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, BUT need more circulation and body temperature warmth in your fingers, the Pearl P.R.O. Softshell Lobster Glove may be the right option for you. This legacy piece from Peal takes all the tech and features from the straight-up glove version, but delivers the ‘lobster claw’ design that keeps the fingers together in twos. The exterior of the lobster 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 lobster glove isn’t too bulky, nor does it overly restrict the rider from the subtle hand movements for shifting and braking. It does take a little getting used to, but you will find the flexibility of the materials makes it simple. 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. Despite its appearance the Lobster 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 need to maximize circulation and warmth while staying dry and safe on the bike, the P.R.O. Softshell Lobster Glove will exceed your expectations and make random Vulcan greetings much easier while on the bike!