Gore Bike Wear Countdown III gloves  £49.99

8/10

Mid-weight waterproof gloves that are well-made and durable

Weight 142g   Contact  www.gorebikewear.co.uk

by Mat Brett   January 3, 2011  

Gore countdown III glove worn

These mid-weight Countdown III gloves are the most expensive in Gore Bike Wear’s range and they do a good job of keeping your hands dry in wet weather.

First things first: are they properly waterproof? Well, I’ve been on a few extremely wet rides wearing these, including the Bristol Belter sportive where it rained from start to finish, and my hands have got damp only after well over an hour. We reckon that’s got more to do with sweat building up on the inside rather than rain getting through the Gore-Tex insert. They’re impressively breathable as waterproof gloves go, but we don’t know of anywhere the atmosphere doesn’t get humid sooner or later if you are producing plenty of heat. Take the Countdown’s off once the inside is damp and it’s a struggle to get them back on again but, that aside, these are really good gloves.

They’re fairly low bulk and offer a middling level of warmth. You probably wouldn’t want to head out in freezing conditions wearing these unless you have something like silk liner gloves underneath, but they’re fully windproof, come with polyester insulation, and have a fleecy inner, so they can handle temperatures well down into single figures without much trouble. My cut off point for using these is about 3-4°C, but that’ll come down to the individual.

The cuffs aren’t the longest ever but they reach just over your wrists so you shouldn’t have much trouble getting some overlap with your sleeves, and the hook-and-loop closure allows you to fine-tune things there. The textured polyurethane palms grip damp handlebars and hoods well, a small amount of padding adds a degree of protection, although you’ll need track mitts on too if you want real cushioning. A large reflective panel on the little finger and reflective logos are a handy addition for night riding.

You can get waterproof gloves considerably cheaper, but these are built to last. After a couple of months they're still looking brand new.

Verdict

Mid-weight waterproof gloves that are well-made and durable

road.cc test report

Make and model: Gore Bike Wear Countdown III gloves

Size tested: Black, 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?

Gore Bike Wear say, "Versatile rain protection for the hands. These light GORE-TEX® gloves are an essential accessory for mountain courses and longer cycle tours in the rain."

Although they're listed in Gore's off-road category, we've been wearing them on the road.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Possibly

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 190cm  Weight: 74kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,

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