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    Best Glove Liners?

    I had some very cheap glove liners that I got from REI a few years back for $10 or so, but I was in an accident and shredded them. REI doesn't sell them anymore so I'm left with finding something at least a little nicer. I used them on chilly days to help cut the wind a bit without losing dexterity i have some heavier duty Pearl Izumi gloves that work well, but I'm looking for something that can do the in between weather.

    I found the Bontrager RL's, but can't tell if they'll fit inside the Pearl Izumi gloves I have (Elite Soft Shell I believe).

    Should I just go with the Pearl Izumi liners?

    A note on use: I don't own a car so I almost exclusively get around by bike in the winter. My rides are usually 35 minutes or less.
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    Can't say about brand, but my experience is that for liners silk is excellent. I use silk liners for cycling and motorcycling, have for years. They're also inexpensive. They don't cut the wind so you need to wear something over them (that's why they're called liners!)
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    Try 6 or 8 mil disposable nitrile gloves. Those are cheap, windproof, waterproof perfect for dexterity gloves and they will fit under your pearl izumi gloves

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    Shell glove + fleece glove, as a liner.. takes a bit longer to put on,
    but you can separate them, to dry better.

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    I'm definitely looking for something that's not disposable/adding to land fills.

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    Black Diamond and Patagonia [Like at REI] are top brands for shell and liner ..

    I'm definitely looking for something that's not disposable/adding to land fills.
    just don't LOSE one, then you will probably throw away the useless remaining one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scholl43 View Post
    I'm definitely looking for something that's not disposable/adding to land fills.
    Disposable doesn't mean you have to throw it. I still use the same disposable gloves since the beginning of cold weather. Except if you intend to clean while riding i don't see the reason why you should throw it. But for that the gloves will have to be thick enough. The best will be the disposable gloves used for cleaning or washing dishes but for fashion purpose you will probably want to put something above.
    Those gloves create a little vapor barrier which is the best ratio warm/thickness you can get on the market. I have polar expedition mitts which use the vapor barrier technique and those are warm even at -20C. I don't know any mitts from popular brands able to sustain a 2hr trip on bicycle at -20C with just one layer above naked hands. The feeling i have when i put these on outside in below freezing temperatures is like when you put your hands close to a oven. The heat is in fact my own heat reflected by the mitts to my skin
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    I use Joy of Gardening / Turf King thermal gripping gloves. $4.99 @ Fred Meyer's, which is part of Kroger's, so Kroger's and other Kroger's owned stores may have them also.


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    I'm a fan of glove liners in loose fitting winter gloves, but now that I have brifters I don't think the loose fitting winter gloves would work too well anymore. But I digress. The last time I bought glove liners I happened into my local outdoor store that actually had a choice of 3 brands. After trying all 3 I decied on the pair with the best fit. I suggest you don't buy the liners or any glove for that matter online, but rather in person where you can try things on.
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    I've become disenchanted with liners.
    I have Thinsulate glove liners that I was inserting into lobster style gloves on cold days. I was mystified that my hands were still cold.
    For the last feww days, I've ridden without the liners and have been warmer.
    I think the liners defeated the purpose of the lobsters, which is to have the fingers warm each other.
    I tried the half-finger gloves with foldover mitten flaps, too -- with and without liners. At temperatures around freezing, they seemed better without.

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    Whatever you do, don't get the Pearl Izumi liners. They are poorly constructed, fall apart and made my fingers colder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
    Try 6 or 8 mil disposable nitrile gloves. Those are cheap, windproof, waterproof perfect for dexterity gloves and they will fit under your pearl izumi gloves
    Problem with that is your hands sweat and get all nasty and gross inside those types of gloves. At least mine do. I've tried doing auto repair work wearing nitrile gloves and just couldn't stand the sweat that formed all inside the gloves, making my hands look all wrinkled everywhere.
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    Just add some thin polypro gloves under the nitrile gloves.
    Anyway, 8mil nitrile gloves won't do it for auto repair work they just won't last. (With some tape on the fingertips maybe)
    For this kind of job it is better to wear at least 20mil gloves like the latex cleaning gloves, nylon gloves or other kind of gloves
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    Yeah but I've seen people all the time doing mechanic work wearing nitrile gloves, so I thought I'd try it. Hands felt so nasty and gross after a very short time. I'd rather get greasy and clean off said grease than wear non-breathable gloves. I don't see how people wear them for extended periods of time, like TSA workers and such.

    For the record I have done ALL mechanic work on my Acura Integra that I've owned since 2001 and have put over 230K miles on myself. I usually wear Mechanix gloves, but sometimes have to shed them for dexterity purposes. I tried nitrile gloves to try to retain some dexterity, but just couldn't keep them on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by globie View Post
    I've become disenchanted with liners.
    I have Thinsulate glove liners that I was inserting into lobster style gloves on cold days. I was mystified that my hands were still cold.
    For the last feww days, I've ridden without the liners and have been warmer.
    I think the liners defeated the purpose of the lobsters, which is to have the fingers warm each other.
    I tried the half-finger gloves with foldover mitten flaps, too -- with and without liners. At temperatures around freezing, they seemed better without.
    I've made myself some lobster glove liners. I've been wearing them by themselves, at about freezing, seem fine. We'll see how they do as liners if it gets cold enough this winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    Yeah but I've seen people all the time doing mechanic work wearing nitrile gloves, so I thought I'd try it. Hands felt so nasty and gross after a very short time. I'd rather get greasy and clean off said grease than wear non-breathable gloves. I don't see how people wear them for extended periods of time, like TSA workers and such.

    For the record I have done ALL mechanic work on my Acura Integra that I've owned since 2001 and have put over 230K miles on myself. I usually wear Mechanix gloves, but sometimes have to shed them for dexterity purposes. I tried nitrile gloves to try to retain some dexterity, but just couldn't keep them on.

    Usually wearing thin liners under the nitrile gloves is what people advise against sweat. I should have told you from the start but i just forgot as i don't wear anything under because i don't mind the sweating feeling myself.

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