What to look for: A good pair of winter riding gloves will protect from the elements while still providing enough dexterity and grip to brake and shift a bicycle. Generally, the more warmth a glove provides, the more bulky it will be, and therefore will lack some of the tactile feel and movement that most cyclists appreciate. The perfect balance between control and warmth might depend on your local climate and just how much movement you are willing to forgo in the name of warmth.
Castelli Estremo Glove
This cold-weather glove from the Italian clothing stalwart earned a spot as one of our all-around favorites. Castelli has somehow managed to provide the cold weather protection that is normally reserved for much bulkier, lobster-style gloves in a sleek and maneuverable five-fingered package. The silicone treatment found on the palm and fingers provided excellent grip, even in wet conditions.
The gloves are made from Windstopper fabric and feature a high cut neoprene cuff that really helps to create a good seal between the end of the gloves and any jacket or jersey sleeve. The fit on our test gloves was spot-on. The Estremo kept the tester’s hands comfortable in some pretty chilly Colorado weather. They were more than adequate for a three-hour ride with temperatures in the low thirties and kept fingers intact. For a do-it all winter riding glove, the Estremo is our choice.