Best winter cycling gloves 2022, and how to keep hands warm in the coldest months

An essential piece of cycling kit once the thermometer heads south, finding the right blend of warmth, dexterity and breathability for your hands for even the coldest rides is vital.

Best winter cycling gloves
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As all cyclists know, in winter it’s the extremities that get chilly first. No matter how warm the rest of your body, if your hands become too cold, it's very difficult to continue enjoying your ride. Getting a pair of the best winter cycling gloves to keep your fingers functioning, will make a world of difference in the colder months.

Much like owning one of the best winter cycling jackets (opens in new tab), once you've made the investment, you'll wonder how you survived for so long without a pair of perfect handwarmers. 

There are many winter gloves to choose from. There are plenty with a particular quality. This does invariably mean that some will favour one feature, or weather condition, over another. So we've broken this guide down in to sections, which allows you to navigate quickly to the best winter cycling gloves for you.  

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Santini Neo Blast neoprene winter gloves: $56.49 (opens in new tab)

Santini Neo Blast neoprene winter gloves: $56.49, $35.99 at Probikekit (opens in new tab)

The Neo Blast is just want you want from a true winter glove. It's warm as well as being both wind and waterproof, without being bulky. Other handy features include a long cuff and silicone grippers on the finger and palm for improved control and bar feel, even in the cold and wet

dhb extreme winter gloves: £45 (opens in new tab)

dhb extreme winter gloves: £45, £18 at Wiggle (opens in new tab)

Extreme conditions call for an extreme glove - after all there's little worse that cold hands during a long ride. Dhb's aptly named Extreme winter gloves are both wind and waterproof and feature fleece lining and hollow-fill insulation while still allowing your hands to breathe. Other details include silicone finger grippers and a microfibre nose wipe.

Best deep winter cycling gloves

Sportful Sottozero winter gloves

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Best gloves for warmth without the bulk

Specifications

Temperature range: 23+ºF/ -5+ºC
Materials: 60g PrimaLoft insulation, Shoftshell, fleece lining
Colours: Black, Blue Sea, Red
Sizes: XS-XXL

Reasons to buy

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Very warm without the bulk
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Grippy palms
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Well proportioned cuff
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Good reflective detailing

Reasons to avoid

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Not waterproof
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Ineffective touchscreen finger

Sportful’s Sottozero gloves offer exceptional warmth in an impressively low bulk package -  they weigh in at just over 50 grams per glove yet still kept our hands warm on test in low single digits (opens in new tab).

The palms are grippy and not too padded, while the back of the hands feature a large reflective logo for better visibility when signalling at night. 

With a generous nose-wipe and a well proportioned cuff, the only things holding these gloves back from receiving a full five stars is the lack of full waterproofing (they are only water resistant) and the touchscreen finger being a little cumbersome in use.

Priced at $79.99 / £70.00 the Sottozero gloves aren't cheap but they do represent good value, considering the quality of materials, the level of detail and, vitally, their solid performance in cold temperatures.

Read more: Sportful Sottozero winter gloves full review

A pair of Endura Strike gloves are shown on hands held up against a brick wall and are a great winter cycling glove for affordability

Endura Strike gloves

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Best winter cycling gloves for affordable water and wind proofing

Specifications

Temperature range: 32+ºF/ 0+ºC
Material : Stretch outer fabrics with eco-friendly PFC free DWR finish
Colours : Black, yellow, red/brown
Sizes : S - XXL

Reasons to buy

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Water and wind proofing
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Surprising levels of dexterity and radial grip
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Reflective details
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Good size nose wipe
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Great price point

Reasons to avoid

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Short cuffs can create gaps to jacket or jersey sleeve 
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Lack of effective touch screen compatibility. 

We couldn't help but highly rate these brilliant winter cycling gloves from Endura. They aren't quite as finessed as the higher end brands, but with both impressive wind and water proof characteristics, they could easily fit in to both categories.  

Much like the GripGrab Ride Waterproof Winter gloves, the Endura Strike gloves (opens in new tab)have a gel palm as well as silicone making them great at grip on the bars and controls in all weather, although this time loosing out on the tall cuff, which longer armed riders might find creates a glove to jacket/ jersey gap. 

