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With the growing popularity of cyclocross, fat bikes for winter rides, and other cool-weather excursions, the cycling season never stops. In the face of cold, wet weather, it’s no longer enough to simply insulate a glove. The best gloves are sophisticated pieces of equipment, made from waterproof fabrics that keep precipitation from chilling your skin; windstopper fabrics to help maintain dexterity when the wind picks up; breathable fabrics that ensure your own sweat doesn’t work against you; long cuffs at the wrist for layering efficiency; and palm construction that addresses the needs of the cyclist, with strategically placed padding and reinforcement. The team at Velonews.com recently put a handful of winter cycling gloves to the test, and this pair from Gore came out on top and won the “Editors’ Pick” award. Read the other reviews here.
Gore Road Gloves GTX (Editors’ Pick)
Getting the best glove is good; getting the best glove at a reasonable price is even better. Gore’s Road Gloves GTX pack a lot of winter protection into a modest price point. The Gore-Tex construction is designed to keep water out while allowing perspiration to breathe away from the skin; it’s well-proven technology. The glove is windproof, too, which is vital on high-speed descents where the chill of winter is likely to bite hardest. A slender cut leaves plenty of mobility for grabbing your brake levers, and the thin, ergonomic palm stays taut to avoid bunching when grabbing your bars. For such a low-profile glove, it packs plenty of warmth without the bulk, and the extended cuff protects all the way over your wrist. While the wrist opening could be a bit larger for allowing the glove to fit over a jacket sleeve, the Velcro strap is ideal for tightening the wrist over a jersey.
Read more: Velonews.com