BTwin Warm Gloves 7  £27.99

7/10

Comfy warm glove for all but the worst winter conditions, best suited to riders with pianist's fingers

Weight 144g   Contact  www.btwin.com

by Caroline Dodgson   March 22, 2014  

BTwin Warm Gloves 7

BTwin make a vast selection of winter gloves. The Warm 7 (not to be confused with the Warm 5 or the Rain 7) is Decathlon's own brand offering for sub-6°C temperatures.

These gloves kept my hands warm at 0-5°C (it hasn't been sub zero for a while, thankfully). There is a zip across the back of each hand that's meant to add ventilation, but I didn't find it to be particularly effective; the curve of my hand over the handlebars effectively closed up the ventilation gap left by the open zip. It's a good idea, and a touch of velcro could have been useful to keep the vent open.

The BTwin Warm 7 is a very comfortable glove (apart from the preponderance of labels which needed cutting off). The upper side of the glove is waterproof and the lower is soft and grippy, with well placed gel inserts around the palm. The elasticated wrist was soft and the additional velcro fastening stopped any chills getting through.

The reflective detailing on top of the first and second fingers and along the edge of the little finger adds to the overall usefulness of the glove. Handily (ba dum) the 30 degree washing temperature was adequate to remove dirt and other detritus including from the terry-towling 'sweat' wiper on the thumb.

The glove I tested was a Large. The inner fleece fitted well to my fingertips. The outer shell, however, was sized up to a centimetre longer than the inner lining. This meant that my fingers did not reach the ends of the glove so there were flappy bits at the end of each finger unless I pulled the shell down. This was a pity as it stopped the integrated touchscreen-compatible stitching on the first finger and thumb from working as intended because my fingertips didn't reach that part of the glove. The touchscreen function worked well, though.

BTwin have made a comfy, warm glove and the extras such as reflectivity and ventilation raise it above the average. Check the fit before you buy, though.

Verdict

Comfy warm glove for all but the worst winter conditions, best suited to riders with pianist's fingers.

road.cc test report

Make and model: BTwin Warm Gloves 7

Size tested: large

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Designed for sport cycling in intense cold or rainy conditions.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

THERMAL INSULATION WHEN ACTIVE

Windproof, lined membrane for excellent protection from the cold

WATERPROOFING

Thanks to its Novadry membrane

VISIBILITY

Thanks to its reflective inserts

VENTILATION

Thanks to its zip on the top of the glove

TACTILE EFFICIENCY

"touch screen" function for using your smartphone without removing your gloves

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Reasonably well finished for the price.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

They kept my extremities warm.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

Comfortable, but a little long in the finger for the overall size of glove.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Can be had in the Decathlon sale for £20.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The reflective strips. The touchscreen operation.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The fit of the fingers.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? If they fitted me better.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 5'7  Weight: size 16

I usually ride: Trek 7.5 WSD  My best bike is: Turquoise Cruiser

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Novice

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, general fitness riding, Leisure

 

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