Some Years with Axiom Stormfront Gloves

Thankfully, my wife found a box of winter items in our basement that I had been looking for ever since we moved in summer 2011. Among other items, this box contained my Axiom Stormfront gloves that I bought some years ago. This model has been updated significantly.

When compared to the Gore gloves I used last year and the Giro Pivot that I was using this winter, my gloves seem a bit last-generation. The cuff is a traditional stretch cuff that neither tightens nor provides any kind of transition/seal with the sleeve of the jacket. In the current version of this glove, the cuff thus looks quite different.

There are some things I really like about these gloves:

  • the insulation is right for Vancouver winter and the gloves keep my hands almost always dry which is really good enough
  • cushioning of the palm 
  • the big soft area on the back and side of the thumb that I use to wipe my nose (an all to frequent task in winter riding).

The most annoying thing about the gloves is that the liner in the fingers pulls out when you take the gloves off so that putting them back on is always a bit of a puzzle.

Given that my experience with Gore and Giro has not been that great, I am re-activating these gloves for drier winter use and will certainly wear them until they give out. I might also have to take a second look at Axiom gear generally again, though it’s not clear to me why the gloves only appear in the “archive” page of the Axiom website.

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Initial Impressions: Giro Pivot

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.