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Assos Assosoires Winter Gloves



Great fitting, top quality, three-season gloves for all but the very coldest of days
Great warmth to weight ratio
Dexterity and touchscreen fingers
No nose-wipe
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The Assos Assosoires Winter Gloves are windproof and water-resistant outer, and I've found them perfect for the majority of chillier UK riding, including freezing frosty mornings. The overall quality and fit of the gloves is excellent, they're exceptionally warm for the dexterity they offer, and the touchscreen fingers actually work. Yes, they're expensive, but they're definitely something I'd go and spend my own money on.

I hate wearing gloves, especially winter ones that are so thick you can no longer find things in your pockets nor undo a zip, and make changing gear a struggle. I was therefore rather pleased when the Assos gloves arrived for testing to find they aren't packed out with layer upon layer of insulation. But this did raise the question of whether they were going to be warm enough for 'winter', or whether they were better suited to milder rides like their mid-weight physique suggested...

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I didn't have to wait long to find out as later that week the temperature dropped off a cliff and I found myself commuting in a thick frost. Quite simply, the Assos gloves are brilliant. They've kept my cold fingers toasty in temperatures right down to freezing and frankly, that's incredible considering the lack of bulk.

There are still going to be a few days of the year when something thicker is going to be required, but those are few and far between, and these have been first out of the drawer on every ride requiring gloves since October.

On damp rides the water-repellent fabric used on the back of the hand keeps road spray and drizzle out, but in a downpour water will begin to creep in the palms. But fully waterproof gloves, such as those from Velotoze, can feel far clammier as the lack of breathability leads to sweaty hands. The Assos gloves do a good job of regulating hand heat and I found them suitable up to 12°C, at which point I was fine without gloves.

I've also been very impressed with the fit, but of course all hands are different. I have average length fingers and always wear a large size glove; these size large ones fit perfectly. Assos makes the gloves in six sizes so you should be able to find a good fit.

On my hands there's hardly any excess material, as you can find with some gloves, and the use of fleece-backed fabric rather than a separate liner means nothing pulls out annoyingly when you take them off, plus your fingers actually reach somewhere near the end of the gloves, which aids dexterity.

This impressive dexterity combined with the fact that all of the fingers (and palm) are touchscreen-compatible means that using your phone with the gloves on is no issue, and in this respect they're the best I've used. Normally I get fed up before I've even managed to type in my passcode but with the Assos I was happily checking maps and even composing the odd message.

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The cuffs are a decent length to prevent any wrist chilling, and they're also fitted, so I found they worked best under jacket sleeves. They do have a fair amount of stretch, though, so can just as easily go over the top of a thin, long sleeve jersey.

Usually, I opt for gloves with no padding, on the road at least. These, however, do have some on the palm: a strip across the base of the fingers and a pad on the ball of the thumb. It's so subtle that I forgot it was there and didn't find any pressure points on either drop or flat bars. Having completed several four-hour rides in the gloves, I found them perfectly comfortable, and the microfiber palm is grippy even in the wet.

The overall quality of the gloves is very high. The blue stitching is nicely finished, they feel robust, and a sharp tug on the fingers reveals no worrying sounds.

There are some sizeable labels to cut out, though, which I forgot to do before my first ride, and there's no dedicated nose-wipe section. I'd also like to see that logo on the back being reflective.


Assos products tend to represent a sizeable investment, but you do get a two-year warranty on any manufacturing defects, and there's a 30-day crash replacement policy.

That helps soften the £70 rrp... a bit. This is not a cheap pair of gloves. However, I've found them the perfect warmth for the majority of my late autumn rides that require gloves, which means they've seen plenty of use, and for many people will be worth the cost.

It's not like the competition is cheap either: the Sportful WS Essential 2 gloves are now £55 and very similar in their build and weight, but I'd personally choose the Assos despite the higher price, for the lack of Velcro and better touchscreen fingers.

The Spatz Glovz offer a similar amount of protection, but go about it in a different way with a pull-out windshell but cost nearly as much at £65.

Stolen Goat's Conquer 4 Season Gloves do offer phenomenal value for money at £35, but having tried the über-premium Assos Winter Gloves, I can't see myself going back.

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Overall, they've been excellent. They're warm enough for all but the very very coldest of UK days, the fit is excellent, the quality is excellent, the touchscreen fingers actually work, and with a few minor alterations they could very easily score a 10. I'm not usually a big fan of recommending people spend a fortune on kit, but in the case of these gloves, I'd say it's a case of buy well, buy once.


