Late November means we’re about a month into Vancouver rainy season. It’s been cold for a couple of days, but even raininess in my mind requires gloves in that warm, dry hands make me feel overall more comfortable.
Last year, I had a pair of Gore gloves that did not perform that well. Mostly, I got cold hands occasionally and one of the fingertips wore through after a season which – given their priciness – was much too early. To Gore’s credit, they honoured their warranty and I returned the gloves.
On advice, I opted for Giro then. The Giro Pivot is their warmest glove and it has been doing okay in the first several weeks.
The fit is nice and snug, i.e. they don’t feel bulky. Lots of reflective details. One of the most important features that is often not even mentioned is a soft but of fabric on the back of the thumb that works well as a snot-rag. I don’t know about you, but my nose is almost always running on these rainy rides…
Overall, the padding could be a bit more cushy on the palm. My right hand seems to be going a bit numb towards the end of the ride, though I’m not sure that the gloves are at fault in this.
The gloves have definitely been waterproof so far.
The part I like least about these gloves so far (no real test of warmth yet) is the cuff. The cuff of my Gore rain jacket is really easy to match, so that’s not the problem. The velcro closure does almost nothing and has a tendency to bend upwards and get in the way. By doing nothing, I mean that the gloves are not that easy to get into (i.e. they’re snug even with the closure open), but the closure also doesn’t tighten the fit significantly, so why bother?
My hands haven’t felt too warm, in the gloves, but they are slightly moist after the ride. The challenge is that the liner doesn’t seem to dry well without any heat. Obviously, this is not uncommon, but it means that I bring the gloves inside with me when I park at work and at home. Otherwise, they feel a bit clammy when I put them back on.