When you want high quality cycle clothing for the winter, Swedish brand Craft is one company that always stands out for me. They make excellent cold weather clothing that generally fits really well and works superbly in the chillier conditions of autumn and winter.
These Storm gloves are a good example. They 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.
Craft use a water resistant softshell fabric on the palm with enough padding for long-distance cycling comfort, and a waterproof shell fabric on the top that provides decent wet weather performance. They're not a waterproof glove as such, but for light showers they cope just fine and it takes a seriously prolonged downpour to overcome their defence. They're completely windproof so ideal for cold and dry days.
They're fleece lined and provide impressive insulation despite their lack of bulk. They're best kept for temperatures below 6-8 degrees. Any warmer and your hands can begin to feel a bit too toasty. It doesn't take long at the beginning of a ride to generate a bit of heat which makes them ideal for commuting or early morning training rides.
An advantage of their slimness is the excellent dexterity they give you on the handlebar and when operating the brake levers and gear shifters. They're also easy gloves to manipulate the touch screen on a Garmin Edge computer.
They're a good fitting glove. The finger length is just right and the gloves are snug, but not tight, around the top of the hand, palm and wrist.
The palms are decorated with a silicone print which provides a bit of each adhesion on the handlebars, especially ideal in a spot of light rain when the controls can become a little slippery.
The elasticated cuff is a generous length and fits over a long-sleeve jersey. The thumb is covered with a satisfyingly soft Terry towel that is brilliant for wiping a runny nose, or the sweat from your face. A handful of reflective details boosts low light visibility.
They're available in two colours, black if you're more conservative or these rather good looking yellow ones. They're not all that expensive at the recommended price, but shopping around does reveal you can get them discounted, which makes them even more of a bargain than they already are.
Provide brilliant warmth on cold days with the best fit I've yet come across in a glove
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Craft Storm Glove
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?
Smooth, windproof and water-protective glove for moderate conditions.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
- and waterproof shell fabric on top
- Fleece inside for warmth
- Soft, thin, water-protective softshell fabric inside palm
- Silicone print in palm for enhanced grip
- Elastic cuff
- Ergonomic, elastic fit
- Soft terry on thumb
- Reflective print
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Really good fit, slim fitting glove providing enough warmth for autumn and winter days, and good water resistance too
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Easy to recommend are these gloves, ticking all the important boxes well.
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.