Best waterproof cycling gloves and how to choose
Best waterproof cycling gloves and how to choose
How to choose the best waterproof cycling gloves. We can’t review every waterproof glove out there, but we can suggest how to pick the pair that works for you. We look at warmth, fabric and cuff. Share your experience too please – let us know what waterproof gloves have worked for you (and any to avoid!)
04:12 Double cuff gloves (La Passionne)
04:42 Spatzwear Neoz neoprene
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Just buy montane single layer waterproof mitts. They have no liner or insulation at all. They are a completely waterproof hard shell, are very lightweight (44g) and pack tiny.
You just put them over whatever gloves you normally wear, thick gloves or thin gloves it does not matter. Never get wet hands again. I have got some that are oversized, you can surprisingly still use the shifters and brakes. I just wish they made them in lobsters but we can’t have everything.
They are called, ‘Montane minimus waterproof mitts’ designed for mountain sports but the best think I’ve found for cycling.
Si thank you for your review. I was really excited about the Spatz but stopped myself because it seemed these gloves are meant for endurance type rides. My rides are usually 3 hours and my hands don’t sweat that much so I assume the gloves effectiveness could be compromised. Anyway I was reading some of viewers responses and there was one where they recommended a glove overlay (Montane). Found a retailer will check them out tomorrow. Thanks again for your help.
My Enduro SL Primaloft have always kept hands dry and toasty! They should, £50 quid
Hi, I am a glove maker from China and this glove is not suitable for cycling. It is an upgraded version of diving gloves.
1. waterproof effect, but not breathable, long time fingers do not touch the air, will make the fingers injured.
2. the palm of the hand sweat, not convenient to wear gloves. You take off the gloves in the ride and put them on again, which will be very troublesome.
Waterproof and breathable are GORE WEAR C5 Gore-Tex bike gloves.
Are the Spatz warm?
I’ve tried then left the neoprene at home, for all the reasons you state. What works for me most of the time is a pair of sealskin windproof outers over a thin merino pair, I’ll get wet but stay warm and the outers are easy to whip off and if I warm up I can wear either Pair on their own
I can recommend the Stolen Goat winter gloves, they are a made from a woollen fabric
what is your opinion about these gloves?
It’s useful to expand your options into motorbike gloves. Motorbike gloves offer the same dexterity for operating hand controls with added benefit of abrasion resistance and targeted padding to protect in crashes. BMW make some of the best kit.. functional and long lasting.
I had given up on finding a truly water proof pair of gloves, and have been wearing some merino wool gloves. I’ll have to give those Spatz a try.
Im currently looking for a pair that i can wear all year round that are fairly thin but are well waterproof
All of this is spot on. Nothing keeps me dry. Sweat is my biggest enemy on a bike. All of my gear is high quality and very breathable on a normal person. On me it’s like wearing a binbag in a sauna. I sweat like a swamp donkey!
I had the problem with sweating hands in heavier "waterproof" winter gloves but I feel i mostly solved it with a silk inner glove. I bought a pair of Proviz Reflect 360 waterproof gloves as I thought the high vis tech would be useful in winter urban riding. Didnt like the fit that much, the cuff felt short too and the liner would pull out which was infuriating when trying to put them back on, but they did the main job but were still too cold when temperature dropped to zero. However they would also be pretty soaked after not long on the bike which made them uncomfortable especially putting back on.
So as a big fan of layering I bought a pair of Dissent 133 silk liner gloves and used those underneath, I was surprised by the duel advantage of adding a temperature boost plus wicking away the sweat enough to make it feel much better although still a bit clamy but far less distracting, plus you could dry the inner liner very quickly on a rest stop. I did have some thermal inner gloves for hiking but found them just too thick meaning cycling style gloves wouldnt fit over the top but the silk ones work well.
As I didnt like the fit of the Proviz gloves that much I saved that combo for the worst weather and ended up buying a pair of Grip Grab waterproof knitted gloves for more mild wet conditions, no seams and really good fit and feel warm however I was unable to test in the same cold and really wet conditions as before. They seem a bit thin and I noticed Grib Grab do quite a large range for more wintery rainy conditions.
But I am very tempted to try the Dissent 133 cycling glove layering system, they have a 3 and 4 layer system, the silk inner, thermal mid and a couple of waterproof outlayers, seems like it could solve some issues being flexible and gloves are easy to carry. However I had spent too much on gloves last Winter!
Where do you get your specs from as a fellow spectacle wearer I would welcome your thoughts!?
Not cycling gloves but work well, Wonder Grip WG-338 Thermo Plus Waterproof and Cold-resistant Gloves under £10
Great review. I work for an outdoor equipment company in the US. Finding things that will keep your hands, or feet warm, and dry in cold wet weather is challenge for cycling, hiking, running, or paddling sports. Like you, I have a collection of gloves, jackets, and the like that work, but with limitations. The quest for the perfect cycling gloves is a continuous one.
