Winter can be hard on your hands when cycling. The cold temperatures combine with wind and rain to make your extremities frigid with the chill.
A decent set of winter gloves can make a genuine difference to how enjoyable winter riding can be. So we’ve stuffed our hands in many a pair of gloves to find out which are the best at keeping your handy blood-flow going.
100% Brisker Cold Weather gloves
These Brisker Cold gloves from 100% offer excellent protection from cold weather’ Immediate Media
- £26.99 / $28.34 / AU$39.13
Colours: Black, Grey, Blue, Orange, Yellow, White, Camo, Pink
These gloves have the fit, grip and feel of normal gloves but with impressively good cold and damp protection, right down to frost point.
A silicone-detailed palm and fingertips add extra wet grip to the already high-traction Clarino palm. Excellent breathability stops them feeling clammy.
They’re an excellent price too.
If you want waterproofing, the 100% Hydromatics (£34.99 / $36.74 / AU$50.74) add that along with an extended cuff, but still breathe really well.
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Endura Deluge ll Gloves
The Endura Deluge II is windproof, waterproof and breathable
Colours: Black, High Viz Green
This is the second incarnation of the Deluge glove, which is both wind and waterproof yet remains breathable thanks to a seam-sealed internal membrane that’s sandwiched between the robust outer and soft inners.
These inners are made from brushed tricot material that’s not only cosy feeling but wicks well, so you don’t end up with damp, sweaty hands.
Endura has also added Thinsulate insulation that traps air for added warmth. We like that this performs well without feeling overly bulky.
Sealing is good thanks to an elastic wrist and extended cuff with a Velcro closure. Endura has added gel palm pads that do a good job of reducing road vibration and any issues with numb hands, while silicone details on the palm fingers add better control in the wet and work with touchscreens too.
There’s also a full index finger terry wipe to keep snot at bay. These are solid performers in cold and wet conditions without costing a fortune.
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Gore C5 Gore-Tex gloves
Gore’s C5 Gore-Tex are a good set of winter gloves Immediate Media
- £64.99 / $89.99 / AU$109.99
The Gore C5 Gore-Tex gloves kept our hands dry and warm, even in the filthiest conditions.
Rain bounces off the outer layer, so the lightweight insulation can do its job. The super-long cuffs provide excellent sealing, and Gore-Tex’s great breathability means minimal sweating and clamminess.
The inner liner is tethered, so it doesn’t pull inside out when you remove your hand.
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Castelli Estremo Gloves
Castelli’s Estremo are designed to be worn in temperatures of -5°C to +5°C
This model is now low in stock at most retailers, but at the time of writing you can still find your size if you shop around:
With a name like Estremo it’s no wonder that these gloves are designed for extreme weather, and Castelli suggests they’re ideal to use between -5°C and +5°C. We wouldn’t argue with that, even if you’re somebody who is particularly susceptible to feeling the cold.
The outers use Gore’s Windstopper X-Fast fabric, and cuffs are long enough around the Velcro closure wrists to easily cover a jacket, keeping any chills out. Inside, the PolarFleece linings are super warm and cosy, and have the added bonus of not pulling out on glove removal.
The palms are completely covered with silicone printing, offering superior grip on the bars and controls. There’s also a gel palm pad around the ulnar nerve to reduce road sting and any problems with numb hands.
All of this combines to produce a glove that rides well and genuinely keeps your hands warm in cold temperatures while offering ample dexterity. They’re not waterproof but will see you through light rain or drizzle. In anything harder or more prolonged, the damp does eventually seep through.
Sizing is a little small so you might need to size up. They are high quality and worth the outlay if you feel the cold.
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Rapha Deep Winter Gloves
The clue is in the name with the Deep Winter glove from Rapha
Colours: Black, High Viz Pink
As the name suggests, these gloves are designed for the coldest weather that winter can throw your way.
The subtle looks are what we’d expect from Rapha and they’re given a little bit of class with their Pittards leather palms and finger detailing. This works well for bar and lever control, even in the rain, as well as operating electronic touchscreens.
Rapha has added Primaloft insulation to keep the cold at bay and the stretchy nylon outers have been given a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treatment that sees rain roll off in all but the heaviest downpours.
The long wrist cuffs with Velcro closures do a good job of sealing around your jacket, helping to keep the elements at bay.
We liked the feel of the fleece linings, which not only felt cosy but remained in place on removal, making for an easy life.
Ride feel is good considering the bulk and you do pay a premium, but they’re not outrageously priced for Rapha or a glove of this quality and level of cold weather protection.