The stretch windproof panel across the back of the gloves managed the tightrope balance of providing bitter wind protection without loosing breathability. While they wouldn't keep your hands dry indefinitely in a downpour, the waterproofing also punched well above the price bracket assumption, and we found that as long as you didn't remove your gloves, even when they are wet, will keep your hands warm, again thanks to their impressive wind blocking qualities. 

Having a test of the e-touch features, we fund that in low temperatures they really didn't work well with swiping and some touch screen navigations, with their bulk didn't allow for the finesse required for typing. 

Read more: Endura Strike gloves full review

Castelli Estremo Winter gloves

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Best winter cycling gloves for high comfort in low temperatures

Specifications

Temperature range: 23+ºF/ -5+ºC
Material: Gore-Tex Infinium windproof fabric
Colours: Black
Sizes: XS-XXL

Reasons to buy

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Super warm in freezing temps
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Lightweight - 63g actual for M
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Long adjustable cuff seals in heat
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Generous nose wipe on thumb
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Very grippy palm

Reasons to avoid

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Lack of reflective detailing

Castelli Estremo gloves are billed as the Italian's brand 'warmest cold weather glove'. After testing we found this to be accurate (opens in new tab). The Estremo's kept our hands warm in below freezing temperatures, while still allowing us to maintain plenty of bar feel. 

The blend of fabrics is spot on. The Gore-Tex windstopper material on the top of the glove and the cuff keeps out the worst of the weather, while that long adjustable cuff does a stellar job of sealing the heat in. Inside the fleece material feels luxurious, as do the gloves as a whole. Detailing is high, with regards to the silicone palm grippers and the padding, although a tad more reflectivity would be appreciated.

The Estremo gloves may cost £100 but it's hard to put a price on keeping your hands truly warm. If you intend on cycling through the winter then you could do far worse then invest in a pair of these gloves.

Read more: Castelli Estremo winter gloves full review

Giro Proof winter gloves

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Best winter gloves for cold-weather durability

Specifications

Temperature range: 21+ºF/ -6+ºC
Material: Polartec 100g insulation
Colours: Black
Sizes: XS-XXL

Reasons to buy

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Impressive blend of technical fabrics
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Good movement despite bulk
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High build quality
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Uses some recycled materials

Reasons to avoid

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Narrow nose wipe

The Giro Proof is the five-fingered sibling of the previous Giro Proof 100 lobster mitts. Here you get the same level of warmth but with increased dexterity thanks to the traditional glove shape. 

The build quality is high, with fabrics that provide plenty of protection against the elements as well as being durable. As with the Proof 100s, one of the only drawbacks is the gloves' nose wipe. It's made from a lovely soft fleece material but is far too narrow to really do its job. Otherwise, this is a sturdy glove that should see you nicely through the coldest winter days. 

Read more: Giro Proof winter gloves full review 

Best winter cycling gloves - allrounders

Castelli Perfetto RoS gloves

Castelli Perfetto RoS gloves

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Editor's choice: We love these winter cycling gloves

Specifications

Temperature range : 42 - 50ºF/ 6-10ºC
Fabric : Gore Windstopper
Colours : Black only
Sizes : XS - XXL

Reasons to buy

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Great close fit
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Lack of bulk allows good levels of dexterity
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Wind and water protection
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Breathability prevents sweaty hands

Reasons to avoid

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Will eventually let in water

On test we absolutely loved the Castelli Perfetto RoS gloves (opens in new tab), finding them so close to being the best winter cycling gloves that we gave them a covered Cycling Weekly Editor's Choice award.  

Using the latest Gore Infinium Windstopper fabric, the Castelli Perfetto RoS gloves manage that difficult balance between adequate insulation, water repellence and windproofing on the one hand and bar feel and ride comfort on the other. It's something that the Altura Firestorm Reflective Gloves and Santini 365 Origine Long Finger Gloves also do well, but when on and riding, it's clear that these are the elite winter cycling gloves. 

With a light fleece lining, there's enough warmth to keep the hands warm and even after hours of light rain, they stay dry. Once the water does make it in, your hands stay warm and there's enough dexterity to work the controls and keep yourself fed as you ride.

