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dhb’s Rogate make fine foul weather companions so long as you’re not fussy about warm, soggy hands. They’re made from medium weight neoprene, the stuff of diver’s wet-suits so insulate against the chill rather than keeping hands dry and these properties have kept my fingers remarkably warm in icy conditions too thanks to close fit and marginally longer cuffs.
Dexterity is on par with other gloves using arguably more technical fibres and present few problems tackling the inevitable roadside flat, toggling between computer/heart rate monitor functions but a bit of a struggle for opening energy bars and more intricate tasks.
One disadvantage of the material is that because it offers excellent insulation it can also lock the chill inside: so, if you’re putting them on with cold hands, they’ll stay that way. However, I was extremely grateful for their warmth, immersing my hand, cuff deep to rescue my son’s Lego figure from a muddy, wintry puddle. The backs are impregnated with obligatory and in many respects, essential reflective detailing emphasising hand signals along dark lane and suburban roads alike while neoprene’s absorbent qualities makes a great nose-wipe.
Flipping them over reveals a leatherette double stitched palm. These look pleasingly retro in an era of space age gel padding but to their credit are surprisingly effective, delivering all day comfort and control on all bar coverings. Middle and index fingers share the reflective silicone chevrons ensuring slip free shifting and braking meaning they’re a good bet for wet cross and mtb racing. Good cold weather gloves, they probably fall in to the marmite category, you’ll either love or hate them. If you don’t mind warm, clammy hands and neoprene’s fairly unique texture then they’ve a lot to offer.
Good foul weather gloves that will keep the cold at bay if not the wet
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Make and model: dhb Rogate glove
Size tested: L
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 Rogate are a foul weather neoprene glove for commuting and training duties.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Neoprene, Nylon, Elastane, PU mix, leatherette double stitched palm, silicone finger grips & reflective detailing.
Generally good but silicone finger grips have started lifting on ours.
74g (Large as tested)
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The Rogate are very good at insulating hands from cold in both icy winds and driving rain. By the same token, they can keep the chill in too- say if you've taken them off for any time on a cold day. However, this shouldn't be required when mending a flat or other roadside adjustments.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Good fit, nice detailing.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Being neoprene they can leave hands feeling clammy.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, if they value warmth over dryness in a winter glove
Age: 36 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)