Just after some ideas for gloves i may not have come across.
What i am after is warm, this is for riding in the coldest of winter conditions that i am likely to come across, so good for -5c. Most of the use will be on the road so need to be warm to deal with windchill!
Must have a long! close fitted/stretchy if possible cuff, be fairly slim fitting not to over done with insulation. Waterproof would be nice, but warm and wet is better than cold and dry. I find warm forearm and wrist means warm hand.
I am willing to use a liner if need be to up the temp a little.
Gloves that look interesting are Assos early winter, Gore Xenon windstopper, Castelli Estremo. I am guessing others exist and not having seen these in the flesh i don’t actually know how long the cuffs are or how warm they actually are?Posted 4 years agosomoukSubscriber
I wear the sealskin winter bike gloves and they’ve been excellent. Wear them with a liner if it’s very cold.
edit:Posted 4 years ago
You could spend money on fancy road gloves….
Or you could go to your local market and buy some 99p woolly gloves; most can be found with rubber dots on the underside. These will do for about 80% of the conditions you will encounter.
Or buy some Thinsulate fleece gloves from the same market for the really cold and wet days.
Or you can spend loads of money on the Assos, Castelli, whatever alternatives and be slightly disappointed.
The bottom style of glove are far and away the best winter glove I have ever used in 20 odd years of riding; they do get wet, but you stay warm.Posted 4 years agoavdave2Member
Aldi ones were really good last winter. A bit bulky but if your hands are numb from cold then your loosing even more feel. I also have the Sealskinz ones which are good but I have a real problem with the thumb when it gets very cold. It has no insulation over the thumb nail and while the rest of my hands may be comfortable the end of my thumb is hurting from the cold.Posted 4 years ago
crikey, if you can find a set of the top ones with some wind proofing then let me know. The problem i find with the bottom ones is the cuff doesn’t sit close to my wrist.
The problem i find is that lots of gloves are quite loose round the wrist, they use some neoprene cuff with a gusset and a velcro strap to pull them tight, only it never works and i get cold wrists. I can remember some really cheap thinsulate things that used a knitted cuff, they were fine as long as it didn’t rain and get the cuff wet.Posted 4 years agoMSPSubscriber
Pearl izumi pro softshell lite, awesome gloves. Will need a liner for the very coldest days. But I find them fine for down to 0 without.Posted 4 years agoBreganteSubscriber
Maybe I’m unfortunate, but I’ve tried windproof gloves and waterproof gloves from cycle clothing manufacturers and they were over engineered and didn’t work.
I tried the above gloves and they did work for me.
I’ve never needed windproof gloves, and if it’s that cold, the fleece gloves do the trick and are windproof enough.
Try them, they’re about £3:00Posted 4 years ago
In torrential rain…
But your hands stay warm, and the great advantage of sponges is that a squeeze gets rid of the water, and you carry on with warm hands.
Seriously, they’re cheap enough to try it out, and the worst that can happen is you end up with a pair of gloves to wear while walking the dog.
I’ve never had cold hands using these gloves.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
If you want warm, Perfect Curves, they’re a revelation for me- I’ve got pretty bad circulation and ride in allsorts so I give gloves a pretty hard time, I’ve had various good gloves that can keep my hands more or less functional but the Curves are the only ones that have ever kept me comfortable. Weird to ride in (there’s a bit of squidge and movement between hands and grips that isn’t really a problem, but feels totally unnatural at first), and smelly, but absolutely worth it.
Of the rest, Fox Antifreezes are the best I’ve used, warm but also little excess bulk, so you can ride pretty much as normal. But expensive and a wee bit shortlived, the outer shell has cracked and come off in chunks on my older pair. Also, having the waterproofing inside the outer shell is just a stupid way to make a glove. But still, very good and for normal people probably excellent 😉
Things I would personally unrecommend:
Endura Strikes, not waterproof nor warm, sent them back assuming they were faulty but apparently they’re all like that. Not worth 50p.
Pearl Izumi softshell- haven’t used the latest one but they call it right when they say it’s a “cool weather glove” not a cold weather one. Excellent quality autumn glove.
Extremities Velo- not that warm, and they really don’t feel like a bike glove, very flat and unshaped. Also ymmv on fit but mine constantly bunched up under my fingers. Gave them to my mum, she says they’re good for gardening.
Sealskinz- old set but any glove that the lining turns inside out on is only good for the bin IMO, and the “ergonomic” padding seemed to be totally randomly placed and felt terrible. Maybe they’re better now? Some potential to be good but they were a mess.
Oh and standard fleecy thinsulate gloves, really? I use a pair in the garage sometimes so I grab them when I want to do a testride, they’re ever so slightly better than no gloves at all but wind cuts through them like a knife.Posted 4 years agotonSubscriber
I am a fan of cheap gloves like crikey.Posted 4 years ago
I have had expensive gloves bought has xmas gifts in the past. they are no better than cheap thinsulate fleece ones, or aldi ones.
I did get some extremities velo gloves which were windproof, and when worn with cheap silk liners, were good enough year round.PriddsSubscriber
Love my specialized radiants, got really bad loss of feeling until I got thesePosted 4 years ago
Loddrik – £21.50 here at the momentPosted 4 years agochaosSubscribersuperfliMember
Peoples hands differ a lot when it comes to keeping them warm. I found that Fox AntiFreeze were no good below about 7 deg. Basically a 3 season glove. They were also expensive and wore incredibly quickly considering how much they were worn.Posted 4 years ago
Last year I got myself some Answer Strike neoprene gloves. A lot tougher, pretty waterproof and almost warm enough for all conditions – I expect a road ride in 0deg and I’d suffer, but offroad they are fine. Not as supple as Fox, but far better overall.
Very cheap at the moment from CRC! http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/answer-strike-neoprene-glove-2013/rp-prod52516
I expect a road ride in 0deg and I’d suffer, but offroad they are fine. Not as supple as Fox, but far better overall.
This is the point, i am commuting on the road, 1hour each way, doesn’t usually get below -5 but then add 20-25mph windchill to that and hands that do get cold.Posted 4 years ago
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