You don't have to be in the pro peloton to know that operating your brake levers with numb, frostbitten fingers probably isn't a great idea.
That's why, as we enter the chillier half of the year, a solid pair of winter cycling gloves becomes one of the most important elements of your cold-weather kit.
“The main challenge when dressing for winter riding is keeping hands and feet warm,” says Hanna Claesdotter, product developer at Rapha.
“Freezing fingers or toes is usually the weak link that makes people give up outside riding when the temperature drops. Dressing hands and feet for slightly harsher conditions than the rest of your body can help prevent an early bailout.”
The way Hanna sees it, a good winter cycling glove needs to provide a perfect balance of warmth and dexterity. So, that’s exactly what we were looking for when we put the latest options from the best brands to the test.
Each pair of winter cycling gloves featured below was ridden hard on the wind-battered roads of the North East coast, in some of the wildest and wettest conditions the UK has to offer.
So, if you’re looking to invest in warm hands this season, here’s where you should be putting your money.
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