It saddens me to say that winter is on its way, and whilst everyone loves a fresh autumn ride you can’t help but think about the season that follows. But fear not, this doesn’t mean you have to put your bike away for the cold months; with some good winter cycle gear nothing need stop you!
There’s an abundance of winter cycle gear on the market; sometimes the sheer amount can seem overwhelming. Here at Total Women’s Cycling we aim to take the legwork out and let you know what is and is not effective. So you can concentrate on the more literal legwork; riding your bike in comfort.
I have always suffered awfully from cold hands so one thing that is vital to my winter cycling survival is a decent pair of winter gloves and I may just have found my saviour in Gore Bike Wear’s Xenon Gore Tex Gloves. Thick, well-constructed and made of a combination of polyamide, Lycra, polyester and Gore-Tex these kept my paws warm when the temperature plummeted here in the mountains.
The gloves are packed with well thought out details that make a difference to your comfort and safety - reflective print on the fingers and cuff are a nice touch and the absorbent ‘sweat wipe’ works just fine. I actually wore these on my road bike so I found the foam and and gel padding on the palm a little over the top, but it might be nice if I were out on my mountain bike.
You’ve also got added strengthening between the thumb and forefinger and silicone coated fingers to ensure you keep a grip of your levers, even in the wettest conditions.
I could go on for hours listing the neat features but the important question is; do they work, and the short answer is; yes! These gloves are like a warm duvet for your hands but with the added bonus of being waterproof. They are a little on the bulky side but my hands remained snug and warm so I can deal with that – and though I thought they might be a bit restrictive on the bike they were just fine and I had no problems operating my brakes and shifters.
The only thing I would say is that under really extreme conditions, if the finger tips on the Xenon Gore Tex Gloves get wet and you’re staying out a longtime, the wind blowing on your damp digits can lower the temperature of your hand. And another thing to remember; make sure you close the large Velcro closure strap and place your jacket over it otherwise water will trickle down you sleeve into the glove.
With a retail price of £69.99 I would expect these to be damn good, and luckily they are. Highly recommended!
Price: £69.99, available from Cycle Surgery.
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