11 best cycling gloves

Don’t let the frost bite on the bike. We find practical kit to keep hands warm and protected this winter

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Hands take the brunt of the wintry conditions on the bike but these gloves will help keep them warm and dry until the temperatures begin to rise again.

From the milder days when your digits feel the breeze to the ice cold conditions in which bare hands would freeze to your handlebars, we have it covered.


{1} Castelli Prima Glove: £12, wiggle.co.uk 



For those glued to their phone, these touch-screen gloves provide a decent option for milder days. The material will allow fingers to breathe whilst the snazzy grips offer something a little different. The long cuffs also keep any wind chill from sneaking up your arm.

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{2} B’Twin 700 Winter  Cycling Gloves: £11.99, decathlon.com



The index finger is made with a brilliantly useful ‘touch-screen’ material meaning you don’t have to tug your glove off every time you want to answer the phone. Ideal for cyclists on a budget.

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{3} Altura Thermastretch Windproof Gloves: £23.99, evanscycles.com



These are made from a single material, neoprene, rather than layering. It gives the gloves a snug feel and makes them easy to slip on and off quickly. The material is stretchy which ensures comfort.

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{4} SealSkinz All Weather Cycle Gloves: £32, halfords.com



A good all-rounder designed to eliminate pull-out - a real frustration with many gloves. Waterproof and breathable, these gloves feel comfortable.

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{5} Rapha Merino Gloves: £70, rapha.cc



Merino wool is a really useful material for riding, retaining warmth but remaining breathable. The silicone grip on the fingers, thumb and palm ensure comfort against the handlebars.

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{6} GORE Road Gloves GTX1: £59.99, evanscycles.com



Whilst managing to feel snug, these gloves are light. Using Gore-Tex technology to beat off the elements, the thumb is made from an absorbent material so that any perspiration can be wiped away.

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{7} Louis Garneau Creek  Full Finger Gloves: £16.99, evanscycles.com



Foam padding in the perforated palm is designed to reduce hand fatigue whilst an air circulation system evacuates moisture to ensure your hands don’t become clammy. The gloves feel light and flexible and are easy to slip on  and off. Great option to beat  the wind chill.

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{8} Rapha Leather  Town Gloves: £160, rapha.cc



You’ll feel like you’re driving a classic sports car rather than riding a bicycle in these. Made from African hair sheep leather, the gloves feel supple yet strong and promise to become more comfortable with age as they shape to your hands. The grip on the palm is unobtrusive and the inside lining is odour resistant. Also available in black and green.

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{9} GORE ALP-X 2.0 Windstopper: £44.99, wiggle.co.uk



The gel padding on the palms ensure bumps go unnoticed whilst the silicone-coated fingers keep you warm. Natty crosses along the digits provide extra grip. Ideal for more extreme winter rides.

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{10} Phew Lobster Outer Shell Winter Cycling Gloves: £24.99, phew.cc



If it’s chilly, you might want a pair you can put over some snugger-fitting gloves. These ones will keep out the iciest winds. They are lightweight and the “lobster claw” style keeps the fingers together which helps retain warmth.

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{11} Rapha Overmitt : £90, rapha.cc



If things get seriously wet or cold, this overmitt will fit over most other gloves. The 'lobster claw' construction keeps the fingers together which helps retain warmth. Nothing is getting through these.

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Verdict: In terms of style and comfort, they don’t come any better than the Rapha Leather Town Gloves. But they’re not cheap, so for those on a tighter budget, the B’Twin 700 Winter Cycling Gloves are an excellent option and will still do the job of keeping your hands warm during these winter months.  For the milder days, the Castelli Prima Gloves come in right on budget. 

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