Planet Bike Borealis Fall/Winter Full Finger

4.1 out of 5 stars 226 customer reviews
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The ring finger on this glove fits perfectly, however, there is a flaw in the index finger.
I can tell you true, these gloves are the best cold weather cycling gloves I have ever worn and I'm 56 yrs.
I live on the California coast near Santa Barbara and my commutes are usually 6 miles or less on fairly flat roads.
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  • Ultra-soft Fleece thumb and index finger
  • HIPORA® Windproof/Waterproof Breathable Liner
  • Fingertip silicon prints for increased grip
  • 4 way stretch woven spandex for a durable snug fit
  • Reflective piping for night visibility

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Product Description

Just say no to sore hands. Planet Bike has come up with gloves, handle bar tape, and their Century Gel pads to put the nix on the scourge of the long ride - numb hands!

Features:

• Ultra-soft Fleece thumb and index finger
• HIPORA® Windproof/Waterproof Breathable Liner
• Fingertip silicon prints for increased grip
• 4 way stretch woven spandex for a durable snug fit
• Reflective piping for night visibility

About Planet Bike:

Planet Bike was born from the heart of cyclists and our goal is to create innovative products that make it easier and safer for people to ride bicycles. The products we design are rooted in this dream. Riding through day, night, heat, cold, rain and snow helps us come up with products that make sense, work, and are practical.

Just as we are conscious of the way cycling affects people and the environment, we are also aware of the impact that our products have on them. We're sensitive to the lifecycle of our products. We pay keen attention to everything from ensuring a fair wage for factory workers, designing products to be both durable and fixable, minimizing packaging and using recyclable materials whenever, wherever we can.

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  • ASIN: B000TOZD2W
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 2, 2003
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,290 in Clothing (See Top 100 in Clothing)
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    By B. Sippel on March 13, 2010
    Size: Small Verified Purchase
    First, I'll start off by saying that I'm living in west central Wisconsin, and I have been biking about 3 miles round-trip to class almost every day this winter. I will also preface this by saying that I may have Raynaud's disease, which causes lack of blood flow in the extremities in cold weather, so basically any gloves that I have worn in <20 degree F weather have not kept my hands warm. That being said these are definitely the best ones I've owned for biking. I also have a pair of leather gloves and a pair of wool gloves/mittens that have 40 gram thinsulate lining. In comparison to those, the Planet Bike gloves are not as warm when you aren't moving, but once I'm riding the wind resistance of the Planet Bike gloves keeps my hands noticeably warmer. Despite this the gloves are not as water resistant as I was hoping for. Its been raining the last few days and the palm of the glove gets pretty wet quickly.

    Here is a rough temperature breakdown of the gloves on my 1.5 mile rides
    <0 degrees F - My hands go numb and freeze
    0-15 degrees - hands still get really cold, just not as fast
    15-20 degrees - the gloves keep my hands warm enough for that ride, I can still feel them when I get to class.
    20-35 degrees - Gloves are perfect, my palms get a little sweaty but my fingers are warm enough
    up to 45 degrees - the gloves are a little too warm but still useable
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    Size: Large Verified Purchase
    Pros:

    At a bit over $20 and free shipping with my Amazon Prime membership (or even with shipping) this is the best deal in winter cycling gloves. Finally, Amazon sells something for cycling that's got the quality we avid cyclists are looking for--and at a great price to boot.

    Excellent dexterity--no problem working all those little shift levers, buttons on electronics, tools, keys, or even ripping open a Clif Bar. I have no doubt I can do road/trail side repairs without taking my gloves off as I had with gloves I previously owned.

    FINALLY someone thought to put reflective piping on winter cycling gloves. It's bad enough nearly all winter cycling gear is black in color (like we want to be stealthy?) without forgetting to include those essential reflective materials on every item when they know we'll be riding in the dusk and dark with the shorter Winter days. Flashers on your bike just aren't enough to make you recognizable as a cyclist in the dark--you need to make the rider visible as well. I've noticed that when I signal with my hands while wearing these gloves, the response from drivers is far better than with my other--non-reflective--gloves. They even thought to put a reflective stripe on the forefinger (but not the middle-finger, hmmmm).

    While I would go with 'lobster' gloves for warmth, these 'half lobster' hands allow for greater use of those two essential digits without sacrificing the necessary amount of insulation. Plenty warm (actually hot in a New York autumn).

    The cuffs on these are the best I've seen. You can close them down right to the skin or over the cuffs of your jersey so they really lock out the cold. Most winter sports gloves come with knit cuffs that just don't cut it like these do.
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    These gloves are awesome once you get them on. They're cozy and warm. The four finger thing makes perfect sense -- it keeps your two smallest fingers warm together without sacrificing any utility. I feel like a crazy crab-clawed guy when I'm wearing them too.

    But BE CAREFUL WHEN TAKING THEM OFF. There is a warm inner liner that is not attached to the outer shell. It's very easy to pull the fingers of the inner liner inside out. Once you've done this you can't put the gloves on until you straighten them out, which can be _extremely_ difficult. "How hard can it be to turn a glove the right way round? Trust me -- when there's a shell in the way, it gets tricky. I recommend chopsticks if you do find yourself in this bind. Last winter I left these on the shelf for about 6 weeks even though they would have been the perfect warm glove because I couldn't get them on!
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    I read the review about them being too warm for a lot of situations and also the review that the inner glove can get easily turned inside out.

    When I first put these on I thought they were like gloves I had before, i.e. the inner glove was partially sewn into the outer glove, so inseparable. Took my hand out and tried to put them back on. No way that was going to happen, the inner liner was completely inside out and totally resistant to being put back in its proper place!

    Then I realized the inner glove and the outer glove are two separate pieces. Problem solved. When pulling off the glove, first pull of the outer section. Then pull off the inner glove. No problemo, they are simply two separable pieces.

    The weather a bit too warm for both sections? Then just put on the outer glove. On a very cold day, put them both on.

    Problems solved and for the money, I am a happy camper.
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    I usually wear a pair of wool gloves to about 40 degrees before my hands get too cold. So I decided to give these a try for the winter commute.

    At $20 for the X-L these are a steal. I got the 2010 version, which has a sewn in liner with the problem of going inside-out that others have discussed. This was fixed in the 2011 version.

    These gloves are sized small. I'm usually a large in mountain hardware/smart wool gloves. At X-L these just about fit without any room to spare. Unfortunately this makes it difficult to wear a liner comfortably. I should have gotten XX-L.

    On their own, they keep my hands warm to about 32 degrees which is not much greater than my wool gloves. In addition, my hands sweat like crazy in these.

    I have tried wearing a liner with them into the low/mid 20s, which helps. But my finger tips become ice blocks near the end of my commute (1.5 miles).

    Overall, I'm disappointed in the ability of these gloves to keep my hands warm and will keep searching.

    Update (2012-Jan):

    I've changed my mind about these. I've found that coupled with a pair of large Smartwool Liner gloves, they work really well. So far this winter, I've kept warm into the teens. I haven't yet tried them out in rain though.

    http://www.amazon.com/Smartwool-Liner-Glove-Black-M/dp/B002SUE1KU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1326693060&sr=8-2
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