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Good glove, could be great with a few additions
on October 21, 2011
This is personally my first encounter with Gore products, and I have to say that after using these gloves for a few weeks on my morning bike rides, Gore is definitely a place I'll be looking for future clothing needs.
These gloves aren't meant for super cold temperatures, and if you're in those temperatures I seriously don't think they are going to help much. I've used them in the temp range of about 30F to 50F, and for this range where it's cold but not yet freezing they are fantastic. When it gets colder out I can either just add some liners beneath these, or I can switch to my snowboarding gloves so I'm not worried about that. What was giving me trouble was that tricky area where it's cold but not yet freezing: I tried using summer gloves + liners, but the wind was killer. I tried using the gloves I'm planning on using when it gets below freezing, but my hands were ridiculously hot 20 minutes into the ride. I tried some wool gloves I had lying around that are decent for just using around town, but the wind protection wasn't great and their thickness reduced my dexterity more than I'd like.
So I picked a pair of these gore glove up, and they are pretty great. To give an idea of their warmth, when I first start biking in 35F my fingers are a bit cold in these gloves. I'm okay with that though because on the flip side I can wear these gloves for hours -- even as I start biking hard and warm up significantly, these gloves don't get exceedingly hot. It's kind of amazing actually and I'm very impressed with the material these are made of for that. They also have some decent padding on them, good grip on the fingertips, and are thin enough to allow full range of motion. These are very well made gloves and I bet they would last quite a long time.
The downside though is that there is no wipe material/section. Most biking gloves I have tried have a part on the outer thumb you can use to wipe sweat (or other things), and I LOVE this part of biking gloves. This is a major drawback for me and is the main reason I'm giving these 4 stars instead of 5 and why I'll probably be returning them. Another aspect I dislike is that they have WINDSTOPPER written along one of the fingers in extremely noticeable white text, and that really hurts what could otherwise be a great looking glove. I'd like to use these at times other than biking, and in those instances I would much prefer to not have that ridiculous text there.
I've tried to give an accurate review of what I like and dislike about these gloves. If they sound like they would work for you, great, otherwise I'm sure I'll soon be doing a review of a different glove as I look for something to replace these.