Altura Thermostretch Windproof Glove review

Does exactly what a neoprene glove should; keeps hands warm, even when wet.

Altura Thermostretch gloves
(Image credit: Emma SIlversides)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A well-made glove offering 100% protection against the wind, even when the rain seeps through, which it will. The extra long cuff is snug enough to fit under even the tightest of jerseys. At the other end of the glove, the fit is best suited to those with long, slender fingers.

Reasons to buy
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Reasons to avoid
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    Finger fit won't suit all

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    Palmside grippers not so durable

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Just like wetsuits, neoprene gloves are designed to trap your body’s own heat and use it to keep you warm. Anyone who’s used them before knows that this invariably has a consequence - your hands can become very clammy, but ultimately always stay warm. Getting a good fit is paramount; if the glove is too tight circulation will never get going and you’ll feel like your hand is trapped in a fridge, rather than a sauna.

Due to having zero-breathability, neoprene gloves are naturally limited to use in cool-to-cold weather.

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Emma’s first encounters with a bike were in between swimming and running. Soon after competing for GB in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2001 she saw the light and decided to focus on cycling. 

With a couple of half decent UK road seasons under her belt, she went out to Belgium to sample the racing there, spending two years with Lotto-Belisol Ladies team, racing alongside the likes of Sara Carrigan, Grace Verbeke, Rochelle Gilmore and Lizzie Deignan. Emma moved from Lotto-Belisol to Dutch team Redsun, working primarily as a domestique for Emma Johansson. When Redsun folded, Emma was offered the opportunity to ride with a newly formed Belgian team and home to the first year senior and budding rider Anna Van Der Breggen.

After retiring, Emma returned to teaching, setting up her own tutoring business. When not coercing kids to do maths, she is invariably out on two wheels. While the road bike remains her true passion, she has also developed an addiction to touring, with destinations including Iceland, Georgia and Albania, to mention just a few. There have also been sightings of Emma off-road, on mountain and gravel bikes… As if all of this isn't enough, she's been working as a freelancer since 2005, testing and reviewing the latest kit and sharing her insight into the sport.