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Cold weather cycling gloves?

Old 10-12-15, 09:22 PM
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Cold weather cycling gloves?

We rarely have cold weather here, but it never hurts to be prepared. I used to ride with plain old all-purpose winter gloves, but the fingers were too thick to manipulate the controls easily. (Sometimes I could barely get them around the brake levers in time.) So I need to find something that's warm but allows for better bike control. Any recommendations?
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Old 10-12-15, 09:26 PM
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I did some research on cold weather gloves last year and planet bike borealis gloves generated a number of positive reviews: Borealis

I'm thinking of picking up a pair once it gets a bit colder
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What kind of temperatures are we talking about? I've lived in California and New York, and "cold weather" has very different meanings from place to place.

...and we have a whole forum dedicated to winter cycling on this site. The brave souls in there who ride through blizzards will probably have more advice to give than you'll find here in the general cycling forum.
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Old 10-12-15, 09:27 PM
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how cold is "cold?"
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Well, in my case "cold" isn't all that cold -- freezing or below, let's say. I have bony fingers and not much natural insulation against the cold, especially on windy days, so I probably need more hand protection than the average cyclist.
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I prefer to use the shell of leather mitts rather than thick gloves for this reason. I find it easier to manipulate the controls though my controls aren't the hardest to manipulate and my mitts are slightly DIY so it may not work for everybody. Another advantage is that i don't have to worry about reaching the limit of gloves when the temperature reach 20F-25F since most gloves seems to reach their limit at this temperature range, mitts are way better than gloves.

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Old 10-13-15, 12:21 AM
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I use a brand called "Heat Lockers". They're not cycling specific, and might be a local product, but they give all the dexterity needed for riding. Keep in mind that they are not the least bit waterproof.
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Have you tried glove liners?
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Nordic ski gloves. Lots of them to choose from. Some apply to different sports.
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Originally Posted by ganchan View Post
Well, in my case "cold" isn't all that cold -- freezing or below, let's say. I have bony fingers and not much natural insulation against the cold, especially on windy days, so I probably need more hand protection than the average cyclist.
Pearl Izumi makes very good cold weather gloves.

I use these Bontrager for temps down to 30F; but I run hotter than the average bear.

For very cold, down to 0F, I have these PI gloves

Not that you were asking ... but once temps get below 0F, I add pogies in addition to the PI gloves.
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Old 10-13-15, 07:47 AM
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I like windproof fleece gloves, REI or such.
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Old 10-13-15, 08:32 AM
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I use thin Merino wool Giro gloves (basically liners) under my finger-less cycling gloves in cool weather.
I use them under full-fingered (MTB/BMX) gloves in cold weather.
I wear lightly insulated, wind blocking cycling gloves in colder weather, but they always get sweaty eventually.
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Old 10-13-15, 08:39 AM
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Less 'fingers' the warmer, Ie, 'lobster claw' pairing fingers , then mittens..

4 finger , I have several .. a pair in various jacket and parka pockets ..

the ones from the bike shop have little traction patches on the tips of the index and middle finger..

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Old 10-13-15, 10:23 AM
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I use these convertible Campmor glove/mittens. And a wool/acrylic liner when it gets really cold.

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Old 10-13-15, 11:35 AM
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i use my mesh mtb gloves all year long, gets a bit chilly in the snow after an hour but i wouldnt put on 'real' gloves

if youre fancy and got the dough, you can try 'pipe gloves'
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Lobster style gloves are the warmest, these are pretty good: Louis Garneau LG Super Shield Lobster Gloves

Or you could buy a pair of nice warm regular gloves and then buy a pair of glove liners for even colder days, but I don't think the combined would be as warm as lobster gloves.
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