Hell hath no fury like cold fingers. Wait, what? Never mind. 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. Especially if your old beater doesn’t have ABS and TC. Surely you already know about the value of heated grips, handguards, etc. – but the first line of defense against the cold, ever since our Eskimo ancestors’ first dogsled, is a nice, warm pair of gloves. Here’s a small sampling of some of the best winter gloves.
Glove liners could 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What a great idea, why does nobody else talk about their winter glove being designed to work with heated grips? There can’t be many of us left who ride consistently through the winter without heated grips can there? The Fusion GTX uses two different types of insulation material: a thin, highly breathable, and moisture-managing Push-Pull tri-fleece lining at the palm, and a ultrathin and highly insulating Thermolite Plus and Exkin Platinum liner at the back of the hand. There’s stretchable, water-repellent fabric on the upper of each glove, with a special goatskin leather on the palm. A genuine Gore-Tex liner is the way to go for dry happiness in addition to warmth.
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.)
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