Read more: Castelli Perfetto RoS Glove full review

 

The best winter cycling gloves feature these Altura Firestorm Reflective Gloves in the image

Altura Firestorm Reflective Gloves 

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Best winter cycling gloves on a budget

Specifications

Temperature range : 46+ºF/ 8+ºC
Fabric : Softshell
Colours : Grey, Black
Sizes: XS - XXL

Reasons to buy

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Wind and water resistant 
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Quick drying
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Great at keeping hands warm in milder winters
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Impressive reflectivity 
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Great price point option

Reasons to avoid

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Can become a little sweaty when riding hard on milder days.
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Screen compatibility could be better
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Larger sizes as unisex cut

Softshell main body fabric, and an Amara suede palm, the Altura Firestorm gloves (opens in new tab)provide plenty of protection from the elements. They're not quite as robust at keeping out the elements as the Castelli Perfetto RoS gloves, and they're not a total barrier in downpour, but they will keep the worst off and ditto for wind-chill and the ‘Altura Dry Technology’ fabric is true to its word in being quick wicking.

On test these gloves have kept hands warm and mostly dry throughout the harsh winter months, especially when teamed with a glove liner to help extend the temperature range, and they've remained in good condition proving their durability.

We found the Amara suede was a great choice for a low bulk palm, allowing for great secure radial grip on the bars, it did however get a little sweaty once up to full gas riding temperature.

The finger touch screen compatibility worked well for unlocking a smart phone or basic cycle computer functionality. However, anything that requires more detail finger dexterity, such as typing, wasn't really a goer with smaller hands, due to the oversized unisex cut of these cycling gloves.  

It's a minor point, as otherwise these are a great choice bike glove, especially for city night riders as their amazing reflective nature does make these a stand out pair in traffic, especially when signalling at junctions. 

The Altura Firestorm Reflective Gloves are a great winter cycling gloves for the money, but just watch the sizing on this unisex pair.

Read more: Altura Firestorm Reflective gloves full review

DeFeet E-Touch Dura Gloves are pictured in black but are one of the best winter cycling gloves for adding colour to your ride.

DeFeet E-Touch Dura Gloves

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Best winter cycling glove for adding colour to your ride

Specifications

Temperature range : 40F to 60F (4C to 16C)
Material : 60% Nylon, 32% Recycled Polyester, 7% Lycra, 1% Silver Ag
Colours: Black, white, blue, orange, pink
Sizes: XS - XL

Reasons to buy

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Wide range of colours
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Very comfortable when riding
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Takes the edge of cold temperatures
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Touchscreen-friendly design

Reasons to avoid

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Vulnerable to cold winds

There can't be many cyclist that don't own a piece of DeFeet kit. The brand seem to have a winning concept, where they nail a design and simply repeat. 

The classic lightweight DeFeet Duragloves ET (opens in new tab)are perfect for fall/ autumn and early spring and have been a mainstay for the brand since forever. This version however gains a technical upgrade with the E-Touch mean using your touchscreen device no longer require glove removal.

They aren't the most slimline pair, but are far from bulky, and it has been know to ride a them under a pair of really deep winter gloves such as the Giro 100 Proof winter gloves for total winter protection, and allowing you to keep a layer on when removing to use a touchscreen. 

The thing we love most about these however is the fact that they are the best winter cycling gloves for adding a pop of colour to your ride, with five distinctive options to choose from. 

Read more: DeFeet E-Touch Dura Gloves review

Giro Xnetic H20 gloves

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Best waterproof winter cycling gloves

Best winter cycling glove for minimalists

Specifications

Temperature range: 40ºF/ 5ºC upwards
Materials: One-piece Xnetic knit shell with waterproof membrane and hypoallergenic lining
Colours: Black, Highlighter Yellow
Sizes: S-XL

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight and minimal - just over 60g a pair
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Great breathability without compromising waterproof element
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High level of stretch and comfort

Reasons to avoid

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Reflective details are somewhat minimal

Giro's Xnetic H20 gloves (opens in new tab) are billed as waterproof, and they are. But they are also more than just something to reach for when the skies threaten rain. Thanks to their lightweight, minimal design they work well as a go-to-glove for cool conditions, whether you're heading out on a long road ride or popping to the shops on your bike. At just 62g for the pair, they store away easily.

