This really isn’t a review since I haven’t put these gloves to the test, but I face a dilema with clothing. Either I tell you about it way too early in the game for me to say for sure how well it works or I wait until I know how well it works and the season you need the item for is over plus the manufacturer doesn’t make the same product next year. *sigh* Several times this year I’ve grabbed something I love from my closest and thought I’d do a review about it on this blog only to realize you can’t buy the same product any longer. So I wonder why spend the time and effort to tell you in detail how great something is you can’t have?
So I’ve decided to do the same thing I did with shoes earlier this year – I’m going to pre-view gear that looks promising when I get it so you know about it when the information is actually useful. I’ll follow up with posts that discuss how it’s working for me – hopefully early enough you can still get the product.
Okay so back to the matter at hand – literally!. I’ve struggled with waterproof gloves for many years not really being satisfied. Until recently I had not found a pair of waterproof gloves I liked for cycling..mostly because all the gloves I have owned were not actually waterproof. This is due to the real challenge of sealing the many seams inside a glove. Most companies don’t even bother trying and sell you gloves made of waterproof material that have a zillion holes from all the stitching. This results in a windproof water resistant glove that eventually gets wet inside and stays wet for a long time – not uber useful. Since a lot of my nasty weather riding has been warm/wet or cold/dry I haven’t killed myself to find a solution. However, I’m now face with a lot of cool and wet conditions that demand an effective solution to keeping my hands comfortable or I am not going to be able to ride my bikes.
Fortuitously I came across these waterproof [seam sealed!] lobster shells at MEC recently. The Drencher Glove offers a nice waterproof haven for your hands and any gloves you want to wear inside. I like this a lot since I already own several pairs of fleece gloves I like and that I can quickly switch out gloves if they do get a bit damp from sweat or when I pull my over gloves off to do something requiring dexterity.I can also use thicker or thinner gloves depending on how cold it is.
For $29cdn they seem like a good product to try. They are fairly minimalist in design, but they do have some reflective material and a snot patch on each thumb. The lobster design is effective at allowing you to operate your bike’s controls while keeping your fingers warmer than conventional gloves.
Here is what MEC says:
These lobster style gloves are a deadly catch for any cycle commuter or randonneur. Made of waterproof, breathable fabric with fully taped seams, they transform your regular cycling gloves into all-conditions handgear.
- Waterproof, breathable fabric with taped seams keeps water out.
- Shingle action cuff slides under your jacket to stop water from running in.
- Terry moss synthetic fleece sniffle patch.
- Nylon palm with silicone print for durability and a solid grip on wet bars.
- Reflective trim for low-light visibility.