An opinion divider. For some, the knitted glove (more likely these days to be a synthetic fabric, typically polyester, than wool) is a tried and trusted staple of the cyclist’s wardrobe.
Simple and stylish, it’s insulating in wet or dry conditions (if made from wool, at least). Additionally, knitted gloves tend to be affordable. The previously tested DeFeet Duragloves, a mix of nylon, Cordura, and lycra, sell for just £13.99, or if you’re feeling flush, a hi-viz option for £14.99. Castelli’s Prima Glove, pictured below, costs a dizzy £20.
Those on the other side of fence scratch their heads in bafflement that in the modern age, people still spend any money on such a basic glove, made from such simple fabrics, wool or synthetic.
Padding of any kind is notably absent, and while wool gloves will keep you warm in wet conditions if not dry, there’s no guarantee that their synthetic counterparts will do the same.
One for the cafe racer, say critics; a triumph of style over content. Correct? Have your say in the RCUK Forum, and share your experiences – good or bad – of winter gloves.