I don’t normally feel the cold; but 2 years ago on one very crisp and frosty February morning I felt the cold like never before! My core temperature and limbs were fine thanks to a good wicking base layer and the usual central heating generated by a bike ride. But my fingers and toes were numb beyond belief. Holding the cold bars, pulling on cold shifters and break levers coupled with the freezing wind generated by my forward movement meant my hands and fingers in particular were subjected to sub zero temperatures that I hadn’t thought possible and it hurt!
If this sounds a little dramatic its supposed to. Do not take the cold lightly! By the time I got home (on a ride I cut very short) I was close to tears – yes at 40 years old I felt like crying because my hands were cold! I felt sick and I couldn’t touch anything let alone rub my hands together to warm them like I have been telling my kids to do on cold Bonfire nights.
You clicked on the link to read a review and this is a review of sorts – I’m almost there. It took hours for the life to come back into my fingertips and a few more for the tingling to stop altogether, never again was I going to let this happen. I needed gloves that were going to provide thermal protection and wouldn’t allow water (snow or rain) in so I went shopping that afternoon.
Now I wear SealSkinz cycling gloves and the above experience is but a memory. The gloves provide great protection against the elements and my hands are now toasty and warm during Winter rides. They have cycling specific rubber patches for grip on wet brake levers and with a velcro wrist strap they seal in the heat and fit snug. They don’t have much in the way of padding on the palm or heel to provide any of the impact support, but for me Winter riding is firstly about staying warm and these do the job perfectly.