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Desparately in need of warm gloves...(12 posts)

Desparately in need of warm gloves...hammer_cycle
Jan 23, 2003 7:45 PM
I've been putting in some decent miles this winter in the NYC area, but it is ridiculously cold. My hands are the only part that is suffering. Once the temperature goes below 18 to 20 degrees I start to really suffer. Does anyone have any experience riding in sub 20 temps and what brand/kind of gloves work best? My feeling is that 'cycling gloves' pretty much become useless after the mid 20's. I'm riding with an older pair of Pearl iZumi gloves with silk liners in them (which helps!) but its still nto enough. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
cycling gloves?ishmael
Jan 23, 2003 7:47 PM
I dont know how they are specific to cycling but I also bought some. Recently I started to wear an old pair of thinsulate ski gloves and they're perfect.
aggre - ski glovesteamsloppy
Jan 23, 2003 11:38 PM
An old pair of Goretex thinsulate alpine ski gloves by Gates (almost free, considering they are used). From a distance they look like Pearl Izumi AmFib gloves. The Ski Shops will start their sales soon; a new pair could easily be $9 to $25.
re: Desparately in need of warm gloves...ctisevn
Jan 23, 2003 7:54 PM
pearl izumi makes a lobster claw gove mitten thing they that Ive been using for about 3 years in anything below 20 deg temps. I believe it was called the amfib when I picked mine up. I used to call them hand ovens (err..not so original) as they were too warm in anything above 10 and windy. after a few years worth of unscrupulous laundering theyve lost some of their loft and Ive begun using a thin glove inside as well but Ive got nothing but praise for them. used them today in the sub zeros and, unlike my feet, my hands were toasty.
Think collectivelymass_biker
Jan 23, 2003 8:34 PM
Fleece mittens (cheapo ones) from City Sports. About $25. Work like a charm. On the coldest of days (last Saturday here in Boston - 0 air temp, -17 with windchill, 2.5 hours tempo ride) I ride with them, a chemical pack, and in extremely windy/foul conditions, Gore-Tex overmitts and they do the trick. Last Monday (MLK Day) on a 3+ hour ride with squalls and various foulness, I was fine with just bare hands inside them.

A poster from the Midwest turned me on to the merits of the mitt, and I am a believer. Keeping your fingers together makes all the difference in the world. Vendors can prattle on about AmFib and Thermasilk blah blah blah, but body heat keeps the piggies collectively warm.

No need (for me, anyway) to worry about shifting and the like as I am on a fixed gear for the really cold months, so that may be a consideration for you based on your ride.

Good luck.

re: Desparately in need of warm gloves...Raven1911
Jan 23, 2003 9:35 PM
I have a pair of Castelli full finger gloves that are windproof and they keep your hands toasty. I think you should get a pair or windproof gloves with some kind of liner in them for extra warmth. Problem with most gloves is the wind goes right through them. They might have good insulation but if they are not windproof then it will not matter. This is another reason your feet get so cold. Find a way to block the wind and your hands and feet will stay warmer.
re: Desparately in need of warm gloves...grizzly bear
Jan 24, 2003 4:56 AM
Thinsulate gloves work very well for me. I got mine cheap at Wal-Mart.
re: Desparately in need of warm gloves...jaybird
Jan 24, 2003 5:22 AM
Ditto the idea of ski gloves. I usually wear xcountry ski gloves but if it is really cold I will wear my downhill ski gloves. Check places like Marshalls and TJMAX. Last week I saw a pair of the "lobster mittens" for less than $10 on clearance. They have all of the winter accessories on sale.

On another note, if you are layering gloves, make sure that the layers are not too tight. If your gloves are too tight and restrict your circulation, even a little, they will not be as effective. That is the other reason that mittens are generally warmer than gloves.
I bought PI Glacier gloves this week...biknben
Jan 24, 2003 6:13 AM
They are certainly the most extreme bike gloves I've ever seen. They look like ski/snowboard gloves but have a reinforced palm and "nose wipe" thumb. My hands were sweating in 12* temps the first day I used them.

I was told the Glacier glove was discontinued and got an incredible deal on them. They have a little too much bulk for shifting gears but I'm riding my fixed bike this time of year so it's fine.

My other choices would be PI Infernos or the Amfib Lobsters.
I like the Pearl Izumi LobstersColnagoFE
Jan 24, 2003 6:53 AM
If its too cold for them, it's just too cold to ride.
I like the Pearl Izumi Lobstersspeedisgood
Jan 24, 2003 7:04 AM
I have the Amfibs. Nice gloves but they don't have enough insulation on the forefinger and top of the thumb for me and the liner is starting detach from the shell after 2 months and 1 washing. Do you have any experience with the Inferno's vs. the Amfibs as far as warmth difference or durability?
nope...the Lobsters are the only ones I've usedColnagoFE
Jan 24, 2003 7:45 AM
They always keep my hands pretty warm--sometimes too warm. And i my hands are cold it's just too cold for me to be riding anyway.