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Old 09-09-11, 10:06 AM   #1
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Gloves?

I'm looking at Pearl Izumi PRO Softshell Lite full finger gloves, which look great as the temperature goes down... but for snowy and ice conditions, what do I use?

http://www.pearlizumi.com/publish/co...-14341009.html

These look nice, but the reviews I've read say around 40F they start to lose relevance ... it's too cold, they're not insulating enough. I see as low as -5C regularly, but I've seen as low as -15C.

Pearl Izumi says these work as a liner:

http://www.pearlizumi.com/publish/co...Code-8769.html

Does that mean I can/should wear those INSIDE the Softshell gloves for added warmth?
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Old 09-09-11, 10:18 AM   #2
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I'm a big fan of glove liners. I have a pearl izumi set of gloves for really cold and I wear them around as winter gloves, but not really on my bike. I much prefer the glove + liner approach when riding. Much more versatile if it gets hotter than expected. Done the liner thing with both full finger and half finger gloves in different conditions. The liners I got that work well for me are some nashbar ones I got for like $7.
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I double glove.

I wear summer-weight full-finger gloves (size L) inside cool/wet weather gloves (size XL). The outer gloves I've used for the past several years are the Cannondale Slice glove, F/K/A Cannondale Windfront glove. The local C'Dale dealer dropped the line when production wet offshore, so I'm using the stock I built up over the years. Not sure what I'll try when these all wear out.

I switch to lobster gloves below the lower-teens or upper single-digits.
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I use lots of combinations for my winter riding. Bars mits for flat bars. For ice/ sleet/ cold rain I use med weight fleece gloves inside coated work gloves. These are the rubber $10 gloves that you can buy at the big box stores. Waterproof and the rubber grips the wet bars nicely.
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Alright then. I'll avoid lobster gloves because I place a lot of importance on individual finger dexterity; but otherwise, good stuff here.

All that leaves is socks, which of course will likely go to wool. I'm pretty sold on the "Warm when Wet" thing ... cotton sucks.
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I'm a big fan of my defeat wooleator socks (woolie boolie is one model I have), and there's another that's super warm but goes most of the way up my calf. Not thinking of the name off the top of my head.
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I'm a big fan of my defeat wooleator socks (woolie boolie is one model I have), and there's another that's super warm but goes most of the way up my calf. Not thinking of the name off the top of my head.
The other ones I like for when it's really cold (like layering cold) are these. They are quite tall though.
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When the air starts getting cold. I use simple cotton jersey gloves that you see in convienience stores for $1.50. They keep my fingers comfortable down to the 20's. Anything lower then I switch to the Loki mittens. An excellent mitten that protects my hands when it gets below O degrees. These mittens will surprise you with their warmth. When I need a liner I just add on the jersey gloves. Works for me.
Socks in winter ? I like a good quality wool hiking sock. Look at the Redheads at Bass Pro Shops. I've got four pairs of these. Warm and comfy. They feel like little pillows on my feet.

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