When the seasons change, it’s your hands that often feel it first. Whether it’s the morning chill that arrives as summer turns to autumn, or the first rays of warm sunshine as spring emerges from winter.
Winter gloves are an essential for British cyclists. Your hands take the full force of the wind chill, sat on the handlebars but with little to do to keep themselves warm – other than the odd flick of the shifter here or squeeze of the brake there.
But while warm, windproof and (well, this is the dream anyway) waterproof gloves are the order of the day for the depths of winter, the shoulder seasons of autumn and spring require something lighter to keep the chill off your fingers, without your hands overheating.
So what makes good mid-season gloves? They should strike a balance between offering enough warmth for cool conditions, coping with temperatures down to mid-single figures without adding too much bulk, and therefore be light enough to stow in a pocket if things warm up and it’s time to get your hands out properly.
Keeping those criteria in mind, we’ve picked six of the best pairs of lightweight, full-fingered gloves for autumn and spring cycling.