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Old 08-29-20, 04:14 PM
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gloves - what do you use for cold

Today was the first day where there was a bit of a chill in the air and i realized i will need gloves.
They will be for commuting & general riding, keep the cold and wet out.
The temperature is never terribly low, winter is rarely lower than 0 or -1 degrees Celcius, but wind and rain bring the chill factor (realfeel?) to around -7.

There are a LOT of options in gloves so id like to hear what people have found works in the real world.

Thanks!
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Old 08-29-20, 04:46 PM
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Here you go https://www.bikeforums.net/winter-cycling/
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Old 08-29-20, 04:48 PM
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Neoprene gloves, like these, work well in cold wet weather.
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Old 08-29-20, 04:51 PM
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I ride down to about freezing and in the range from 0 C to about 8 C or so, I use Bontrager JFW. I can ride for an hour or so and not regret it, though I won’t claim my hands always stay “warm”.

Below freezing, I usually end up wishing I had stayed home or done a shorter ride. If it is 8 C or warmer, I have some cheap fleece gloves with wind block that work well, maybe with my warm weather cycling gloves or some cheap liners inside.

Eventually it’s warm enough for just the basic cycling gloves with the liners.

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Old 08-29-20, 05:00 PM
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I take and older version of them when I tour in the mountains out west in case I get caught in cold rain/snow at altitude, which has happened.
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Old 08-29-20, 05:24 PM
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This is what I wear during the course of the cycling season including bitterly cold Alberta winters.

Top Row –MEC full fingered gloves warm enough to keep the wind and cold out, Showers Pass wool knit gloves on damp and chilly days

Bottom Row – Waterproof neoprene NRS Mavericks for cold and rainy days. (These are made for kayaking but I find them ideal for cycling), 45Nrth Sturmfists for extreme winter protection

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Old 08-29-20, 05:27 PM
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Where I live and ride it gets too cold for " cycling specific gloves ", wearing gloves alone is not enough. I need to wear mittens or else I would get frostbite....And on some very cold days I need to layer up with a pair of thin lightweight glove liners and then wear mittens over my glove liners...In my experience the warmest gloves and mitts that I have are made from leather and have Sherpa lining on the inside. Sheep skin gloves and mitts are also very warm and comfortable...I avoid any "cycling specific gloves" because they are not designed for extreme cold weather.
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Old 08-29-20, 05:39 PM
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When it’s cool I wear Gore Bike Wear Goretex gloves, when it’s cold I wear Castelli Estremo gloves. When it’s really cold I wear 45Nrth Sturmfist gloves and when it’s below freezing I slip those Sturmfists into Bar Mitts for a unique shifting experience.
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Old 08-29-20, 05:43 PM
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A pair of medium-priced and slightly padded work gloves from the local home center/hardware store, made with synthetic materials, not the leather ones (synthetic can be easily washed). Normal winter temps here in the Los Angeles are get down to 40F/4C, occasionally it drops to freezing or just below that. The work gloves seem to handle that level of chill quite well for me. I'll typically wear full-finger gloves up to around 60F/15C, after that I switch to bicycling-specific half-finger gloves (the half-fingered work gloves don't feel comfortable for bicycling). Just my experience.
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Old 08-29-20, 05:59 PM
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All kinds of gloves will keep your hands warm. For instance you can buy lined leather dress gloves. You can buy wool knit gloves, or cotton knit gloves. You can buy synthetic gloves with a fuzzy lining. Or wool mittens. Or the heavy cotton mittens building tradesmen wear in the winter. You can buy cotton work gloves, the best of which are Munks, Flex-Os and hot mill gloves. Or heavy leather Red Ram welding gloves.
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Old 08-29-20, 06:20 PM
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50-60 F I have full finger cycling gloves, but when it's too cold, I wear loose knit synthetic gloves inside lightly padded mittens. Toasty enough to 32F, and slightly below. That's good for Atlanta.
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I have experimented with a series of gloves, some warmer than others and have had a pair since 2016 that I am very, very happy with.

But first, I wanted to share that I have tried neoprene and they work great at keeping hands warm down to freezing, but below that they are worse than many gloves because they don't breath and make my hands sweat...and moisture freezes. I do bike commute in snow, but under normal circumstances my hands stay dry, so neoprene is not necessary anyways.

