As the temperature dial deliberates between cold and freezing, a good pair of winter gloves remain important for cyclists.
As is so frequent when it comes to cycling gear – there’s way too much choice!
Choosing the right pair isn’t easy.
When I set off on my morning bike ride, my hands are freezing. However, after the first few miles, I find myself removing my gloves as my hands are getting hot and sweaty.
I’ve got around the problem by choosing layers.
At the base layer, I use the EDZ Merino gloves. They are made out of Merino wool which is warm, comfortable and keeps your hands sweat and odour free.
I’ve recommended them previously in our staying warm on your bike guide and they’ve always been popular with London Cyclist readers who’ve repeated commented on how useful they’ve found them.
If you’ve already got a pair of gloves you are happy with, but they are simply not keeping your hands warm enough, consider the EDZ’s.
Beyond that, it’s hard to find gloves that are both windproof, waterproof and don’t end up turning your hands in to a furnace.
The best way to choose the right pair of cycling gloves is to think about which of these categories you fall in to:
- Category A: I’m always complaining about how cold my hands are
- Category B: I’m always complaining about how hot my hands get
All rounder: Endura Deluge Gloves
Best for those of who complain about our hands getting too hot.
The best all round winter gloves for cyclists are called Deluge by Endura. Why are they the best? Because the tick all the boxes for: waterproof, windproof, warm, light and comfortable. At £34.99 that’s a lot of value for money.
They do unfortunately have a potential downside. On particularly cold days, you’ll find yourself reaching for an inner liner. As the gloves are fairly tight, it’s tough to get in the liner gloves beneath without cutting off your circulation. If you are in between sizes, I’d recommend picking the next size up.
You can try these gloves on at Evans Cycles or you can order them through their website.
Best for warmth: SealSkinz Winter Handle Bar Mitten
Best for those of us who complain our hands are too cold.
If you like the warm feeling of mittens then the SealSkinz Winter Handle Bar Mitten (£40.50) will appeal. These gloves are exceptionally warm and waterproof. Perfect for those of us who are always complaining about cold hands.
However, those of us who complain of our hands getting warm too fast, should steer clear of these gloves.
While you certainly won’t be able to use your smartphone with them on, they are fine for braking and changing gears.
The extra cut at the back means that your wrists will also share in the warm feeling.
Best for dexterity: BikeTouch Pro Cycling Gloves
Best for those of us who complain our hands are too warm.
Last week we added the BikeTouch Pro cycling gloves to our eShop.
The BikeTouch gloves (£29.95) are unique, as they allow you to use your smartphone without exposing your hands to the cold.
The gloves are waterproof, so you’ll never again fear the rain. They also have padding to absorb some of the bumps on the road. The lightweight construction mean they don’t take up much space in your bag or pocket and you maintain dexterity even while wearing the gloves.
They are better suited to those of us who complain about our hands getting too warm, as when the temperature reaches 0 you’ll be reaching for an additional liner layer.
As the gloves have a snug fit you may wish to choose a size up from what you normally wear, especially if you are in between sizes.
Checkout Sam’s review for full details.
How to pick the best gloves for your cycling
- If you feel your hands getting tired, look for gloves with additional padding around the thumb and palm. This should absorb more of the shock from bumps in the road.
- Gloves with longer cuffs will tuck in to your cycling jacket to prevent body heat being wasted.
- There’s a tough balance between heavy material to keep you warm and not having bulky gloves that prevent easy movement.
- Think about how long winter is going to last. This year our winter seems to be dragging out so a pair of winter gloves would be worth the investment.
- A good pair of winter gloves for cyclists should provide grip so that your hands don’t slip off the handlebars.