Winter Cycling Gloves

When you want to extend your cycling season the right gloves are essential gear. With a little forethought you can enjoy riding through colder months.

Gloves are an important—and sometimes tricky—piece of apparel to get right. Fingers and hands that are too hot or too cold can be distracting and uncomfortable, causing you to end a ride early or suffer through in frustration. Take a look at some of our favorite options for different temps you might encounter.

As you are planning which gloves to take on a ride, look at the temps you will encounter at the beginning, middle, and end of your ride. At different altitudes, remember that your hands will get colder on long descents so plan ahead if you are in the mountains.

For the Shoulder Season

Sometimes all you need is a touch of insulation or a little wind protection. These lightweight gloves are small enough to toss in a jersey pocket as the day warms or on a long climb, and some models double as liners for extra warmth beneath more weatherproof options. Commonly used in temps 45-60° F.

Parka Your Hands

Before and after work rides that begin or end in the dark require thicker layers to maintain feeling in your fingers. Look for options that have at least 100g of insulation and a windproof barrier for the best comfort. Commonly used in temps 32-50° F.

For the Coldest Days

Serious winter riders need the ultimate in warmth. Pogies offer the greatest warmth and dexterity, but work best when set up on a dedicated bike. Mittens are next in warmth, but hinder your ability to shift and brake. Claw-style gloves balance warmth and dexterity. Commonly used with temps below 32° F.

If you want to learn more about how to choose the right cycling gloves for riding in your area, visit your local bike shop for expert advice. See what your local shop carries.