Dissent 133, a new brand from the people behind Hunt Bike Wheels, has launched a three-layer glove system, borrowing its concept from layered upper body clothing. Here company head honcho Tom Marchment tells us how it works.
Liner gloves have been around forever, of course, but Dissent 133 has extended the idea to produce what it claims to be an adaptable, low bulk system that’ll keep your hands warm and dry whatever the conditions.
The brand offers a silk liner glove, a thermal mid-layer glove (very similar to DeFeet’s E-Touch glove), and the choice of either a windproof or a waterproof/windproof hi-tech outer shell glove. This waterproof outer glove features a unique flexible membrane.
Obviously, you can choose to ride with different combinations of those layers depending on the weather and the type of riding you’re doing. You could use just the mid-layer glove alone in mild conditions, for example, the liner glove and the waterproof outer glove in mild but wet weather, the liner and the mid-layer glove when it’s colder but dry, and so on.
You get the idea. You might be doing something similar with different gloves already. Dissent 133 says that their gloves work together to provide a low-bulk solution. I’ve not used the gloves properly so I can’t vouch for their insulation, but I have tried them on and even with all three layers you can feel your shift levers easily enough and never hit a Di2 upshift button accidentally when you want to downshift, for example.
Some big ol’ winter gloves out there already will keep your hands warm but compromise lever feel, and some have a waterproof membrane close to your hands with the thermal layering on the outside so they keep you dry but take on a lot of water when it rains, affecting the level of warmth they offer. Dissent 133 reckons that its system solves these issues.
The 133 in the name refers to the average number of days of rainfall per year in the UK, by the way, and the brand intends to develop a range of adverse weather equipment in the future.
You can buy each of the layers separately, all three layers together (£55 with the windproof outer gloves, £80 for the waterproof outer gloves), or get the whole caboodle (with both the windproof and the waterproof outer gloves) for £95. Dissent 133 argues that the versatility of the system means you’re getting a lot for your money here – a system that you can use on every ride from autumn through to the end of spring.
For more info go to www.dissent133.com
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.