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Cold weather riders - Anyone using Yoko gloves?(18 posts)

Cold weather riders - Anyone using Yoko gloves?Chicago_Steve
Nov 6, 2003 6:45 AM
Yoko (Name recently changed to Toko... Go figure!?) makes XC ski apparel. I remember reading somewhere that their gloves are pretty nice for cold weather cycling. Anyone using them? Feedback?

Steve (Thought alot about gloves this morning with a 40F commute)
re: Cold weather riders - Anyone using Yoko gloves?arctic hawk
Nov 6, 2003 7:23 AM
Just using regular long finger gloves this morning (mid 30's here in Montreal). Once you get going, it's not bad at all.

REI for glovesAlex-in-Evanston
Nov 6, 2003 8:51 AM
I have three pairs of REI house brand gloves for cold, colder and coldest. Well made and very reasonable. I'd check them out.

Nov 6, 2003 9:27 AM
I'm using an older version of this glove right now.

It's good with a liner down to about 40F. Below that I'd like a little more insulation but without the bulk...

Steve (Probably a victim of poor circulation...)
Same pair, same cutoffAlex-in-Evanston
Nov 6, 2003 9:39 AM
I'm with you on that 40F cutoff. They also have basically the same glove with a lot more padding that goes down another 15 degrees for me. Below 25 I use what I think is a skiing or boarding glove. It's got a big gore-tex outside that comes halfway up my forearm.

REI gloves kick ass.

BTW - you're gonna freeze your ass tomorrow AMAlex-in-Evanston
Nov 6, 2003 9:51 AM
22F wakeup.
I'm using this gloveCarl Mega
Nov 6, 2003 9:52 PM
and I'm good around 30 degrees without a liner. I plan to use it to 20 degrees with my PI liners. I'm sure there are warmer gloves out there but this one keeps my fingers nimble.
REI for glovesGripped
Nov 6, 2003 9:27 AM
I have a pair of REI brand full finger gloves and I hate them. Once they get wet, they hold that water for days. I bought them several years ago so they might have better gloves now ...
40? That's BalmyGripped
Nov 6, 2003 9:25 AM
I know that you will be seeing colder temps soon in the Windy City. I just bought a full finger pair of Perl Izumis and they work okay down to about 35F. Yesterday morning when the commute was in the mid to upper 20s, my fingers got cold after 30 minutes. I have another pair of PI cold weather gloves that are nice and toasty -- but I hate how they bunch up when I ride on the hoods. Since cold weather (below freezing) is uncommon here in the Pac NW, I'll just muddle through with what I've got.

You, however, should invest in some really nice cold weather gloves -- if you want to keep riding. One of my coworkers who used to commute year round by mtb in the Colorado Front Range. He swears by the lobster gloves though I don't know how well they work with drops and STI.
old dilemmaChicago_Steve
Nov 6, 2003 9:32 AM
I'm usually good down to about 15F - 20F for my 45 minute commute. Below 40F I find that the windstopper/lycra/neoprene type gloves don't provide quite enough insulation.

On the flip side, warm gloves usually feel sloppy and make shifting tough. I have a set of Cannondale gloves that work great at keeping my digits warm but feel loose and uncomfortable....

Perhaps its simply an issue with the high speeds I attain? ;-)
better get those bar end shifters outrichpierce
Nov 6, 2003 1:19 PM
You can ride and shift with freaking MITTENS with bar end shifters.
Better yet, the fixie!triangleforge
Nov 7, 2003 7:09 AM
While I'm not riding it much during CX season, once the season's more or less done I'm mostly fixed gear riding, with big fluffy mittens when it's freezing -- my fingers have awful circulation, a sad legacy of mountaineering when I was young & immortal, and listened to my doofus friends when they claimed that Yvon Chouinard hardly ever wore gloves...

Nov 7, 2003 8:32 AM
I've been scouring eBay for a SS/Fixed gear project frame with the requirement of fitting larger tires for winter commuting...

On a side note, got to meet Yvon Chouinard when the Patagucci store opened up in Chicago. He seemed pretty modest about his mountaineer feats and the success of his company; but pretty proud of his original ice axe redesign... Talk about an awesome range of experience...

Steve (Wonder how ice axes sell in the Midwest?)
What Size?Gripped
Nov 7, 2003 2:04 PM
I have a 1988 Trek 560 22" frame. Steel. Nice ride but it is 1" too big for me. I was half thinking about turning it into a fixe for the winter/spring even though it is a touch big. It would come with a worn threaded headset, quill stem, and bars. Interested?
Tempting but...Chicago_Steve
Nov 10, 2003 7:17 AM
I'm thinking of something with a little more tire clearance (ala, CrossCheck or Steamroller)... Thanks for the offer though...

BTW... I did look up your bike here
Vertical Ice with Yvontriangleforge
Nov 10, 2003 2:25 PM
While in college in Portland, Oregon, I had the incredible opportunity to take a day-long ice climbing course with Chouinard at Mt. Hood -- he was apparently a friend of the guy who ran our college outdoors program.

Of course, one of the first things I did was to kick my ice axe into a crevasse (anybody remember the old MSR Thunderbird? If ever was an axe that deserved to be tossed into a deep, deep hole...); with help from global warming, it'll probably show up in a couple hundred years. Years later, I was reading that Choinard's contribution to the raging debate over whether or not one should have a wrist loop on an ice axe (he was against) was a quote something to the effect of "Any mountaineer who would lose his axe deserves to die." Ouch.

On the other hand, I then got to use one of his axes for the rest of the day, an experimental head design that he'd forged himself -- he is, as I learned, an accomplished blacksmith, one more thing for me, a not terribly accomplished one, to admire about the guy.

re: Cold weather ridersbuffalosorrow
Nov 6, 2003 3:40 PM
Here are some of my picks for this season.

Swix gloves- euro chic.
-H31 synthetic leather, all weather; water resistant membrane and windguard.
-H65 cold weather, synthetic leather.
They make a numbers of products, all seems decent.

661/ sixsixone- snowboard wear, good designs.

Burton- big name snowboard co. seems good.

Mechanix wear- light weight all rounder, motorcross uses them, why not early season cyclocross?

I am going to stick with my Campmor gloves similar to REI, for now. Perhaps Santa will drop off a pair of SwixH31...
re: Cold weather riders - Anyone using Yoko gloves?xcandrew
Nov 11, 2003 10:07 PM
I have a couple of pairs of Yoko gloves that I use in the winter mostly for skiing. They work well. Depending on the strap system and poling motion, gloves can get hard use when skiing, so they do start wearing through/out after a couple of years. The windstopper models are expensive and the membrane does wear out with hard use so the glove feels colder, but they are nice anyway. For comparison, I wore through a Black Diamond Windstopper glove in just a few days. Biking should be much easier on the gloves.