice the price of my current winter gloves, but I'm dying out there so considering it. Upgraded my kit massively since last winter but still my fingers freeze within an hour. Really is killing me. Missus's hands on the same ride are toasty warm (she has the regular Rapha winter ones and loves em - I'm using Castelli Cromo gloves atm and they're useless for me anywhere near 0- need something way, way better). 

 

Toes freeze too, but they go numb and can't feel them so don't mind funnily enough.

 

I bought them in the sale last week, went for the hi vis pink for dark mornings, and had them out this morning in -6c and fingers were toasty, I did have the merino liners on too. No problems changing gear or braking. On a previous -4c morning a few weeks back I had the Winter gloves on with liners and my hands did get cold, not badly but enough to make me think about these.  

Is there a big difference between the winter and deep winter gloves in terms of how warm they are and the quality?

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michophull [143 posts] 9 months ago
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Just a small point. No matter what sort of gloves you use, before you go out, give them 20 minutes on the radiator to warm up. I did this today for my 0 degrees commute and it prevented my usual experience of frozen fingertips upon arrival at work.

It's also worth getting some of those single use toe-warmers to stick in your shoes for longer rides.

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ianrparsons [18 posts] 9 months ago
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I am diabetic and this means poor circulation to fingertips and toes, with associated risks. Feet easy, thick "fishing socks", neoprene and then waterproof shoe covers, job done. Hands sorted eventually with electric gloves, they have a heating element and rechargeable batteries. Were good down to -10 on my 5 mile commute. I have yet to need to try them as I now do a 13 miler each way.  They have also been the best even without switching them on. So good they can be too warm and need drying out. So far the inexpensive lobster gloves from Aldi have done the business this winter. Yet to go seriously sub zero but not expecting any problems.

 

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Poshfpg [5 posts] 9 months ago
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unconstituted wrote:
Poshfpg wrote:
unconstituted wrote:

Any opinions on those Rapha Deep Winter gloves?

 

They're on sale at 77. Still twice the price of my current winter gloves, but I'm dying out there so considering it. Upgraded my kit massively since last winter but still my fingers freeze within an hour. Really is killing me. Missus's hands on the same ride are toasty warm (she has the regular Rapha winter ones and loves em - I'm using Castelli Cromo gloves atm and they're useless for me anywhere near 0- need something way, way better). 

 

Toes freeze too, but they go numb and can't feel them so don't mind funnily enough.

 

I bought them in the sale last week, went for the hi vis pink for dark mornings, and had them out this morning in -6c and fingers were toasty, I did have the merino liners on too. No problems changing gear or braking. On a previous -4c morning a few weeks back I had the Winter gloves on with liners and my hands did get cold, not badly but enough to make me think about these.  

Is there a big difference between the winter and deep winter gloves in terms of how warm they are and the quality?

 

I'm not sure it's a big difference but it was noticable in sub zero temperatures, the longer glove in terms of going up your arm and velcro closure make a up large part of that.  If I hadn't needed a second pair I'd be fine with the Winter ones but if you're only buying one go Deep Winter, little control difference but definitely warmer.  Hard to comment on the quality after a week but they feel well made as do the Winter ones which I've had for 2 years and look like new.

 

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riotgibbon [230 posts] 9 months ago
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I got the Rapha deep-winter+ liners in the sale off the back off this piece and comments, I lost my old Thinsulate ones last year,  so needed a new pair of something substantial, and they were excellent this morning, 1.5 hours in -5 to -2.   

 

my other fallback is a Prendas roubaix glove inside old Castelli neoprenes. That seems to do the trick too

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deborah [7 posts] 8 months ago
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Only lobster gloves will work for me in cold temperatures, meaning less that 5C.  Otherwise, my fingers freeze, get numb and then can't work the gears or brakes.  Feel get frozen but they numb it so somehow not as bad.

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matthewn5 [1059 posts] 2 weeks ago
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I commute year-round and have a range of gloves. Thinsulate merino gloves from the local market for a tenner do me most of the winter. Stay warm when it rains. I've also got some nice Castelli ski-glove things, actual ski gloves (brilliant if it's really cold), and some light weight Columbia windproof gloves that I got secondhand on one of the forums that are perfect in autumn and winter, with touchscreen tips. So plenty of choice depending on the weather. Even lobster gloves my brother gave me one Christmas (hopeless to cycle in, great for windy sub-zero skiing).

But lately my left index finger has decided to go 'whitefinger' riding when it's cold, even on short rides. Anybody got any ideas how to stop it? It's really pretty scary, the finger looks 'dead' and has to be warmed up under tepid water to coax some colour back into it.

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LastBoyScout [265 posts] 2 weeks ago
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I've been using Sealskinz gloves for the last couple of winters - both a pair of road ones that I can't remember the name of and a pair of the hi-viz all-weather XP ones.

Both great, use a liner when it's really cold. Downside is they are not as breathable as Sealskinz would like to claim, especially when compared to my Gore-tex ski gloves.

I struggle to find gloves where the fingers are the right length and my thumbs aren't rammed into the ends - going up a size generally ends up as too baggy all over.

 

Other top tip for warm fingers is keeping your arms and wrists warm. Both my softshell jackets have a stretch panel on the forearms which seems a good idea for fit, but means I can get cool forearms and therefore cold fingers. One is worse than the other for it.

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matthewn5 wrote:

But lately my left index finger has decided to go 'whitefinger' riding when it's cold, even on short rides. Anybody got any ideas how to stop it? It's really pretty scary, the finger looks 'dead' and has to be warmed up under tepid water to coax some colour back into it.

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Raynauds-phenomenon/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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Ozpedal [1 post] 6 days ago
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 Winter glove recommendations are subject to numerous variables, hence my only advice is to make sure your hands and gloves are warm before you ride, in the belief that if you put cold hands in cold gloves, there will be only one result. So I preheat my gloves in the oven, and if I can't do that (for example if I'm driving to a ride start point), I'll stuff them in my jersey against my body, or next to the car's heaters.