February 26, 2011
Looking back (and a little bit forward) on a season of winter riding, the Canari Static Jammer gloves were a big surprise for me. Just looking at them, they don't appear to be padded up enough to handle the cold winter bite, but the windproof/waterproof fabric does a great job of keeping your hands protected, while allowing some breathing room to keep too much moisture from building up inside.
The palm of the glove isn't heavily padded, so if you are used to riding with gel padded cycling gloves, you may want to layer a pair of them underneath these. As for durability, there is a tough, "grippy" rubber layer covering some of the contact points you have with your handlebar, especially between the thumb and pointer finger, which is where I see a lot of gloves break down.
Looking at the back side of the gloves, they have a fleece portion, which does add some additional warmth, but even more importantly, is great for wiping away a running nose. With a lot of heavy winter gloves I've used in the past, dexterity has suffered quite a bit, and I was really excited with how easy it was to move around in these gloves for braking and shifting.
Everyone is going to have a different tolerance for cold weather, but I was pretty happy wearing these down to 20 degrees. When the temperatures dropped below 20 degrees, and into the single digits, I layered a pair of wool DeFeet gloves underneath. At only $27, they are pretty well priced.
Photo by Josh Tack.
TOURING GEAR AND TIPS is written by Joshua Tack of Adventure Cycling's member services department. It appears weekly, highlighting technical aspects of bicycle touring and advice to help better prepare you for the journey ahead.