A snowsuit for your hands.
Cyclocross races don't stop when the temperature falls and you can't tell if it's raining or snowing (or both) on the course. Whether you're racing or heading out on your daily commute, you're probably already aware of how important it is to invest in the right gloves for cold-weather riding. Giro's Pivot gloves will protect your hands from wintry conditions while still providing the dexterity you need on the bike so you aren't left feeling like you're riding in ski mittens.
Giro starts with an anti-microbial X-Static fleece liner, which will insulate your hands from the cold and wick moisture away from your skin to keep the gloves from getting soggy over the course of a ride. The gloves' outer shell is what keeps the elements out, so it's constructed with a Pertex waterproof shell and a Hipora waterproof liner to act as a barrier against rain and wind.
Giro includes Clarino synthetic leather on the palms to give you grip on the handlebars and hook-and-loop straps so you can adjust the cuffs of the gloves to protect your wrists. The gloves are constructed with Giro's 3-panel palm design, ensuring they'll be contoured to your hands for the duration of your ride rather than bunched up after a few miles.
- Item #GIR00CB
- Q & A
Warm, but not even close to waterproof
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
The first couple of days I wore these gloves in ~40*F temps, I was very impressed. They're surprisingly warm without being at all bulky. You don't notice them or your hands, which is probably about the nicest thing I can say about a pair of gloves.
Then I wore them for an hour-long ride in 45*F rainy weather. We're not talking a downpour here--just a mixture of drizzle and light- to medium rain. And the gloves were soaked through, along with my hands. They seemed to hold out the moisture for a short time, and my hands still didn't really get cold. But they did get very, very wet. I get that these things aren't Gore-Tex, but that's ridiculous for a pair of gloves that claim to be waterproof.
If you want a nice, warm pair of cold-weather gloves, these are great. Unless it's cold and rainy. Then you may want to go in a different direction.