Great fitting, top quality, three-season gloves for all but the very coldest of days test report

Make and model: Assos Assosoires Winter Gloves

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for

Assos says: "A lightweight, low-bulk, weatherproof winter glove with clean ASSOS aesthetics and functional finishing details. Premium comfort for committed winter cycling." That sums it up perfectly.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Assos lists these details:

30 day crash policy

2 year warranty

Main: 53%PL 37%PA 10%EA

Palm: 100%PA

Inserts: 92%PL 8%EA

6 sizes: XS,S,M,L,XL,XLG

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Six sizes available. Assos' size guide appears accurate, fingers are fairly close-fitting so if you have sausages you may want to size up.

Rate the product for weight:

For the warmth they offer, very impressive.

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Rate the product for value:

Much cheaper gloves are available that will offer 90 per cent of the functionality, but you do get a high quality product that's built to last and will see plenty of use.

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

No problems.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well; warm down to freezing, showerproof enough to ward off road spray, and comfortable on long rides.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Dexterity and being able to use my phone with them on.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I would like some reflectivity.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

As mentioned in the review, yes they're expensive, but on a par with gloves of a similar quality. Their versatility helps make the price easier to swallow as they'll see plenty of use.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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They're excellent gloves. They're first and foremost warm, they're the best fitting gloves I've used, the dexterity is very impressive for a glove with this much protection, and the touchscreen fingers actually work. With the addition of some reflectivity and a nose-wipe they might even have scored a perfect 10.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 23  Height: 6ft  Weight: 74kg

I usually ride: Specialized venge pro 2019  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,

Jamie has been riding bikes since a tender age but really caught the bug for racing and reviewing whilst studying towards a master's in Mechanical engineering at Swansea University. Having graduated, he decided he really quite liked working with bikes and is now a full-time addition to the team. When not writing about tech news or working on the Youtube channel, you can still find him racing local crits trying to cling on to his cat 2 licence...and missing every break going...

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Secret_squirrel | 2 years ago

I have the mentioned SG Gloves, and the review for them is spot on.  Very thin, feel like a pair of good quality woolen mittens with a neoprene layer between. (which is what I think they are made from)

No nose wipe and the touch screen fingers dont work but they are great for +/- 5 degrees either side of zero.

Hands get a little clammy over 5C, but still worth it if its borderline.  Definite UK winter gloves.

ejocs | 2 years ago

Unfortunately, my experience with these gloves hasn't been as positive as the reviewer's.

The good: Fit and dexterity are indeed impressive, and they look quite nice. Length and snugness of the cuff are well-judged for keeping drafts out, whether worn under or over your long sleeves.

The bad: They're neither spring/fall nor winter gloves. They're too clammy for cool weather, when something more breathable and fast-drying would be preferable. And they're also not suitable for any weather that could reasonably be described as cold--on their own they're nearly useless in the cold, but they're also too fitted to use with a liner and too bulky to use under a warmer layer. Finally, the weird cushioning at the base and middle of the palm does nothing but get in the way of finding a comfortable position on the bars.

It's hard to think of a use case for these except maybe in cool, damp weather, where their softshell construction might make them preferable to a more breathable glove. But if it's cold enough that your clothing decisions are based primarily on the need to stay warm, these are not the gloves for you.

[EDIT] Turned these inside-out and confirmed my suspicions: there's absolutely no insulation around the side, tip, and underside of the fingers, just a bunch of bulky seams holding the super thin outer materials together. So much for being winter gloves. (The main insulation is a kind of thin thermoroubaix fleece that covers the back of the hand and surrounds the entire extended cuff, which makes the gloves way too steamy in moderate temperatures even as the fingers are left totally vulnerable.)

Chris Hayes replied to ejocs | 2 years ago

That I can imagine. I went straight for the Ultraz as I get cold hands, but generally I don't think Assos understand just how cold it can get in the UK.  

A couple of years ago the superb staff at Condor mentioned that there was limited supply of their Ultraz winter kit to the UK...on the basis that it just isn't cold enough.  Well, their basic winter jacket just isn't warm enough for UK winters. I'm not sure whether this is a function of it being wetter and windier here than the continent and so wind chill is a constant feature, but cold is definitely a thing here.

Northumber_lad replied to Chris Hayes | 2 years ago

I agree - I've had two Assos winter jackets and while they are fantastic bits of kit ( beautifully made, windproof, and pretty water resistant) I have followed the Assos guide to 3/3 clima code and anything near freezing with the suggested jacket and base layer combination, brings the brass monkeys home ! Far too cold. they redeem themselves as they go well with a thermal mid layer. 
I truly think Assos have never seen a Northumbrian winter with horizontal trees, ice sheets and flying cows! 

Chris Hayes | 2 years ago

I have the Ultraz which are a bit warmer and have a nose wipe....they're great gloves that are adequate down to freezing temperatures at which point I either use silk inners or put on my Rapha deep winter gloves which are warmer but bulkier, more difficult to put on and take off and less comfortable...

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