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by RomfromExpensive but it works. . .To put it bluntly, this is an expensive glove. What you get is a glove that isn't padded for comfort or insulated enough for cold weather riding. However, if you're looking for a "transitional" glove that can bridge the seasonal change from September to November in Seattle (for example), then this is a very good choice.
I was looking for a glove that was waterproof, lightly insulated and durable for commuting and other rides in cool, wet weather. The WxB PRO Softshell material has enough stretch to easily grip drop bars and STI brake/shifters (the high friction coating on the finger tips are very nice). The new coating fused to the stretch fabric sheds easily sheds water even after multiple washings and a couple hundred miles. The shell dries quickly.
PI's Pittards leather palms have long been a favorite of mine. They will "outlive" synthetic materials and because the leather is backed by waterproof material, there's no leakage of water through the palms. The downside is the absence of padding (the palms are reinforced in key areas). If you need padding, I wouldn't recommend these gloves. Pittards leather is thin, dries quickly and without stiffening.
The fleece lining is just that: a lining. It eases the friction inside the glove, keeps the glove from feeling too damp if your hands sweat alot (mine do!). But, this is NOT an insulated glove like last year's PRO Barrier AmFib glove or this year's replacement (PRO Barrier Softshell glove or lobster mitten).
Fit is roomy. I was concerned that the small size was too loose but have found that I can wear them with a thin pair of Thermax liner gloves without restricting flexibility. Resist the temptation of getting gloves a size smaller if the glove fingers seem too long: remember that your hands will slide deeper into the gloves as you ride. Gloves that are too small will cause your finger tips and finger "web" to jam uncomfortably in the glove.
The hook/loop closure is secure and tucks easily into rain jacket sleeves. Reflective elements are numerous and always welcome.
I was a skeptical when I first bought and used this glove. But I've become a convert. Just be as clear as you can be about what you want and what you'll get if you purchase this glove. I would have given it a 4.5 star rating if it were possible.
Date published: 2011-11-14
Rated 5out of5
by flatpickerfromBest Wet Weather Glove I've Used So FarI've used these gloves every day over the past three weeks of this fall. My hands have stayed completely dry through numerous wet rides, including two rides of over a half hour in steady Oregon rain. They're roomy, and I first thought that they might be clumsy and uncomfortable. I've actually found them to be extremely comfortable, and they provide surprisingly good dexterity because of their build and the materials that are used in the palm and fingers. They have the two pairs of Gore gloves I've used beat by a mile for both comfort and dexterity. Their roominess keeps your hands warm on cool days, and cool during those afternoons when the fall temperatures rise. They're easy to get on and off, and aren't too bulky. These gloves are another top of the line, well thought out, and well executed Pearl Izumi product (I'm a PI junkie). I'm thinking that they'll also do quite well on sub forty five degree days with a pair of light liner gloves inside them.
Date published: 2011-11-17
Rated 5out of5
by Jordan706fromGreat, Warm GloveI usually ride in these gloves, both road and mountain bike. The reflective trim is great whether on the bike path or side of the road. These gloves are warm. I'm usually wearing them when the temperature is in 50s to the mid-30s. And recently I've been using them on runs, even runs in the low 30s. They work great, and the fleece thumb area is great for that runny nose. My only gripe is that the sizing might run a little small. I don't have big hands, but the medium felt real tight. The larges are a little loose, but very comfortable. I went with the large.
Date published: 2013-01-02
Rated 5out of5
by Adventurous PANfromNice GlovesI bought these gloves on sale which made them more accessible for my budget.
I used them last winter almost exclusively and I didn't have any problem with them. They were warm, breathable, waterproof and did not alter dramatically how I was able to use my fingers, I can't wait to use them more in the coming season. They still look brand new. I bicycle every day therefore having a good pair of gloves which help me deal with cold and wet weather was very important.
This pair of gloves is by far the best pair that I have ever owned.
Date published: 2013-08-31
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Pearl Izumi Pro Barrier WxB Bike Gloves Customer Reviews