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- Style: Half lobster
- Color: Black and Grey
- Padding: 2mm foam
- Season: spring, fall and winter
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These super warm and wind-proof cycling gloves will keep you rolling all winter long. The half lobster Borealis gloves are designed to be 3 gloves in 1. Both the fleece liner and the outer glove can be worn on their own depending on conditions. Put them together and you get the ultimate cold weather combo.
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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
The price is unbelievable - I would pay three times as much for gloves this good. They are my favorite winter gloves!
However, the shape of the glove is not great - there's a bunch of extra material in the palm area that is uncomfortable when holding the handlebar. Also, the glove will tend to slide down your wrist, adding even more extra material to the palm area and exacerbating the situation. The glove is the proper size (fingers at the end) so sizing is not the problem.
Finally, the glove is NOT padded. The only padding comes from use of a thick liner that might crush a bit like padding would. If you use this without a liner, or with only a thin liner, you'll notice this.
For the price, these failings are not a deal breaker, but they're not minor either. These gloves could be much improved with a bit more care and design in future versions.
If you need a comfortable glove for a long ride, this ain't it. If you need a cheep glove for a short commute, this could work out for you.
For what it's worth, I'm NOT returning my pair because my commute is short - I just won't wear them on longer rides.
- Factory seconds. Several cosmetic issues (right index finger longer than the left, etc), but I don't see these issues as reducing the utility or longevity of the gloves.
- Palm width is too narrow for finger length. The chart (online at Planet Bike) says I'm a medium. The finger length is spot on (that is, just a hair long), but the palm width is a good bit too narrow -- it should be slightly loose but is overly snug. A tight glove impedes blood flow and compacts insulation, reducing the effectiveness of the glove in cold weather. I'm going to try to trade up to a large size, but I suspect the fingers will then be too long and impede dexterity.
- For a winter glove, the wrist cuff is too short in my opinion. I'm concerned there will be excessive air infiltration at speed on the bike in very cold weather. Time will tell.
- The glove system has no handlebar specific padding in the outers, relying on the natural cushioning of the liners. This reduces flexibility. Running fingerless bike gloves instead of the liners works and is an option.
- $15 for a winter glove? Excellent! Time will tell if they live up to their winter pedigree. I'm hoping these will work as well as or better than my winter ski gloves.
- Excellent dexterity for biking. No problems at all shifting gears or running the V-brakes. Having the two smallest fingers together is a complete non-issue. Better dexterity than my heavy ski gloves.
- Grip is solid and predictable. Even with a sweaty hand inside the glove, I had no grip issues.
- Gloves promise to be warm enough for winter. Without liners at 38 degrees and before sunrise the gloves were much too warm for me. No sense of unwanted air movement through the gloves, or bad seams. I'm expecting them to be good down to below 20 F.
- Love that the insulation layer is a removable liner glove. This is the best for winter gloves. You can wash the liners, and replace them with thicker or thinner liners as weather conditions demand. An excellent feature that I don't see as often in cheaper gloves.
- The liner glove dries very fast. They came out of the washing machine almost completely dry to the touch. For their thickness, they seem pretty warm. To date the weather has been too warm to test them.
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Inside liners are five fingered.