It’s that time of year again when the temperature plummets and you start to layer up. While everyone has a different definition of “cold” we find ourselves fortunate here in Southern California with brisk mornings and evening but usually have the warm sun on our shoulders. One of the hardest pieces to choose in these conditions is gloves. Your hands are the leading point when cycling and one of the most important. So with this in mind, we are taking a look at two of our favorite gloves that reduce the bulk but minimize the bite.
Pearl Izumi Cyclone Gel glove
One of our go-to gloves comes to us from Pearl Izumi in the form of the Cyclone Gel glove. The glove is light and seemingly thin but with its softshell exterior blocks the wind while also being water resistant. This aids in keeping your digits protected from the elements while your body keeps the blood flowing through them warm. On the palm of the glove, you will find five large but low-profile gel pads that aid in comfort too. This glove is also compatible with most touchscreen devices, so you don’t have to remove a glove to snap a photo or make a call to your buddies. They don’t take up much room in your pocket if you decide the warmth is too much and are thin enough that they don’t affect your grip on the bars or hoods. These are a great addition to anyone’s gear bag.
More info: www.pearlizumi.com
Bontrager Velocis Windshell glove
Next, we take a look at the Bontrager Velocis Windshell glove. This glove is very similar to the Cyclone but with a few key differences. First off the outside top portion closest to the wrist uses a very similar stretchy softshell material that blocks the wind and is water resistant as well. From the knuckles down to the fingertips Bontrager uses a type of synthetic leather material that is a bit bulkier than the Pearl Izumi, but the trade-off is that you get better water and wind protection which can be important if the temperatures drop or the weather takes a turn for the worse. On the entire palm of the glove this same synthetic leather is used and on the thumb, index finger and middle finger there is a rubberized texture for added grip. The center of the palm features a very low profile pad for added comfort. The tip of the index finger is also touchscreen compatible. We find this glove performed a bit better when the temperatures dropped below 35° F, or the weather decided to take a turn and rain on us for a long portion of the ride.
More info: www.trekbikes.com
Both gloves are a great gift idea for the holidays. We leave ours in the gear bag year around because you never know what the high altitude mountain passes are going to throw at you or when mother nature decides your weekend century you have trained for all season will be in the rain. Remember it’s better to have and not need a warm glove than it is to wish you had them.