Winter Cycling - Descente Wombat gloves - anyone own them?
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They are pretty cheap on PBK right now. Could I expect these to keep my hands warm down to 20 degrees or so? I don't so much care about them being waterproof.
10-01-08, 10:33 PM
I actually just ordered a pair a few days ago from... Performance? I saw a few good reviews on them, so I guess I'll find out for you.
10-02-08, 09:40 AM
Junk. Returned mine last year.
11-13-08, 05:54 PM
Yeah, I have some too. Not as impressed as I hoped with them. They are a good mid temp glove - 35 to 45 degrees. I have noticed that they behave kinda like neoprene, when your hands start to sweat, they can get cold. Some people can maintain warmth in neoprene gloves better than others. Also, is seams as if the thumbs arent windproof. On the bright side they are nicely articulated and very comfortable. The mitten type wind cover does make a huge difference.
Coldest ride so far with them was 28 degrees with the mitten things deployed and that was their lower limit for me (maybe even a bit below it). I'm still looking for the glove that can go between 20 and 40 or so. I've got great gloves for less than 20 and another pair for warmer than 40 but that midrange is proving elusive.
One thing I especially dislike about the wombats is the teeny strip of terry cloth - and only useable on the back of the thumbtip. Woe to those who accidentally rub their nose with any other part of the glove. They may grip well, but they also double as sandpaper. Ouch!
11-14-08, 09:45 AM
My favorite 'mild winter' glove is from Smartwool. wool on the inside and leather/nylon on the outside. Warm, dry, incredibly tough.
Ramsey Hill (and Davern, and Ohio, and ...) will suffice for warmth, however come Sunday morning.
They are really designed more to be waterproof. In 40 degree weather with rain, hood keeps your fingers from freezing in the rain. But they don't keep your hands warm in much cooler weather. Especially if your gloves can stay dry, there are much better alternatives.
11-16-08, 04:25 PM
I have some Cannondale gloves that I purchased a couple of winter's ago that are made of windproof material and keep my hands warm. I also have a DeFeet wool glove that I can wear when it is not as cold. I regret not having purchased the Cannondale's bigger so that I can wear the DeFeet gloves underneath when it is really cold.
If I were buying gloves now, I like the idea of a two-piece combination. A soft wool inner glove with a windproof outer glove for maximum flexibility . Each can be worn separately or together for maximum warmth.
My favorite LBS has some LG gloves like this. They also have DeFeet and Smartwool gloves that can be worn by themselves or with a Sugoi wind cover mitt. That would be tempting to make a combination also. The LG and DeFeet or Smartwool/Sugoi combinations cost about the same, around $40. I like the LG because both are gloves so that I could wear my Glo Gluv's over them. The DeFeet or Smartwool/Sugoi combination would probably be warmer since the Sugoi is a mitten.
Agree with T-Hussy & specq.
I bought mine this fall - and I'm surprised at how drafty they feel on the fingers. Wish they'd dropped that pull-over-mitt thing & just made them windproof instead. OK for me in dry weather > about 35 degrees.
I just had my first chillier ride with them.. 32 degrees, feels like 19 and avg 24 mph wind (for real). I had the Wombat on my left hand and a 40 gram thinsulate glove (feels much thinner, but nice grippy construction for biking) that I picked up for basically nothing at Marshalls. My fingers felt equally as good in both gloves. Once I got the blood flowing both were great, but the Thinsulate glove won because it is much thinner and gave the same effect. The Wombat also made my wrists sweat due to the longer/thicker construction in that area.
In short, skip cycling specific gloves and go to Marshalls.
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