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    Waterproof gloves for 45-55*F weather

    Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction here. I'm trying to find good gloves to wear for this kind of weather where it's not cold enough to wear the Goretex ski gloves but too cold to let my hands get wet. Without the rain, I am fine with my current options which include some Performance neoprene gloves (totally not waterproof although advertised as such but give great tactile feel, and the rubber grip on the palm is fantastic IMO) and some lightweight but not waterproof ski gloves. Currently, I'll either choose to let my hands get cold and wet with the neoprene gloves or let them sweat it out in the ski gloves depending on the temperature. I'd like a better in between option though. Any suggestions?

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    Why don't you just buy some cheap latex gloves to use over your current gloves when it is wet? I've done that, using clean room gloves, and it works pretty well. It not only provides a barrier to the wet, but also to the wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John C. Ratliff
    Why don't you just buy some cheap latex gloves to use over your current gloves when it is wet? I've done that, using clean room gloves, and it works pretty well. It not only provides a barrier to the wet, but also to the wind.

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    Because I'm too proud? I'll have to give that a try and see how it works. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    I have a pair of waterproof mechanics' gloves from Lowes that work reasonably well... They don't breathe as well as I'd like, but the price was right - $12 or so.
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    I just bought these Novara Cold Front Bike Gloves but haven't had the chance to wear them in a cool rain--the ride home tonight should let me test them.

    I had the Seirus All Weather Gloves but returned them because they leaked big-time.

    I rode in this morning in scattered light showers with my new REI Elements rain jacket. The temp. this morning was fairly warm; the jacket wasn't too bad to ride in, just a little sweaty.
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    brokenrobot, any link to those gloves? If not, do you know what brand they are?

    Map Tester, those Novara gloves look promising. Please do report back after tonight.

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    i have those novara gloves but in 45-55 degree weather my hands get sweaty

    havent used them in the rain

    just make sure the gloves you do get are seam sealed

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    I have these Pear Izumi winter gloves that I really like. I think these are this year's model mine look a little less high-tech.




    I don't think they're wholly waterproof in a downpour. But I find I don't care if my hands get wet in 45 weather, either. And they breathe really well.

    http://www.pearlizumi.com/product.ph...color_code=021

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    I've tried several racing and mt bike gloves but the best for 40F-65F are a regular kid skin glove. Totally waterproof and comfortable. They breathe and sweat does not build up. About once a year, youll need to add mink oil to keep 'em waterproof.
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    There are some different PI gloves that I have that are just like a glove shell. Don't know if they are made anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joejack951
    brokenrobot, any link to those gloves? If not, do you know what brand they are?

    Map Tester, those Novara gloves look promising. Please do report back after tonight.
    Nope, doesn't look like they're on the Lowes website - sorry! I'll look next time I have to dig them out... they're at school tonight.
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    I have used that suggestion of using cheap latex gloves over regular bike gloves, and it does work pretty well. But one other option for the temperatures you are talking about is to use scuba diving gloves. This is an expensive option, unless you are already a diver and have a pair of old, beat up gloves to use bicycling in the rain. They also work well. Sometimes you can find a used pair at a dive shop too, or maybe you have a friend with an old, used pair too.

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    Latex? Like SLVOID's? ewww

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    Buy a cheap pair of waterproof/windproof ski gloves, cut out the liner and wear the shell over your regular gloves. Check discount stores as they all seem to stock ski gloves this time of year. I was able to find a pair at Ross for $10.

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    TJ MAxx has some Adidas climalite gloves that are wind and waterproof for $8.00 or so. I bought a pair and they actually work as stated. They are not bike-specific however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John C. Ratliff
    Why don't you just buy some cheap latex gloves to use over your current gloves when it is wet? I've done that, using clean room gloves, and it works pretty well. It not only provides a barrier to the wet, but also to the wind.

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    Yes, I also do this. I use mechanics "nitirl" (sp) blue work gloves over whatever gloves I need for
    the temps of the day. The nice thing about these gloves is they are thin enough to carry on the bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by joejack951
    Map Tester, those Novara gloves look promising. Please do report back after tonight.
    Missed the rain and the temp. was quite warm. I'll try to remember to post my experiences with them when I finally wear them.
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    I have some full fingered gloves made by lake that fit me well and I put some latex gloves over them for waterproofness and it worked great. I have a hard time getting full fingered gloves that fit, the thumb winds up being way to long and it interferes with shifting and stuff.

    Some dish gloves would work good too I'll bet. I think I'll try that next time, they are thicker and reusable, also a little grippier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bklyn
    I have these Pear Izumi winter gloves that I really like. I think these are this year's model mine look a little less high-tech.

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    I don't think they're wholly waterproof in a downpour. But I find I don't care if my hands get wet in 45 weather, either. And they breathe really well.

    http://www.pearlizumi.com/product.ph...color_code=021
    I have these also. They weren't 100% waterproof in a November Oregon cold downpour, but they were pretty darn close. I agree that they breathe.

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    I got some sealskinz gloves that are supposed to be waterproof (not tested yet). They fit ok and are quite warm until the high 40s. Thin polyester liners help down to about 40. At $45 I'm slightly disappointed but they fill a niche.
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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I have plenty to think about now. Of course, Tuesday morning it's supposed to be 22F so the thought of 50F and raining seems optomistic in terms of weather

    My favorite suggestions so far have been the Pearl Izumi gloves and the ski glove minus liner option. Both seem to be pretty hassle free options.

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    As always, I'm a big fan of the REI Minimalist gloves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Map tester
    I had the Seirus All Weather Gloves but returned them because they leaked big-time.
    I have a pair of Seirus all-weather gloves too. They are definitely not All-Weather! They're fine if the most you encounter is a little drizzle. But when the rain comes down, it's time to find something else. Unfortunately I had worn them a little too long before realizing this, or I probably would have returned them for something else. They do have very good flexibility, grip and warmth (down to about freezing), though.
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    The Specialized Sub Zero gloves are supposed to be waterproof. I haven't had a chance to test this property in the roughly 1 year I've had them. I figure if I'm set to ride in cold rain I'll take out the liners and hope the gloves really are waterproof.
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    Well, I had the chance to test the waterproofness of the Novara Cold Front Bike Gloves and they failed completely. This past Thursday morning commute's weather consisted of medium to light rain and 35F temps. I wore a pair a thin polypro liners because I know these gloves are not warm enough for me below 38F. After about 20 minutes, I could squeeze my fist tight and wring the water from the gloves. Not good. The thought of my electric office heater got me to work.

    I just went by REI and checked out their kayak gloves. The SealSkinz Waterproof Gloves looked good, but is seems a lot of the on-line reviews say they aren't water proof.

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