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In Search of Perfect Winter Cycling Gloves

Winter Cycling Gloves

I have a pile of winter cycling gloves in my garage.  I’m pretty sure most of my cycling friends have the same sort of glove collection.

Winter cycling gloves become an important topic of discussion every year when temperatures drop and the winter rain arrives.  Last week my friend, Jeff, starting talking about yet another new glove that is supposed to keep your hands warm in temperatures down to 32 degrees.  From his early experience, he’s rating them effective down to 42 degrees. There’s always hope that the new styles will have some kind of magic warmth built into them.

Today we swung by Western Bike Works to pick up some new tires and I caught Megan looking at, you guessed it, new winter gloves.  Stop. No. Put them down!  Here are some winter cycling gloves with the cold, rainy Oregon winter seal of approval.

What’s on Our Hands Now

Sugoi Firewall XT Winter Cycling Glove:  I love these.  They are super easy to get off and on, are windproof, work well even when soaking wet from rain, and have a nice soft nose wipe. Highly recommended.

Gore Countdown Gloves: Last winter we tried out Gore Countdown gloves and have been impressed enough to recommend them to several friends. Not bulky, windproof, quick to dry.

Pearl Izumi P.R.O Barrier WXB: Waterproof, fleece-lined, reflective elements, nose wipe.

A Couple of Tips

  • Look for windproof fabric like Windstopper
  • Leave little bit of breathing room.  You should be able to move your fingers around so air circulates.  Too tight and your fingers turn into little ice sticks.

If It’s Really Cold Try Hand Warmers

Hot HandsA couple of years ago, after finishing up rides with fingers cold enough to snap like twigs, we tried putting hand warmers in our gloves.

While not perfect, they certainly help keep your hands warmer than any glove I’ve found, especially if  you’re going to be out riding for longer than a couple of hours.  The hand warmers last an incredibly long time — up to ten hours.  They also help keep your gloves dry by generating a constant source of heat.

The Benefits

  • Hands keep so much warmer than any glove can provide – what other benefit do you possibly need?

The Drawbacks

  • They can get really hot – hot enough to hurt sometimes
  • They can bunch up and make gloves uncomfortable
  • Hands can get dry and chaffed
AUTHOR: Leann Warren

Leann Warren is a 10-time All American in track and cross country and has won six national titles in distances ranging from the 4×400 meter relay to the 8k. She has a life-long love for running and cycling.

  • Biker Boy Brad

    The best winter gloves I ever owned were made by Campy. They got destroyed in an accident and I could never find a pair to replace them.

    November 14, 2011
    • Dang! Isn’t that the way it goes? Your favorites can never be replaced! More importantly, hope you weren’t seriously injured in the accident.

      November 14, 2011
  • Hey Leann, great to find your blog… while I’m doing most of my riding in SoCal these days, most of my riding days were still accumulated in the NW, so I really enjoy reading your articles! I hope you’re doing awesome! In this particular article, if the hand warmers are getting so hot they hurt, it sounds like we need someone to make winter riding gloves that have the little pocket on the top side of the hand where you can insert the warmers – much like ski gloves. Or does this feature already exist in bike gloves as well?

    December 5, 2011
    • Funny you should mention that because Jeff, the guy referenced in this, just bought another new pair of Gore gloves that has just that — a nice little pocket on the top for the hand warmers. Brilliant minds think alike! Great to hear from you and hope your band is doing well!

      December 6, 2011
  • gregg

    Try Duluth Trading Company. GREAT functional gear for casual/work wear. They have gloves that have served me well w/ goretex, insulated, gauntlet design which has room for handwarmers. Works well. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!

    March 24, 2012
  • My product is called Chillavert it comes in 3 styles and one that even goes over time trial bars.

    April 3, 2012
  • Chillavert is a lightweight carbon Kevlar device used to keep your hands warm and dry in cold and wet conditions. it comes in three styles even for triathlon bars.

    January 8, 2013

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