Cold numb hands can be the thorn in the side of every rider. Being unable to properly grip the bars, or feel the brake levers can put you off riding in the cold.
Well, we can't have that! So we've looked into the best MTB gloves for cold weather riding that will ensure warmth for those chilly adventure trail days.
Since mountain biking, and a British winter, involves a lot of rain, wind and cold temperatures, we sought out the best hand protection that can help combat these harsh elements. We looked for gloves that could offer a combination of quality insulation, waterproof properties and wind resistance, but without being too bulky and restricting to ride in.
Here's our round up of the 7 best winter MTB gloves.
Madison Clothing are renowned for producing an extensive range of stylish high quality cycling wear for women, like their women's Flo jacket.
The Avalanche Gloves are available in black/berry or black/yellow, and they tick all the boxes we're looking for: shower/wind-proof, adjustable cuffs and not too bulky to ride with. However, they have some bonus features which secures them in our top 7:
- Touch screen compatible finger tips, for the Strava!
- Reflective for enhanced visibility
- Gel palm padding for comfort
- Lined with Micro fleece for warmth
Pearl Izumi's Cyclone gloves are a great winter weather option for keeping your hands nice and warm. These gloves are made from a soft-shell fabric, but despite this, they are still water and wind resistant. Like the Madison Avalanche gloves, they are also touch screen compatible and have a strong loop cuff to secure them in place.
These Pearl Izumi gloves have gel palm pads specifically designed and placed to add protection to those important Ulnar and Median nerves in your wrists and hands.
These are available in 3 colour options: yellow, black and white, in sizes S - XL
Famed for their waterproof technology, SealSkinz have a range of brilliant gloves for the colder temperatures also.
Their Women's Extra Cold Cycling gloves are both wind and waterproof, but constructed with a breathable fabric to help prevent overheating.
Warm insulation on the inside keeps the hands protected, especially with the elasticised and Velcro cuffs to help keep the heat in. Gel protection pressure pads provide ample comfort for your hands whilst gripping those bars.
Similar to the previous gloves in this round up, the Nightvision gloves from Altura provide wind and rain protection with a warming layer of micro fleece lining on the inside.
They have a reflective design on the back of the hands for additional visibility in darker settings, and the Velcro cuffs keep them secure in place and comfortable on the wrists.
Gore cycling apparel is highly acclaimed for their high quality outdoor apparel for runners and cyclists, and their Gore Windstopper Thermo Lady gloves are no exception.
They have long adjustable cuffs that reach up the wrist a little further, and they have a soft thermal lined material for warmth. Unlike the other gloves with their gel pads, Gore have used foam palm padding which has me wondering how long they would last before being flattened out.
Though these offer wind protection, they have little/no water protection. A Good thing to bear in mind for cold rainy days.
American established company, SixSixOne, offer some of the best cycling protection on the market. Dirt, mountain or BMX and they have it covered.
Their Storm gloves look pretty heavy duty, but they are famed for being super warm and insulating for those cold weather days and nights. With neoprene knuckle protection and a wrist wrap closure, these gloves will keep your fingers feeling, without restricting their movement or reducing protection. Available in a wide range of sizes from XS - XXL, then even have a large sweat and nose wipe area.
Last on the list, and by no means the least, we end the round up with Endura's Luminite gloves. The Endura brand is another brilliant manufacturer of women's specific cycling wear.
The Liminite gloves come in two colour choices: black or pink and a range of sizes from XS - L. They have a lovely fleecy inner liner with waterproof protection, and squishy gel padding throughout the palms coated in a silicone layer for extra grip on the bars and levers.
When the cold sets in, your hands are the first to go, then the feet, then the rest of you. So don't forget that in addition to winter hand protection, take a look for other winter riding essentials.
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