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Old 10-05-10, 12:01 PM   #1
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Gloves for this time of year in the midwest?

I'm in the Chicagoland area, and yesterday was the first real 40's morning I've been out in. Clothes were fine with the exception of gloves, i've been using some basic gloves which had been fine till now, but after about 30 minutes today my hands were one step from useless for pulling the brakes and what not (I've recently found out a name for this circulatory issue, but I keep forgetting it).

So anyway, I wasn't cold, but obviously I need to do better by my hands, can anyone recommend a glove that works for them in this kind of weather? Now that I've realized how much i like riding again Id like to do so for as long as possible (otherwise I'm just cold waiting for the bus or walking) even if it just for my work commute.

I'm remembering when I used to landscape I had come up with a combo of a liner glove and a work glove over that, but I'm also remembering that by mid October in upstate NY weather that wasn't really enough either, do I just need a good 'heavier' glove? and if so any recommendations?
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Castelli vincente. Love these gloves.
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Old 10-05-10, 01:39 PM   #3
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I live in northern Idaho where the winters can get pretty nasty. I too would like to know what people are using for winter riding.
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Ok here is my rundown. I can get rain and snow where I live in Canada. I think most Canadian are experts on winter.

As I said above, Castellit Vincente from realcyclist for the cold (30f or cooler) or wet days. But on those days where it isn't that insane I use Defeet Dura knit gloves. Not sure what is so magic about these but they simply work. Right down to the 40s.
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when it is cold enough for finger numbness then it's time to experiment with gloves you already own. when you've exhausted your current stock then buy some more but you don't have to spend a lot. cycling specific gloves are probably the best way to go but you don't have to spend that much. lose fitting winter gloves with a quality glove liner are my favorites. loose fitting double layers are the key to staying warm.
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... experiment with gloves you already own..
yup, I wore some cross-country skiing gloves this morning
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those gigantic hulk gloves for your handlebars are epic!
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Down to about 30F

$3




Down to about 5F

$8




Everything else:

~$40-60

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most people here are going out and getting the $10 gloves at home depot. I have some perl Izumi gloves that work great, but the are pretty expensive if you pay retail.
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this woudl be the home depot glove that is popular with bikers:

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
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I like my Gore Windstopper fleece gloves, but when it get's really cold and nasty I have some waterproof lobster mitts.
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Go to motorcyclesuperstore.com and check out the cold weather motocross gloves. Fly Racing makes some nice ones that block 100% of wind. I rode with them all last fall and winter and they're still in excellent shape
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Wow, thanks for all the recommendations. The work gloves mentioned (not counting the home depot ones) are similar to what I've used in the past, I know those wont work for long for me without a good liner (and even then in half an hour my fingers will be white). My hands do the 'turn white go numb' (and Im black so...) thing once it hits the 40's or so, but I'm used to walking during the winter with hands in pockets, so I have one decent pair of leather gloves that are totally useless for biking and some really heavy winter gloves that are too much for this time of year. I don't mind paying 40-60 for a good pair of gloves, as my hands really hate this time of year (much easier to protect my feet) but I shall take a look at mentioned options and see. thanks again, now if I can just find a cheap winter beater bike I'll be set!
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most people here are going out and getting the $10 gloves at home depot. I have some perl Izumi gloves that work great, but the are pretty expensive if you pay retail.
most people around here will dumpster dive and bike with whatever sticks to their hip little fingers.
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Down to about 30F

$3

I garden with these gloves.
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about 40 bucks. I wore them all winter last year every day snow, rain, extreme cold they were always warm.
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oh they are burton spectre gloves. they are snowboarding gloves
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i need some good gloves too, I had the Pearl Izumi Cyclone, but they were crap and fell apart (when I lived in brooklyn...Rubberducks, i bought some bullhorns and levers from you a while ago...nostalgia) but now that I am in Chicago (evanston to be exact) i need something better/warmer. Fleece gloves just dont cut it for a 60 mile ride. Perhaps these serius gloves at REI? (http://www.rei.com/product/743106). they seemed pretty nice when I tried them on in Northbrook.
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I just wear those brown work gloves you can get at the hardware store for $2 over fingerless cycling gloves. That suited me all winter last year.
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When it comes to cool weather gloves, don't underestimate the importance having the soft absorbent patch on the back of the thumb. Bike gloves generally have this feature and so do many xc ski gloves. I generally go for xc ski gloves for winter biking.
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Under Armor Coldgear Gloves

Under Armor Coldgear gloves are my favorite for fall riding, mine have held up for 3 seasons now. If it gets wet or below freezing, I use Outdoor Research shells over them. Perfect moisture wicking (from hands or forehead sweat if you wipe), great snug fit, good grip, and they allow for the best finger dexterity I've found - it's like not wearing a glove at all.

http://www.rei.com/product/754475

For the dead of Winter, and colder temps, I swap the Under Armor Coldgear gloves for a pair of Black Diamond gloves (which are thicker than the UA Coldgear) and O.R. shells for wet snow or wind blockage.

Hope this helps.
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this woudl be the home depot glove that is popular with bikers:

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
I just got a pair of these the other day. They're not bad for $10. There's decent padding in the palms and a fleece section over the thumb for nose drip. It's not that cold in Boston yet, but I imagine these will be warm enough through November.

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Under Armor Coldgear gloves are my favorite for fall riding, mine have held up for 3 seasons now. If it gets wet or below freezing, I use Outdoor Research shells over them. Perfect moisture wicking (from hands or forehead sweat if you wipe), great snug fit, good grip, and they allow for the best finger dexterity I've found - it's like not wearing a glove at all.

http://www.rei.com/product/754475

For the dead of Winter, and colder temps, I swap the Under Armor Coldgear gloves for a pair of Black Diamond gloves (which are thicker than the UA Coldgear) and O.R. shells for wet snow or wind blockage.

Hope this helps.
I've been thinking more or less that route, how cold does it get where you are? I probably will stop riding once it gets icy around here (people are bad enough drivers on good roads!) but am aiming for something that will work well into the 30's. Also note the specificity of looking for best possible quality with Raynaud's Disease, if my hands don't stay tasty warm they go numb very quickly, and once they go numb riding is no fun for me. well thats more in general, but more so while on the bike.
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most people here are going out and getting the $10 gloves at home depot. I have some perl Izumi gloves that work great, but the are pretty expensive if you pay retail.

I just realized there's an pearl izumi outlet down here.
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Ironclad Tac-Ops Full Finger Glove. These are my go to gloves for the in between seasons when it is too hot for my Gore winter gloves and too cold for my fingerless gloves.

http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...l-finger-glove
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