Specialized Radiant gloves $57

Warm and waterproof

BikeRadar score 3.5/5

The Radiant gloves from Specialized are rated down to freezing, and use Primaloft fabric to provide insulation. This synthetic material is designed to be low in bulk and to work when wet, although the waterproof outers should keep them from getting to that point.

The Radiants have long cuffs that are suited to going over outer layers, and can be tightened with elasticated drawstrings. We found the toggles that keep the drawstrings tight were stiff, but too small to be opened/closed easily when you’ve got the gloves on.

The thumbs and index fingers both contain large sections of microfibre material, which does a good job of wiping sweat away, but isn’t as absorbent as terry towelling. The black reflective material on the backs of the hands doesn’t stand out in daylight, but is reasonably reflective in headlights.

The ends of the fingers are reinforced, and the faux-leather palms offer good grip in wet conditions. Finally, the index fingers both feature a wiretap section, so you can use them with touchscreen phones.

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