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Old 01-19-05, 11:06 PM   #1
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not all gloves are for cold weather

Considering it’s winter and many of us ride in cold weather, we have plenty of “cold” weather clothes. Recently I acquired a pair of gloves for “cold” weather riding. However they turned out to be not as worm as winter gloves really should be, especially for sports such as biking and skiing. So why does the idea of actually testing products strike online or any seller for that matter before rating them as "for cold weather"? It was around 30F in NY today and I felt cold in my fingers. Mind you, they are rated for winter weather. Maybe they meant Florida winter weather… I can only imagine how bad it’s going to be when temps are going to go down to 20’s
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I got a pair of these thinking that they'd be great winter gloves. And they are, down to about 15-20F. Below that and they just don't hack it, especially when it's windy out.

I can understand that they probably shy away from quoting you quantifiable weather conditions for legal reasons, but I need something better than "to give you the most comfort and warmth on extremely cold rides." I have a sleeping bag that's rated to 6F, why can't I get gloves that are? Maybe I should stop looking at cycling gloves and look at other technical winter gloves.
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Old 01-19-05, 11:29 PM   #3
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http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1141

I got these, and they are crap!
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Old 01-19-05, 11:34 PM   #4
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I wear Descente Weather Warriors with good, thin, wool liners.
They fail miserably at around +20 F.

In other threads on this subject, several people have recommended pogies.
I don't know.
I ride with flat bars and barends, with a mirror on the end of my bars.
I like moving my hands around, too, and I don't know if pogies would allow this.

I have thought about going outside of normal bicycle supply houses, maybe motorcycle gloves.
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I wear Descente Weather Warriors with good, thin, wool liners.
They fail miserably at around +20 F.

In other threads on this subject, several people have recommended pogies.
I don't know.
I ride with flat bars and barends, with a mirror on the end of my bars.
I like moving my hands around, too, and I don't know if pogies would allow this.

I have thought about going outside of normal bicycle supply houses, maybe motorcycle gloves.
Poogies? I'm not sure what you are talking about but i think I've seen a guy using them today. Are they those "bags" that you place on your bars and stick your hand in them?
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Yes, the bags.
I may not have spelled it correctly.
A fellow on another forum who has ridden in my community through the winter says they work really well.
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Old 01-20-05, 02:49 AM   #7
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I got some Joe Rocket Blizzard Gloves for riding, and they're perfect for down to (so far) single digits F. Yes, they're motorcycle gloves. Think about it; if the gloves are good for a motorcyclist going 70 mph in winter conditions, how wonderful are they going to be for a bicyclist going 20 mph or slower?
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Wind seemd to be the problem with the gloves I had (Bought at an LBS several years ago) .

I went to Walmart and tried several different winter gloves on. With the glove on I blow into the back of my hand. If I could fell warm air on my hand through the glove, it went back onto the shelf. A pair of waterproof hunting gloves seemed the best in the store. A 4 mile test ride yesterday indicated they will work out fine for 20F riding.

Gloves were $11.
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I have Marmot ski gloves that are almost always too warm for cycling. I have some Manzella windstopper gloves which suffice for most cold days but aren't very warm. Yesterday I wore them under a thin nylon shell glove and they were almost as warm as the Marmots! I try to wear fingerless gloves whenever possible so I can operate my Blackberry pager (I'm a messenger).

Don't wear gloves that make your hands sweat. It's very difficult to get rid of the extremely funky smell that will result!
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I have a pair of Grandoe ski gloves with Gore Windstopper. They worked well at 8F, and my hands tend to get cold very easily. They are a bit bulky, however.

Sierra Trading Post is another good place to look for gloves and gear in general.
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I hear ya about the gloves. My fingers get cold easily, and even with OR fleece mittens inside a Goretex shell they get cold. I need to bring one of those chemical heaters along with me.

I realized that any slight constriction of the blood vessels has a big cold-inducing effect. I'm pretty sure that holding the handle bar is enough to cause this problem for me.

I guess I need to ride no-hands more in the icy winter, haha.
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I got a pair of these thinking that they'd be great winter gloves. And they are, down to about 15-20F. Below that and they just don't hack it, especially when it's windy out.

I can understand that they probably shy away from quoting you quantifiable weather conditions for legal reasons, but I need something better than "to give you the most comfort and warmth on extremely cold rides." I have a sleeping bag that's rated to 6F, why can't I get gloves that are? Maybe I should stop looking at cycling gloves and look at other technical winter gloves.
Wore a pair of 12 dollar gloves from Sears that have thinsulate lining[40 grams] and a nylon shell with a pair of 7 dollar poly gloves and was quite comfortable at -12c. windchill -20c. They have a draw string at the wrist and are thin enough to use my trigger shifters on my old Raliegh.
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Wore a pair of 12 dollar gloves from Sears that have thinsulate lining[40 grams] and a nylon shell with a pair of 7 dollar poly gloves and was quite comfortable at -12c. windchill -20c. They have a draw string at the wrist and are thin enough to use my trigger shifters on my old Raliegh.
Those glove I posted have 40g thinsulate lining as well, and I usually use them with a pair of Drop liner gloves I got last year. Perhaps my hands just get cold easier than yours.
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Well, I’m not going to buy another expensive pair this year, but i will buy a pair of cheap gloves they sell in street stands newer in New York and wear them underneath.
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Well, I’m not going to buy another expensive pair this year, but i will buy a pair of cheap gloves they sell in street stands newer in New York and wear them underneath.
Or you could buy a pair of glove liners (Performance LBS has them -- I think I paid ~8 or ~9 dollars). They wick and provide an additional layer of warm inside the others. Works well for me combined with moderate warm gloves down to the teens (F) so far.

Not sure where you can get them if you don't have a local Performance though since I don't see them on the website.
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If you want warm forget about gloves. Buckskin mittens with wool liners are the way to go. They will be bulky to use when shifting and braking. Your hands will have feeling in them at the end of your ride.

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layers are the answer with glove same as any winter clothing thing. that and circulation, make sure your gloves fit but not tightly at all anywhere, specially the wrist.
I've been doing well this winter with last years gloves, Black Diamond Verglas and MEC powerstrecth liners. If I were just going for a ride I think I'd go with a good technical mitt for comfort, but I have to be able to write, use a phone, a keyboard, and manipulate stuff way too much to bother with mitts.
I wore that setup today, it was -23c w/ w/c of -34c when I went to work today, up to -18 now. My hands get a little cold and sometimes painful on a longer stretch of 6k if I forget to move them and encourage circulation but I figure that's ok since my riding w/c is even lower than the standing still.
Today was for suck, low winds but it seemed every direction I went the wind shifted to meet me.
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today i were my mtb gloves underneath the "winter" ones. It was around 15F and I was riding around park for a bit more then an hour, then my fingers felt cold again and feet felt numb. That was a sure sign to head home.
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I just use my winter camping glove, its is single finger not a mitten. I love them for camping, they are water proof leather lined bottom of the hand part. They work great, need to get new liners screwed up the other
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