The Xnetic's low weight also means that once on you barely notice that you're wearing them. This can also be attributed to the high level of stretch, which sees the glove forming to your hand shape with ease. It also creates a good seal at the wrist, stopping any unwanted drafts from entering.

Unlike traditional neoprene gloves the Xnetic gloves offer far greater breathability. On test, our hands never got overly sweaty. Surprisingly for a glove that allows this degree of moisture management they also did a stellar job of keeping our hands warm, working well in temperatures in the low single digits celsius, and keeping them dry through persistent showers and the occasional heavier downpour.

The technology at work here is well disguised. This is a simple looking glove that will be appreciated by any minimalist. However the three-layered fabric, which almost has the look and feel of a knit glove, blends an durable outer with a waterproof membrane and a hypoallergenic lining. And it works very well indeed. 

Read more: Giro Xnetic H20 gloves full review

Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control is shown in the image as on of the best waterproof winter cycling gloves

Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control

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Best winter cycling glove for wet weather

Specifications

Temperature range: 39 - 50ºF/ 4-10ºC,
Material: Goatskin Leather and Softshell outer, 100% Hydrophilic Membrane middle, erino wool inner
Colours: Black, Grey/Black
Sizes: S - XL

Reasons to buy

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Merino wool lining keeps hands very warm
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Goatskin palms allows for good grip of handlebars

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly bulky
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Cannot be machine washed

The trademarked SealSkinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control (opens in new tab)technology as revolutionary. It consists of three layers: a merino wool inner layer, a hydrophilic waterproof membrane, and a durable goatskin with soft-shell outer layer.

On test these provided very good protection on a cold wet days in the saddle, with very little if any water ingress. We also noticed the great wind proofing capabilities on these secure fitting gloves.

We found these great at keeping hand warm at milder winter temperatures of between 39 - 50 degrees Fahrenheit/ four and ten degrees Celsius. 

The goatskin palms not only helped with keeping the elements at bay, they perform excellently in terms of control of the handlebars or operating the brakes, a real plus point for anyone who struggles when hand motor control in the cold, or the slippery sensation in the rain.   

The triple layers are however quite bulky, so if you're a rider who enjoys frequent gear changing, fiddling with minor bike adjustments on the move, you may find them too bulky. 

The only other consideration is the fact that you can't just shove them in the washing machine. In theory the natural fabrics shouldn't built up the odours that synthetic ones do, but probably not the pair for an off-road muddy adventure. 

Read more: Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control review

dhb waterproof gloves

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Best winter gloves for lightweight waterproofing on a budget

Specifications

Temperature range: "mild to cold"
Material: Breathable waterproof membrane with fleece lining
Colours: Black
Sizes: XS-XXL

Reasons to buy

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Great value for money
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Decent level of water resistance
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Lightweight - just 48g per glove
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Warm in single digits
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Good reflective detailing 

Reasons to avoid

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Cuff is a little short with no adjustability

The dhb Waterproof gloves are included here due to their water-resistant properties but could also be included as a solid all-rounder too. At £30 they offer excellent value. They blend a comfortable fleece lining with a durable water and wind proof outer that on test kept our hands warm and dry in heavy drizzle and temperatures down in the low single digits. On slightly milder days the gloves lack of bulk also made them a good choice and highlighted their versatility.

The major gripe was the gloves short cuff, with no adjustment possible. However, at this price point its hard to grumble too much and the dhb gloves do have plenty of details that work well, including the thumb nose wipe, the palm pad and the reflective details. In general, a solid winter glove for those on something of a budget.

