Pro Bikegear Expert WP Winter Gloves  £29.35

7/10

Good quality and comfy glove for wetter, warmer winters

Contact  www.ultimatepursuits.co.uk

by Dave Atkinson   February 23, 2009  

Pro Bikegear Expert WP Winter Gloves

The Pro Expert WP is a comfortable and fairly warm winter glove that benefits from an internal membrane to keep the water (and wind) off your digits. It's not a bulky glove and doesn't restrict movement like some better insulated options, so it's a good choice if the weather isn't really Arctic. When the mercury really drops you'll probably wish you had something a bit warmer, but for most UK winter conditions (ie not the ones we've just had!) it's a good balance. Waterproofing is good and the gloves have come through the testing period with hardly a mark on them, which bodes well for long term durability.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Pro Bikegear Expert WP Winter Gloves

Price: 29.35

Weight: 0

Size tested: XXL

About the tester

Age: 36

Height: 190cm

Weight: 105kg

I usually ride: Schwinn Moab, urbanised with 700cs

My best bike is: Trek 1.5 with upgrades

I've been riding for: 10-20 years

I ride: Every day

I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling

The report

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 o

The Expert WP glove is a waterproof winter glove, rated by the manufacturer from -10°c to +5°c. It's about a medium thickness for a winter glove, with a well padded palm and long cuffs.

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

The glove is mainly nylon construction, and has a breathable Hypora membrane inside to keep the water out. The palm is Digital Carbon and has silicon detailing to help with grip. There's 3M reflective piping on the uppers.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
8/10

any further comments on construction?

It's a well put together glove, and feels solidly made. the finger liners can get a bit rucked from taking the gloves on and off, especially when your hands are sweaty.

Rate the product for performance:
7/10

any further comments on performance?

Waterproofing was very good, I did a few wet rides in them with no problems. They weren't fully waterproof when subjected to to the bucket test, but the windproof liner means that they can still keep your hands warm even when a bit damp. I could have done with a bit more insulation at the ends of the fingers, on really cold days (-5°c) they weren't thick enough to stop me from getting chilly digits.

Rate the product for durability:
7/10

any further comments on durability?

Difficult to say long term but I've had no complaints in the test period, and there's no signs of wear on the palms or uppers despite some heavy use, including a muddy mtb ride.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
7/10

any further comments on weight?

They're not light gloves, but then they're not designed to be...

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

any further comments on comfort?

The gloves were very comfortable and didn't restrict movement very much despite their bulk. They're not the biggest in terms of fit, so it might be worth sizing up if you fall between two sizes.

Rate the product for value:
6/10

any further comments on value?

Not cheap, but you get decent performance for your money

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Pretty well. The gloves struggle a bit with the minimum temperatures they're rated for, but it's a freak year that I'd actually get to test them in weather that cold anyway! Waterproofing is good, construction is good.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

They were comfortable and didn't restrict movement too much

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

It's a shame there isn't a towelling wipe panel on the thumbs, you really need them in the cold weather...

Did you enjoy using the product?: yes

Would you consider buying the product?: maybe

Would you recommend the product to a friend?: maybe

Your overall verdict of the product taking everything into account

It's a well designed winter glove that's comfortable and fairly well waterproofed. Not the best on the really icy days, but just about right for a normal, wet UK winter

Overall rating: 7/10

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