Warmest, Most Comfortable Gloves I've Experienced
I like to ride and although here in North Georgia we rarely get snow, it does get cold. These are warm, comfortable gloves that I wear, and like, a lot.
Short of heated gear, I have extremely warm clothing. Personally, I think it's harder to keep your hands warm than anything. There's a four lane, limited access loop that circles Athens, GA,where I live.
One morning last winter it was in the mid-20s. I don't like to ride when it's *that* cold, and wouldn't ride all day. However, it temperatures were going up into at least the low 40s later in the day, I might start out if it was 25.
As a test, I put on my warmest clothing, including the Winter Elite gloves, and did two laps - a total of about 50 miles - around the by-pass loop that circles the town where I live.. Traffic was light and I went as fast as 85, but averaged about 70 - about a forty minute ride. I was comfortable, except for some reason the fingers in my left hand had started to become numb from the cold. I have no idea why only my left hand was affected.
Tourmaster also sells glove liners, which I subsequently purchased. The fit is tight, but the extra layer of insulation provided by the glove liners seems to have solved the numb finger problem.
I have not had a chance to try built-in waterproof nylon cover that is stored is a pouch on the back of each glove. The design certainly appears clever.
I believe if you ride long enough, you'll eventually fall. We don't know when or why or how, but it would be folly to think that we're the one rider in a hundred who will never go down. I try and dress to fall whenever I ride, but especially if I'm going for a long ride. In warmer weather I wear a pair of Dianese gloves that have great hand protection, especially across the knuckles. I would feel more comfortable in the Winter Elite gloves if they had more protection, especially in the knuckles and along the sides next to your little fingers.
But to be clear, I do like and recommend these gloves. Few products are perfect and I offer this critique in a most constructive spirit.