Craft Siberian Split Finger Wind & Waterproof Bike Gloves
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- 100% Other Fibers
- Wind and waterproof shell fabric
- Fleece lined
- Velcro Adjuster
- Touch screen compatible; 94% Polyester, 6% Spandex fabric
- Craft is a Swedish brand specializing in clothing for endurance sports where performance and comfort are crucial for a good result
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From the manufacturer
Great Ideas Withstand the Test of Time
In 1973 inventor Anders Bengtsson went out for a run outside his home in Borås, Sweden, with a set of new underwear next to his skin. As usual after his workout he weighed his underwear and measured the moisture content. This time there was no doubt. he had found the perfect baselayer for optimal body- temperature management. A polyester garment that transports sweat away from the body without getting damp and heavy as polyester fibers don’t absorb any moisture.
The time and place couldn’t have been more in Craft’s favor. Borås, anchored in a tradition of handicraft, knitting factories and an entrepreneurial spirit, was in the ’70s the perfect playground for Craft. here our first collection saw the light of day and made its successful way to the retail stores.
Four decades later our products are available across the globe and our brand is an integral part of the professional world of sports.
Warm, wind-/waterproof glove with fleece lining and silicone print in palm and touch screen compatibility.
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I bike year round in Chicago. Last year I rode during the week the temps hit -8 F with wind chills in the -20 to -30s. I even got minor frostbite on an ear where my balaclava was letting some wind blow in. I'm not bragging, just want to show the type of weather that I am out in. My typical winter dress is a pair of lightweight long underwear pants under a pair of REI brand waterproof pants (novara). I usually wear a pair of waterproof boots with medium weight wool socks. For upper body I have a Sugoi Zap Versa jacket (no insulation but windproof and waterproof) with a lightweight long underwear long sleeve shirt. For my head I have a Smartwool balaclava. With this set up my core is sweaty by the time I get to work after a 7 mile ride. My feet are fine and my head is warm.
Previously I had a pair of Pearl Izumi P.R.O lobster claw gloves. I liked them a lot, but they were 5 years old, had lost their waterproof ability and no longer kept my hands as warm. I needed a new pair.
-They are cheap. At $25 they were about 1/3 of the price of the new version of Pearl Izumi's that I was looking at.
-They are thin and light weight. The size worked great too.
-I love the bright yellow design. I assumed they would get dirty very quickly, but I like bright reflective stuff in the winter.
-They are cheap. The feel cheap. The threading looks poor in several places. The material feels cheap like WalMart gloves. I can't see these lasting 5 years. Maybe 1-2 years if lucky.
-They are water resistant maybe, but definitely not waterproof. I tested by wearing them under running water for 15 seconds. Took them out of the running water and within 2 minutes the inner glove was damp. Very uncomfortable. I put them on a radiator to dry and it took over a day to dry out. not what I would want to wear on a cold, wet day. I know that waterproof doesn't necessarily mean completely waterproof, but this was pretty terrible.
-The grip on the palm felt cheap. The little rubberized parts looked like they would wear off or peel off within the first season for sure. This is just by looks, so it might surprise and last longer, but I wouldn't count on it. There were six little dots of rubber on each claw with a little on the palm too.
-The nose wipe area wasn't in the right spot and felt strange if you try to use it.
-They don't have enough insulation. I wore them on a ride to work today (25F with 18 windchill). It was hardly the coldest day I've ridden, but my fingers were painfully cold before I was even halfway to work. This might happen at 10F air temps with the Pearl Izumi gloves, but my hands would start to warm up as I did. The Craft gloves just kept getting colder even though my core was sweaty. I have to say this is pretty sad. I usually wear thin summer gloves until the temps are below 45F. I don't put my Pearl Izumi's on until the temps are under 30F so I'm not a person whose hands are always cold. I found this rather pathetic personally.
-They have finger holes for each finger instead of letting the two fingers in the claw share space. This keeps the fingers colder. My Pearl Izumi's were the same way but the material was warmer and looser. These were tight and constricting.
I might have stuck with these if they were warm. At 1/3 of the cost if they were warm and lasted 2 seasons, I'd be at about the same place as my old gloves. Since I couldn't wear them even at relatively warms temps of 25F, there's just no way I can recommend these gloves. I'll be saving up to buy another pair of the Pearl Izumi gloves and be happy for another couple of years.
So, comparing the REI's to the Craft Siberians: they are quite similar overall--same or very similar insulation. The Crafts look a little nicer--graphics look better and the grip on the palm side MAY be a little better. But in no way are the warmer and they are harder to get on and off. The Crafts also seem to run a little small. I ordered XL, since the circumference of my hand is just barely over 9" and according to the size chart, an XL fits an 11" circumference. I thought that would easily support a liner glove. If these were appreciably warmer, I would have returned and order an XXL.
In my search to find some warm gloves for cycling, I've read hundreds of reviews and it certainly appears that there is a very wide range of acceptable comfort among cyclists/humans. I'm probably on the cold-blooded end of the spectrum and I'm still searching for something that will work when it gets really cold out and still allows proper manipulation of brakes and shifters. Any suggestions welcome.