Winter can be the harshest time to cycle, but luckily we've got a round up of the best road gloves for winter that will keep your hands toasty and dry. From gel padding to reflective detail and thermal inners, take a look at our top 6...
[part title="dhb Extreme Winter Gloves"]
The thickest gloves in dhb’s range, the Extremes have hollow fill insulation to provide warmth, a soft brushed lining for comfort and an integrated waterproof membrane to keep you dry. Running the gauntlet of extras, these have reflective details on the knuckle and small finger, and padded palms to provide some bump protection. The cuffs are long and slim, so can be worn under a rain shell and the palms are covered with Sillicone grip decals to give good grip in the wet.
Price: £29.99, available from Wiggle.
[part title="Sealskinz Ladies Winter Cycle Glove"]
Known for its excellent waterproof socks, Sealskinz also makes a mighty fine pair of gloves or two, and these, the Winter Cycle Gloves, rack up a rating of four out of five on Sealskinz’s thermal rating. Claimed to be totally waterproof, windproof and beathable, they have extra spots of insulation placed where you need them most, and are made from a durable Ripstop water resistant outer shell fabric. Gel pressure point padding, fleece wiper on the thumb, and long and stretchy cuffs complete the cosy picture.
Price: £40, available from Sealskinz
Best Price: £24.99, from Evans Cycles.
[part title="Assos fuguGloves"]
Designed to give the performance of a top-end ski glove with none of the bulk, Assos’ fuguGloves continue the company’s maxim of reducing volume to the max. Made from a staggering six different textiles, 15 patterns and eight components, the fugus earn their price in complexity alone. Made from three layers (a soft insulating inner, a breathable middle and a robust outer), they’re shaped for maximum dexterity and, it goes without saying, have shock-absorbing inserts in the palms, reflective bits and a long zipped cuff to lock in the snugness.
Price: £90, available from Assos.
Best Price: £68.99, available from Wiggle.
[part title="Pearl Izumi Unisex Pro Barrier Wxb Glove"]
Fleece lined for maximum cosiness, Pearl Izumi’s Pro Barrier Wxb gloves take the barrier in their name very seriously. To keep out the elements, Pearl Izumi’s Outdry system works by bonding the waterproof, breathable membrane directly to the external layer of the gloves, creating a very favourable bulk to protection ratio (ie low to high). Leather in the palms provides softness and durability, a long Velcro-secured cuff seals in the warmth, and reflective elements throughout round things off nicely.
Price: £79.99, available from Pearlzumi.
[part title=" Endura Exo Waterproof Glove"]
Dexterous digits will love Endura’s Exo waterproof gloves – they’ve got a wonderfully comfortable lining for both cold and wet days that gives a good level of movement on the bars, and anti-slip patches on the fingers ensure confident grip when on the drops. A shorter cuff than many others here, it tucks neatly under a jacket and there’s no faffing with Velcro or zips. They’re topped off with some high-vis yellow and more than the usual amount of brushed Microfibre and Terry sweat wipes. Glovely.
Price: £54.99, available from Endura Sport.
[part title="Gore Xenon Gore-Tex Gloves"]
Consistently rated by commuters, Gore’s Xenon gloves will keep fingers and thumbs warm, dry and happy. Made with Gore-Tex, they’re waterproof, breathable and windproof, and have gel padding on the heel of the hands and foam padding in a strip at the base of the fingers. Reflective bits on both the fingers and back of the hand help aid visibility and there’s some absorbent material on the thumb for wiping away sweat (or raindrops).
Price: £69.99, available from Gore.
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