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Old 01-05-14, 01:57 AM   #1
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Cold Weather Glove Suggestions?

Does anyone have a pair of cold weather gloves that work really well for them?

I've been trying to find something that works for me (temps down to 30F, wet rides), and am yet to.

I have a pair of fleece lined neoprene gloves that are great at keeping my hands dry, but below about 50F, they are terrible at keeping my hands warm. I've also tried some Mechanix work gloves after reading a few people have tried them with success, but they were worse than my other gloves. I've done my homework, and searched through product reviews only to find a) no reviews or b) mediocre to poor reviews.

Short of pulling out my ski gloves, which seems overkill, I'm stumped.
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Old 01-05-14, 03:33 AM   #2
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XC ski gloves are what I use

neoprene and synthetic leather.

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Old 01-05-14, 07:15 AM   #3
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UA Cold Gear under 50F (they are really overkill until the mid to low 40s) down to low 20s, then the ski gloves. YMMV.
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I have a pair of these that work well until the lower thirties, then they start to get chilly. That's better than I thought I would get for $16. I really bought them to be water/wind proof in light rain around 45-60 degrees, they do that well.

I think I might be more inclined to get a pair of the lobster claw looking things from....I think Planet Bike makes an example, or a pair of mittens before I went with separate fingered gloves. Somewhere I have a pair of mitten shells that go over gloves, I hope to find them before I buy anything else. I'm betting they will do fine with my gloves for another 10 or so degrees of warmth.
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Old 01-05-14, 08:43 AM   #5
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I use ski gloves. Dakine gortex gloves. For the 6 weeks a year it gets that cold in my neighborhood, I just use the ski gloves.
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Old 01-05-14, 09:40 AM   #6
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I use a layering system. Underneath is a pair of lighter weight form fitting wool gloves covered up by gortex mittens to cut the wind/rain. If you need to stop at stoplights, etc, it's easy to remove the mittens and still have functionality of your fingers with the form fitting gloves.
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Old 01-05-14, 10:55 AM   #7
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Short of pulling out my ski gloves, which seems overkill, I'm stumped.
I use my ski gloves whenever it's below 40F. It's not overkill at all. Warm, toasty fingers! For long rides I think my hands would get sweaty in them but for my 8 mile commute it's just right.
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Does your hardware store carry fleece lined leather work gloves?
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mittens are warmer than gloves, because of the fingers help warm each other .
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I just stopped by the tire department when I went by Wally World and got a pair of gloves from the mechanics. Definitely dry in the rain, very marginal in the warmth factor. My hands were wet with sweat by the time I got home so that blows the dry half.

The gloves I was wearing are almost waterproof on their own. I don't think the mechanics gloves were worth the effort it took to get them, even for free. It's not even cold today---40s.
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Does anyone have a pair of cold weather gloves that work really well for them?

I've been trying to find something that works for me (temps down to 30F, wet rides), and am yet to.
I use inexpensive thinsulate winter hunting gloves, designed to have enough warmth and weather-resistance to keep your hands warm, but still have dexterity for hunting/shooting. Around $20 in the outdoor/hunting department at WalMart.
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Old 01-05-14, 04:47 PM   #12
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I just stopped by the tire department when I went by Wally World and got a pair of gloves from the mechanics. Definitely dry in the rain, very marginal in the warmth factor.
Mechanic's gloves are designed for people who are using their hands constantly, so they have more circulation and muscle activity, and don't need as much insulation as gloves for people whose hands are mostly stationary... hunters, traffic directors, etc.
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Old 01-05-14, 05:28 PM   #13
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I have some older REI shell gloves that have goretex windproof liners and a thin fleece lining. I use some knit liner gloves within the shells.

Similar to these shells, or these.

The liners get pretty damp if I start to heat up on climbs. It's nice to be able to remove them and rinse them out after the ride. I've also taken out the liners if the day warms up.

My fingers are still cold in the mid-30s with this, but I usually wear heavier gloves than most riders even when it's 50F or 60F.
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Old 01-05-14, 05:31 PM   #14
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Do people just not know that there is an entire "Winter Cycling" subforum? Check it out!
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30*F doesn't really count as cold for me, I generally just wear mechanic's gloves bought at Harbor Freight, they're fairly lightweight so if you think 30*F is cold, they probably won't be enough for you.

I wear blaze orange hunting gloves from about 15*F down to -20*F. They're basically just thinsulate lined ski gloves. I can pick them up for $10 in the after season sale in the hunting section of the stores. I bought hunting boots there for $35 too, nice high top, waterproof nylon, thinsulate lined boots, they work great down to -20.
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Old 01-06-14, 02:18 PM   #16
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I have a pair of Gore Windstopper bike gloves. Can't remember the model but they are probably the least insulated option, maybe the Mistral. I got them for more moderate weather. they work great in the 40s and still give me decent mobility in my fingers, so perfect where I am as it rarely gets below 40. We had some days with temps in the mid-upper 20's in the AM and they were not quite warm enough, would have appreciated a step up in warmth (a thermal lining). I personally don't think I could operate my brifters in gloves as heavy as ski gloves, which is why I looked for a more bike specific options. I might eventually get a slightly warmer pair for our coldest days, but for now will do fine with the pair I have.
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Ski mittens!

Now I'm looking for gloves that work well for moderately cold temperatures. I just got some gloves from Amazon that are craptacular. I'm sending them back.
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Carhartt makes some AWESOME gloves.
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I use these for temps from the 20's up...


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http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Bike-Bo...cycling+gloves
Thanks for the recommendation. What about sizing? I don't have giant hands, but my fingers are long, so I often wear size XL instead of L. But sometimes XL gloves are too big for me.
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Old 01-07-14, 08:46 AM   #21
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Thanks for the recommendation. What about sizing? I don't have giant hands, but my fingers are long, so I often wear size XL instead of L. But sometimes XL gloves are too big for me.
I don't have long fingers but big hands. I wear the xl size without the liners (haven't needed the liners yet) and they fit me fine with a good amount of room for hands and fingers.

with the liners they felt a bit tight (but so do most cycling gloves for me)... but I think they might have stretched a bit since I first tried them on... I will update you to see if they feel any better now with the liners...
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I recently started riding with neoprene gloves, and am underwhelmed at how warm they are/not. But at least they are nicely waterproof.
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Gore Countdown gloves run a bit small and short. But once you've bought a size (or two) up, they're warm and cut through the wind. New to my "down to 30 F" equipment list this year -- I guess I've bought four other kinds of gloves since I wore out my old stand-bys, and this is the first I'll wear below 35-40 degrees.

Lower than that? Lobsters!
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I use a midweight cold weather cycling glove for cold weather down to the 30s or so. After that, snowmobile gloves. Today, it was 5degF, so glove liners, snowmobile gloves, and then two-finger overgloves designed for motorcycle use. Hands were toasty warm.
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