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Tearing apart, but good customer service.
on December 30, 2015
Update 4/22/16: Following the separation of the outer glove from the cuff I contacted Planet Bike. They asked for pictures, through a few emails they finally agreed to send a brand new pair of gloves. Pretty good customer service.
Update: All of the below information still holds true. The glove performance is great, however, my gloves are now becoming separated where the glove meets the wrist cuff. In other words, it's tearing apart. What's worse is that I purchased this during the so-called holiday shopping season and can now no longer return them, as of January 31st.
I purchased these gloves as a solution to cold weather riding. I ride in temperatures as low as 35 degrees for up to 2 hour rides at average speeds between 15 and 19 mph. The gloves that I had been using are Dakine Scout gloves that I usually use for hikes in freezing and snowy weather. Those gloves (Dakine) are a bit big and awkward when trying to shift STI levers and do make my hands too warm to ride in 40+ degree weather. The PB Borealis seem like they'll do a good job, I like that they have an inner glove that is removable. Also, the palms of the glove have a nice non-slip grippy texture that is helpful when riding on the hoods or out of the saddle.
I've ridden twice while wearing them. The first ride was for 70 minutes at an average of 16 mph in 37 degree weather. These gloves kept my hands warm enough that I would have been fine for another hour, or longer. I would not say that my hands were toasty warm, but they were warm enough and only got chilled on a descent where I reached top speed of 28 mph. I suppose that much longer and my hands would have been cold, but easily bearable. I don't expect any glove to keep my hands toasty for 2 or 3 hours in 37 degree weather.
My second ride was for an hour at an average of 17 mph in 41 degree weather. The ride was relatively flat. During this ride my hands actually got a bit warm during a slight 1 mile incline. My hands were pretty warm by the end of the ride.
Third ride: 36 miles over 2.5 hours. Temperature began at 35 degrees and rose to 41 degrees, however, the windchill for the first part of the ride was significant. These gloves kept my hands warm the entire time!
I will update this portion of the review when the weather dips to near freezing. However, I imagine that they will perform just fine in temperatures as low as 30 degrees.
Fit: I purchased the extra large size. I believe my hands are between a large and extra large. My left hand measured around my palm (not including thumb) are about 22 cm. From the crotch of my index and middle finger, my middle finger is about 8.7 cm long; my index finger is about 7 cm in length. My ring finger is 8 cm, and my pinky is 5.8 cm. The ring finger on this glove fits perfectly, however, there is a flaw in the index finger. They have made it the same length as the ring finger which means the index finger glove is about 2 cm too long which means there is a bit of extra material when trying to shift. The combined ring/pinky finger fits just about right. Except for the odd index finger length of the glove, it fits about as I had expected.
Most other lobster claw gloves have the combined pairs of fingers. I like to have my index and ring finger free for shifting and grip adjustments while riding. For that reason these gloves are worth it and I would consider them a good value/performance piece of kit.