A general rant about winter gloves

Hello there,

I own quite a few pairs of gloves, I don't have a pair of winter gloves that I actually like.

They seem to be too thick and awkward (BBBs).

Or they become impossible to take off and put on when wet, with the inner lining getting twisted and catching. (Endura)

Or they don't keep my hands warm enough (Castelli).

Or they don't keep my hands warm in the rain (more or less, all of the above).

Has anyone cracked the code, and figured out a decent set of gloves for winter riding?

Ray K


  • mrb123
    mrb123 Posts: 4,618

    I've had good success this winter with cheap thermal work gloves from Amazon/Ebay. They're super warm, waterproof and cheap. Something like the ones below, although I got an even cheaper pair (6.99)

  • masjer
    masjer Posts: 2,564
    edited March 24

    This might sound daft, but I’ve ended up turning my cycling gloves inside-out and carefully cutting out all the linings, leaving just the shell.

    This is the good bit, use thermal workwear gloves (knitted) or lightweight fleece cycle gloves as a liner and pop the shell glove over the top. The liner gloves are cheap, quick drying and get washed often. Liners of different thicknesses are useful for varying temps. 

    You do lose the waterproof membrane, but they tend to leave hands sweaty and wet anyway.

  • mrb123
    mrb123 Posts: 4,618

    These are the 6.99 jobs, Argon Skytec

  • oxoman
    oxoman Posts: 110

    Used to have some decathlon softshell ones that we're brilliant till I wore them out. Use so called generic winter gloves with liner glove, works for me.

    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,255

    Ski gloves. And keep your body warm.

  • davebradswmb
    davebradswmb Posts: 466

    I bought some Hestra Goretex Windstopper gloves about 18 months ago and am seriously impressed. If you haven't heard of Hestra they have a very good reputation for ski gloves. The fit and construction are much better than anything I've ever tried from the cycling brands. They are very breathable so my hands stay dry and they are no problem to get back on after the cafe stop.

    Everbody is different so it is difficult to be specific about temperatures, but I find them good down to 0°C. Below that I am using a pair of Pearl Izumi gloves which are very bulky but do the job..

  • super_davo
    super_davo Posts: 1,140

    I seem to get better results with Roubaix gloves plus a separate set of silk liners than I do bulky winter gloves. I have had the same issue as the OP with the liners getting twisted which is really difficult to sort out on the road. I still have a couple of pairs of deep winter gloves (including Carnac Crab claws) but the conditions I would pick those for are very similar to the ones I would stay indoors on the turbo...

  • pep.fermi
    pep.fermi Posts: 339

    I also have had many over the years. And never been completely happy.

    I suffer cold hands. With the lowest temperature, I actually wear TWO pairs of gloves: the inner pair is very thin, running gloves in fact, the other is lobster GribGrab.

  • wakemalcolm
    wakemalcolm Posts: 670

    Mrs Wakemalcolm who suffers from Raynaud's used to swear by cygloves and a pair of liners. I used to swear at them as it meant that her bar ends had to be taken off.

    Not a solution for drop bars either.

    Cake is just weakness entering the body
  • Dorset_Boy
    Dorset_Boy Posts: 6,930

    Hestra's top end gloves are the best ski gloves there are, but you would not want a downhill skiing glove for cycling as they would be too bulky.

    I imagine you have a pair of their cross country ski gloves.

    The most important aspect fir a glove to keep you warm is for it to cut out the wind, so you need either full goretex or goretex windstopper (or equivalent).

  • davebradswmb
    davebradswmb Posts: 466

    No, they are cycling gloves. I am pretty sure that when I bought them there was only the one model (in 3 colours), but if you look at their website now they have several different designs so it would seem that they are serious about moving into cycling.

    Back in the day I used to buy ski gloves from the bargain bin at Ellis Brigham. They were bulky for sure, but they did the job. We had downtube shifters in those days too.

  • davebradswmb
    davebradswmb Posts: 466

    When I was kayaking I used pogies in the winter which are a similar idea, they are attached to the paddle shaft and you slide your hands in and out. Way warmer than gloves.

    They are available for drop bars, but they would restrict the ability to change position which is the main reason for having drop bars in the first place.

  • Dorset_Boy
    Dorset_Boy Posts: 6,930

    Interesting as when I looked a few months ago on the Hestra site I couldn't see any cycling specific stuff, and thought it an obvious market for them to move into.