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Old 12-18-08, 12:51 PM   #1
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Glove sugestions

So I have been out riding at night a lot and my hands are going numb. I have a cheap pair of work type gloves that I picked up at like a hardware store cause they were soft and thin. But riding in any temps below 40 degrees and my hands still get really cold. And since it is in the mid 20's recently I am looking for something a little warmer.

My main thing is that I don't want something bulky. I don't need some huge down insulated snow gloves or anything, just something that will cut out the wind. I am thinking leather since I know motorcycle gloves are often leather I would imagine they would work well.

Any suggestions for good leather gloves sub $30? And by good I just mean warmish, they don't need to last forever. Or are there other gloves that work well for this type of thing?
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Old 12-18-08, 02:04 PM   #2
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I've been doing pretty well with the Seirus all-weather gloves, but ... I may upgrade to their Xtreme All Weather Gloves for a little added insulation.

With my current gloves, for the bitter cold, I throw some thin, lightly insulated, "gaunlets" (basically, wind shells with a little fleec insulation in them) over them. Still plenty of feel to shift, brake, etc.
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Old 12-18-08, 03:24 PM   #3
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I've been doing pretty well with the Seirus all-weather gloves, but ... I may upgrade to their Xtreme All Weather Gloves for a little added insulation.

With my current gloves, for the bitter cold, I throw some thin, lightly insulated, "gaunlets" (basically, wind shells with a little fleec insulation in them) over them. Still plenty of feel to shift, brake, etc.
funny, I just bought those, and even with a liner glove, they weren't nearly warm enough for me in below freezing temps, so they are going back. but everyone's different. I'm going to try out a fleece windproof glove that isn't quite so tightly fitting, so I'd have more layering options.
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Old 12-18-08, 04:55 PM   #4
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Go with some Snowboard mittens. Look at Sierra Trading Post. Cabelas, LL Bean, Campmor. You'll find something out there for less than $20. Mittens will keep your hands warmer. Most bike specific stuff for Cold weather is junk.
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Old 12-18-08, 05:37 PM   #5
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i bought a pair of those seirus closed cell neoprene gloves. i use them as a liner for a big pair of leather gloves that have thinsulate and a fleece liner. -20f and they were nice and roasty. they were so warm i actually had my fingers sweat, and thats a first


i felt the seirus gloves were warm enough when i was walking but the wind cuts right through them when biking, also i think my fingers dont get the circulation they normally do when they are clenched on the bars
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Old 12-18-08, 05:45 PM   #6
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I just picked up a nice pair of Tek Gear gloves from Kohl's of all places! Great fit, longish cuffs, Thinsulate, windproof, waterproof. Damn near better than my zillion dollar Izumi Gavias. Oh - and they were 8 bucks!
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Old 12-18-08, 06:30 PM   #7
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I just picked up a nice pair of Tek Gear gloves from Kohl's of all places! Great fit, longish cuffs, Thinsulate, windproof, waterproof. Damn near better than my zillion dollar Izumi Gavias. Oh - and they were 8 bucks!

I just looked on Kohls website. These look great. On sale for 6 to 7.50 for a pair. I'll be in there tomorrow. I have been using my ski gloves. They are warm, to warm for 30 to 40 degrees and to big. These look like the ticket. Thanks
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Old 12-18-08, 07:01 PM   #8
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I like my Izumi Gavias...
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Old 12-18-08, 07:31 PM   #9
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I bought some Cannondale gloves a couple years ago without doing much research. I have not had a problem keeping my hands warm and usually wear less clothes than my riding buddies. The Cannondale gloves stop the wind and are not bulky. I was at the LBS today and they had a nicer Cannondale glove than I have for $39.95. I can wear these easily into the high 30's/low 20's. If I had it to do over again I would buy a larger pair so there would be more room for air insulation and to wear a pair of Smartwool glove liners underneath for extremely cold conditions. I realize this is more than your budget but you cannot skimp on head, hands, and feet since they are the areas that are most difficult to keep warm. I think the Cannondale/Smartwool combination would give the most warmth and versatility with the least of all other options.

Another possibilty would be a DeFeet wool glove and a Sugoi wind mitt. This combination would cost about the same as the Cannondale glove by itself. I personally would not use this because I ride at night and use Glo Gluv's for added visibilty and they would not work with a mitt. The DeFeet has some grippy surface material that the Smartwool liner glove does not and is slightly bulkier than the Smartwool which would not matter under a mitt.

