It’s certainly a bit late in the season to be talking about gloves for cold weather, but it took a while to get around to photographing all of the different gloves that I’ve used over the last couple of years. This picture shows all my full finger gloves arranged in order of warmth, starting with the least warm at bottom left, going up the row, and then over to the bottom of the right hand row. Please bear in mind that all of my comments to follow about temperature ratings are based on keeping my fingers warm on a 30 min commute at an easy pace. YMMV.
MEC N2S Windstopper Gloves
These aren’t cycling glovers per se, but they are my go to gloves for cold, rainy weather. They look a bit ragged after being used for about four years on an occasional basis. I like the rubberized inner surface of the fingers and palms.
Pearl Izumi Thermal Gloves in Screaming Yellow
These gloves were the original inspiration for writing this up when late last year when I saw someone on the Annette St. bike lanes wearing a pair of bright yellow gloves that I didn’t recognize. Since I am a big fan of high visibility gloves, I wanted to check them out. In addition to the colour, they had small areas of reflective trim that would show up at night. Also, since they had “thermal” in the name, they seemed like a good option for cold weather. I must say that I was very disappointed with the warmth of these gloves. They weren’t good even at about +5°C. I’m not sure that I’m going to get much use out of these.
MEC Windbloc Fleece Gloves
These are MEC’s Windbloc fleece gloves from a few year’s back. The current ones on the website say that they are made from WindPro fleece. I’m not sure what the difference is. These are also not the thin, cheaper fleece gloves that MEC also carries. They are good to about -5°C.
MEC 3mm Neoprene Gloves
When I was looking for something waterproof but warmer than the N2S, I found these in the paddling section of MEC. I think they are seasonal since I don’t see them on the website right now. They have turned out to be terrific. They are good to about -5°C. They don’t breathe, so I’m not sure how they would do for fast riding.
Pearl Izumi amFIB gloves
These are a very popular winter glove. I find that they are good down to about -10°C. I also have a pair of Lobster Gloves that seem to have a similar amount of insulation, and they are only marginally warmer than these.
Black Diamond Ski Gloves
When it gets colder, I pull out the ski gloves. Note that one of them is shown with a Glo GLov that just barely stretches over the size medium. I also have Moose Mitts on my winter beater that cut the wind and probably add about 5°C of warmth. Pogies that are more enclosed, like Handlebar Booties would probably be better, but the Moose Mitts are very open at the back and allow the use of multiple hand positions on drop bars. The moose mitts and Ski gloves are good to however cold I’m willing to ride, say -25°C.
This winter, my go to gloves have been the neoprenes, the amFIB’s and the ski gloves, all with Glo Gloves added. I get a surprising amount of use from the neoprenes. I also have the Moose Mitts on the winter beater. For still colder weather, I would refer you to the icebike site.
Now if Pearl Izumi would see fit to make their Lobster Gloves in Screaming Yellow, with reflective trim, that would be something.