Winter Cycling - pearl izumi amfib glove?
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12-21-02, 11:24 PM
comments from people who use/have used?
1: temperature range
2: can they handle rain?
3: worth 50-60 bucks?
12-22-02, 10:14 AM
I've had my amFib gloves for about two weeks now (they were the only warm gloves I could find that were small enough for my hands) and have used them in single digit temperatures (with a windchill) and they still keep my hands nice and toasty. I haven't tried them in the rain yet. My one complaint so far would be that they don't really seem to have much shock absorbtion, but I guess it's easy enough to slide a pair of other gloves under them.
My wife bought me a pair which I have worn quite a bit in the cold. I like Pearl Izumi clothing, but it really is not designed for extreme cold.
The gloves were good to about 15 to 20 F, but at about 15 degrees F or colder, they just don't cut it.
I have big hands and the gloves fit, well... like a glove. Sistinas may have had more air space in her gloves which made them warmer. I am a strong believer that loose gloves and shoes are warmer than those that fit just right or are snug.
12-23-02, 09:16 AM
I've had mine for about a month. They are toasty warm for the temps I've been enduring. down to 18 degrees so far this winter. I would think rain would be a non issue because these gloves are reallly too warm for temps over 30. They claim to be water proof though. PI gear typically costs more than other brands, but I think you get better quality in most items. Worth $50-60? Maybe, when you consider how much a comparable ski or snowboard glove would cost, and these are designed for cycling. Time will tell how durable they are.
12-30-02, 11:26 AM
I've been wearing Pearl Izumi gloves for about 2 winters now.
I am a year round Canadian biker.
The gloves fit and grip well and are warm down to about -25 degrees celcius. Below that temp I wear glove liners inside the Pearl Izumi's available from Mountain Equipment Coop.
Jean Beetham Smith
01-23-03, 05:59 PM
Even with outlast liner gloves I found the PI Am-fib gloves to be less warm than my Wal-mart gore-tex/thermolite gloves, for $45 more. For cycling specific gloves I found the padding to be very poor. They were the first PI products I've bought, and they aren't making a good first impression at all. I will definately think twice before I pay PI prices again.
I've had no problems taking my AmFibs into the negative temps (with windchills). Obviously, everybody is a little different in this regard. As for the comments about the padding, these gloves don't pretend to be padded (did you try 'em on or mail order them?), nor do any other cold weather gloves I have encountered. I've been using them on their own on some pretty rough mountain rides with no problems.
I've winter commuting in my Amfibs. I have two pairs of them, one the lobster ones (with the split finger design) and the one that you have a link to. I also use a inexpensive wool glove liner inside too. The 5-fingers amfib works find on my mountainbike, I can shift the Rapidfires OK with the glove and they are warm enough into the single digits with a liner glove. However, they do not seem to be very waterproof.. Mine has always leaked water in moderate rainfall. But since my commute is short, I just deal with it. If I had a long commute, then I think it would be a problem. They say their Pittards leather is water resistant but I have two sets of PI full fingered gloves made of that stuff that is anything but water resistant!
09-29-03, 10:07 PM
REI has a nice cool weather glove going on sale (I think starting this week) for $21.99 (regularly $29.50). Wind proof, water resistant.... yadda yadda yadda
I have a pair, as Jay said, they are not water proof, Mine quit at about 35 degrees F, I wear a pair of wind proof ski Mitts under 35 degrees. I do like them because they a light and easy to do things with, like turn you lights on and off and open and close zippers on bags, for me the shifter is never a problem. Personally, I would not buy them again.
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