Updated October, 2019

Keeping your fingers warm and touchy-feely isn’t just a comfort thing, it’s also a survival thing: You really do need to be able to apply fine control inputs to your, ah, controls to safely operate your bike, especially when the pavement’s cold and/or wet. How are you gonna brake hard to avoid that moose if your fingers are half-frozen? You can’t modulate like Marquez with hands you can’t feel, nor gas it with finesse to escape sliding SUVs. That’s especially true if your old beater doesn’t have antilock brakes or traction control. Everybody already knows, we hope, about the value of heated grips, handguards, etc. But the first line of defense against the cold, ever since our Eskimo ancestors’ first strapped sled to a surprised group of dogs, is a nice, warm pair of gloves. Here’s a small sampling of some of the best, warmest winter gloves available.

Alpinestars Oscar Cafe Divine Drystar Gloves  $130

Looking cool while staying warm is also key. A’stars’ Oscar range is all about “heritage” design but also function. Thinsulate thermal insulation (80g) and a Drystar waterproof/ breathable membrane inside a full leather shell provide warmth and dryness; an ergonomic stretch insert between thumb and palm provide excellent fit and flexibility, and strategically placed padding throughout provides CE-certified Level 1 protection. Touchscreen compatible fingertips, of course.

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Scorpion Tempest Gloves   $85

If you live where winter is more liquid than solid, these Scorpion’s could be your friend. They feature a unique double gauntlet that prevents water from running down your sleeve and getting your hands wet. One gauntlet goes inside your sleeve, and the other goes over your jacket, positively keeping your paws dry. There’s also a waterproof Hypora lining, 100 grams of Thinsulate insulation, and uninsulated goat leather palms for great control feel and to let your heated grips shine. Hard knuckle protectors, dual visor squeegees and reflective piping make these a lot of warm glove for the money.

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KLIM Glove Liner 1.0   $20

Glove liners, available from several glove makers, can be an economical way to go if you already have good gloves and you only need a little more warmth. These Klims are made from a hyper-wicking fabric to quickly move moisture away from your skin for increased comfort and decreased conductive heat loss. Not sure how the e-touch fingertip function is going to work if they’re inside other gloves, but okay. These are supposed to fit inside all standard-sized gloves and come in seven sizes from XS to 3X.

Shop for the KLIM Glove Liner 1.0 here

Answer Taiga Gloves   $52

Answer says these are for winter off-roading, but they seem tough enough for pavement, too, with those impact resistant knuckle pads. With ultra thin palm pad, insulation and waterproofing layers, these are supposed to provide excellent control feel in cold riding conditions. A DryAR windproof backhand and micro fleece palm, embossed neoprene fingers and cuff panels are said to provide more flexibility than typical winter gloves.

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FLY Racing Aurora Glove    $65

When flying low and cold, these Fly Auroras also draw pretty good reviews when it comes to keeping your digits warm and dry. Nicely styled and reflectively piped, these are genuine leather stuffed with Thinsulate inside a Hipora waterproof, windproof, breathable membrane, and backed up by an extended neoprene cuff for a tight seal. Fingertips are touchscreen compatible.

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Tourmaster Polar-Tex 3.0    $75

 For $74.99, these puppies have it all including lots of 5-star reviews: Goatskin leather palm and thumb construction, 600 denier polyester upper, padded articulating, accordion stretch knuckles. There’s 100 grams of 3M Thinsulate Flex insulation in each one, as well as 100g polyester fleece lining. A Gore-Tex-like waterproof and breathable barrier should keep your hands dry but unclammy – and there are touchscreen-compatible conductive thumb and index fingertips so you can order a pizza on your phone. Ladies sizes too.

Shop for the Tourmaster Polar-Tex 3.0 here

Alpinestars Winter Surfer Gore-Tex Glove    $150

Monsieur is looking at a slim-fitting CE-certified glove with a premium bonded Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable membrane plus PrimaLoft lining for excellent thermal properties. With a hard polymer knuckle for protection and aramidic fiber reinforcement of the chassis, the Winter Surfer is designed as a  slim-fitting short cuff winter glove ideal for urban road riding in colder climates.

Shop for the A’stars Winter Surfers here

Dainese X-Tourer D-Dry Gloves  $150

Thermal Dexfil insulation and a D Dry breathable liner inside these uncool gloves holds heat in to keep your hands warm. Dainese Smart Touch allows you to interact with your electronic devices, and an Amica suede palm helps you keep your grip. The knuckles are backstopped by Ergo-Techno armor, and there are leather palm reinforcements too. Pre-curved fingers help make these comfy, and yes there’s a visor wiper on the left thumb.

Shop for the Dainese X-Tourer D-dry glove here

Rev’It Fusion 2 GTX   $190

 

The newly upgraded Fusion GTX 2 packs Gore-Tex waterproofing and high-loft fur lining inside a water-resistant goatskin shell. There’s stretchable, water-repellent fabric on the upper of each glove, with a special goatskin leather on the palm. Temperfoam protects knuckles and cuff, there’s EVA foam at little finger, thumb and palm – and a TPU hard shell palm slider and a hard knuckle add even more protection from life’s hard knocks.  

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Aerostich Luxury Cowhide Winter Gloves  $197

 

I trust the Duluthians when it comes to cold, and they say these are top quality, really comfortable Japanese-built gloves for colder-weather rides: $197 is a lot, but they’re “made by skilled craftsmen who take the time to align the cut and grain direction of the leather, individually for the right and left glove.” A triple layer all-weather design incorporates 1) Super-Excel water resistant hide treatment to keep water out while maintaining natural breathability and softness. 2) A water resistant and breathable inner lining keeps rain and moisture out while wicking away perspiration. 3) Thermotron insulation is a super soft brushed nylon that uses ceramic micro-particles to produce and hold heat for comfortable warmth. Etc. These are hand washable and come in sizes: 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10. (Aerostich of course has a handy hand-measuring deal on its site.)

Shop for the Aerostich Luxury Cowhide Winter Gloves here

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