Cube X-Shell Natural Fit Winter Gloves | Reviewed

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It’s one of the mysteries of the cycling world why bike clothing has never really made the crossover into mainstream fashion. Branded clothing from cycling brands therefore tends to be worn by brand-fans and sponsored riders, showing their loyalty. While Cube is a huge manufacturer of bikes, its value packed builds and local bike shop presence perhaps appeal more to the person who is buying with their head than their heart, so proclamations of brand love and loyalty are a little less likely.

winter gloves for cyclists

However, Cube does produce a huge array of clothing and accessories. With many items at a competitive price point like their bikes, you could well find yourself picking up a bobble hat or suchlike on a day when you left yours at home. Alternatively, you may well be offered a bundle deal from your local bike shop, as a sweetener to a new bike purchase. ‘Buying a whole new bike? Why yes, over here we have a range of clothing and accessories, buy that bike and you can choose £200 worth of goodies from these rails’. New bike buyers may well find themselves walking away with waterproofs, shoes, helmet, shorts – all they need to get riding their new toy.

Winter gloves for cyclists

And gloves – I should have included gloves in that list of all you need. I have not worn gloves to ride my bike on two occasions. On both occasions I fell off and put a sizeable hole in my hand. I’m not saying there’s a causative effect there – just that had I been wearing gloves, I probably wouldn’t have hurt myself so badly. Come winter, even the hardiest of ‘I like to feel the grips with the bare palms of my hands’ rider (Hello! – Chipps) is likely to be reaching for something to keep the cold and wet at bay. Winter gloves for cycling are an essential item. However, waterproof warm gloves that really work seem surprisingly hard to come by, so when these ones were offered up by Cube, I figured I might as well give them a go.

winter gloves for cyclists
Bold claims of functionality… do they deliver?

And the point of all that preamble? Well, I admit that had I been shopping for winter gloves, ones by Cube would probably not have been on my list of potentials. I’d have looked to a specialist maker of gloves, or waterproofs, or winter wear. So how do these gloves by one of the ultimate generalists of the bike industry stack up?

Cube X-Shell Long Finger X NF Glove Features

  • Long finger winter gloves
  • Windproof
  • Waterproof
  • Breathable membrane
  • Warming liner material
  • Reflective detailing
  • Natural Fit gel foam padding
  • Size tested: Medium (unisex)
  • £49.99

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Review Info

Product:X-Shell Natural Fit Gloves
Tested:by Hannah for 1 month

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (4)

    Good timing as I’m currently looking for a new pair of winter gloves. These are now on the possible list. Many thanks Singletrack.

    How long are the thumbs on these? I find that often winter gloves have stupid long thumbs that are them a PITA with trigger shifters/droppers. I don’t think I have mutant short thumbs based on other lighter gloves that all seem to fit!

    I like the sound of these but full price seems a little on the high side. Never paid more than £30 for gloves but then I maybe have never had gloves to match the performance you found in these. Tricky one. But thanks for the review and giving me something NB to think about.

    “I find that often winter gloves have stupid long thumbs that are them a PITA with trigger shifters/droppers.”

    Back in the day I failed my motorbike CBT because of this: I was doing fine otherwise, but I couldn’t switch the indicators on because the glove thumb soaked up all the movement of my actual thumb..!

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