Although pretty expensive, GripGrab Polaris gloves offer warmth without bulk, with a nice long cuff to really keep that cold wind at arm's length.
Not too bulky
The GripGrab Polaris gloves are polished performers with a well thought-out design. There’s 4mm of insulation, which is warm but without so much bulk that you lose bar feel.
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A single gel pad over the base of the palm has been incorporated as well as a host of silicone grippers where your hands rest on the bars, and on the first two fingers. The two middle fingers have articulated sections to help with finger curvature.
Buyer's guide to winter cycling gloves
The padding is well attached to the outer, so it stays put and I didn’t find that it bunched or got sweaty. Annoyingly, the seam where the thumb meets the palm is exactly where your hand rests if riding on the hoods or the drops. It can be felt when you’re riding, although you soon get used to it and it’s not uncomfortable.
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The cuff is long, so there’s plenty of overlap with your jacket to keep out draughts, and it’s secured with a non-catching Velcro tab. There are lots of reflective elements on the backs of the gloves too, so nighttime visibility is good.
The one big downside of the GripGrab Polaris gloves is the price. Although they are undeniably exceptional gloves, £60 still seems like £10-£15 more than what you'd want to pay for a pair of winter gloves, however good they may be.
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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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