Due to very poor circulation in my hands, I’ve researched a lot of gloves for winter. At various times, I have tried a huge range of gloves, and combinations of gloves. When I looked around the house, I found over 19 pairs (or incomplete pairs of gloves) – and that doesn’t include the ones I’ve lost or worn out!
Top Tips for winter gloves
- Thermal inner liner £4.99 for spring and underneath second pair.
- Defeet Dura gloves £14.99 for racing and cool weather are excellent.
- For really cold weather, use inner liner + big Ski glove (i have Altura Nevis £14.99) thought there are many other good ones.
- Hot pads, for when below 3 degrees. If below 3 degrees, I can’t really survive without putting hotpads in between thermal liner and ski gloves.
As well as looking at cycling specific gloves, you might get a good deal going into a Millets and buying general / ski gloves. These tend to be good for warmth and waterproof, but, the outer fabric tends to get worn down due to shifting of gears and using bike locks.
The real secret to being warm without sweating is to have different layers of gloves. I always wear some base level gloves which are thin, and act as a wicking layer. Wearing these under some ski gloves or Gore Bike Wear wind-proof gloves will give an extra layer of insulation. Unless you have very cold hands, this extra layer may be unnecessary. But, when it is below freezing – 2 or 3 layers can really help. I find Gore style gloves / Ski gloves can be more prone to sweating. This means your hands can start off warm, but after a long ride, the sweat dries and you start to feel quite cold. An extra pair of underlay gloves definitely helps deal with this layer of sweat. Where possible I tend to avoid wearing very heavy gloves, but will wear two layers of thin gloves, with excellent wicking properties.
The first pair of gloves I always wear is a thin thermal liner glove like this highlander. It is skin tight and close fitting. On cool days, they alone are enough. But, they really come into their own as an inner liner for other bigger gloves. They really improve my Altura winter cycling gloves. When it’s really cold, I definitely need this inner liner plus something else.
- Thermal inner liners – £4.99 from amazon.co.uk
If you want a slightly warmer inner liner. You could try these
Merino inner liners. – £9.99 from Amazon. Merino is a very good product for gloves. It is warm and dries quickly.
Silk Liners – I’ve tried silk liners, but they seem to tear quite easily, so they didn’t last long.
De Feet Dura Cycling Gloves
Defeet dura cycling gloves are excellent for winter racing. They are like an inner base layer, but are just a little bit thicker, and very good at keeping your hands warm. I can wear them when the temperature is 10 degrees or over.
I like them for racing in cold weather because
- they are close fitting and aerodynamic
- You have excellent control of gears and brakes.
- They have excellent grip on the handlebars.
The only downside is that my lovely white gloves are permanently stained with oil and dried banana. Not ideal colour for bike maintenance. Also, because I keep them exclusively for racing, I’ve never lost a glove – which is quite something. I lose gloves when I go into town.
- Defeet Dura gloves at Wiggle only £12.31 – excellent value.
Seal Skin Merino Gloves
When it is warm enough, I also like wearing Merino Wool because it is very comfortable and quite warm without being unbreathable. These SealSkin Merino gloves (at Wiggle £24) are excellent because they have excellent grip for cycling and also are long. (Keeping your wrists warm is important. On short gloves, I often add short arm-warmers to protect the wrists.
- Good grip for cycling
- good length for wrists.
- Bit inflexible.
- Prefer to have an inner liner next to skin in addition to these.
- Shower proof.
Altura Nevis Winter Gloves
I’ve had these for two winters, and they do a good job in very cold conditions. I often wear with inner liner. They say they are waterproof and they can keep light showers out, but like most gloves eventually get wet in heavy rain.
Altura Nevis £18 at Wiggle
Tips for Winter Gloves
- Check the temperature when you cycle and note whether gloves are warm enough. I know which layers to wear for every temperature from -1 – 15 degrees.
- Don’t forget on long rides, the temperature can drop in the later afternoon, it may be necessary to add / change layers.
- For Christmas I got many unwanted pairs of socks, but these made excellent improvised arm warmers. I cut off toes and wore them as arm warmers to keep wrists warm.
- If you really get cold hands, you can add these hot pads (I use this when less than 1 degree)
- I have used both general and cycling specific gloves and it is worth getting the cycling specific as they have better grip and resistance to wear and tear.
- If your hands get really cold, be wary of warming them up very quickly as you could get chilblains.
Any other Suggestions?
de feet gloves underneath a pair of izumi cyclones