Gore Power WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell LADY Gloves

 

Apparently this winter is going to be a cold one, so for those of us serious about riding comfortably whatever the weather throws at us, an investment in a good pair of gloves is a necessity.

 

Gore Power WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell LADY Gloves

 

We have been testing the Gore Power WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell Lady gloves before and during the first really cold snap and think they are worth every penny of the £39.99 retail price.  With temperatures below zero and some hard frosts, hands can be the first part of the body to complain, but we found these gloves combined thermal materials with a windproof fabric to great effect.

 

When you first put them on you can’t help but notice the lovely soft, fleece lining and they are packed with thermal fabrics, which give warmth without being too bulky.  We found we could grip the bars very well, without any loss of sensation in our fingers and the silicone print on the upper palm gave excellent grip, even in the wet.  Added to this there is padding on the palm and inner thumb to help absorb the vibrations from the road.

 

We are big fans of Gore’s WINDSTOPPER® fabric and found it works really well with these gloves.  You get great protection from wind chill in a lightweight glove, that is also highly breathable.

 

The wrists are lightly elasticated, so there is no fight to get them on or off and there is a short cuff.  Some winter gloves really go to town with the cuffs, which are often quite deep and adjustable.  Gore have not gone down this route with these gloves, but you can check out their Countdown GORE-TEX® Gloves here if that is importat to you.  We did not find it was a compromise though, just so long as the jacket you are wearing them with has a good length in the sleeves, preferably with adjustable cuffs that can be secured over the gloves.  Teamed with the Gore Oxygen WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell jacket reviewed here, for example, we were super snug.

 

Really important in a winter glove, we were happy to find there is a generous section of absorbent towelling material on each thumb to wipe away the sweat, snot and mud that we worked so hard for!

 

And how refreshing not to be faced with a choice of just plain black.  We had the black and white version, with red between the fingers and the obligatory reflective logos, but with a choice of black and pink or black and red, alongside boring old black and black, there is an option for everyone.

 

Gloves can get really smelly if not looked after, so it was a relief to see these can be washed at 30 degrees and we were impressed by just how white the white sections have remained – perhaps we have not been trying hard enough?

 

Cold hands are a real source of misery on the bike, but so far, Gore’s Power WINDSTOPPER® gloves have saved us from any discomfort.

 

Sizes: XXS to L (medium = 7)

Colours: Black, Black/white, Black/red, Black/hot pink

Price: £39.99

Website: www.goreapparel.co.uk - Power Windstopper gloves

 

 

Performance: 8/10

Value: 8/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre

 

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