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Old 10-23-08, 01:01 PM   #1
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What is the best winter glove solution out there???

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i have purchased to pair of winter gloves so far (Seirus and Chiba) and both are not enough for those cold morning rides. My fingers would really appreciate some feedback.
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Old 10-23-08, 02:39 PM   #2
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Ski gloves. Spend the money, your hand will thank you for it.

The pair I use is from LLBean. I got them ~10 years ago, and with the leather palm they are holding up nicely.
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Thanks.
can you tell me the maker and model ? Aren't they too bulky for control or just fine?
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Ice fisherman gloves. Closed cell neoprene. Available at most sporting goods stores, or via Hodgeman's website. I get the full finger ones, not the foldable fingertip ones. I also use them for raingloves on the motorcycle, and they double as cold ride gloves if the electrics aren't available.
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Old 10-23-08, 04:31 PM   #5
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Mittens. I have no problem working my shifters or brakes with them.

These are the ones I use:
http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...45524442617623
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Old 10-23-08, 06:44 PM   #6
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Pogies,nothing better out there!
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i was thinking about using regular bike gloves and medical plastic gloves over those. i hate soaking wet gloves, moreso on the ride back home. i have a pair of ski glvoes but they are so bulky with STI shifters.

i havn't found a decent waterproof glove thats mobile enough for the hands and that won't leave my hands driping in sweet.
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i was thinking about using regular bike gloves and medical plastic gloves over those. i hate soaking wet gloves, moreso on the ride back home. i have a pair of ski glvoes but they are so bulky with STI shifters.

i havn't found a decent waterproof glove thats mobile enough for the hands and that won't leave my hands driping in sweet.
latex gloves over regular gloves is not that good. it doesn't allow the glove to breath and will accumulate sweat.

invest in 2 pairs of gloves. stick the second pair in a bag or pannier.
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I have ski gloves with removable liners. I removed the liners and wear my riding gloves inside. Below 30F this morning, hands stayed pretty warm.

Still trying to figure out how to keep my toes warm. They were numb when I got to work.
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I really like convertible gloves/mittens like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Convertible-Gl...4877020&sr=1-5

I open and close them periodically on my ride as my fingers get too warm or too cold. I haven't found a waterproof pair yet though. They always seem to be some sort of a knit material. I'm still shopping for something to use in the wet this winter.
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Upright Joe: I haven't tried these, but they might be what you want:

http://www.amazon.com/Manzella-Casca...ref=pd_sbs_a_2
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Nice. I might give those a shot.
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I have ski gloves with removable liners. I removed the liners and wear my riding gloves inside. Below 30F this morning, hands stayed pretty warm.

Still trying to figure out how to keep my toes warm. They were numb when I got to work.
http://www.kucharikclothing.com/toe-...53a3c919ffca11
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Try some ice climbing gloves. I use these: http://www.rei.com/product/769515
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Another vote for Mittens. I picked up a pair of Manzella Snowboard Mittens w/glove liner for $20 (retail for $35 or $70, whichever you believe). Anyway, they worked down to 5f.
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Hello,
i have purchased to pair of winter gloves so far (Seirus and Chiba) and both are not enough for those cold morning rides. My fingers would really appreciate some feedback.
thanks.
The best solution depends on how cold it is. Since the goal is to stay warm but keep as much dexterity as possible you can be wearing too much glove in cool temperatures. One good approach is to wear full finger cycling gloves and carry a thin glove shell to put on over the gloves if you need them. Heres my recommendations:

Double wrap of thick foam bar tape for extra insulation.

Cool temps 45-55F: Full finger cycling gloves:

35-45F: Full finger cycling gloves in a nylon outer shell (robbed from cheap Wal-mart gloves).

15-35F: Warm ski gloves, crab claw gloves, or fingerless cycling gloves under large ski glove.

below 15F: Pogies combined with full finger cycling gloves or warmer if in extreme cold.

