Join Date: May 2006
Location: North of the 49th Parallel (GPS grid soon)
Bikes: MTB Peugoet Canyon (forgot the model), Nikishi? roadbike, MTB custom build,
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Originally Posted by thadcombs
I just bought a pair of Pearl Izumi Cyclone gloves from MEC.
They've been ok for about -10 Celsius. Any lower than that and I'm going to recommend a thin base layer. They also seem to be pretty water resistant, but I wouldn't call them waterproof. Seem pretty windproof too! Today it was hovering around 0 degrees and my hands were sweating a bit.
I'm a bike courier so in a 9 hour shift, probably about 6-7 hours of that is outside on the bike, the rest is back and forth from inside. Whether the in and out is what makes the gloves fine at that temp........ hard to say, but I really dig the Cyclones.
That being said, everyone's hands are different and you should try them before committing to them. Good thing MEC has an "Always and Forever" return policy.
Thank you for that feed back. First off some support from this rider to the courier crowd. I met a couple of couriers before at MEC. Nice people. I forgot the other guys name but the girl I think was nicknamed 'minibus'. You may know of her.
I'm a stats/tech guy so that info is very useful. What liner do you use for sub -10C temps? How is the dexterity and shifter access on those?
I use a Shimano Deore EZ-fire setup so I'm thinking if it's too thick I may only be able to go to the lighter gears as the lower gearing tab is wider then the smaller up shifter tab. Up shifter tab is like ' . ' key on the keyboard but I think just a slight bit smaller. Down shifter is around the 'CTRL' tab size probably a little wider.
Granted most bike couriers I've heard/seen on TV/Pedal documentary/Youtube seem to use a fixie more unless you have another bike with shifters similar to my setup for some feedback.
I also have a thumb shifter as well on my Peougout but I love that classic bike too much to ride in rain/snow/salt. I'm mostly a 3 season fair weather rider looking to go into some light 4 season but it's the lower temps on the hands and also that double windchill factor of riding forward that is sometimes a double whammy.
Last edited by Zero_Enigma; 10-16-09 at 09:04 PM.