We review 6 of the best winter cycling gloves to keep your hands warm this winter
Pearl Izumi Thermal Conductive Glove
The lightest glove here, the Pearls are ideal for those intermediate cool rides when your needs sit between fingerless mitts and full-on winter gloves. On dry days the wind protection keeps them warm down towards 5˚C or less and they breathe well so sweat isn’t an issue, but rain makes them miserably damp. Lack of insulation plus the synthetic leather and stretchy back mean they fit really well and silicon grippers give great bike control. They’re also touchscreen compatible.
Gore Bike Wear GTX-1
Gore produce a vast range of gloves but these new ‘lightest ever’ GoreTex pieces are near perfect for UK riding. They’re extremely windproof and they’ve not leaked so far even in heavy prolonged rain. Because they don’t get soggy, the light insulation is enough for rides right down to frost level and the extended ‘gauntlet’ cuffs mean no draughts or dribbling. They can get slightly sweaty on flat-out rides and the fingers are a bit clumsy but fit is generous for good circulation. The price is reasonable for their versatility too.
Endura FS260 Pro Nemo glove
Wetsuit-style neoprene gloves are available from several manufacturers but these are the favourites of our northern test crew. The stretchy neoprene is thin enough to avoid hand ache and stay comfortable on longer rides or even through cyclo-cross races. There’s plenty of all-weather bar grip too. Even though your hands will get soggy and salty very quickly from rain or sweat they insulate extremely well even when damp so as long as you keep your body warmth up, your hands should be fine. Well priced and well made too.
Sealskinz Ultra Grip
In dry conditions the Sealskinz stay warm down to frost point as long as you can pull your sleeves over the baggy cuffs. The the narrow fingers didn’t interrupt blood flow. Sweat levels are reasonable and the grippy palms give good control as long as the over-long fingers don’t get trapped in your shift levers. The three-layer waterproof barrier under the seamless knitted glove also gives total wind and wetness protection. Despite a merino wool lining, the slow-drying outer sucks heat out of them quickly once they’re wet though.
Mavic Neptune gloves
Despite a super-simple “draw round a hand and cut it out” design, Mavic’s Neptune glove fits and feels really good on the bike and Mavic gear generally lasts for ages too. There’s no nose-wipe but there is plenty of reflective detailing and the rubberised palms grip wet bars really well. The H20 Tech fabric is impressively windproof for better-than-expected warmth down to just above freezing and breathability is excellent. They’ll shrug off drizzle and short, light showers but prolonged rain will soak through and leave them cold.
Castelli Chiro Due
Another luxurious feeling product from Castelli, the Chiros fit like the proverbial glove thanks to the curved multi-panel design and the subtly padded leather palm. This gives excellent control and confidence on slippery winter roads. Insulation under the Windstopper outer is bulked up for this year but, while they’re comfortable right down into minus figures if it’s dry, they never feel too hot and sweaty on milder days and this versatility increases value. Warmth drops off rapidly once they get wet though, which doesn’t take long in solid rain.
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