These are designed as a pair of go-to riding gloves for the whole autumn-spring period, and as they are made from a windproof and water repellent soft shell fabric, they're a versatile choice for all but the very coldest weather.
The Windstopper soft shell fabric is designed to be water repellent as well as windproof, and it does just what it’s supposed to, yet actually breathes enough to prevent hands becoming too sweaty. It’s a durable, soft and comfortable-to-wear fabric, and it looks smart too.
The Roubaix fabric of these comfortable gloves gives you enough feel to tinker with a troublesome mech by the roadside while providing you with excellent protection from sharp spring and autumn chills.
These are perfect for those rides when it’s too chilly for mitts yet too warm for full-on winter gloves. The outers have a Lycra-like texture and short but very effective cuffs that keep the draughts off your wrists. Scotchlite logos on the backs ensure your hand signals are clearly visible to other traffic without cluttering up the design.
The Shields are attractive looking gloves. Yes, ours are pink, but it’s a funky, high viz, hot pink rather than a girly pink, and there is a grey option if you want something more subdued. There’s a reflective motif across the knuckles and on low-light mornings it’s reassuring to know your hands are just that bit more visible when you're indicating.
Cold weather never fails to remind us of our frailties and biological shortcomings. For me winter = frozen extremities, making cycling a physically uncomfortable experience rather than the endorphin generating pleasure it should be.
I’ll start with a confession: I always thought cycling gloves were about padding for recreational cyclists, and not shredding your hands to bits in spills for racers. Testing these Giro zero mitts, I discovered a third function: grip on wet bars and controls. Not having used gloves for a long time — I don’t need the padding and I like to think I won’t come off — I found myself thinking, “there seems to be a bit of moisture in the air: better take the Giro Zeros”
If understated minimalist looks allied to great performance appeals to you, then these Seal Skinz mitts may be just what you are after.
I tested the Sealskins All Weather gloves to the maximum in winter hail, a deluge of rain and wind storms. Freezing temperatures and painful hail stones bit into my exposed face, but the gloves, and my hands, stood up to the extreme winter weather. However, they weren't as waterproof as I'd hoped.