Our Top Five Picks
Cold hands don't just make for an uncomfortable ride, they can also make controlling and operating your bike a difficult task. We have taken a closer look at five of our favourite cycling gloves, designed to keep you riding, whatever the weather.
1. Castelli Perfetto Light Gloves
The perfect cycling glove to transition from mitts to full winter offerings, Castelli's Perfetto Light Gloves are made from a Gore-Tex Infinium stretch light fabric. This is both wind and water resistant and provides excellent dexterity, a key consideration both from a safety and enjoyment perspective when controlling your brakes and gears.
As well as keeping the hands warm, gloves are also an important touchpoint when it comes to comfort. The Castelli Damping System (CDS) is in essence a pressure pad, designed to soften road buzz. Operating your mobile phone or touchscreen GPS bike computer is made simple using the touchscreen-ready thumb and forefinger design, while silicone zones have been added to ensure grip of the handlebar is never compromised.
2. Gore Wear C3 Gore-Tex Infinium Stretch Mid Gloves
Gore Wear are experts when it comes to keeping the elements out, so it is no surprise when it comes to gloves they have pulled all the stops out with their C3 Gore-Tex Infinium Stretch Mid Gloves. Infinium is a Gore-Tex material that is windproof, water repellent and breathable. Designed for temperatures ranging from 5 - 15 degrees celsius, the lightweight fleece insulation adds warmth, without compromising when it comes to ease of movement.
3. Endura Pro SL Primaloft Waterproof Gloves
A good rain jacket, a reliable pair of overshoes and a water resistant bib short or tight are often the first things that spring to mind when it comes to dressing for wet conditions out on the road. A drop in temperature usually goes hand in hand with the onset of rain, so keeping your digits operational is crucial. The Endura Pro SL Primaloft Waterproof Gloves have been designed for just these conditions, pairing fully seamed seals with a waterproof yet breathable inner membrane.
It's not just protection from the elements that Endura has addressed with the Pro SL Primaloft Waterproof Gloves. Clever detailing on the outside of the palm has been added to help protect you out on the road. The reflective detailing comes into its own when signalling, allowing you to catch the eye of fellow road users, to alert them to your movements.
Mavic Ksyrium Pro Thermo Gloves
For the coldest and wettest conditions, the Mavic Ksyrium Pro Thermo Gloves are more than capable of keeping you warm and dry. This is in no small part down to the Primaloft Soft insulation and water-resistant outer material. Operating your devices is made simple with the touchscreen compatibility, while any moisture that builds up can quickly be dissipated with the handy microfibre thumb insert.
Long days in the saddle can put pressure on your hands, causing numbness and even pain. The inclusion therefore of a two millimetre Ergo Pad Ortholite foam insert on the palms is a welcome one. Absorbing vibrations through the handlebars, this has been paired with microdot lamination to enhance grip. Reflective detailing on the fingers boosts visibility and makes this glove not just a head-turner when it comes to features.
ASSOS Ultraz Winter Gloves
The clue is in the name, ASSOS' Ultraz Winter Gloves are one of the most capable deep winter options on the market. Insulating your hands from the cold, keeping the wind and rain off, you can be sure to avoid sweaty hands with the breathable construction. A key addition to this glove, twinDeck is made up of a double-layer fabric construction that comprises of Airblock technology which addresses the windproofing, and a brushed Lycra which adds warmth and wicks away moisture. The outer construction uses a PU bonded membrane to add water repellency.
The palm, as well as incorporating strategically placed pads to reduce the chance of hot spots, is made from a microfibre material, which ensures grip on the handlebar is never compromised. An anatomic cut is made up of a 3D curved structure. This eradicates bunching up and allows for a sublime fit.