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It’s Tool time.
You layer your core to stay dry and warm, so why not your hands? The Gore Bike Wear Tool SO Gloves' multi-layer design will have you piling on the base miles, no matter what the weather.
One of Gore's warmest full-fingered offerings, the Tool gloves rely on Gore's Windstopper Soft Shell to form the outermost layer of protection for your hands on cold rides. You'll have the benefit of a completely windproof design, and honestly, a good degree of water-resistance as well. In other words, splashing through puddles or intermittent drizzle will be no problem.
The Tool gloves were given a fleece lining that augments the windproof material in order to create a microclimate around your digits. In turn, this shields them from the icy blasts of winter. This thin layer of air is also warmed by the heat of your hands, which creates an additional insulation barrier against heat exchange.
Silicon-coated fingers maximize your dexterity and provide a secure interface with shifters, brakes, and handlebars. The palms have padding to cushion road vibration, and the web between the thumb and forefinger has also been reinforced to add durability. One detail that's often overlooked is the location of the closure tab. Accordingly, Gore placed it so that it closes under the wrist. This is a benefit that you'll appreciate when your nose starts running and there's nothing scratchy to maim your face as you wipe.
The Gore Tool Gloves are available in Black/black, Black/castle grey, and Red/black and in six sizes from Small to XXX-Large.
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Not so "Windstopper"
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I bought these gloves to be used during the winter in conjunction with some wool or polyester liners; I was hoping that that combination of wind blockage and warmth generated by the liners could work down to the mid 20's. However, I believe that calling these gloves "Windstopper" is an overstatement since I felt the wind killing my fingertips at 43F without liners. The gloves say that they are not waterproof but have some water resistance, which is somewhat true but I wouldn't recommend wearing these in humid conditions. Also, the liner inside this Gore glove is 80% cotton, which is a terrible idea for a wicking layer and only makes your hands sweaty while providing no warmth and it is not properly fitted to the glove which makes the hands fill slippery while gripping the handlebars. Last, the velcro is extremely powerful but cannot do anything to properly close the glove since the wrist part is not elastic and just won't close tightly. I'm not sure what use, if any, I'll give this gloves but as of right now it looks like I wasted $55. The fit is good though.