At Try Hard, we love commuting via bike, and there’s a good chance you do too. If you live in a four season climate, riding in the winter is tough. I live on the Front Range of Colorado where the conditions often look like the picture below. Good news is, I found a great pair of gloves to warm up the situation.
One aspect of winter riding that has always left me shaking, quite literally, is how cold my hands get. In the past I’ve owned gloves that perform in temperatures as low as the high 30s. But in reality, we need gloves that can perform well below these temperatures, and I’ve finally found a pair.
The Giro 100 Proof lobster mitts are designed specifically for cycling. On first impression, I was impressed with the fit and design. They are black with some small reflective decals that leave the gloves looking sleek and nice. They feature a zippered pocket on top that doubles for ventilation when your hands warm up, but can also hold a hand warmer on the really frigid days. The gloves have a large and easy to adjust Velcro cuff around the wrist plus a larger inner cuff to keep your wrist totally covered. The final key component of the glove is the lobster style. If you aren’t familiar with this terminology, just take a look at the picture above. The pointer and middle fingers are kept together while the ring and pinky fingers are kept together to maximize warmth like a mitten. But the split design allows you to safely use the brake levers and shifters. Another perk to the design: I can still use my iPhone to check maps, texts, take photos, or even turn up the volume on my night riding jams.
Field Test:I have tested these gloves into the low teens. If I’m riding at night at this temperature, my hands get a little chilly. With that said, I’m more than comfortable riding in temperatures from 20-45 degrees, day and night. Sunlight is a huge factor. If it is sunny out, the black gloves help soak in the heat.
Don’t worry you can get more use out of these gloves than cycling. If you like winter running, don’t hesitate to take them along. From my experience they work great in temperatures around 0 degrees. Again, sunlight is a big factor that can affect their usable range, so if it is sunny and 25, I would say leave these big guys at home and opt for a lighter pair.
Overall, I’ve been pleased. Like I said, I hoped the gloves would keep me warmer at extreme temperatures, but they fair better than anything I have used so far and the overall fit and feel of the glove exceeded my expectations.
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Stay warm and safe, friends!