Read more: dhb Waterproof gloves full review

GripGrab Ride Waterproof Winter gloves in the image are the best winter cycling glove for being seen in poor weather

GripGrab Ride Waterproof Winter gloves

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Best winter cycling gloves for being seen in poor weather

Specifications

Temperature range : 32+ºF/ 0+ºC
Material : Waterproof and breathable membrane
Colours : Black/Hi-Vis
Sizes : XS - XXL

Reasons to buy

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Large reflective details
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Good insulation even on wet days
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Grippy palms
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Comfortably waterproof

Reasons to avoid

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Come up quite small

The gloves from Danish company are well suited to UK conditions. The GripGrab Ride Waterproof Winter gloves (opens in new tab) feature a breathable membrane, and retain heat when it's cold. Balancing out the requirement for thermal insulation while maintaining dexterity can be hard to master for glove, but we found these managed the task admirably, maintaining their warmth on even wet days, thanks to effective waterproofing. 

GribGrab's own DoctorGel pad is feature at the heel of the palm, which we found on test is in just the right place when riding on the hoods. The palm, forefinger and middle fingertips use silicone for grip and there's a touch screen tip on the thumb as well as a terry back. There's a reflective dot pattern on the bottom half of the back.

The long cuff extends some way over the wrist and uses a Velcro tab to close, much like the Specialized Prime Series Thermal Gloves, although this time a it's not quite as slimline, so will have to fasten up over your winter jacket sleeve.

The area where the GripGrab Ride Waterproof Winter gloves excel however, despite their name, is the volume of reflective detailing, making these the best winter cycling gloves to wear on night ride in all weather, with stand out hand signalling that other road users can't help but see. 

The only thing to note is that we found these come up small, so you might need to size up. 

Read more: GripGrab Ride Waterproof Winter gloves full review

Best windproof winter cycling gloves

Rapha Pro Team Winter Gloves

Rapha Pro Team Winter Gloves

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Best winter cycling glove for winter league racing

Specifications

Temperature range : 32+ºF/ 0+ºC
Material : Windproof, DWR-coated. synthetic suede
Colours : Black only
Sizes : XS - XL

Reasons to buy

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A really comfortable fit
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Low bulk and low profile design
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Grippy, unpadded palm
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Good dexterity/lever feel

Reasons to avoid

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High price
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Suede palm lets water in
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Shortish cuffs require long jacket sleeves

The Rapha Pro Team Winter Gloves (opens in new tab)stand out feature is their lack of bulk. On test we were really impressed at how this low profile package was capable of keeping hands warm, performing exceptionally well at really low temperatures.

We loved the minimal padding on these, and found them the perfect winter cycling glove for it's excellent grip in all weather. with zero dexterity compromises, including both navigating a touch screen and unwrapping a mid ride energy bar. They're certainly a performance pair and we found them to be the best winter cycling glove to pull on for winter league racing. 

The windproof back of the gloves does a really good at blocking the cold, but it's worth noting that these are water resistant, not proof. So in the rain, the backs of the gloves does keep out the water thanks to a DWR coating (which will need reapplying at some point) that makes raindrops bead off, but we did find that the synthetic suede palms absorb it.

There is no denying the high price tag that the Rapha Pro Team Winter Gloves command, more than both the other 'elite' brands winter offerings, such as the Assos Assosoires Winter Gloves or Castelli Perfetto RoS gloves. However, if you want the perfect winter cycling glove for racing, then these are spot on.  

Read more: Rapha Pro Team Winter Gloves full review

Specialized Prime Series Thermal gloves

Specialized Prime Series Thermal Gloves

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Best winter cycling cycling glove for milder weather

Specifications

Temperature range : 41+ºF/ 5+ºC
Material : Polartec® Neoshell® /hydrophobic AX Suede palm
Colours: Black
Sizes: S - XXL

Reasons to buy

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Windproof with low bulk
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Comfortable fit 
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Lightweight for winter glove
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Accurate sizing with a good cuff design

Reasons to avoid

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For under 41+ºF/ 5°C you may need a heavier glove

We really rated these Specialized Prime Series Thermal gloves (opens in new tab) for a more of a mild winter option, ideal for the late autumn and early spring riding in changeable conditions.

The Polartec Neoshell backs are as totally waterproof as Polartec claims, the AX suede palms are ‘hydrophobic’, they're not waterproof, so badged as water resistant. On test we found them one of the best winter cycling glove to happily withstand a light shower or drizzle no problem,  but as we've said with the likes of the Assos Assosoires Winter Gloves and the Rapha Pro Team Winter Gloves, this style of microfibre it will always get wet, so it's a matter of when not if. 

