I have budgeted $150 for the absolute best gloves I can find for surviving sub-zero temperatures. What should I buy?
Usage: I ride my bike in the winter, in Chicago, in single digit and sub zero temperatures with wind chills into the minus twenty Fahrenheit range. Fortunately my commute is short, but I do it several times per day and after about ten minutes of ridding, my hands and fingers are very nearly frost bitten. We're talking red, raw, knurled fingers which feel like they are burned and ache for hours...
Until now I've relied on various types of Gore-tex style gloves and liners which work fine down to about 20. Below that though and they are useless. The problem is that while ridding, my hands are out in front of me, and I'm unable to move them around that much, or move them out of the wind... so gloves that work fine for "just walking around" quickly fail.
Yes, I know about lobster style gloves from Pearl Izumi and other makers. No I do not think they will work because every review I read says things like, "Oh yeah, they are great in 30 degree weather..." Likewise I'm not interested in mitten or pogies.
I've spent days googling around for bike specific gloves, but I've given up. My LBS has recommended the Sugoi Firewall XT Glove
, which I've tried on, but I'm not completely sold on.
So I'm left looking at ski, snow, and mountain gloves. But I don't know a lot about these either. I've identified brands such as Black Diamond, Marmot, Swany, and Mammut. And it seems that I'm looking at spending $100 to $150 (or more) on a good pair. As far as I can tell only Black Diamond list temperature ranges for their gloves.
Because this is a semi-major purchase, which will likely be bought online, I want to do it right the first time.
What I'm looking for:
- dexterity (for shifting gears, locking and unlocking bike)
- windproof (very important)
- waterproof (semi important)
- the warmest possible glove (absolutely critical)
So, polar MeFi's - what should I buy? Or what should I look for in the ultimate sub-zero glove?