In the very coldest conditions, one pair of gloves is sometimes not enough. Enter the liner glove. Slim enough to fit beneath either a windproof or waterproof outer glove, the liner is typically made from a fleece-lined, Roubaix-style fabric.
It’s a simple design, almost by definition, but better examples have silicone print to prevent the finger tips from sliding against the outer glove when you reach for your STI levers. Typically, liner gloves are slender items: one bulky glove stuffed inside another would be unnecessarily clumsy, says Hilton-Foster.
Fit is a key consideration if you’re choosing an outer glove with a half-a-mind to pairing it with a liner glove in the depths of the season. The outer glove doesn’t necessarily have to be a size larger than your usual, says Hilton-Foster, who recommends making a fist to check the glove has sufficient stretch to move freely across the knuckle.
There’s little point in making this test with the liner glove, however: it’s likely to be made from lycra and will have a natural stretch. The key is to make sure that your outer glove has enough ‘give’ to accommodate the liner.