On test we found the cuff really well done, with it's Velcro adjustable closure a break from the current trend of just stretchy. It allows you to fine tune the fit, without adding additional bulk, allowing the cuff to be over or under your jacket/ jersey sleeve.

Their lightweight nature affords great breathability, especially on the days when it's a colder start and then warms up (or vice versa), although if your hands do get hot the Specialized Prime Series Thermal Gloves are light and packable enough to stash in a pocket.

The only real down side is their lower temperature range limitation, meaning that it's likely that you'll have to invest in something like the Rapha Pro Team Winter Gloves, or even the Rapha Deep Winter gloves for real freezing rides. 

Read more: Specialized Prime Series Thermal Gloves full review

Gore C3 Gore-Tex Infinium glove in the image on a hand is the best winter cycling glove for grip

Gore C3 Gore-Tex Infinium glove

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Best winter cycing glove for grip and protection

Specifications

Temperature range : 46+ºF/ 8+ºC
Material : GORE-TEX INFINIUM™
Colours : Black, Black/Yellow, Black/ Red
Sizes: XS - 3XL

Reasons to buy

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Excellent wind protection
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Palm balances grip and Ulnar nerve protection

Reasons to avoid

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Fit across the knuckles

As the purveyors of the gold standard weather protection fabrics, no best winter cycling glove round up would be complete without the inclusion of Gore itself. 

The Gore C3 Gore-Tex Infinium glove (opens in new tab)utilises a couple of variations of this material for its construction in order to provide protection without packing on the bulk of a ‘typical’ winter glove.

The all-encompassing ‘Gore-Tex Infinium’ is a direct replacement for Gore’s venerable Windstopper range of fabrics, creating a weather proof and breathable technical kit.

On test we found there was no denying that the Gore C3 Gore-Tex Infinium glove is completely windproof, with its fleece backing able to help your hands cope with even the most biting winter winds, giving even the wind blocking kings Assos Assosoires Winter Gloves a run for their money. 

Specifically designed for Ulnar nerve protection, we found these one of the best winter cycling glove pairing to balance secure grip, thanks to silicone strips across the base of all fingers and, hand protection, due to the small gel pad close to the heel of your palm. A nice touch finish of adding the silicon to the thumb and index fingers also assist in gear and brake control in the wet, along with the usual touch screen navigation requirements.  

The only downer for us was that the fit wasn't perfect, finding it too tight across the knuckles, but that is a pretty subjective complaint and these might fit you like a glove.

Read more: Gore C3 Gore-Tex Infinium glove full review

Endura FS260 Pro Nemo Gloves

Endura FS260-Pro Nemo Gloves

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Best winter cycling gloves for simplicity

Specifications

Temperature range : 41+ºF/ 5+ºC
Material : Neoprene
Colours : Black, Blue
Sizes : XS - XXL

Reasons to buy

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Simple design and functionality
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Keep your hands warm at low temperatures 
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Supple and flexible
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Competitively priced

Reasons to avoid

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Lack of breathability
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Extra padding wouldn't go amiss. 

We saw these a while ago now, but the Endura FS260-Pro Nemo Gloves (opens in new tab) are still a popular choice for their simple but effective design. 

Constructed from neoprene, these winter cycling gloves act in the exact way a regular wetsuit would. So unlike Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves, which are one of the best winter cycling gloves  for keeping the wet out,  the Endura FS260-Pro Nemo Gloves don't stop the water reaching your skin, they slow it down and warm it up, so your hands stay warm despite being wet. 

The downside is that if it's not raining, you have a slim temperature range before your hands get a bit sweat as neoprene isn't the most most breathable fabric. 

Doing away with all padding to a silicone print on the palm, delivers a true minimalist construction, and the unhindered malleability makes these are a great grab and go winter glove, but some might like a touch of extra palm padding. 

Read more: Endura FS260-Pro Nemo Gloves full review

The Best Winter Gloves Buyers Guide

Does owning a pair of winter cycling gloves make a difference?

In short, yes. 

