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Road Tested: Winter Cycling Gloves

  • By Geoff Nenninger
  • Published Dec 21, 2012


Giro 100 Proof Gloves
$70, Giro.com

The Giro 100 Proof glove is a lobster-style cycling glove with a nice added bonus: a thin, removable full-fingered liner. This is a very versatile glove, and the removable liner provides three distinct configurations.

First, the whole enchilada, consisting of the lobster shell worn with the full-fingered liner. This setup provides extreme warmth even in very cold temperatures. This is fantastic on the coldest of days on the bike, when you really have the urge to ride outside. Expect to give up some mobility, but considering the alternative of painfully cold fingers, this more constrictive setup is worth it on bitterly cold days.

The second option is the lobster-style shell without the liner. The shell does have a cloth lining, which provides a comfortable feel on the hand. Removing the liner removes just enough bulk to add a decent level of control while still providing a level of warmth not found in almost any full-fingered glove.

The third and final option is the liner alone. With a silicon pattern on the palm and fingers, the liner can provide excellent grip and just the right amount of protection from cool weather, although it was inadequate for rough weather. The liner doubles as a running glove, a bonus for triathletes. If you are looking for one glove to purchase and want the widest range of temperature protection, the Giro 100 Proof glove is the most versatile option in this review.

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