Pure and simple.
If you're not looking for anything fancy, but just a simple, straightforward glove that gets the job done, then you're looking for the Gore Bike Wear Universal Glove. A stretchy nylon-elastane blend glove offers warmth and protection, while silicone pads on the fingers and palm give you a better grip. What more do you need? Oh yeah, how about a reflective logo for better visibility? Done.
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Well made product
I got these for free during a Gore Bike Wear outerwear promotion. I feel like I can be pretty objective because they cost me zero dollars. These gloves are very well made. The panels and seams fit together like, well, a glove. The fabric is something similar to maybe a cold weather cycling short. The silicone grippers work extremely well, but because the fabric is so stretchy, the gloves can kind of twist and pull sometimes. For me, these are a bit thick to be used as liners in other gloves I have. Most of my gloves do not have that much extra space, and these would just make them tight. They don't have any padding so you may miss that on longer rides. The fabric does wick very well and dries very fast, but they're not really very wind resistant which can definitely become and issue on a bike. I did wear these quite a few times last fall and even this spring. They work pretty well, even if only in a narrow range. For me, 50 to 55F is pretty much it. Above, I don't need them, below, they're not enough. They fill the void between a full finger cycling glove and a softshell glove. I think these actually have a wider comfort range and more potential uses off the bike. They are great for running and other brisk activities where you don't have the added wind speed of being on a bike. Each one is not much bigger than a kleenex in your pocket, so you can always have them in cooler weather. I'm really not sure that I would have ever bought these on my own, but now that I have them, I do use them. They fit great and perform well as long as you're realistic about their capabilities.
Good for Everything
I really like these gloves. I finally have a lightweight glove that works great for the skin track up when I am backcountry snowboarding. These are also so packable that you can fit them everywhere. The sticky pads on the gloves are great.
Great liner gloves!
I use these as liners for mountaineering, and they are the best so far. They are not the warmest, but they are thin enough to fit inside the inner liner mittens of my OR Alti-Mits. Because the Gore Bike Wear Universal Gloves also have silicone pads on all the fingers, I can grip my water bottles without worries of dropping while pouring in the melted snow when I snow camp. I can't recommend these pair if your hands get cold easily, but they work for me very well. They also dry quickly even in freezing temperatures, so if I get them a little wet from the snow melting process they don't turn into popsicles. I also bought a pair of Giordana's over and under liner gloves to compare, and I will use them for their intended purpose, which is cycling only, because those pair do not have silicone pads on the thumbs.
Great Multi-use Gloves
These gloves are perfect for those days when you don't want to wear much protection but short finger glvoes might not be enough at some point during the ride. They fit nicely under your gloves and pack easily into pockets without any bulk.
Whats the recommended temperature range...
Whats the recommended temperature range for these gloves?
Gore doesn't temperature rate anything b/c people vary so much, but these are definitely lighter weight full finger gloves. Personally, I'd wear them down to 50 degrees or so, or for a CX race.
hope that helps,
Robert, Gore Bike Wear