Warm winter hands equal strong spring legs.
We don't want to suggest that cold fingers are the worst part of winter riding. Instead, we'll state it, explicitly, as an indisputable fact. Sometimes, the fear of cold digits is all that keeps us from logging our winter base miles. With the Pearl Izumi Elite Softshell Gloves, you don't have to worry about cold fingers. This means you have one less excuse to stay indoors during the winter, so while your wintertime fingers will love the Elite Softshell warmth, your springtime legs will enjoy the extra form you've built up.
The Elite Softshell Gloves are named for their main fabric, PI Softshell, which insulates, blocks wind, and resists water so you can ride comfortably in all cold-weather conditions. This barrier is further buttressed with a fleecy interior, Primaloft One insulation, and Pearl's 1:1 gel padding in the synthetic leather palm to achieve a balance of bulk and warmth so you stay comfortable in temperatures from 0 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit without completely losing touch with your handlebars. While the Elite Softshell lacks the additional waterproof lining and Pittards palm of its P.R.O. counterpart, it's just as effective at providing thermal protection.
The gloves also feature a conductive tip on the index finger and thumb for all your touchscreen needs, a hook-and-loop closure to keep them sealed against the elements, and a fleece wiping surface on the thumb for, you know, stuff. Reflective detailing helps keep you visible while riding in low-light conditions.
The Pearl Izumi Elite Softshell Gloves are available in five sizes ranging from Small to XX-Large in the colors Black and White.
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- Q & A
I have worn these down to 20 degrees with no issues....a great winter cycling glove with touchscreen capability . I wouldn't wear in a very serious downpour thou. They will work great in snow and light rain. As with most Izumi stuff I don't find it really attractive but it works.
comfy, thin, warm enough
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have worn these on rides in the low 50s down into the upper 30s. On the colder end of that range my fingertips do get a bit cold, but not distractingly so. They keep out wind and rain, and the soft cloth above the thumb is a nice addition. I followed the measurement chart: the glove fit and I have had no problems with slipping or gripping. I can control my iPhone well enough with the gloves on to change podcasts en route. And the padding is similar to the Izumi summer gloves (that I also wear). A great winter glove that keeps me tuned into the bike and warm enough to ride even on cold, windy, snowy days. One caveat: when they get wet and temperatures are under 40, fingertips will get very cold. If you're often in a cold storm, consider some lobster gloves instead. But I like the control I can get from these thin yet warm full fingered padded gloves.
Does the job as advertised
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Finally got to test them on a 35 degree road ride with about 15mph winds in St. Charles, MO. They are heavily insulated and gloves like these don't breath well so eventually my hands did sweat thru the palms but didn't affect the warmth factor. All in all I'm happy with them. My finger tips have never been the same since getting frost nip last year:-(