Cycling gloves

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Cycling gloves

Postby bother21 » 5 Apr 2013, 9:45am

OK, sick of the cold weather etc. etc....and I've worn out pair of, pretty useless, thinsulate gloves recently. Looking for some new winter gloves for cycling. Here's the rub though, I want some plain black gloves without branding, text, logos, reflective strips, bizzare (technical!) textures, piping and all that nonsense - just some plain black warm woollen gloves. Not too much to ask? Seems it is.

Does anyone have any recommendations, doesn't have to be cycling specific (in fact what is cycling specific (increased price with more logos on them it seems to me).

Any help appreciated.

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Re: Cycling gloves

Postby thirdcrank » 5 Apr 2013, 9:49am

If you have found Thinsulate useless, it's hard to imagine ordinary knitted gloves being any better, either in terms of keeping your hands warm or durability. I'd recommend a trip to TKMaxx. Whenever I go, they seem to have plenty of different styles of warm gloves on sale.

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Re: Cycling gloves

Postby tatanab » 5 Apr 2013, 9:54am

Do not be put off by the expensive brand name -

The best I've had by far are Assos Early Winter 851 ... ng-gloves/ 851 is "yesterday's" technical fabric and so you can find them at this sort of price, although in limited sizes so you might have to look further than Wiggle. They are windproof and warm (down to at least 0 degrees before I look for a liner) but also very thin so you feel brake levers etc with no problem However, they are water resistant at best. The only logo is the plastic thing on one finger that you can se, and I imagine that can be removed. Mine are now on their 5th winter and going strong.

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Re: Cycling gloves

Postby bother21 » 5 Apr 2013, 9:57am

Previous gloves useless only in terms of being cheap, therefore not very windproof and the outer knitting fell apart pretty readily. I don't mind paying money for decent glove, but I want to be paying for the glove not the branding, hi vis, padding etc. Seems there is no middle ground (in anything) these days, cheap and nasty or expensive and pointless. Oh dear I can feel another old man moment arriving.... :?

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Re: Cycling gloves

Postby thirdcrank » 5 Apr 2013, 10:23am

IME, the best fabric for most cycling is Windstopper. The windproof membrane also makes the fabric waterproof but as the seams are usually untaped, the gloves won't be.

I did have some really good Windstopper gloves which were unfortunately chewed through by a hungry mouse in my garage. I've had another pair with leather palms (described as cowhide) which have been really good. Unfortunately, the makers (Extremities) replaced them in their next year's range with something with flimsier leather and less of it.

If you want warm + waterproof for winter, I think cheap ski gloves are the opnly things that will do the job.

What's your budget?

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Re: Cycling gloves

Postby mig » 5 Apr 2013, 10:40am

the logo will come off quite easily.

as for 'woollen' gloves i don't think they'll be many. they'll more lkely be acrylic. not very windproof either!!

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Re: Cycling gloves

Postby Sooper8 » 5 Apr 2013, 10:46am

+1 for checking out TKMaxx
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Re: Cycling gloves

Postby Swallow » 5 Apr 2013, 10:50am

I've had some good stuff from these people ... s-mittens/
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Re: Cycling gloves

Postby stewartpratt » 5 Apr 2013, 11:03am

I get cold fingers very easily and these are the best gloves I've used: ... s-ec040954 ... Whether they meet your aesthetic requirements is another matter, but they do look good in the flesh and they're a good price at the moment.

You'll probably have more luck finding plain black (and very warm) gloves if you look at skiing gloves. Mine are very warm, though a bit bulky for cycling any distance and not good for using shifters and levers (fine on a flat-barred singlespeed though). Most places will be clearing them out now and, as mentioned above, TK Maxx usually have some.

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Re: Cycling gloves

Postby reohn2 » 5 Apr 2013, 11:04am

I've found these to be magic down to 0 deg:- ... 57392.html

When its raining or when the wind is strong and "thin" these worn over the top fit the bill perfectly:- ... 86186.html

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Re: Cycling gloves

Postby samsbike » 5 Apr 2013, 11:06am

I have suffered with the cold as well and have resorted to my winter motorcycle gloves. Bulky but warmer and fully waterproof. But my fingers do get very slightly cold after about 20mins for about 10mins or so.

However, you may want to try ski gloves as they should be just as good without the abrasion resistant. Places like TK Maxx usually have them at better prices than the more well known ski shops.

Personally my cycling winter gloves are only useful to me over spring and autumn.

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Re: Cycling gloves

Postby LollyKat » 5 Apr 2013, 11:25am

+1 for ski gloves - I got some in a sale from Mountain Warehouse, and of course now is the time to pick up skiing bargains. Be warned, though, that I found the sizing a bit erratic. I would recommend going to a shop and try them on rather than buy mail order.

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Re: Cycling gloves

Postby Ayesha » 5 Apr 2013, 11:31am

If Thinsulate is useless for you, you'd better bite the bullet and spend some money. ... ductID=144

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Re: Cycling gloves

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 5 Apr 2013, 12:12pm

Lidl did some Waterproof and at another date Winter gloves, plain black fingered.
They both make my hands Sweat :!:
Whats said Windproof and also make sure thay are to the point of being Baggy not Tight :!:
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Re: Cycling gloves

Postby Drake » 5 Apr 2013, 7:39pm

Sooper8 wrote:+1 for checking out TKMaxx

Couldn't agree more . I purchased a pair of ski gloves from TK Maxx that are waterproof and breathable . They've been excellent,and only 15 quid . Absolute bagain as far as i'm concerned .