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    "Thin" Winter gloves recommendation?

    I bought the Planet Bike Borealis Full Finger gloves. They are nice and warm. However, the fingers are thick and when I wear them I cannot do much tat requires dexterity: turn on or off the lights, zip up or down my fleece, etc. Do you have any recommendation on a warm but thin winter cycling gloves that are both warm and allow me to do such things? or these kinds of gloves don't exist? Many thanks.

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    The polypropylene runner's gloves might do the trick for you.

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    Don't know how cold you are talking but I use glove liners under my fingerless gloves. The cheap ones work down into the 40s and below that I have some Defeet liners which are thicker and I've used them into the low 30s.

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    I'd be interested in knowing if they exist. My riding gloves are thin and my fingers get cold. I think it has more to do with not moving them enough to keep circulation going. My fingers get numb in heavy gloves when I'm gripping my snowblower too. I normally don't get that cold.

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    We don't get much in the way of cold temperatures, but 40 and below I like full-finger gloves. The issue I'm having is that my gloves are a bit too snug which cuts down on circulation and in turn defeats the purpose of the gloves. They are PI XL size and I don't have big hands, but I suspect they may have downsized due to being washed.
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    Well, bearing in mind I live in Phoenix. I have some fingerless gloves from the blue collar" section at the big box stores. Mine are Wells Lamont. Runners gloves sound like something to try.

    They are good down to 40F. I wear them down to freezing. However around freezing my fingertips get numb on my 5 mi commute. Only happens 3-4 times a year for me so no biggie.

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    Many thanks for the answers. It is interesting that responses were only obtained from freezing California, Florida, and Arizona Seriously, where are the good folks of colder climates?

    In terms of how cold it gets, I am in Metropolitan DC so now in the mornings it is in the 30's. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexLex100 View Post
    Many thanks for the answers. It is interesting that responses were only obtained from freezing California, Florida, and Arizona Seriously, where are the good folks of colder climates?

    In terms of how cold it gets, I am in Metropolitan DC so now in the mornings it is in the 30's. Cheers.
    We get below zero and are below freezing for weeks at a time. I like "Bar Mitts", www.barmitts.com

    They allow one to use lighter gloves for dexterity. Otherwise, I have to use a heavy glove that doesn't give much feel...
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    Having a lot of expereince in colder climates, feel like I can offer:

    Between 25 and 45 I use a light full finger pair of REI gloves really just a wind cover, hands stay toasty warm

    Colder than that full finger REI cycling gloves with some insulation.

    With both, its important that you move your hand around more than normal, because you fingers get shoved all the way into the gloves causing a lack of circulation. I even occasionally stop and slightly pull my hands out of the glove ever so slightly so the fingers are not pressing against the ends of the glove. Also, gloves should fit somewhat loosely so that there is an airspace for insulation
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    In the Pac NW, I use a variety of gloves for various temperature and weather conditions. Worst case (temps below 3 deg C - mid-30's F), I use thick downhill ski gloves. You need to push buttons? The gloves are easy enough to remove and put back on, even with wet hands. I don't use glove liners; I like to maximize the "dead air space" inside the glove, because that's what keeps your hands warm. Filling the glove with liners just removes this dead air and actually makes your hands colder.

    Also, as most people who live in wet northern climates will attest, if the glove is the least bit tight, it becomes very difficult to put on if your hands are wet. But typically, when it rains in the Pac NW, the temperatures usually rise a bit, usually getting above 5 deg C (40 deg F). I use a slighter thinner fall/winter glove for this range, or I use neoprene rain gloves, but I use the XL size to get the extra dead air space. Again, for fine finger work, I often have to remove the glove, and an XL glove is slighter easier to get on with wet hands.

    Once the temps are above 15 deg C (60 deg F), I'm usually in my thin long-fingered gloves, which I usually wear year-round. I can usually accomplish most fine-finger work in these, and I even wear them on hot days in order to avoid the "glove tan" and to protect my fingers in a crash. This is still an affectation too from my track racing days, where I always wore long-finger gloves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexLex100 View Post
    I bought the Planet Bike Borealis Full Finger gloves. They are nice and warm. However, the fingers are thick and when I wear them I cannot do much tat requires dexterity: turn on or off the lights, zip up or down my fleece, etc. Do you have any recommendation on a warm but thin winter cycling gloves that are both warm and allow me to do such things? or these kinds of gloves don't exist? Many thanks.
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    What an interesting contraption those are! I have never seen them before.

    Quote Originally Posted by bwfox View Post
    We get below zero and are below freezing for weeks at a time. I like "Bar Mitts", www.barmitts.com

    They allow one to use lighter gloves for dexterity. Otherwise, I have to use a heavy glove that doesn't give much feel...

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    Many thanks for the suggestion. Any specific ones? there's a whole bunch on REI site.

    Quote Originally Posted by howsteepisit View Post
    Having a lot of expereince in colder climates, feel like I can offer:

    Between 25 and 45 I use a light full finger pair of REI gloves really just a wind cover, hands stay toasty warm

    Colder than that full finger REI cycling gloves with some insulation.

    With both, its important that you move your hand around more than normal, because you fingers get shoved all the way into the gloves causing a lack of circulation. I even occasionally stop and slightly pull my hands out of the glove ever so slightly so the fingers are not pressing against the ends of the glove. Also, gloves should fit somewhat loosely so that there is an airspace for insulation

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    I use full fingered neoprene gloves, although they are surprisingly not that warm too start. Once you get going though they get warm and sweaty. They are very flexible in the fingers and have a decent grip.

