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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:42 am 
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Just to pile on with the others, I believe the key is to keep your torso warm with clothing. As a consequence your extremities are kept warm as well. This is why top riders, including cyclocross racers, can go without gloves on all but the coldest days.

I commute about 80km round trip every day in North Holland. The weather can be brutal. It hasn't been extremely cold this year, but it was last winter. Add to that the incessant rain and the gale-force winds and the conditions are perfect for frozen fingers and toes. But keeping my head and body warm, I have found that I can wear a relatively light weight glove and my hands stay warm... unless the gloves soak through.

On really frigid days, I wear a lobster mitten. There is nothing warmer for cycling except chemically or electrically heated gloves.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:06 pm 
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how do you know if you have Raynaud's syndrome? no matter how warm i try to keep my core, my fingers and toes still feel like they fall off...in about 20 degree weather. lately, i've been using the chemical hand and toe warmers to help keep the extremities from freezing. that helps riding in temps down to 15-17 degrees.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:41 pm 
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Instead of getting even warmer gloves, why not try merino wool glove liners. Just like clothing for the rest of the body, layers help.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:34 am 
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I use Assos Insulator Gloves L1 for the same purpose. Also great to extend the temperature range of "normal" cycling gloves.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 6:23 pm 
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Kastrup wrote:
Best thing i ever did was to purchase a set of merino wool liners. I use these woth a variety of different outer gloves, most of them cheap ones so that i can have multiple ones and adjust according to different weather.

I emphatically agree with this! I bought some Smartwool liners and they work really well!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 6:32 pm 
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kode54 wrote:
how do you know if you have Raynaud's syndrome? no matter how warm i try to keep my core, my fingers and toes still feel like they fall off...in about 20 degree weather. lately, i've been using the chemical hand and toe warmers to help keep the extremities from freezing. that helps riding in temps down to 15-17 degrees.
best of going to see a doctor. Also check for too tight clothing or pressure points on your hands when riding.


And instead of merino, I use meraklon liners instead. Used to get them from army surplus for 99p a pair.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:11 pm 
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Mario Jr. wrote:
These: http://www.30seven.eu/en/category_29.aspx

They are ok warm without heat until 3-4 degrees celcius. Under that, I just turn up a bit of heat. They are not as nice to wear as say, a pair of the PI gloves, but I am very happy that I have them.
Second best would be a set of ski gloves. I have some 10 year old Salomon Goretex gloves, that is still in service from time to time.
Any recommendations for heated gloves available in the Unites States? Preferably with no or minimal padding. I don't need waterproofness, just warmth in the finger tips in dry conditions. Thanks.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:11 pm 
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I ride in 20f and below temps too. I agree with the guy above me to warm the trunk and everything else first. Once you rule all that out you can still have some hard times with the hands in the wind though. I can use Defeet dura gloves down to about 40f. Below that I use Castelli Estremo gloves. I also have a pair of Gore gloves that are just like the Castellis. I like to carry a spare pair of gloves or liners on long rides because once the gloves get sweaty they can get cold. Swapping pairs at that point helps a lot.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:45 pm 
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Common symptom of raynauds is fingers/feet going pale (whitish) - google for pics. People suffer in differing degrees but is much more common than you would expect. One tip tho if you have got it - don't quickly reheat (eg under hot water) - you can get chill blanes. I did and it bl@@dy hurt! Thought my toe was about to fall off!!!!!

In Terms of gloves; I have jay just bought rapha deep winter - I will use silk limners when rally cold. So far so good.


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