The Santini Deep Double Layer Winter gloves are some of the toastiest I've worn, which considering their rather svelte construction is something I find pretty amazing. With the weight and bulk of a spring/autumn glove, the double layer construction does an excellent job of keeping the cold out and the warmth in.
- Pros: Super toastie digits, reasonably priced online
- Cons: Yellow gets grubby (only this colour available), hand wash only
I bet that any cyclist who rides whatever the weather has an entire selection of gloves in their kit box for winter, as no one glove seems able to do it all. These Santinis aren't going to change that, but if you need a glove that's going to cope with probably the coldest temperatures you're going to find yourself riding in, these are the kiddies.
Santini claims a temperature range of -8°C to +5°C. Living in the south-west of England I haven't seen the mercury drop to those levels for a good few winters, but on the odd -3°C morning ride these have been exceptional.
The outer fabric is a polyester/elastane mix, which creates a kind of softshell material. There is some water resistance from light rain and the like even though Santini doesn't actually claim any. It'll keep you dry for half an hour or so in moderate showers.
It's windproof, though, and even descending into the chilliest of Arctic winds your fingers will stay totally warm and comfortable.
The inner lining is a fleece-backed Roubaix-style fabric and it is great against the skin: soft and warm. It's breathable enough when the temperatures are below freezing, aided a little by the tiny vent holes found on the palm, but if you do get close to that upper temp of +5°C things can get a little on the clammy side.
The palm uses what feels like silicone 'S' logos for grip and they do a good job if you've got wet, shiny handlebar tape. It is also found around the thumb and along the side of the index figure for grip on the hoods, plus it'll resist wear and tear.
The thumbs also have a 'snot wipe' too, which is a must for riding in the chilly air.
Padding isn't overly generous, but then again it often isn't on winter gloves. All you get is a round pad to protect your ulnar nerve. It does the job and I never really felt the need for any more.
It's also good to see a long cuff that'll fit up under the sleeve of a winter jacket. This stops cold air and water entering at the wrist and Santini has just used a single layer of fabric here to keep bulk down. You also get tabs for pulling the gloves on with.
The Santinis only come in this black and yellow colourway, which is great for a bit of high-visibility but it does get grubby if you are out riding on wet, salt-covered, muddy roads. This is compounded by the fact that Santini only recommends hand washing the gloves, and even with plenty of scrubbing I couldn't get them to come up looking fresh.
I've been bunging them in the machine on a 30°C wash cycle with no ill effects.
Priced at £39.99, these Santinis sit around the same area as a lot of other gloves that we've recently tested. The Gore Universal Windstoppers at £42.99, for instance, or the Altura Thermo Elite gloves at £34.99.
The Santinis are great quality and the fit is spot on to the sizing chart found on its website, so I'd say they are well worth the investment. If you shop around you can find them for around £25 too.
Great gloves for sub-zero temperatures, but they can get grubby
road.cc test report
Make and model: Santini Deep Double Layer Winter Glove
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Santini says, "Engineered for maximum protection in the Winter months."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Double layer fabric for enhanced insulation. Palm with anti-shock and anti-slip padding. Reflective piping on the back for added nighttime visibility.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Hand wash only recommended, which means the yellow panels are difficult to keep clean.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Great at keeping your hands and fingers warm on harsh winter rides.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
So warm and toasty.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Grubby yellow panels.
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 overall score
The Santinis are great for those really cold days without being too bulky, and are reasonable value for money. Darker colour options would be nice though.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: Kinesis Aithein
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: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.