It’s that time of year again, cold weather glove review season is upon us. If you’re looking for options for winter mountain bike gloves, then you’ll like to check out this review as well as previous year’s Winter Glove Shootouts as we’re always on the quest to find the best cold weather riding gloves. This year however, we’ve got a few new ones as well as some old favorites, and quite possibly, Drew’s new favorite for really cold days on the trail.
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100 PERCENT HYDROMATIC BRISKER GLOVE MSRP: $44.50
Single-layer PU palm for weather protection
Lightly insulated soft-shell top hand ensures protection against colder temps
Waterproof-breathable insert secured to outer layer for optimal gripping
Silicone printed palm graphic increases grip in wet conditions
Reflective graphic on top of hand offer a clean look with improved visibility
Embossed graphics for some added texture
Extended waterproof neoprene pull-on cuff for more coverage
Conductive index finger & thumb keeps you connected with your digital device
These are probably the warmest all around glove in this roundup and also offer water resistance above the rest. They are warm, comfy once on and are quite durable in sloppy conditions. One issue that is slightly annoying while putting them on is the inner liner, which is also what keeps them so warm and dry. Like any glove with an inner liner, it can be tedious getting your hands in them if the holes aren’t lined up or your hands are slightly wet. It also means the bar feel isn’t as good as other single layer gloves, but it’s not something you can’t adjust to. They’re also a touch smaller than the normal Briskers, so you may want to size up if you’re near the cusp. Overall though, these are a good set of winter gloves if you need heavy duty protection and I regularly wear them with temps in the 28-35-degree range.
Windproof softshell backhand with knuckle protection panel and lightly brushed lining
Full finger terry sweat wipe
Synthetic leather palm with silicone print for grip
Zero palm padding for maximum dexterity and bar feel
Velcro® adjuster strap for secure fit
We just released a long term and detailed review on these gloves and like them a lot, so check the details here. There are a few little criticisms we had but overall, these are a solid set of mid-temp winter MTB gloves.
Conductive thread at index finger and thumb for touchscreen compatibility
Screen printed logos
Slip-on glove style
100% polyester waterproof top hand fabric
AX Suede™ fleece waterproof palm
The Fox Ranger Water gloves are an awesome set for those looking for a minimalist, or thin cold weather glove. Since they offer water/rain protection they aren’t as breathable, but that means they’re also a lot warmer than many gloves this thin. Great feel on the bar, not bulky so they pack up nicely and offer some rain protection too.
Compression molded neoprene cuff with hook and loop closure for a secure fit
Padded single layer conductive Clarino® palm is touch screen compatible
Insulated closed cell foam top of hand fabric provides protection from cold weather
PU-lined stretch nylon finger gussets seal out the elements
Silicone print at fingertips for lever grip
This may be the best tip in our roundup this year. If you also suffer from cold hands or ride in really cold temps, Fox Racing has these gloves hidden away in their moto/UTV side of the website and they’re quite a bit warmer than their MTB winter glove range. Be warned though, these can get very hot, so pack a thinner set of winter gloves for a transition as the day warms up.
Entirely Touch Screen Palm (Not just one finger tip)
Single Layer, Fleece-lined Top
Extended Neoprene cuff
Durable synthetic leather palm
Grip Graphics for added grip & style
HUGE towel sweat cloth, the full length of the thumb
Handup’s Cold Weather gloves offer some good value and protection for milder winter temperatures. They are not the most comfortable, as you can read in our long term review. Testers could feel the seems inside the fingers and they’re not the best with cell phone navigation, but for the price, they are competitive for those who don’t regularly need a cold weather glove for their riding season.
SubZero 3 layer laminated upper hand and finger insulation for harsh weather conditions
MicronGrip palm | Waterproof
Very durable with touch screen function
Silicone grip print
Inside microfleece laminated lining
Velcro cuff strap
Microinjected 3D Brush Guard reinforced pinky and knuckles
There’s a reason these gloves have been in my list year after year. They offer a great bar feel while still offering some good protection from the cold in upper 30s’ to 40-degree temps. Leatt has another thinner, Windblock glove, which is a great option for riders in milder climates who just want a thin shell glove for temps in the 40’s and 50’s as they do a very good job as well.
Despite these being labeled as a road bike glove, we’ve had some great times getting them muddy and wet aboard our mountain and eBikes this winter. They’re another option in the upper, high 30s to 40-degree range, as they do get cold in those mid-thirties. The gloves fit well, offer a good bar feel and subtle looks. They aren’t the best with cell phone screen navigation, but can definitely get your phone unlocked and basic tasks completed. I like these gloves and use them regularly on warmer, winter days or as a transition glove from something thicker as they temps and my body warms.
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