The way we see it, winter cycling has one big plus and one big minus. The plus is that you add to your fitness; the minus comes when you start subtracting seconds and minutes from your PRs come spring. If you're after those marginal gains, the P.R.O. AmFIB Super Gloves are Pearl Izumi's nuclear option for winter hand protection, and they mean you'll be able to eke out those gains in form while your competition is at home watching football and fattening up on holiday leftovers.
The gloves are equipped with Pearl's P.R.O. Softshell membrane, whose wind-resistant properties are further reinforced with a DWR treatment. The membrane combines all three of Pearl's other fabrics (Transfer, Thermal, and Barrier) in order to fend off the elements, retain body heat, and banish internal moisture. It protects 170g Primaloft Gold insulation, which isn't quite on par with the heaviest ski gloves, but—compared to the civilian AmFIB's 130g and virtually every other cycling glove available—it's equal to all but the deepest of winter chills on the bike.
The P.R.O. Barrier WxB lining houses another membrane in the form of OutDry, a technology we don't often see in cycling kit. OutDry is waterproof and breathable, both of which are common traits for membranes in this type of winter kit. OutDry outclasses the competition in terms of application, though; it's heat-bonded to the host material, producing a seam- and gap-free construction that outlasts whatever deluge you happen to find yourself cycling in. Of course, some cyclists would rather miss out on training in that kind of weather; we suspect they'll also miss out on the podiums of April and May.
Pearl finishes the P.R.O. AmFIB Super with a few functional details that may lack the shiny-new-toy bling of the membranes but are non-negotiable inclusions when it comes to winter gloves. The Clarino palms help to maintain bar feel and provide grip on slippery hoods, reflective details help keep you visible in low-light conditions, and two adjustment points dial fit at the back-of-hand and the cuff opening to keep the fit secure across the gloves' extended bodies.
- Pearl Izumi's nuclear option for winter cycling gloves
- Weather-resistant P.R.O. Softshell blocks wind and water
- OutDry membrane in liner protects inner microclimate
- 170g of Primaloft Gold insulation conserves body heat
- Half-lobster construction balances warmth and dexterity
- Extended cuff cinches to seal against the elements
- Reflective elements help maintain visibility
- Item #PLZ00FE
What do you think about this product?
December 7, 2018
Disappointing "winter" gloves
I bought these gloves based on the description on the Pearl Izumi website. They claim to be winter gloves but I consider winter gloves to be able to go to at least the freezing point. I rode with these for 2 hour rides with wind chills in the mid 30s and my hands were frozen. For context here, I can run lobster gloves into the low 20s and be fine. And these are from companies that rate them in the 30s. The only reason I gave these 2 stars is that their claim to be waterproof is accurate. I know it is possible that I got a bum pair. However, after writing an e-mail to the folks at Pearl Izumi and never getting a response (I waited 2 weeks), I gave up and returned them to the fine folks at CC.
November 14, 2018
I bought these a year ago to wear on the coldest winter mornings. they are definitely the warmest gloves in my arsenal; I haul these out when it's too cold for my Castelli Estremo gloves (which are my favorite winter gloves). I was reminded how great these are this morning on a 2 hour ride in the dark that never got above 12 degrees. My hands were quite happy. They are bulky with little to no bar feel, but that's probably why they're great in the coldest conditions.
December 11, 2017
keeps my fingers comfortable
i have raynauds in my fingers, which makes my fingers numb quickly in the least cold temperature. These gloves are performing well in 34 degrees. I'm not doing long rides, but for 1/2 hour i'm still good. months after the original purchase, in 25 degrees, the fingers are good.