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Scott Winter Stretch LF Glove



Minimally padded windproof gloves for dry conditions, with great dexterity and touchscreen compatibility
Great dexterity
Light and pack down small
Impressive temperature range given their low bulk
Quite expensive for a light winter glove
Confusing print to blame for putting them on the wrong way around (not my idiocy, honest)

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Scott's Winter Stretch LF Gloves are made from Gore-Tex's windproof and breathable Infinium fabric. They're thin, tight fitting and it's almost like you're not wearing gloves at all when it comes to dexterity, grip and using a touchscreen – but they'll keep your hands warm in dry conditions down to 5°C.

> Buy now: Scott Winter Stretch LF Gloves for £45.99 from Sportsshoes


According to Gore-Tex, Infinium is 'an ultra-thin protective layer laminated to a lightweight textile', making the garment completely windproof. Though as our best winter gloves buyer's guide shows, if you're looking for a pair of gloves, there are numerous options when it comes to fabric, padding and reflectivity.

The Windstopper membrane, according to Gore, is also extremely breathable, with 'billions of pores that are 900 times larger than water vapour molecules, so even though wind can't get in, moisture from sweat vapour can easily get out'.

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The fabric itself is not waterproof without the addition of a DWR (durable water repellent) treatment. Scott does not mention DWR and makes no claim about the gloves being waterproof – and they aren't.

Temperature range

There's no thermal layer to these gloves at all, as they consist of just a thin layer of fabric. But in spite of that, and in dry conditions, they kept my hands comfortable down to about 5°C. If it's any lower than that you'd really want to go for a pair of full-on winter gloves.

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Bear in mind also that these are not waterproof. When they get wet, they do not keep your hands warm at all. Water conducts heat 25 times faster than air, according to the net (so it must be true) which means that even a fully windproof fabric won't stop the wind sucking warmth from your hands when it gets wet.


Because the fabric is really thin and stretchy, these gloves are skin-tight. In terms of dexterity, it's almost like not wearing gloves at all.

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This also helps to make them handy when you're using a touchscreen, and with the tips of the index fingers and thumbs having touchscreen-compatible thread, you don't need to take your gloves off.

The downside of this is that if the gloves do get wet, they're a real pain to take off or to put back on again.

Grip and padding

There's a silicone printed pattern on the palm, thumb, index and middle fingers, which provides loads of grip though the gloves are totally without padding. As I like riding without gloves when the temperature allows, these work very well for me. If you prefer gloves with a bit more plushness and padding, these probably aren't for you.


You get a little pull tab, which is probably designed to make putting them on easier.

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There's also a plastic press stud to keep the pair together when you're not wearing them. In my opinion, I reckon these are gimmicks and unnecessary, but they don't get in the way.

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There are reflective details on the cuff and there's also a printed pattern on the back of the hand. I must be a bit of an idiot, though, as more than once I tried to put these on the wrong way around – confusing the pattern on the palm with the pattern on the back of the hand!

You can have any colour you like, so long as it's black.


My test gloves were medium/8.5, which is exactly what I'd normally go for in a glove, so I'd say Scott has got its sizing spot on.


While £45.99 is a lot of money for a light winter glove, this seems to be the price point for a glove made from Gore's Infinium. Gorewear's own Infinium Stretch gloves and the Adidas Terrex Gore-Tex Infinium Gloves both retail for £45.

You can spend easily more, though. The Castelli Perfetto Light Glove is the non-fleece-lined version of the Perfetto ROS gloves that Emma reviewed, which are yours for £65.

Away from Infinium, Galibier's Ardennes Light Winter Gloves proved a hit with Steve when he tested them, and they're only £23.64.

Altura's Microfleece Gloves were our favourite budget winter gloves for milder temperatures when Liam tested them at £16.99, but they're now £24.99.


I love gloves made from Infinium. I've been using Castelli's Infinium gloves for the last couple of years, which were my go-to gloves down to around 5°C or so. The Scott Winter Stretch LF Gloves are functionally the same, but you'll save yourself £20.

If, like me, you prefer riding without gloves when the conditions allow and, if when you do have to wear gloves you want them to be as thin as possible and don't need padding, then you're likely to love these as much as I do.


Minimally padded windproof gloves for dry conditions, with great dexterity and touchscreen compatibility test report

Make and model: Scott Winter Stretch LF Glove

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for

Scott says: When winter threatens to discourage you from venturing out, you can turn to the SCOTT Winter Stretch Long-finger glove to save the day. Featuring GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ lightweight fabric with optimal breathability and windproof properties, along with a pre-shaped construction, this glove is engineered to combat varying weather conditions.

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

Scott says:

GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ garments with WINDSTOPPER® product technology

92% Polyester 8% Elastane


Silicone print for better grip

Touchscreen compatible index finger and thumb

Silicone pull tab for easy entry

Reflective details

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

The care instructions say: Do not iron, do not tumble dry, machine wash: normal treatment (max 30 degrees C), do not dry clean, do not bleach.

I just chucked these in with the rest of the wash at whatever setting was going on – they came out fine.

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

I really like the low bulk of these Infinium gloves, as I prefer that style when temperature allows.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

How thin they are – and how much dexterity you have with the gloves on.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The price, and the print.

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

The £45 price seems to be the usual cost for gloves made from Infinium, although the Castelli gloves cost £20 more. You don't have to have Infinium gloves, and you can find decent quality gloves made from other materials at around half the price.

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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I really like these gloves; I prefer no padding and I'm prepared to pay for a fancy, thin and stretchy fabric that keeps my hands warm without any bulk. There's no getting away from the fact that they are quite expensive, though, and that you can get decent gloves that will keep your hands just as warm for much less – but they won't fit as well and are likely to be more bulky.

That said, I don't feel Scott's marketing description is  specific enough when it say things like "engineered to combat varying weather conditions", or "when winter threatens [..] these gloves save the day".

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 44  Height: 1.78m  Weight: 77kg

I usually ride: All of them!  My best bike is: Ribble Endurance SL disc

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, mtb, Zwift

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ktache | 1 year ago
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I got a pair of the non ROS Castelli Perfettos, I think last winter. Proper luxury.

They seem to fit well into the jackets temperature range, though they seem slightly thinner, and I'd reckon 5 degrees at a push, 6 to 7 better, though I have a couple of pairs of pearl izumis for the low to mid singles, up to about 12 when my thickest of summer gloves come in (POCs).

I would have rathered some infinium gloves with a  leather or suede palm, real or artificial, but couldn't find any. Though they do seem to have enough grip. I was concerned, given the price that the palm would be a weak point, but that is not where they have delicate. Seams, but when haven't I had to do a bit of restiching on a pair of gloves, and fingertips. Even with a bit of elastoplast (fabric, waterproof) on the ends they still feel luxurious.

When they die, I might consider some of the cheaper options, but Castelli...

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