Riding in the cold and wet can be brutal on your hands, and if your hands get cold, you are done. But if you take winter riding seriously, the Pearl P.R.O. Softshell Glove may be the right glove for you. The exterior of the glove is covered with 3 Layer P.R.O. Softshell material, a fabric that protects, defeats wind and water, and insulates. However, Pearl has added two additional layers for an incredible level of protection. A thin layer of Primaloft insulation delivers proven warmth, and an attached waterproof liner seeks to repel anything that has penetrated. A soft fleece lining keeps the skin happy and wicks away moisture. If you are picturing a glove better suited to boxing, drop the thought. Though there are many layers, the glove isn’t too bulky, nor does it overly restrict the rider from the subtle hand movements for shifting and braking. Ultimately anyone can build a warm glove, but it takes the highly experienced cyclists and designers from a company like Pearl Izumi to develop a fully functional product.
Of course, there are more features to attend to. Pearl has long supplied gloved with Pittards leather gripping surfaces. Tacky when dry, and grippy when wet, Pittards simply works, and has excellent durability and tactile qualities. A hook and loop closure under the wrist seals out the elements and is easy to use in the cold and wet. The glove was designed for anatomic fit while riding and provides excellent coverage along with a jacket sleeve. Finally, the attention to detail finishes with a soft fleece wiping surface on the back of the thumb, and reflective elements. If you prefer a glove, and need to be warm and dry, the P.R.O. Softshell Glove will meet your needs.