Keep those digits warm.
There are many telltale signs that the seasons are changing on us, but one of the most apparent is the chill that we get at our extremities. We slowly give in and wrap our feet in booties, holding out with our short-fingered gloves until absolutely necessary. With the Louis Garneau Gel Ex Gloves, the transition is made easy, as the gloves provide the same comfort, dexterity, and support as our favorite short-fingered gloves, only now we get a little added protection from the cold.
Louis Garneau constructed the gloves using a laminated wind- and water-resistant fleece upper, making them ideal for fall and winter riding. At the palms, Garneau wrapped the cycling-specific gel padding with its durable Amara fabric. This is a synthetic, suede-like material that provides incredible grip at the handlebar. Additionally, it features Garneau's patented Ergo Air concept, which evacuates palm moisture and helps stabilize hand temperature by using its perforated and highly-breathable composition.
Garneau also designed the gloves using a pre-curved design in order to eliminate bunching, and to provide a natural feel at the bars and hoods. The Gel Ex gloves were finished off with fitted elastic cuffs and high-visibility, 3M reflective piping.
The Louis Garneau Gel Ex Gloves are available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the color Black.
- Item #LGN0559
- Q & A
Overall Pretty Good
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I bought these for rides in the 45-55 degree range. The gloves are completely in a fleece like material which is good because they are warm, comfortable and seem to block the wind well. The problem with full cover gloves is that you lose some dexterity when shifting especially when using the inner lever to shift to a higher gear ratio. I find myself watching my fingers sometimes when shifting this way. I also was a little worried about the gel in the base of the palms but that's not an issue at all. In fact I can't tell, when riding, if there's gel or not. That may be a plus that there's not too much gel. I do know that my hands stay warm and that's the whole point. I suspect they would be warm down into the 30s also.
Update 11/16: Gloves are fine down to low 40s. Warm and comfy. Below that my fingers get cold so that after an hour or so of riding I'm not sure I can feel the shifters.