I never thought I would be one of those people who can never seem to keep warm. My body’s heating system is the equivalent of trying to heat a room by putting a block of ice in there. I don’t know if you’ve tried doing that but trust me it doesn’t work.
At the height of my loosing battle against the cold was my gloves. The fingerless gloves were certainly not going to cut it and my normal gloves whilst warm didn’t have enough grip for cycling.
When they arrived I went out on my first date with them. I took them to Hampstead Health Park for some cycling. Please don’t assume this is what I do on all my dates. Just because I run a cycling blog a lot of people assume stuff like this!
Anyway, back to my on a date analogy. The first part of the route to Hampstead Heath park is a steep climb. Here they kept my hands warm but not sweaty. So far so good. However, as the tough cycling ended and it was more of a casual cycle through the park my fingers started to feel slightly cold. At the time it was 4C degrees (40F).
What I did notice about the DeFeet Dura gloves is how comfortable they felt. At the end of the cycle I didn’t want to take them off. The medium size fitted really comfortably on my what I guess are average hands. (Seen as no one has ever said to me “wow, you have giant hands” I’m safely assuming they are pretty average)
The DeFeet Dura gloves also have really good grip. Never at any point did I feel like my hands were going to slip off. At the same time they offered good control of the bike and I could feel what I was doing. I do however prefer to buy slightly padded gloves to absorb some of the shock of all the road bumps. After a couple of longer cycles (3-4 hours) my wrists were feeling a bit strained.
At the moment if it is particularly cold I use the DeFeet gloves as an under layer and place my fingerless gloves on top. This seems to keep my hands at the perfect temperature. One really important point to mention is that not at any point have my hands felt sweaty due to the gloves.
The DeFeet Dura glove is by far the most comfortable pair of gloves I have ever worn. Combine this with the excellent grip and the good temperature they keep my hands at most the time then you have a really good pair of gloves. At around £13.99 RRP (Wiggle ~£12.50) I think that is excellent value.
On the downside as the temperature drops below 4-5C degrees you will need an extra layer on top of them. Though hopefully we won’t be seeing any more weather like that for a while.
The DeFeet come in black, red, white and blue.
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