Tired of frozen fingers, best low profile winter gloves?

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by climberevan

+1 on the liner idea. On really cold days I use a light liner with a windproof nylon shell. The combination is very warm, and the option to take off just the shell on long climbs is nice. Smartwool liners are especially nice, though like all wool base layers not very durable. I use some OR shells that are pretty thin but have their own wicking liner. For me this combo works down to freezing, and up to 4 hours.

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by teleguy57

Just finished a ride starting a 1C and finishing at 0C with wet snow/rain mix. My fingers were still good, albeit a bit cool, with these Gore gloves. http://www.amazon.com/Gore-Power-Gloves-Black-Large/dp/B004QL7NZY/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1363387927&sr=8-12&keywords=gore+cycling+gloves. Not at all bulky, but do run a bit small. I'm liking 'em.

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by fatmike

Agree on the wool liners. I use them from 35 degrees down.

I have multiple pairs of winter gloves. The best are the lobster claws from sugoi. Sugoi makes great winter gear. But, I also have several gloves of various weights-- and I pick the right glove for the expected temp. With the liners, my hands are never cold.

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by Vagabond

I'm a big fan of Defeet duragloves. The wool glove works alone for me to the low forties. Below that I slip them inside a pair of Assos lobster shell mittens and that takes me down as low as I care to go. If it's too cold for that combo it's a great day for the Kreitlers. The cotton Defeet gloves are great in the fifties and low sixties.
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by echtogammut

I second Defeet, but it depends on your tolerance. I know some people who wear the Defeet + winter gloves on days I feel perfectly fine with just the Defeets. Personally, I like the Defeet w/ a windblocker (Gore) shell glove as I can take the shell glove when things warm up.

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by Kjetil

Have been using Assos early winter gloves s7 with the insulator glove L1 S7 down to -10 C. Nice and just warm enough.

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by NWSAlpine

It doesn't get too cold down here but a couple days a year it drops into the 40s and I had to get some gloves. I picked up the LG Windtex Eco Flex II gloves. Block the wind and keep my hands at normal temps without getting too hot when it warms up. They would be great fall or mild winter gloves. Not suitable for below freezing winter though.

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by tommasini

Personal observation as a cyclist and ski/snowboarder - when I keep my head and neck warm that also helps LOTS toward keeping my feet and hands (and everything else) warm........came at the time I stopped wearing a stocking cap and started wearing a gator and hardshell helmet to snowboard........a very noticeable improvement in my comfort while still using the same gloves, footwear, outer coat, and layers......

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by Szczuldo

I second tommasini. I can get away with thinner gloves by keeping my torso and head warm. If your torso gets cold it will basically draw heat away from your extremities. Keep it warm and your fingers and toes stay happy!
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by Bhowe

Thanks for all of the feedback guys, this does help.

Condition wise, I need something into the 30's and high 20's that are dexterous enough that I can race in.

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by Kjetil

Maybe you have to shell out on the Assos Fugugloves. I'm about to do so myself...

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by Mario Jr.

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.

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by HillRPete

yourdaguy wrote:The warmest gloves I have found are all Ski gloves [...] They might be a little thick, but are still tolerable as far as that goes.

+1 Ski or ice climbing gloves, and you'll never have cold hands again, as they are designed to work well, way below 0°C.
Shelled out for Arcteryx ones with Gore Tex this winter. Oh so toasty.

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by mrfish

+3 on Tomassini and Szczuldo.

I go downhill skiing down to about -5 deg C involving less activity and up to 100kph wearing cheap, lightweight gloves (Dakine viper). This is because the rest of me is wearing helmet with vents closed, thick insulated jacket and bib trousers with buff and powder skirts to seal all air gaps, merino underwear, ski boots, etc... Full leather ski gloves only come out below -5 or gate training, and big insulated ski gloves for below -10 deg C.

So I would suggest taking a good look at the rest of your kit and trying to avoid wind and water, also ensuring that areas like neck, ankles, wrists are fully covered as this is where blood vessels come to the surface:
- Try using cling film to block helmet vents and wear a headband / hat plus a buff to cover your ears and neck
- Wear windstopper or similar top, full-length tights. Choose ones which make an excellent seal round your wrists and ankles.
- Merino underwear and socks. Summer road socks are not a good idea.
- Definitely wear overshoes. I like the paper thin rubber-look Castelli ones as these interfere least with pedalling yet keep the wind off.
- Get a slower bike with mudguards to avoid any dampness, ride harder and don't stop
- Without being glib, HTFU. Numerous bits of anecdotal evidence from cyclists, surfers, cross country skiers and runners suggests if you acclimatize to riding in the cold you feel it less. This is why my buddy and once went cycling in the snow wearing shorts without much complaint, yet now that he lives in Australia he wears long tights and complains whenever it's below 10 deg C. But that said, he can go riding in 40 deg C without issues.

If this doesn't work, you could try conditioning your hands and wrists not to shut down in the cold by alternating between immersing them in hot / cold water (google for details). And see your doctor as you may have a circulation disorder such as Raynaud's syndrome.

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