Equip yourself with the right pair (or pairs) of gloves for your local conditions, and your trainer will be the only thing hibernating this winter. Photo: John David Becker
Castelli Super Nano
These might provide the perfect balance between warmth and flexibility for fall and spring days. Insulation is minimal, but they offer just enough protection and feel thin and unobtrusive when riding. The tight wrist opening prevents cool air from sneaking up into the palm and fits nicely under a long-sleeve jersey.
Conditions: Bookends of winter temps. $60, Castelli-cycling.com Photo: John David Becker
Giro Ambient 2
If you’re going to have one glove to make it through the winter, the Ambient 2 covers the broadest range of conditions. It is fairly thick and feels a bit bulkier than some, but provides a solid grip and is adequately warm for most cold days. A Velcro strap seals the wrist from the elements, or can be left open for extra breathability.
Conditions: Classic winter. $45, Giro.com Photo: John David Becker
Assos Early Winter Gloves S7
This high-end glove provides substantial insulation without the bulkiness and sketchy grip of similar winter cycling gloves. It feels thin when gripping a drop bar and can still stand up to cold days without being overkill when the thaw comes. Internal seams in the fingers are thick and noticeable when riding.
Conditions: Versatile. $120, Assos.com Photo: John David Becker
Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell Lobster Glove
This is practically a skiing mitten adapted for cycling. The two-finger pockets feel much warmer on frigid days than standard gloves, and the split design gives more control over the brake and shift levers than a mitten. Bulk could be an issue: The ample insulation loosens the connection between rider and bike.
Conditions: Deep freeze. $75, Pearlizumi.com Photo: John David Becker
Sugoi RPM Full Glove
Unhindered motion and breathability are the hallmarks of this thin glove. It provides minimal insulation and can’t stand up to a cold day, but its pad-free palm creates a great grip on a handlebar. It connects the rider to the bike as well as a summer glove, and is perfect for those late fall or winter days when the temperature embraces short-sleeve attire.
Conditions: Unseasonably warm. $30, Sugoi.com Photo: John David Becker