Best cycling gloves for winter riding

Buyer's guide to gloves for winter riding this year

Winter can be hard on your hands when cycling. The cold temperatures combine with wind and rain to make your extremities frigid with the chill. A decent set of winter gloves can make a genuine difference to how enjoyable winter riding can be. We've stuffed our hands in many a pair of gloves to find out which are the best at keeping your handy blood-flow going.

dhb Extreme Winter Gloves

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dhb Extreme Winter
dhb Extreme Winter

  • £30 / $41 / AU$53
  • Sizes: XS – XXL
  • Colours: Black
  • Weight: 118g (pair)

dhb’s Extreme gloves pack a warm punch when it comes to keeping your hands warm without breaking the bank. 

They’re both wind and waterproof yet remain breathable thanks to an internal membrane. The extended wrists seal well with a Velcro closure and to help keep you warm dhb has added man-made insulation that dries quickly if it gets wet. 

There’s also foam padding on the palm which helps to take out some of the road sting. The overall bulk does mean you lose a little of the natural feel of the bars and controls though. 

Silicone detailing on the middle and index fingers help with lever control on damp rides. Inside, the brushed lining does its job without issue and we like that it doesn’t pull out when you remove the gloves post-ride. 

Microfibre thumb wipes and reflective logos finish a brilliant value pair of winter warmers. 

Endura Deluge ll Gloves 

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Endura Deluge II
Endura Deluge II

  • £50 / $65 / AU$NA
  • Sizes: XS – XXL
  • Colours: Black, High Viz Green
  • Weight: 112g (pair)

This is the second incarnation of the Deluge glove, which is both wind and waterproof yet remains breathable thanks to a seam-sealed internal membrane that’s sandwiched between the robust outer and soft inners. 

These inners are made from brushed tricot material that’s not only cosy feeling but wicks well so you don’t end up with damp, sweaty hands. Endura has also added Thinsulate insulation that traps air for added warmth. We like that this performs well without feeling overly bulky. 

Sealing is good thanks to an elastic wrist and extended cuff with a Velcro closure. Endura has added gel palm pads that do a good job of reducing road vibration and any issues with numb hands, while silicone details on the palm fingers add better control in the wet and work with touchscreens too. 

There’s also a full index finger terry wipe to keep snot at bay. These are solid performers in cold and wet conditions without costing a fortune. 

Bontrager Velocis S2 Softshell Split Finger Gloves 

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Bontrager Velocis S2 Softshell Split Finger
Bontrager Velocis S2 Softshell Split Finger

  • £60 / $70 / AU$NA
  • Sizes: XS – XXL
  • Colours: Black
  • Weight: 140g (pair)

While the lobster style Velocis S2 gloves might look odd they’re extremely functional in cold weather. The two-finger ‘claws’ help to keep you warm by trapping air between your digits while allowing you to still use gears and brakes unhindered. It’s a neat idea that looks odd but works well. 

They’re cut from Profila Softshell fabric on the back of the hand combined with 70g Thinsulate insulation that provides superb warmth for the weight. Inside there’s a waterproof insert with a soft fleece lining that keeps your hands dry and comfortable. 

The robust man-made palms feature gel foam pads that remove any road vibrations and there are silicone details, which work with touchscreen electronics on the thumb and index ‘claw’. Sealing is good thanks to Velcro cuffs that also incorporate a neat pull tag that makes life easier. 

If you feel the cold or pedal for long periods of time when the mercury falls below freezing then Bontrager's Velocis S2 is a top option that offers good value for money. 

Specialized Deflect H2O Gloves 

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Specialized Deflect H2O
Specialized Deflect H2O

  • £60 / $75 / AU$NA
  • Sizes: XS – XXL
  • Colours: Black, Orange
  • Weight: 78g (pair)

The Deflect H2O gloves are designed to be used in wet weather thanks to a breathable outer layer that’s completely waterproof. 

They deliver an impressive performance against the rain, especially when you consider the lack of bulk that in turn provides superb dexterity on the bars and controls. We were also impressed by the rubberised palms and fingers, which grip well in a downpour and are touchscreen compatible. 

Velcro cuffs do a good job of sealing the elements out around a jersey or jacket without issue. The Deflect gloves are finished with a large nose wipe on the thumb and reflective detailing and logos to help with night time visibility.

They’re not as insulated as some heavier weight winter gloves available, which means they’re not as warm as some, but this does reduce overall bulk. That said, we found they work for all but the coldest days or longer rides in the winter. We also found them to be a reliable all-round commuter glove.

A solid performer for a range of riding duties.  

Castelli Estremo Gloves 

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Castelli Estremo
Castelli Estremo

  • £80 / $90 / AU$NA
  • Sizes: XS -– XXL
  • Colours: Black
  • Weight: 128g (pair)

With a name like Estremo it’s no wonder that the gloves are designed for extreme weather, and Castelli suggests they’re ideal to use between -5°C to +5°C. We wouldn’t argue with that, even if you’re somebody who is particularly susceptible to feeling the cold. 

The outers use Gore’s Windstopper X-Fast fabric, and cuffs are long enough around the Velcro closure wrists to easily cover a jacket, keeping any chills out. Inside, the PolarFleece linings are super warm and cosy, and have the added bonus of not pulling out on glove removal. 

The palms are completely covered with silicone printing, offering superior grip on the bars and controls. There’s also a gel palm pad around the ulnar nerve to reduce road sting and any problems with numb hands. 

All of this combines to produce a glove that rides well and genuinely keeps your hands warm in cold temperatures while offering ample dexterity. They’re not waterproof but will see you through light rain or drizzle. In anything harder or more prolonged, the damp does eventually seep through. Sizing is a little small so you might need to size up. 

They are high quality and worth the outlay if you feel the cold. 

Rapha Deep Winter Gloves 

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Rapha Deep Winter
Rapha Deep Winter

  • £110 / $155 / AU$175
  • Sizes: XXS – XL
  • Colours: Black, High Viz Pink
  • Weight: 164g (pair)

As the name suggests these gloves are designed for the coldest weather that winter can throw your way. 

The subtle looks are what we’d expect from Rapha and they’re given a little class with their Pittards leather palms and finger detailing. This works well for bar and lever control, even in the rain, as well as operating electronic touchscreens. 

Rapha has added Primaloft insulation to keep the cold at bay and the stretchy nylon outers have been given a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treatment that sees rain roll off in all but the heaviest downpours. The long wrist cuffs with Velcro closures do a good job of sealing around your jacket helping to keep the elements at bay. 

We liked the feel of the fleece linings, these not only felt cosy but remained in place on removal making for an easy life. 

Ride feel is good considering the bulk and you do pay a premium, but they’re not outrageously priced for Rapha or a glove of this quality and cold weather protection.

Tom Marvin

Technical Editor, Tech Hub, UK
Tom's been riding for 15 years, and has always chopped and changed bikes as soon as his budget allowed. He's most at home in the big mountains, having spent nigh on 30 weeks riding the Alps, as well as having lived a stone's throw from the Scottish Highlands for four years. Tom also enjoys racing events like the Strathpuffer and the Trans Nepal.
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  • Current Bikes: Canyon Spectral, Pivot Mach 429SL, Mondraker Vantage R +
  • Dream Bike: Transition Scout
  • Beer of Choice: Gin & tonic
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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