Now that winter has well and truly arrived, we are seeing more and more demand for warm winter gloves. The most frequently asked question we get in store this time of year is which glove do I need for my requirements? Everybody can relate to that feeling of having their fingers frozen off, and it’s something we all dread!
Things to consider are level of need for warmth, wind resistance, water resistance, breathability, palm vibration pads, & bike feel...and how much you feel the cold in your hands. There are often some trade-offs between features - i.e water resistance and breathability, warmth and bike feel – though the more expensive gloves typically reduce this through more expensive materials and construction.
We have compiled below information and some recommendations to meet your needs.
Think: middle of the day riding when the sun is out but with a cool wind.
We recommend the Azur L10 series and GripGrab Running Expert
Level of protection: Light
Our staff in store love this glove for early cold mornings in summer and as a lightweight glove in winter for racing, or training on the warmer days. This range is also popular with the commuters who have a short ride once the suns up.
Also consider: The Assos Tiburu glove. This is a bit warmer than the standard glove liner.
Think:warmer winter mornings and average winter days.
Level of protection: Moderate
Our Staff agree this temperature range suits most and covers people for most winter riding conditions who won’t be venturing out on days below 8 degrees. Good for cold racing days as they still provide moderate dexterity.
Think:Winter mornings, early, and windy freezing days.
We recommend the GripGrab Windster
Level of protection: High
Our staff see this as their go to before 10 am winter glove range.
Think:You ride no matter the conditions, and maybe want to venture up into the alps for some snow or out the back country roads where it’s easily below 0.
Level of protection: Extreme
Our staff see these as the gloves for those who feel the cold or are winter warriors on their bikes. You will lose some dexterity but getting cold fingers leaves you with the same trouble and numb fingers!
Author: Margeaux Thompson – Cycling & Sports Clothing store team and sponsored road racing rider in the Australian National Series