Though they're referred to as shoulder seasons, the transitional weeks of fall and spring often leave us more concerned about our hands. Protecting those extremities is one of the trickiest obstacles of shoulder-season cycling, so items like Pearl Izumi's Cyclone Gel Gloves typically enjoy pride of place on our cold-weather kit lists. Pearl's Elite Softshell fabric is the gloves' main active ingredient. It blends breathability with wind- and water-resistance to help keep you warm and dry while limiting the gradual accumulation of clammy moisture.
Spring and fall are the most beautiful times to ride, and synthetic, conductive tips on the index fingers and thumbs ensure touchscreen compatibility so you can document the adventure without exposing digits to dropping temperatures. The palm is also synthetic leather, and its plumped out with gel padding arrayed in a strategic pattern. Some people prefer an unhampered bar feel, but if you're on a 100-mile gravel tour through the autumnal orchards of New England, the added cush might be the difference between enjoying each cider stop and dreading getting back in the saddle.
The gloves are finished with long cuffs that secure with hook-and-loop straps, extending coverage to ensure there are no sleeve/glove gaps, even for the long-of-limb. Reflective elements help keep you visible in fall's early dusk and the slow dawns of spring, and a windproof fleece wiping patch protects frosty noses while attending to cold-induced effulgence.
- Cool-weather gloves for shoulder-season cycling
- Softshell body is breathable and weather-resistant
- Synthetic palm and conductive fingertips
- Gel padding arranged on palm absorbs gravel abuse
- Gauntlet-style hook-and-loop cuff extends protection
- Finished with reflective detailing and soft fleece wiping service
- Item #PLZ00FI
- Q & A
Do the job but better choices out there.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
The price was reasonable. I like that it has padding similar to short-finger gloves. What I don't like is the opening is just wide enough to get over your hand, and so harder to get on than other winter gloves (like Gore) that flare outwardly. These gloves also feel like they are retaining more moisture, so they feel wet and cold quickly. I still recommend them, but these are not going to be my go-to gloves.
Winter glove with Padding
This glove has substantial padding in the palm. Glove fits great and has a velcro-strap which provides for easy removal.
35-65 degrees F
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
35-65 degrees F - I wish that was in the description.
Nice gloves, well made and good fitting. Touch screen compatible. Sizing is accurate; I wear XL and these XL's fit perfectly. Single layer insulation, I'll run them in the mid 20's but be prepared to be cold.