I also saw LG Fusion gloves that are a liner/glove combination and would do a good job if you don't mind the bulkiness.

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Old 12-18-08, 08:16 PM   #10
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Fox thermopaws down to freezing.

Fleece gloves under oversize motocross gloves to -10C

Snowboard gloves below that.
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Old 12-18-08, 10:48 PM   #11
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I looked into the suggestions, thanks for them, and decided to make a glove run around the local chain store, walmart, ross, old navy, and kohls.

Walmart had some okay gloves, but nothing great by any means
Ross didn't really have any gloves, but I did pick up some "slightly imperfect" socks that seem like they'll be warm. Thanks goodness for irregularity, 6 pairs for only 12 bucks.
Old Navy had nothing at all, big surprise. I didn't even bother to lock my bike up when I went inside cause I figured it would be fast.
And kohls indeed had Tek Gear gloves. I tried them on and was quite satisfied, and for $10 (yeah, I way overpaid your $8) I couldn't say no. They are a little thicker than ideal but are promising. Fleece lined and all

Thanks for all the help guys
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Old 12-18-08, 10:53 PM   #12
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I have been very pleased with these....

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/ro...3966.12.1.html

I can't Imagine me buying another set of winter gloves...
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Old 12-19-08, 04:25 AM   #13
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one or two of these wool liners (depending on how cold):

http://www.keepsafesolutions.net/mai...roducts_id=107

I wear these gloves over my wool liners:

http://www.keepsafesolutions.net/mai...roducts_id=312

What I like about the gloves is that they have a blaze orange dorsum with a scotchlite reflective strip on the knuckles......VERY VISIBLE......

I also wear them running in the woods with the dogs during hunting season :-)

The layered approach give me many options and they are dirt cheap.....
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I'm going to try out a fleece windproof glove that isn't quite so tightly fitting, so I'd have more layering options.
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I still use simple fleece gloves with a windblock layer that I bought from Lands End several years ago. I've never had a problem with cold hands, and they have that nice fuzzy back for wiping the nose. And they are machine-washable.
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Old 12-19-08, 01:54 PM   #15
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I've never used my ski gloves, just figuring they wouldn't give me enough dexterity to shift, brake, blow snot, flip off drivers [kidding!], etc., but ... I tried them out, today, and they were just fine.

I'm using old-school Deore XT shifters



Toasty warm fingers, too!

Only disadvantage I thought of (vs. my thin Seirus gloves + a shell) is: if you need dexterity, being able to pull off a layer without freezing is a plus. Guess you could accomplish that with fairly thin liners, under ski gloves, too....
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Old 12-19-08, 04:55 PM   #16
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Gloves

Cold hands while cycling can be solved by either mittens or a full fingered glove, but they must be windproof. scoatw is right; cycling specific gloves are woefully inadequate for below freezing temps.

I have been involved in winter running, skiing and now cycling, for over 35 years and I have found that warm hands are all about gloves or mittens that are windproof. No full fingered glove can match the warmth of windproof mittens, but at your location you probably won't be riding in temps much colder than the 20s. Therefore, a full fingered windproof glove that you would typically find at an outfitters store like Gander Mountain will do the job. Ice fishing gloves are excellent because they are waterproof and that means they are also windproof. I found a pair of gloves for $9 at my local supermarket. Rock solid windproof and insulated with common Thinsulate. So far I have worn them in temps down to the low teens without any issues.
IMPORTANT! Test the glove for windproof by putting it up to your mouth and try to blow through the outer material. If your breath cannot penetrate and it blows sideways and they are reasonably insulated, you have found your cycling glove.
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Old 12-19-08, 05:45 PM   #17
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For 30-40 degrees- Wool army glove liners are perfect.
http://ws-inc.amazonwebstore.com/GI-...source=froogle
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IMPORTANT! Test the glove for windproof by putting it up to your mouth and try to blow through the outer material. If your breath cannot penetrate and it blows sideways and they are reasonably insulated, you have found your cycling glove.
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I do the blowing air thing too. On jerseys, booties, gloves, basically all clothes I think about buying for winter, GOOD TEST.

On my hands I use glove liners then leather work gloves, good to about 25 so far this year.
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