There’s an art to choosing the right clothing for the various challenges winter presents. Despite most cyclists’ obsession with their legs, the hands arguably present the biggest challenge. Unlike the core that can be cosseted in a variety of layers, cold hands cannot simply be smothered. For years, the choice was between dealing with stinging cold and progressive numbness, or a poor ‘feel’ for the bars at a time of year when a clumsy touch of the brakes on a greasy road would result in a tumble. The hands are a crucial set of tools, connecting you to the bike and the road ahead; then there’s reaching for food, fixing punctures and gesturing to other road users. Cold, numb hands mean a poor connection, loss of control and ultimately a bad day out.
And because there are so many factors at play – ride type, weather conditions, or simply personal preference – choosing the right winter riding gloves is about finding the right balance. To help you select the gloves that fit you and your riding perfectly, we present this guide. The Rapha glove range has been designed with all conditions in mind. Whether you’re looking for something to ward off the arid chill of an early morning in the desert, or need considered protection from the extremes of a Norweigan winter, there’s a glove, or combination of gloves that’ll help allow you to concentrate on the road ahead.
Ultimate dexterity, grip and protection. Allied to superb breathability for dry, mild-to-cool conditions.
Merino-Elastane-blend fabric. Reinforced gripper on fingers, thumb and palm. Goatskin leather on palms and digits. High-density foam padding. Long rib cuff.
Lightweight gloves for dexterity, protection, grip and water resistance. For damp, cool-to-cold conditions.
Softshell fabric. Padded palms. ‘Touchscreen’ fingertips. Minimal seams. High-dexterity fit.
Exceptional performance teamed with a classic aesthetic. Insulation and great control in cold conditions.
African hair sheep leather. Cocona® inner lining. High-density padding in palm. Single wrist strap with popper. Made in England.
Designed specifically* to be worn under the heavier weight Winter Gloves, Deep Winter Gloves or Overmitts. *Not to be used on their own
The most versatile all-rounder for dexterity and protection in cold conditions: windproof, water resistant and insulating.
Brushed polyester lining. Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating. Low-profile cuff. Thumb sweat/nose wipe. Goatskin leather palm.
Excellent protection in wet, cold-to-freezing conditions, featuring a waterproof OutDry® membrane bonded to a layer of PrimaLoft® insulation, chosen specifically to reduce bulk.
Primaloft® ONE insulation. Breathable OutDry® membrane. Brushed tricot lining. Elasticated cuffs with velcro closure. DWR treatment.
Designed to be worn over other Rapha gloves for ultimate protection from the most foul conditions.
Waterproof three-ply fabric. Taped seams. Lobster-claw construction. Reinforced palms and fingers. AquaGuard®VISLON® zip.