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The Gore Bike Wear Xenon 2.0 Windstopper gloves are very good mid-range designs. As you might expect from the name, windproofing is excellent, although on days below 4°C you might be struggling for warmth. They could also do with touchscreen compatibility.
I used these on all kinds of descents, at speed, in foul weather, and there was little to no wind getting through. This was actually a little surprising given that they're considerably thinner than the majority of colder weather gloves; it's closer to what you would find on a summer glove – impressive for something with so much wind resistance.
However, despite them being billed as cold weather gloves, I found they lacked the insulation necessary when temperatures really plummeted. Gore doesn't give a specific temperature range for these gloves, but I would say roughly 4-12°C.
Fit is excellent, with the medium size I used providing a good close cut with decent finger length. The elasticated cuffs are also longer than usual, which keeps everything in place well and also helps to protect the wrists. The close fit helps the look, which is good overall, although the white that I reviewed wouldn't be my choice for a winter glove, for obvious reasons.
There are three reinforced areas on the palm, with the one on the outer edge being gel filled. They all work well and make the gloves comfortable to wear for an extended period. There is also rubberised texturing on the first three fingers, helping with grip on the levers, even in the rain. However, the one thing missing is the ability to use them with touchscreens, something pretty common among modern gloves, especially ones costing around 50 quid.
In addition to these reinforced areas there is also a large wiping area on the thumbs which is useful for wiping your brow or glasses or, more likely let's face it, your nose. There is also some high-vis detailing to help with being seen in the dark.
With an RRP of £49.99 (though they can be found cheaper) they aren't cheap, but they are a high quality, well made pair of gloves, and that goes some way to justifying that price.
Overall, I like them. They work very well for mid-range temperatures from 4-12 degrees, look great, and perform very well on the bike. A touchscreen element would be good, though, and a little insulation could help when temperatures drop, but overall these are very strong performing gloves.
Great gloves for temperatures of around 4-12°C, with impressive windproofing, in a neat package
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Gore Bike Wear Xenon 2.0 Windstopper Gloves
Size tested: 7
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?
A set of cold weather gloves with a professional fit.
Gore says: 'Top-quality gloves: intricately made, tight-fitting professional gloves for the cold winter months. Optimal hand protection is worth paying for.'
I would agree with this to an extent, although perhaps a little more insulation would help when temperatures really drop.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Reflective print on fingers
Inner forehand with foam padding
Gel padding on heel of hand
Reflective print on back of hand
Strengthening between thumb and forefinger for better grip
Absorbent material on thumb for wiping away perspiration
Silicone coated fingers
They are superbly made, fit is excellent, stitching is strong, and material choice is excellent.
Performed really well throughout, only lose a couple of marks for not having a huge amount of information for below 4 degrees.
Well made with strong stitching means they are likely to last.
Fit like a...
The mediums I tried fitted just like I would expect a medium to fit.
Very thin and lightweight for a set of winter gloves.
Elasticated wrists, reinforcement and gel inserts help make these very comfortable gloves.
They are expensive, but about where I would expect them to be for their quality.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Difficult to say; white colour meant I did more washes than other gloves. Easy at 30 degrees, but there are a couple of tough oil stains. In black this wouldn't be an issue.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Really well, I was impressed with how well made and comfortable they are. Could perhaps have a little more insulation though.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The windproofing, really impressive for something so thin.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Could do with a little more insulation for when the temperatures start to really drop.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
Well made, comfortable and good looking. They could perhaps do with a little more insulation for below 4 degrees, but above that they were excellent.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days helping companies deal with their cycling commuting challenges with his company Cycling for Work. He has been writing for Road.cc since 2014.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.