As winter draws in it's time to start thinking about your cycling wardrobe. As the old saying goes, 'there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes'. And perhaps the two areas which cause the most discomfort when out on cold rides are hands and feet. That's where good gloves come in.
We chose Castelli's CW. 3.1 Glove (the CW stands for cold weather) because of its lightness yet strong capability of standing up to the cold. We find a lighter glove makes it easier using the controls, and certainly the CW.3.1 is a very manouevrable glove. It's claimed to be good for temperatures from 0°-10° C (32°-50° F). On our test ride at 7° C, there wasn't even an inkling of cold in our hands, giving us confidence to venture out in much colder temperatures with them.
Constructed from Polartec and a 3 layer Airflex light fabric, they are water resistant and breathable. We ran them under a tap, and water just beaded off without any problems, although for very extreme wet conditions a neoprene glove might be more suitable. Inside is a soft, warm Polartec Power Dry fleece, designed to wick away moisture. It's not cycling-jersey style wicking - your hands can still get a bit clammy, but we'll take that any day over the cold.
A velcro strap helps seal the wrist, keeping the cold out, whilst a handy gel pad on the palm helps eliminate road buzz. Another nice feature is the silicon grip pattern, very handy for wetter rides when grip on the bars is paramount.
On the outside of the little finger is a very effective reflective strip. It all helps with added visibility on darker rides.
Other than for the very coldest rides, we would readily recommend these gloves for almost all Autumn and Winter riding conditions. Available at www.pedalandco.com