You could decide to just ride in a pair of general winter gloves when it gets cold but you'll find that they lack several cycling specific details. Unlike ski gloves, for example, the best winter cycling gloves cannot depend on super-thick padding because we need to retain sensitivity so that brakes, shifters or any electronic road bike groupsets can be operated efficiently. 

Instead they use a blend of fabrics that keep the weight down and dexterity levels up while still offering protection against the elements. Keeping out the wind is crucial: fabrics such as Gore Windstopper and similar will do this, and feature on the best winter cycling gloves, as well as offering water repellence and breathability. The inner padding and/or membrane varies from glove to glove and on what sort of temperature the glove is aimed at, whether deep winter or chilly and wet.

With more cyclists using one of the best cycling computers, or even just even one of the best cycling apps, the best cycling winter gloves will also have touch screen sensitivity integrated in to the fingers, preventing you from having to remove one in order to swipe the screen or navigate controls.

What makes a winter cycling glove windproof?

The first layer of protection on the best winter cycling gloves should be an impermeable windproof layer designed, as you can guess from the name, to keep cold air and wind away from your hands.

One of the most popular fabrics for this is Gore's Windstopper fabric, or Infinium as it's also known as. It's used in lots of the best winter cycling gloves across many brands aside from Gore itself. There are other options made by different manufactures too that can work just as well.

Regardless of the brand, the fabrics should work to keep the elements out while still being breathable enough to prevent your hands from overheating and getting sweaty.

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How do winter cycling gloves retain heat?

The second line of protection in the best winter cycling gloves is a thermal layer designed not only to keep the cold air away from your skin, but also to make sure that any warm air generated by your hands is maintained and not allowed to escape.

What's important with the thermal layer is that, unlike with skiing gloves for example, it can't be too thick, as you need to maintain your dexterity to be able to feel which lever your finger is on to change gear and to be able to manipulate the brake lever.

best winter cycling gloves

You'll want gloves with a good layer of thermal protection to keep warm air in

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How do winter cycling gloves fair in the rain?

Not many people enjoy riding in the rain, but if you're going to keep your training up through the winter, then you're going to want the best winter cycling glove to handle even the wettest weather.

In milder weather it's not actually necessary to have completely waterproof gloves. Your skin is waterproof after all, so as long as you have gloves that keep your hands warm, they don't necessarily need to keep you dry. Options such as a wet weather neoprene glove can work well in cool not cold conditions. They're often basic in style, with no padding or additional features, such as cuff adjustment. 

However when the temperature drops further still, and the rain (and even snow) begins to fall, then you're going to want some more serious winter cycling gloves with an outer layer that will keep the precipitation at bay.

Like any windproof outer layer, a waterproof layer on the best winter cycling gloves should be impermeable to the outside elements to keep your hands dry, but should also be breathable to prevent your hands overheating, particularly over the course of long rides. 

It's also important not to forget about your extremities at the other end by prioritising a pair of the  best cycling overshoes to protect your feet against the elements too.


best winter cycling gloves

Neoprene gloves, such as these GripGrab ones, are good options for wet but mild weather

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What makes for a good cuff on a winter cycling glove?

If you're heading out in breezy conditions, the best winter cycling gloves will have long cuffs to help keep that chilly north easterly out of your sleeves.

However it's not always just a case of the longer the better. Your gloves, and the cuffs attached, need to work well in unison with your choice of jersey or jacket. Sealing in the heat, and keeping out the drafts, is crucial if you're going to stay nice and cosy while putting in those long winter miles.

This means you've got a decision to make as to whether you wear the cuff of the gloves over the top or underneath the cuff of your jacket.

If your jacket has loose sleeves then it's worth getting a pair of gloves with a tight cuff, over which you can pull the sleeves of your jacket. This is also the case when it's raining. If your jacket is waterproof, then the rain beads off the arms and will end up filling the gloves from the top like a bucket. Velcro straps or zips will help mitigate this slightly, but tucking in is the best form of rain defense.

When the weather is dry, then running cuffs over sleeves is by far an easier option, especially if you have to remove your gloves to use a touchscreen.

If you do find yourself running hot in the middle of a winter club run, pulling down cuffs can be a good way to cool off. Your blood runs so close to the skin at the wrist, this can be an excellent place to control your body temperature.