Specialized Prime Series Thermal Gloves review

Windproof, thermal, low-bulk gloves that are good for late autumn or early spring rather than deep winter

Specialized Prime Series Thermal Gloves
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Overall I'd recommend the Specialized Prime Series Thermal Gloves for late autumn/early spring riding in changeable conditions, but they are on the lightweight side for winter. The design is simple but effective, good-quality fabrics are used, the fit is exactly in line with Specialized's size chart and the price is fair.

Reasons to buy
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    Low bulk

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    Accurate sizing

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    Good cuff design

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    Touchscreen compatible

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Reasons to avoid
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    For under 5°C you may need a heavier glove

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    No reflectives

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The new Specialized Prime Series Thermal Gloves use a low-bulk windproof Polartec Neoshell back and a grippy synthetic suede palm that combine to keep out the chill without sacrificing dexterity. They are warm and comfortable down to 5°C and will keep out light showers even though they don't claim to be waterproof. The Velcro cuff closure works well, as do the touchscreen-compatible pads on the thumb and first finger – and the price will work for most people too.

Specialized doesn't specify a temperature range, just describing them as "adding some warmth on chilly days." There's no doubting they do that, but these are not heavyweight winter gloves – they are actually very light indeed and do an amazing job of keeping out the chill bearing that in mind, but for genuine winter riding you'll need more insulation.

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