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Protection for all but winter's worst.

The way we see it, there are three tiers of cold-weather gloves that any year-round cycling wardrobe has to meet. The classic knit glove is the first piece of cold-weather kit we put on in fall and the last we take off in spring. The heavyweight lobster glove is the kingpin of winter cycling, keeping your fingers warm through the worst conditions. In between these two extremes lie the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell Lite Gloves, which thrive in temperatures ranging from the high-30s to the mid-50s, providing enough insulation and wind-resistance to keep the cold out without causing us to overheat and get all clammy with sweat.

The back of the gloves are P.R.O. Softshell fabric, a wind- and water-resistant material that also insulates and wicks. This results in warm, dry cycling for your hands but without the extra insulation of the regular P.R.O. Softshell Gloves. The palms are made of soft, durable Clarino synthetic leather, and the index fingers and thumbs are tipped with a bit of the same but with conductive properties so you can touchscreen away without exposing your fingers to the cold.

These materials are laid out with Pearl's 1:1 glove fit and palm construction, so you'll enjoy freedom of movement with no restriction between the thumb and forefinger while your hands are on the hoods. The wrist cuff is exaggerated to keep the winter yuck out of the glove and a soft bit of windproof fleece on the thumb lets you wipe that same yuck off your face mid-ride. Reflective elements help keep you visible in low-light conditions.

The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell Lite Gloves are available in six sizes ranging from X-Small to XX-Large in the colors Black and White.

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2 5

Unnecessary Temp Range

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I used these commuting for a week in the 35-55 temp range, with limited success. The softshell on these covers the back of the hand, but the space between the fingers is a breathable membrane, which lets in too much cold air. My hands eventually warmed up, but it took squishing my fingers together and some aggressive pedaling for that to happen. For temps above 50, they're fine, but that's essentially where I stop wearing full-finger gloves anyway.

If you're charging hard, these might work, but a commuter moving with traffic probably won't generate the necessary heat to make them valuable. The PI Thermal Conductive gloves are far superior, for almost half the cost, and they come in obnoxious yellow for added visibility.

5 5

Yes, yes, yes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I love these gloves. The fit is trim, there's no padding to bulk them up, and they do an excellent job of keeping my hands warm to about 50/55 degrees. I also use them as running gloves in colder weather, for which they're the best ever.