I like my Pearl Izumi Select Gel gloves. I have 6k miles on them. I wash them by hand when they get stinky/stiff. I just bought a pair of PI Thermal Conductive gloves at the REI sale. They don't have a lot of padding, but I think they will be good for mild CA winters: warm but not too bulky. I would not hesitate to buy Pearl Izumi gloves.