I’ve long struggled with cold weather cycling gloves. In the summer, I have generally ridden with fingerless gloves from Specialized or Assos. Last summer, I experimented with going bare handed. But a winter glove that works for me (rather than against me) has been elusive. My issues probably sound familiar: gloves are either too thin to keep my fingers warm or so bulky that I can’t shift and lose the feel of the bike.
As winter began to creep into my rides this year, and my gloveless approach drew stares on group rides, I decided to give the DeFeet Wool Duraglove a shot. CycleLife’s Matt Moore had recommended them to me repeatedly, but I had written them off. They didn’t seem like cycling gloves to me, and I doubted there ability to outperform other gloves on the market.
And for the first time in my years of winter riding, my hands were comfortable. I found that they block moderate wind fairly well, and they keep my hands warm even on chilly mid-winter days. I’m a huge fan of wool’s insulating and anti-odor properties on many other pieces of cycling wear, but I was surprised at how well it performs as gloves. The Duraglove also features a rubberized pattern on the palm for additional grip, keeping your hands from slipping even in wet weather.
On really cold days (when the temperature dips below freezing), I’ve added an Assos glove liner underneath the Duraglove for some extra warmth, but even in high-30s, I’ve been fine with just the wool. And one of the best features of the Duraglove: the price – it’s one of the cheapest winter cycling gloves on the market (just don’t tell my wife; I bought her a pair for Christmas).
Enjoy the ride.