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Old 11-01-11, 08:02 PM   #1
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Good gloves cheap

I went to a regional sporting goods chain and found some nice warm winter gloves appropriate for cycling at a whopping $37.95 a pair. I passed and my fingers were still cold. Then by chance I was passing by the workwear section at Walmart and spotted a pair of Wells Lamont Work 2500 High Dexterity winter work gloves. They have a leather palm and fingers, a neoprene back and velcro wrist closure. To top it off, they have 80g of Thinsulate but are still fairly thin and very flexible. I tried them out for the first time today and at 45F damp and windy my hands were very warm, almost too warm. No problem operating shifters and brakes and quite comfortable. Best of all they cost less than $10. They come in all black and are fairly good looking, though not quite as refined as the $37 + pair.

I don't work for Walmart or Wells Lamont and have no interest in either company, just passing on what I think is a good find for a winter rider on a tight budget.


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Old 11-02-11, 10:17 AM   #2
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Those are what I call "40 gloves." I have worn in the past and currently have some just like them and they are good for temps in the 40's. I also have 50 gloves which are much lighter. And above that temp I wear fingerless (summer) gloves.

If you want a combination for guaranteed warm hands in the 30's and well below go with this. I have been running this combo (or similar combos-I have worn out several pairs) for many years.



http://www.manzella.com/index.php/pr.../detail/mz-021

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These worn underneath. (Any light fleece gloves like this will work. You can probably pick up a pair at Target for ~$10. )

http://www.footlocker.com/product/mo...t/black/black/

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Old 11-02-11, 11:44 AM   #3
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I bought some leather winter work gloves for $6 at the home store. They are better than any other gloves I have owned. Go figure.
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Old 11-02-11, 04:53 PM   #4
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I go with those brown cotton jersey gloves that you see in conveinience stores for $1.59. They keep my hands comfortable down to about 30f. Lower and I go with the Loki mittens which keep my hands warm down into the negative digits. But they're not cheap.
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The only thing that is missing from these workmen's gloves is the soft padding on the palms. But if you don't have a need for it then these trumps the cycling gloves in price.
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got some of them Pearl Izumi lobster snipper gloves that REI was clearing out for 11 bucks. Only bad thing about it is that I get a runny nose when riding, and it's a PITA to hold onto tissues.

Posted this on a deals forum to lukewarm response, someone confirmed it's a nationwide clearance price so check 'em out if anyone's interested.
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I tried some $6 Faded Glory gloves from Wal-Mart that looked like snow gloves to me, claiming lots of Thinsulate. Not only did my fingertips go numb and then hurt (all of them, not just my pinkie finger) but I realized that the glove was too small. It fit fine in the fingers, but when I reached for my brakes, I found out the palm was too restricting- not letting my hand bend out properly. I hadn't thought of that in the store.

I took them back (Wal-Mart's return policy is awesome- no tags, no receipt. I had to go find the exact same pair, that's all.)

I use those stretchy knitted one-size-fits-all gloves you can find for a dollar, I call them my kid gloves. One pair for anything that feels chilly- usually below 50F. If that's not enough, I'll pull one more pair over the first. They are super stretchy, so it's easy to do that without having to feel confined and bulky, and I have no trouble moving my hands at all. That was good all the way down to freezing.

When I returned the Faded Glory gloves, my roommate suggested leather outer gloves. They finally broke out the larger men's gloves, and I found a really soft pair of black leather George gloves for $12. They say they have Thinsulate (which I don't put much faith into). Mainly I got them to be sure that they'd fit over my kid gloves. It was 17F the other day and my pinkie fingertip only felt numb, I'm very happy with them. I'm assuming that if it gets colder, I can double up the kid gloves inside them too and maybe be ok with that. We'll see- it's my first winter in snow, and also my first time commuting.
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got some of them Pearl Izumi lobster snipper gloves that REI was clearing out for 11 bucks. Only bad thing about it is that I get a runny nose when riding, and it's a PITA to hold onto tissues.

Posted this on a deals forum to lukewarm response, someone confirmed it's a nationwide clearance price so check 'em out if anyone's interested.
That's a sweet deal - I would have jumped on it but it must be over; the only Pearl lobster gloves they have now are $75.
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Those are what I call "40 gloves." I have worn in the past and currently have some just like them and they are good for temps in the 40's. I also have 50 gloves which are much lighter. And above that temp I wear fingerless (summer) gloves.

If you want a combination for guaranteed warm hands in the 30's and well below go with this. I have been running this combo (or similar combos-I have worn out several pairs) for many years.



http://www.manzella.com/index.php/pr.../detail/mz-021

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These worn underneath. (Any light fleece gloves like this will work. You can probably pick up a pair at Target for ~$10. )

http://www.footlocker.com/product/mo...t/black/black/
And thank you for this recommendation, too. My ski gloves seem to only do the trick down to the mid-thirties or so.
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