Good cycle-specific gloves make all the difference to your commute when the temperature falls. Simple fleece gloves won’t cut it on the bike because the cold air will blow right through when you’re going fast, robbing you of all your heat. You need a windproof layer at least, and if you’re hoping to ride to work whatever the weather, waterproof gloves are a must.
Look for palms that’ll provide plenty of grip on wet handlebars and, if you’ve got a long ride and don’t want to wear summer mitts underneath, padding to keep your hands comfortable.
Gore Bikewear Countdown III GTX
The Countdowns might not be cheap but, using Gore-Tex waterproof fabric, they'll keep the rain out - guaranteed. Polyurethane palms provide a ton of grip and there's enough padding to stop your hands aching on long rides. A good amount of insulation keeps the frost at bay and these are breathable enough that the atmosphere inside stays fresh even when you start hotting up on the climbs. A Velcro cuff adjustment and reflective logos are neat finishing touches.
These waterproof gloves - which are available in a women's and men's version - come with low-bulk Thinsulate insulation that keeps your hands surprisingly toasty when the temperature drops. The fleecy liner is soft next to your skin, the textured palms don't slip on wet handlebars, and good gel padding makes for a comfy ride even over rough, frost-damaged roads. Reflective logos add to the safety and the overall build quality is really high.
Pro X-Pert WP
The Hipora liner built into these gloves is both waterproof and breathable and, though fairly low bulk and supple, they're warm enough for the riding in right through the winter. Digital Carbon palms provide grip and durability, 3M reflective piping adds safety, and long, close- fitting cuffs stop cold air getting in around your wrists.
Specialized Sub Zero
These are hardcore. You get a fleecy inner pair of gloves that you can wear on their own in milder conditions, and a windproof/waterproof pair to go over the top and keep your hands happy in the worst winter weather - even when it's freezing out. They're impressively breathable and provide superb grip on wet bars.
Fleecy, windproof and highly breathable, these are no-nonsense gloves for everyday winter riding. They're amazingly warm considering their low bulk, and although the Airtechs can't cope with a full-on storm, the DryMax lining will hold off a shower. There's enough palm padding to smooth out road vibration and a little bit of reflective piping comes in handy at night.
If riding conditions turn nasty you can rely on the Proofs to keep your hands dry and warm. Each glove comes in two parts. The waterproof shell has Thinsulate XT insulation on the back and the extended cuff comes with a draw cord to seal out the cold air. A stretchy, fleece- lined inner glove offers plenty of warmth and comfort and comes with silicone palm detailing and reflective trim, so you can do away with the outers in better weather.
The mock-leather Bostons don't look especially bikey so you can team them up with your everyday workwear and they don't seem out of place. The backing is shower resistant, a generous amount of silicone rubber stops the perforated palms from slipping on your bars, and the Bemberg silk-substitute lining provides a degree of warmth.
These gloves aren't the thickest ever but they come with super-high wrists and Velcro cuff adjusters so there's no chance of any draughts creeping in when you're stretched out towards your handlebars. A waterproof membrane keeps your hands perfectly dry while the stretchy outers mean you get a snug fit without any tightness. The gel palm padding works effectively, silicone printing adds grip and you get added safety courtesy of reflective print and knuckle panels. Great design.
Cheap doesn’t have to mean nasty. Choose wisely and you can buy a decent new commuter bike for £250 or less.
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