If they are trapping sweat, do you have to rinse them out after a ride? I’m thinking about my chest HRM – if I don’t rinse the strap after each use, it begins to smell after a while. But I guess if the inside of the gloves isn’t absorbing sweat, it’s not an issue…
I did like the look of the La Passione Deep Winter Gloves, but it doesn’t look like LP do those anymore. They have a winter glove on their site but no double cuff. Thus far I’ve been happy with Castelli’s RoS gloves – certainly good enough for very cold weather although I haven’t had the chance to get them soaked yet. If they’re anything like the rest of Castelli’s RoS gear, they should be fine.
I use a wide variety of Gloves as well as all cycle gear for all conditions. I love my Assos rain glove made from neoprene as well as a similar pair by Castelli. They both feel damp from sweat but not wet from rain, which makes a big difference in terms of weight. They dry out quicker too.
I agree, it’s often sweat that causes the greatest “discomfort” than water ingress. I find on winter coffee runs it’s best keeping the gloves on when you stop, if possible, to keep the moisture warm and retain heat inside the glove. Another good upload 👍🏼
how wet do your hands get with the neoprene gloves? I am thinking of getting a pair, but I do deliveries and ride my bike around 36 hours per week. Do you think the amount of dampness on the hands from using neoprene daily would start to cause skin conditions?
Thanks for a fab video. Finding gloves for winter riding is a total minefield! I am presently surprised how dexterous you found theses as they look like they would be very bulky and clumsy.
I am another convert to the Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer gloves. They are warm, waterproof and windproof. Best of all they are not nearly as thick as normal winter gloves so easy to move your hands and you can use your touchscreen phone and headunit . I tuck the cuffs under my jacket to keep the rain out. When you stop and take them off they get cold and take a little while to warm up again. I find stuffing them up the front of my jersey keeps them warm. In 2 degrees or below I add a silk liner as I have dodgy circulation.
Seal skins are great but find them hard to get on and off when my hands are sweaty so they have become my walking gloves.
A wonderful and precise review. Very refreshing to hear an articulate YouTuber. 👏
I just use dishwashing gloves. Long cuffs, dirt cheap. Fails on fashion, though.
Sea to Summit neoprene Solution Paddling Gloves. Like your Spatz, but they are sewn with the fingers pre-curved so that you don’t tire out maintaining flexion of your fingers when paddling in cold water. Guess what? Bike bars are round like paddles and these gloves are perfect for cycling too. Used them in Scotland a few years ago descending some steep roads in sleet and pounding rain. My hands were warm and I maintained control, can’t ask for more.
My black sealskins are pish. £45. Great video
Neoprene gloves are ok unless you stop and take them off at a cafe stop etc. Put them back on wet and cold inside not Nice!! Endura waterproof / windproof gloves are my top pick can’t remember model name ?
buy scubadiver gloves with decathlon.much cheaper and for the deepsea gloves, much better
Like you, Simon, I’ve got around a million pair of gloves which don’t work quite as advertised. But I first got a pair of neoprene ones from Lidl or Aldi & have found them to be much as you described. Mine aren’t sealed at the seams but I’ve found a cheap alternative that are at Decathlon amongst their swimming range.
When it comes to winter riding in frustrated by lack of dexterity from many gloves but, again, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Decathlon’s walking range.
If you want waterproof gloves, nothing with a seam will work. $5 dishwashing gloves will work, but $100 fancy material gloves won’t.
I use $10 SHOWA 282 gloves, which do have the cuff problem but I can get them underneath my rain jacket ($15 Frogg Toggs). I previously used neoprene gloves (Showers Pass Crosspoint) but they are neither warm enough nor waterproof enough over time.
Very good review.
I don’t see many thin membrane gloves for cyclists. There are thick winter ones with loads of insulation but just a few without insulation. I don’t need it as I don’t ride in cold weather. There are mittens but they are not comfy on a bike unless they are of lobster type. I wonder why? Is it because membranes die quicker in gloves that are not just worn but acturally pressed to the bar? I suppose the rubbing and pressure should kill membrane pretty quickly. Then, there should be some durable membrane, probably non-porous. Like Sympatex. Yet, I don’t see it. Gore Wear C5 looks good but pricy. I’m thinking about trying Dexshell Ultralite gloves. Although, they have woven outer layer meaning it’ll be soaking wet under rain but the membrane will not let it further. Still the price is much lower.
After 25-30 mins under 3c hands block ice. Dangerous find brakes on hoods. I’ll be watching on. Have 8 odd pairs gloves. All brands. Quality and cheap. None keep warm