Some issues that you may have to deal with:

If you ride hard, fast and/or a long distance on a daily basis you will sweat quite a bit even in your gloves. This is the primary problem with ski gloves that don't have a removable lining and why the two layered glove system works better. You can pull the gloves apart and they will dry out for the next days use. Typical ski gloves will not do this because most don't have a removable liner. They take 2-3 days or longer to dry out and the cheap Walmart type of ski gloves have a low cost "water proof" liner that keeps the glove from breathing enough to be used on a bike and they take even longer to dry out than good ski gloves. The best approach I have found is a thin breathable nylon shell over a polyester fleece glove liner or a cycling glove. They both breath well and dry out well when seperated.

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Old 10-24-08, 08:30 PM   #17
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Best biking mittens are the Lake Cycling MX Firepalm. they have a zipper insert for charcoal activated hand warmers....I've used mine for the past 5 years and they AWESOME!
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I'm a big fan of my Pearl Izumi Lobster's:
http://www.pearlizumi.com/product.ph...duct_id=527528
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I like my MEC lobster gloves. I tried some by Swix and while very comfy, they were lined inside like gloves keeping my fingers seperate and I couldn't wear thin liner gloves with them nor are they very widproof. The MEC ones allow for a thin liner glove underneath for extra warmth, are more windproof and I like being able to dry the gloves b/t the ride to/from work.

For cooler days I have windprrof/waterproof gloves that are very comfy and can take a liner underneath for colder days. I used just the shell gloves the other day for my 50 minute commute at 3C with no problems. Windproof is the key IMO.

I tried mittens but they are too bulky in the palm for me and after 10-15 minutes my hands hurt.
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Ski gloves. Spend the money, your hand will thank you for it.

The pair I use is from LLBean. I got them ~10 years ago, and with the leather palm they are holding up nicely.
So that works alright? I just bought a nice pair of Gore-Tex gloves for snowboarding, and if they can do double duty, I'd be thrilled. Last year I rocked an oversize pair of cheap cotton gloves on top of my full finger mountain bike gloves, and that sucked.
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I really like convertible gloves/mittens like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Convertible-Gl...4877020&sr=1-5

I open and close them periodically on my ride as my fingers get too warm or too cold. I haven't found a waterproof pair yet though. They always seem to be some sort of a knit material. I'm still shopping for something to use in the wet this winter.
I use those with some Smartwool gloves underneath for colder temps.

I've always wondered about the 3SP gloves from Sporthill. The pants of that fabric are fantastic. Anybody here ever seen them?
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I just picked up a pair of hunting gloves that have a soft polyester waterproof shell (camo) and plenty of insulation. I can't testify to their low-temp performance, but I held them under the faucet for a minute or so, and they are definitely waterproof and breathable.
Brand: Hot Shot Price: $14
I may get some merino wool liners, but I live in a mostly wet and mild area.
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i'm still testing several ones out.

currently using a pair of IQ that is 99% waterproof, however cold wise, it is okay....

That aside, i got another pair from costco, that is a normal winter glove but very well designed and good for biking, also waterproof

... well i only buy waterproof gloves, some winter gloves are not waterproof like those convertible mittens, they are good, but sucks when wet, which is very likely to happen here in my city.

the most horrible thing riding on winter snow, is having to go across sea of melted sludge snow mixture, and your random spots of black ice.

anyways, if both of those gloves fails, then i'll just switch to some hard core skiing gloves, but i've always worried they might be too hard to manipulate the shifter / breaks levels.
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I got some lobster-claw glloves (thumb and index are separate, other fingers are in one "mitten") from the Army-Navy store. I think they are made for shooting in the extreme cold. (Be warned Sweden, you are on notice!!) Tough outer shell and removable wool lining. They only cost me a few dollars. On the very coldest of days, they are not enough, but in all other weather they are excellent. Plus, now I can shoot from my bike all year round.

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Try Sidetrak gloves, they really take care of me on my coldest rides.
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