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Old 11-05-04, 01:47 PM   #1
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Pearl Izumi Gloves?

I've been riding with Pearl Izumi gloves and I like them alot...does anyone have a recommendation from this brand for cold riding conditions? When I leave the house in the morning it is a tad bit on the cool side to say the least.
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I had the same problem and yesterday think that I found a solution.

Pearl Izumi makes a shell glove called the Zephr that works great with a simple Army surplus wool glove or as it gets colder, fleece.

The outer glove works as an wind and weather barrier and the inter gloves keeps everything toasty. The great part is that you can remove a layer if you get to warm.
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I had the same problem and yesterday think that I found a solution.

Pearl Izumi makes a shell glove called the Zephr that works great with a simple Army surplus wool glove or as it gets colder, fleece.

The outer glove works as an wind and weather barrier and the inter gloves keeps everything toasty. The great part is that you can remove a layer if you get to warm.
I like this idea. If your climate is what I think it's like, lobster claws would be massive overkill. They're almost always overkill up here. As it gets colder, it becomes very important to keep things dry, so layering is a big plus to keep your hands from sweating.
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nice...I was looking into that idea b/c they have a pair of fleece gloves, but my issue is I'm a big guy and alot of my weight transfers to my hands, having some form of cushion in my gloves is very helpful.
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Old 11-05-04, 03:51 PM   #5
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I think I'll go with the gel lite full glove and then the shells...that should work out well right now I have the open finger gel lite and I love them, except for when it gets a little cold on the fingers
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I had some shell gloves I got from REI. they got stolen. But when I used them with the PI gel lite gloves they did the trick!
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Score. That's exactly what I wanted to hear
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I just rode for the first time in the PI gel lite's. I liked them a lot. They are definitely not heavy, but just the fact that the fingers aren't cut off keeps it warm enough when it's 40-50.
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I have a pair of glove liners from Patagonia that I wear under my padded bike gloves. Keeps my hands warm, and I get to keep the padded gloves on the outside. I also have a pair of lobster claws for really cold days.
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well see I own these:
They also make the full finger ones, that I'm going to get: same gloves...just one has fingers one doesn't
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I tried on the full finger ones today and they seemed a bit stiff in the trigger fingers for my liking. I'm gonna stick with the Izumi White Lines that I have for now. I can deal with the fingers being out. If it gets so cold that it matters I probably won't be riding anyway :-)
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Last year I got pearl izumi amfib gloves, expensive but nice...I am a big guy also they come in a XXL size. Check them out

http://www.pearlizumi.com/pearlizumi.../product.aspx?
iProductTypeSubID=21&iProductID=3664&iProductColorsTB=7962
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The amfib gloves are ridiculously warm. I can ride in freezing weather and my hands will be toasty (or even sweating) in those suckers. Soooo, they might be a tad bit more than you want, PWRD-dude since I don't think Knoxville gets cold enough to need em.
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Any one with experience between these PI full finger gloves:

-Pitard Therma Fleece (these are the only ones I can find locally vs. mail order)
-AmFIB
-Cyclone

My need is in the deserts in Arizona. The coldest mornings are around 30degF and dry. More typical is 35-50deg. It is only wet when above 45-50.

Right now it is 60deg in the morning, so I can't really know what glove is going to work. I do not want overkill either.

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cyclone man! Tht's what I'm riding with right now, though I did pick up a pair of amfib's and a pair of the stretch thermastats...I like the cyclones alot...the amfibs are like a friggin' heater and the thermastats offer no form of wind protection.
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I tried the PI Therma Fleece yesterday morning in 50degF. Of course at this temp my hands were fine, I did notice a bit of cooling at my fingertips which I am sure will translate to too cold at 35degF. I returned them because of this.

I will try the Cyclone (per rec. below). However none are in stock locally.

(I rode this morning at 48degF with fingerless gloves, tollerable and surpringly not much worse than the day before with the Therma Fleece)

I think its important to have comfortable hands, because it translates into overall comfort on the bike and I think therefore better handling and reactions. The guy at the LBS said he rides fingerless at 30degF and can bear it, I think, why put oneself thru such discomfort if one doesn't have to.

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I agree, that's the first thing to aggravate me. Not my feet, not my legs, but my hands. My hands are cold within 5 minutes after leaving the house even when it's 45 outside forget riding fingerless in 30 degree weather, my balls will be cold enough.
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I have those gloves in the bottom picture and I really like them. Yes they were a little pricy but that is ok...
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I don't understand how people can drop like 2 grand into a bike and then be like "35 dollars for gloves is just way too expensive".
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It all adds up quick.

I paid $1100 for my bike. Then there is front light, rear light, bottle cages, jacket, summer gloves, helmet, etc. If one doesn't just throw money at each of these are is careful about purchases there can be some big savings.

But really for me the issue is not the price of an item, but if it works for me and doesn't end up in the 'junk' drawer, which now has a few times used squishy uncomfortable gel (what a bad idea) saddle ($45), a pair of shoes ($60) that caused chaffing, a dim tail light ($15) and a too large pair of PI fingerless gloves ($30) - none of which I could return since they were somewhat used. I'd gladly pay any amount for a glove that will work for the cool rainy winter months is not too hot, not too bulky and comfortable and most importantly doesn't end up in the junk bin.

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update....the cyclones do not work well in rainy weather...if you plan on getting you hands wet the fact is you're going to have to go with something like the amfibs....I rode to work this morning, it was raining and my gloves were soaked after only maybe 1 mile. Pissed me off pretty bad too. Oh well just letting you all know! They cyclones are great for dry weather...I think I might look into the "shell" that PI makes.
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