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On paper the Dry Grip glove from Polaris promises the last word in winter comfort and there's no doubting their worth when tearing up the trail in the freezing cold.
Black goes with everything, hides accumulated dirt and mercifully, these are machine washable. However, consistently mild weather resulted in persistently damp, clammy and mildly uncomfortable liners. Rather than laminated outers, Polaris have opted for a TPU lining and neoprene cuffs to keep digits warm, dry and relatively nimble when fully saturated while, wind/shower repellent backs theoretically allow the steady dispersion of rider generated heat...
Amara palms forgo the obligatory ergonomic stuff, such as ulnar pads and the like in favour of some old school cushioning and to be frank, this consistent profile offered excellent insulation from road and trail shock with no hint of discomfort after four hours continuous riding.
There's plenty of sticky silicone detailing along the digits for dependable grip come hell or high water on all manner of handlebar coverings, although it seemed particularly suited to glossy wraps and the notoriously slippery electroplate tape common to reproduction track bars.
Polaris'MTB heritage is clearly evident in the cut- which is particularly suited to flat bar STI and 'cross type bar ends but had a tendency to muffle the sprightly canter of contemporary mid range road controls in the dry. That said, the supple fabrics and sticky silicone won't impede puncture repair or pannier rummaging and the former come alive in the wet, giving enough dexterity to leave braking/shifting late whether demon descending or snaking through lines of stationary Friday afternoon traffic.
To further test their mettle, I immersed ours to the cuffs in salt water. Quickly racing through the permeable outers, the North Sea lapped frustrated at the TPU lining, giving a sensation similar to washing up in marigolds. It took 15 miles before they'd reached a touch dry state but there's no doubt the materials had done their stuff. Sadly climate control is nowhere near so good in temperatures between six and ten degrees, resulting in consistent dampness within minutes of pulling them on.
Very good extreme weather gloves for town or trail but moisture but things can get sweaty in milder temperatures.
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Make and model: Polaris Dry Grip gloves
Size tested: Black, Large
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 Drygrip glove is designed with water-resistant and windproof outer fabrics and a fully waterproof and breathable liner.
*Excellent winter gloves for both on or off the road".
Statements I broadly agree with, although climate control could be improved.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
*Amara palms with padding and Non-slip silicon print add additional comfort and grip in the wet.
*Long neoprene cuffs also provide a weather proof seal.
Rugged and dependable
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The Dry Grip are an extremely dependable cold weather glove,bolting the door to rain, wind and generic chill-even when fully submersed. However,the inner climate can turn uncomfortably clammy in milder temperatures.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Solid construction, keen pricing and dependable all weather grip.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Clamminess in milder temperatures.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? For freezing winter conditions, yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, in the above context
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Sneaks a seven on balance, taking everything into account.
Age: 38 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)