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    http://www.underarmour.com/shop/us/e...pid1234589-001
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    Thanks Luis for the thorough response. Very useful. Cheers.

    Quote Originally Posted by lhbernhardt View Post
    In the Pac NW, I use a variety of gloves for various temperature and weather conditions. Worst case (temps below 3 deg C - mid-30's F), I use thick downhill ski gloves. You need to push buttons? The gloves are easy enough to remove and put back on, even with wet hands. I don't use glove liners; I like to maximize the "dead air space" inside the glove, because that's what keeps your hands warm. Filling the glove with liners just removes this dead air and actually makes your hands colder.

    Also, as most people who live in wet northern climates will attest, if the glove is the least bit tight, it becomes very difficult to put on if your hands are wet. But typically, when it rains in the Pac NW, the temperatures usually rise a bit, usually getting above 5 deg C (40 deg F). I use a slighter thinner fall/winter glove for this range, or I use neoprene rain gloves, but I use the XL size to get the extra dead air space. Again, for fine finger work, I often have to remove the glove, and an XL glove is slighter easier to get on with wet hands.

    Once the temps are above 15 deg C (60 deg F), I'm usually in my thin long-fingered gloves, which I usually wear year-round. I can usually accomplish most fine-finger work in these, and I even wear them on hot days in order to avoid the "glove tan" and to protect my fingers in a crash. This is still an affectation too from my track racing days, where I always wore long-finger gloves.

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    I have some Thinsulate leather regular gloves I got At Goodwill..
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    I have yet to find a glove that keeps me warm in 30 or below temps, other than Ski gloves. Any bicycling specific gloves I have tried have come up short. The warmest bicycling gloves were the Lobster type, but I can't use those and shift with my hands on the hoods (Campy).

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    On our ride the other day my husband's fingers got a little bit cold (mid 50s F, partly sunny). He was using full finger gloves, they are not insulated but do block the wind. His fingers got cold and I was thinking that something like "glomitts" (fingerless gloves with a mitten section that flips over the fingers) might have been useful. He was having trouble with zipper pulls and using his Garmin with gloves on.
    The biggest thing that has made my fingers cold in gloves is resting them on the brake levers. The metal just sucks the heat out. With the upright configuration of my recumbent handlebars, I can ride along ready to brake but not have my fingers touching the levers. My fingers had to touch the levers on my old Trek.
    When it is cold enough I use Ibex "Knitty Gritty" wool gloves, a wool blend with rubber grippy stuff on the palm and fingers. They are not padded, but are warm enough for my California Central Valley winters (not lower than 35 degs F).
    I tried some fancy neoprene winter bike gloves to try and keep my hands dry but they ended up acting as a miniature sauna for my sweaty hands and I nearly froze my fingers off.
    I generally don't ride in the rain, although the wool gloves are sufficiently warm in light rains down to about 40 degrees.
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    Well, as a mail carrier for the past 32 years in the Cleveland area, I have to have dexterity and feel when going through the mail, not to mention a I need a bit of grip on the letters and magazines... I used to wear thin leather 'driving gloves', bu they'd wear out fast. believe it or not, now I wear surgical gloves. If it gets really cold, I'll wear two pairs. They're cheap and disposable. They keep the wind and wet off the fingers, and also keep the fingers from drying out and cracking/splitting. Of course, I'm also not riding 20mph either, so maybe a pair of surgical gloves under a pair of driving gloves would work for bike riding...

    Back 40 years ago when I rode my bicycle to swim practice at 5am on cold Winter mornings, I wore a pair of thick yellow Playtex dishwashing gloves...

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    In weather below 20 F I use Pearl Izumi Softshell Lobster gloves. From about 40 F to 20 F. I use Pearl Izumi Gavia gloves. Above 40 F I only wear regular fingerless gloves. Thin winter gloves would be nice, if they worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
    Well, as a mail carrier for the past 32 years in the Cleveland area, I have to have dexterity and feel when going through the mail, not to mention a I need a bit of grip on the letters and magazines... I used to wear thin leather 'driving gloves', bu they'd wear out fast. believe it or not, now I wear surgical gloves. If it gets really cold, I'll wear two pairs. They're cheap and disposable. They keep the wind and wet off the fingers, and also keep the fingers from drying out and cracking/splitting. Of course, I'm also not riding 20mph either, so maybe a pair of surgical gloves under a pair of driving gloves would work for bike riding...

    Back 40 years ago when I rode my bicycle to swim practice at 5am on cold Winter mornings, I wore a pair of thick yellow Playtex dishwashing gloves...

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    Thinsulate™ is a 3M product, and I have a pair of XXL Spa Sport full finger gloves that uses Thinsulate for insulation. I know they're comfy as low as the low thirties, but it doesn't ever get much colder than that around here so I don't know how much lower they'd stay comfortable.

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    I use Giordana Nordic gloves. Whatever you use, if you wear $5 silk glove liners (amazon) underneath they'll be much warmer. In fact, on cool (not cold) days, regular fingerless cycling gloves over the silk liners works surprisingly well. The silk is nearly transparent to the wind, but your hands stay much warmer than you would suspect.

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    Spenco "Cold Snap". Great gloves.

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