If you’re like me, nothing kills a good winter ride more than frozen fingers. I typically don’t have any issues with the rest of my body but when the weather dips below freezing my fingertips always end up frozen solid. I mean, they start out okay, then get cold, then get hard, and then they just hurt. The worst part? When they thaw out after the ride, it’s like getting nailed with a hammer over and over again. Needless to say, it’s enough to make me think twice about going out in the cold!
Having just moved from San Diego to Boulder, CO I knew I’d have to face this challenge so I picked up a pair of what seem to be the warmest cycling gloves this side of Pogies – I got a pair of the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell WxB 3×1 gloves and so far they’ve actually exceeded my expectations. I’ve used them on several rides now in the low 20’s and amazingly they’ve kept my fingers warm. They come with a liner and then the insulated waterproof glove itself goes on top and I’ve tried with and without the liner. It actually helps a lot to use both so I’ll be doing that from here on out. They are pretty bulky since they’re filled with Primaloft insulation but it didn’t take long to get used to the size and shifting/braking wasn’t a problem. If you’re looking for a good winter glove and aren’t ready for the bar mitts, it seems like these are as good as it gets. Here are a few details from the Pearl Izumi site:
- P.R.O. Barrier WxB with Outdry® provides water protection by bonding the waterproof, breathable membrane directly to the external layer of the glove
- Pittards® WR100X Natural Carbon Leather palm provides superior softness and durability
- Primaloft® insulation provides warmth without bulk
- Fleece Lined
- Liner glove features P.R.O. Thermal Lite fabric and strategically placed Clarino™ synthetic leather in high–wear areas
- Hook and loop closure
- Anatomic fit maximizes dexterity for shifting and braking
- Reflective elements for low–light visibility
What else is out there, what are your favorite winter gloves?
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