I have also tried mittens, and they work well by allowing the four fingers to share their body heat, but the thumb is still alone and mittens can make shifting and braking a little difficult sometimes.

There seems to be a fine line between keeping the hands warm enough, and making them warm enough to sweat, which then makes them cold. Because of that I have different gloves for different temperatures. Down to around 48F (8.8C) I wear fingerless gloves. below that to about 38F (3.3 C) I wer long fingered cotton gloves. Below that to 30F (-1F) I wear light leatherette gloves with a cotton work glove over it. I want a warm, water-repellent, but breathable glove, and for me those are the 3M Thinsulate 40g pair I bought in 2016.

I can't find a model name or number, but this is what they look like:



They're fleece lined, and when they do get wet, or my hands sweat, I turn them inside out and put them in front of a fan in the office warehouse, or in the dryer at home.

Then below 20F (-6.6C) I wear a pair of cotton work gloves in side them to add "layering". And that is good down to my limit of 5F (-15C).

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Old 08-29-20, 06:46 PM
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This thread reminds me with the gyms in NYC closed what my plan B will be come December. I think most of November I can deal with.
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Old 08-29-20, 06:59 PM
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I don't have what I consider big hands (wear a 10 wedding ring), but nearly all the winter gloves out there are too small. I find bar mitts to be the ideal solution, with only my usual fingerless gloves down to the 20s (F) working fine. Below that and I put on a pair of knit gloves.
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Mrs. NoWhammies bought me a pair of Gore winter-ish cycling gloves. I don't know the make/model but these gloves kick ass. Full five fingers and my fingers/hand stay toasty warm. That said, I am no riding in sub-zero weather. At the coldest, I'm out in 3 - 5 degree weather.
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A few years ago I picked up a pair of rain resistant mittens at the local 'job lot' close-out store for $10.00. I've had specialized cycling gloves...Pearl iZumi "lobster" gloves for way more $$$. Mittens are SO much better. I live in southern New England and ride on the road into the signal digits F°.

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Dissent 133 Glove System
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Glove "system". What bull****. Used to be people just used gloves, now some people "get into" gloves. As this asinine thread thread shows: some people aren't confident enough to buy something as simple as a pair of gloves without advice.
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Originally Posted by boilermaker1 View Post
Glove "system". What bull****. Used to be people just used gloves, now some people "get into" gloves. As this asinine thread thread shows: some people aren't confident enough to buy something as simple as a pair of gloves without advice.

Disagree.
Don't known about these, & hard to picture wearing more than 3 layers effectively,
but layering gloves is certainly not BS & something designed for that is promising.
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Originally Posted by boilermaker1 View Post
Glove "system". What bull****. Used to be people just used gloves, now some people "get into" gloves. As this asinine thread thread shows: some people aren't confident enough to buy something as simple as a pair of gloves without advice.
I have chapstick and often jokingly mock what my wife uses because its 5x more expensive and is called something like 'lip hydration care'. Its just chapstick.

But when it comes to a glove system, while that isnt something I want, I can see there being interest.
gloves are a damn mystery and there is a constant pursuit for 'the best' since there are so many options, products are so expensive, and its difficult to test out the quality before buying since conditions aren't the same.

This leaves many consumers with expensive gloves that trap sweat, gloves that arent warm at advertised temps, and gloves that are frustrating for various other reasons.
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Cheap ski gloves.. ..
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I do have a pair of lobster gloves and when it gets cold enough they are great. The problem is that I need to find them every winter. Last year I used them only a couple times. This year after the wife rearranged the drawers I have no confidence of actually finding them. It was fun to chat with my local store guy about my “oven mitts”. LOL.
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Originally Posted by boilermaker1 View Post
Glove "system". What bull****. Used to be people just used gloves, now some people "get into" gloves. As this asinine thread thread shows: some people aren't confident enough to buy something as simple as a pair of gloves without advice.
Wow, great input. Ever hear of Raynauds? If not look it up. Unfortunately I have and suffer with it in wait for it— my hands and fingers! Gloves are a big deal for folks like me. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, well I could make an exception. 😒
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I wear knit wool fingerless gloves that convert into mittens and have leather on the palm/grip. I love being able to switch on-the-fly between warm mittens and ventilated gloves. They're the perfect layering system.
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