Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seville, FL
Bikes: Ladies Schwinn Super Sport and Gateway
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.