Incredibly profound yet fantastically flawed
My hands and toes tend to get really cold in the winter - not to the extent of Reynauds or anything that bad, but by the end of the night ride this time of year I'd say chances are about 50/50 that I'll spend 10 minutes sitting in my car fighting back tears as the blood flowing back into my fingertips makes them feel like they're falling off. So I'm always on the lookout for any better gear. I have a set of 45North Sturmfist gloves that are for really cold nights (for those who don't know, Sturmfists are basically the glove choice of the kind of self-torturing psychopaths who do Iditabike) but I don't really like to use them most of the time because, if it's too warm, they get filled with sweat and then I have to dry them out before the next ride, plus they're super bulky and make handlebar grip feel pretty shaky. For the last few years, my go-to winter gloves have been the Gorewear C5 thermo gloves. And they've been great. By the end of a ride, my hands are definitely starting to freeze up a bit but I just figured that's just going to happen with any glove. But back in November, I was at the Philly Bike Expo and picked up a pair of gloves from a company I'd never heard of caled Aerotech Designs. The gloves were really cheap, so I figured I'd take a flyer on them since my current Gorewear gloves are starting to show their age a bit. If these ones sucked, I wouldn't be out too much money and I could just keep them as a backup for warmer nights. I think I paid like $29 for them at the show (they're regularly $40 on the website, so I guess that was a sale thing.) And they don't suck. In fact, so far they're actually better than the Gorewear gloves. I'm really surprised because even at full price, they're pretty cheap, but they may actually be the best gloves I've ever had. I used them last week on a night ride that dipped below 30 and my hands were warm the whole time and didn't even feel any kind of chill at any point. Definitely recommend checking them out - for the price, I think they're really hard to beat. Like any winter glove, they're not really good with a touchscreen for a phone or anything, but I'm fine with that as long as they keep me warm. And so far so good on that front. I've probably used them about a dozen times now and every time they've been perfect - no painful fingers or creeping chill the longer I'm out.