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dhb's Extreme Winter Gloves are designed, as the name implies, to protect your hands in cold and wet weather. And they do just that.
I've used them on the bike when the temperature's been hovering between zero and five degrees and they've kept my hands very warm indeed, right down to the finger tips. I also gave the gloves the rigorous road.cc hosepipe test, and can confirm that the waterproof membrane keeps out the water.
Comfort is good. The gloves have an 'anatomic cut', like some other cycling garments, meaning the fingers are curved, to better fit your hands when holding the bars. This means less rucking of the fabric, so less chafing. In addition, the inside of the glove has a very soft lining, and the palm is padded for a bit of extra comfort. There are also strips of silicon across the palm meaning grip is good even in the wettest conditions.
A Velcro tab ensures the gloves is close fitting round the wrist and you don't get a draught , but the cuff isn't especially long, so you'd need to make sure your jersey or top has decent length sleeves, so as not to get a cold gap.
These gloves normally retail for a penny under £30, currently reduced to around £26 on the Wiggle website (dhb is Wiggle's inhouse brand). There are similar gloves at similar prices, but you can also pay double or triple that for winter gloves from the premium brands, so this price represents fair value.
Gloves that keep your hands warm and dry in bad weather - ideal for winter riding.
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Make and model: dhb Extreme Winter Gloves
Size tested: Black - M
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The Wiggle website says: 'This is a thick glove for worst winter conditions. An integrated waterproof membrane makes sure you stay dry inside. Hollow fill insulation provides fantastic warmth. Articulated cut helps to reduce bulk."
All very reasonable claims.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
The Wiggle website goes on to say: "Soft brushed lining for comfort. Articulated fit with reflex knuckle box, to allow unrestricted movement. Slim cuff design so that glove can easily be worn under (or over) rain shell. Soft nose wipe. Reflective details on knuckle and small finger. Padded Micro PU palm will absorb the bumps of the road. All over Silicone grip decal on the palm provides best grip in wet conditions."
Too early to comment on durability, but construction is very good, so these gloves will definitely last a winter season - more of you look after them.
No especially featherweight, but that's not really a problem on winter gloves
Palms and fingers are very comfortable, but one point docked for the slightly short cuffs.
Not an absolute bargain, but a very fair price for what you get
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 50 Height: 5ft 10 / 178cm Weight: 11 stone / 70kg
I usually ride: an old Marin Alp My best bike is: an old Giant Cadex
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,