Classy looking and very comfortable gloves that function well. However, for the high price you'd want perfect gloves.
High quality finish
Over £100 is a lot for cycling gloves
It is important to get the right fit
On really cold days you need more layers
For a pair of gloves that are designed to protect your hands from the worst weather, the Rapha Deep Winter Gloves are light, not overly bulky and look high quality.
In line with Rapha’s long held reputation for cycling apparel with a more refined appearance (see Rapha’s new affordable Core range) the gloves come with leather palms and finger tips.
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Aside from adding to the aesthetics, the leather sections provided good grip and made operating a cycling computer on the move pretty straight forward.
The cuffs are a good length, ensuring no gaps between your jacket and the gloves, and they fasten securely thanks to the velcro strap.
The outer shell does a really good job of keeping out the wind and the water repellent treatment applied to the gloves means your hands stay dry in all but the heaviest downpours - I put this to test at the Tortour Cyclocross race.
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The decals are reflective for enhanced visibility and there are wipes on the top of the thumbs for when your glasses, or your face, need a clean.
Often deep winter gloves fall down when you try to take your hands out and then decide to put the gloves back on – the inner material gets pulled out and it can be a real hassle.
This happened very minimally with the Rapha Deep Winter gloves and was far better than many other gloves that are designed for the coldest days.
Rapha says the Deep Winter Gloves are designed to be worn with Merino Liners (which retail at £40) and overmitts as required. Therefore, on extremely cold days your total hand coverage could cost towards £150.
For more information go to Rapha (opens in new tab).
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