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In Praise of Leather Gloves

Old 01-16-22, 05:38 PM
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In Praise of Leather Gloves

I've been having great rides lately with a cheap pair of suede (split cowhide underlayer) work gloves.

Not the usual ones that are half fabric and leather only on the contact surfaces, but all leather - got them for $3 on closeout at Walmart a while back.

They've been great for rides at or a little below freezing, They're very effective at blocking wind, and unlike a lot of other things like neoprene they don't respond negatively at all to sweat on your hands - if anything, I feel like that's helping to personalize them.

I usually head out also carrying a pair of serious rag wool mittens with crude fabric covers for wind block, but so far haven't needed to resort to those - I'll maybe get cold fingertips briefly early in a ride, but once I'm really warmed up and charging along, my hands are quite happy.

Unfortunately just before really getting into riding in these, I used them for some bike repair projects in unheated space, so they're now a bit grease stained, but that counts as "experienced" I guess.

Have been thinking about digging out some thicker suede split I have and trying to stitch a pad of it to each palm for some longer term reinforcement and padding, but even without, I'm really liking them as a default solution once the amount of wind through my even-in-summer fabric gloves would be too much.
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I'm assuming you're wearing liners?

I've had the same experience. Cheap, heavy work gloves with good liners make some of the warmest gloves you can get. I have a set of thin goretex ski gloves that make great liners.
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to clean gloves, I sometimes put them on my hands, then wash my hands, with something like Dawn dish soap. wring them out, maybe use some paper towels on them & hang them near our home heating ducts to air dry for a cpl days
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