Cold weather riding is here
The bitter cold winter rides are back and I was in need of some new gloves to give my paws a chance against the elements. When I received an email from HandUp saying they had made what I had always dreamed of- A thin palmed, light weight, cold weather glove- I couldn't help but order a pair right away. Besides, they already happen to be the company that was also producing my favorite “rest of the time” glove.
The top is a thin layer of thermal fleece responsible for blocking some of Old Man Winter's bite, and the palm is Clarino leather with a sweat cloth thumb. Overall pretty simple, but very effective as a lightweight cold season glove.
Top notch. HandUp uses a premium quality synthetic leather with silicone "HandUp" grippers across the palm and at the ends of the first two fingers. This ensures a worry free grip between you and your bars... and beers. However, if you like padding in the palms of your gloves, these are not for you.
I run on the toasty side, so these are keeping the paws feeling good at around 30-35 °F degrees after I’ve warmed up. I generally start my rides chilly knowing I will warm up in about 20 minutes into it so that’s fine for me. That said, under 30 degrees I run BarMitts and my summer gloves, when the temps drop under 20 degrees, I use these in conjunction with the BarMitts. It seems to be the perfect combination of air flow and warmth to keep me from sweating.
If you don’t run like a super toaster oven, I don’t know that I would send you out in these under 40ish degrees. Most people would likely consider these more like cool weather gloves than cold weather gloves.
If you like to have a close grip to your bars and are riding through fall, especially at night in colder areas of the world, these gloves are a no brainer. It’s like your favorite lightweight spring and summer glove re-imagined with the spirit of cold fall days. Just don’t go out thinking these are ready to be your full time winter gloves. I don’t see myself getting rid of my BarMitts anytime soon for those deep dark cold days.
You can grab a pair in Knitted Sweater (featured) or the classic 'Merica print at their website for $28.00