Gloves designed solely to be windproof are typically those worn in autumn and spring than in deepest winter.
Their primary purpose is achieved with the fabric, and Gore’s Windstopper, unsurprisingly given its reputation and performance in other cycling garments like jackets, is among the most highly rated. Castelli’s Chiro Due, pictured here, is one that uses Windstopper.
While effective, it’s far from the only windproof fabric on the market, however. Endura use a proprietary fabric on their Equipe Thermo Windshield Glove, tested last year.
Another common feature of the windproof glove is the lightly padded palm, one that often relies on little more than a panel of Pittards leather. The result is a glove that offers a high level of ‘feel’. Quality fabrics and padded handlebar tape represent a way to stay warm and comfortable, says Hilton-Foster, who advises against bulky gloves that rely on large amounts of low-quality insulation for warmth, and which compromise ‘feel’ at the handlebars.
Windproof gloves tend not to offer much in the way of insulation, any more than a lightweight windproof jacket; you’d reach for a softshell jacket to provide warmth as well as protection from the wind, and so it is with (most) windproof gloves.
If you’re largely immune to the cold, this is unlikely to trouble you. Riders more dependent on clothing than natural insulation to stay warm are likely to need a glove padded with synthetic down as well as finished with a windproof fabric.