Join Date: Dec 2003
Bikes: SOMA Grand Randonneur, Gunnar Sport converted to 650B, Rivendell Rambouillet, '82 Trek 728, '84 Trek 610, '85 Trek 500, C'Dale F600, Burley Duet, Lotus Legend
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Last winter I spent half an hour in REI trying to make up my mind between buying a pair of the Sealskinz or a pair of Manzella Silkweight Windstopper. I bought both, intending to return the ones I liked less. But I liked them both a lot. The Sealskinz are great if it's really pouring hard and it's pretty cool out. I've ridden maybe a hundred miles in cold (40's F) wet conditions, and my hands were quite dry and quite warm. But they're a little bulky, and a little warm for my hands if the temp is above the 50's. The Manzellas are lighter weight, and I haven't ridden them in as much rain, but they've been fine for keeping the chill off. Last week I rode them through an hour of pouring rain and my hands were perfectly dry, but I don't think they're advertised to be waterproof. For real winter riding, I wear mittens that can flip back and let your fingers out (so that if you start to overheat, you can use your fingers as effective radiators). They've been good down to 10 degrees F. I've got a pair of goretex overmittens in case it gets colder.
Neoprene booties make my feet sweat -- I'd hate to have my hands sweat like that.