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The top 13 best men’s waterproof cycling gloves

In this article I’m going to give you the very best men’s waterproof cycling gloves the market has to offer.

Before I give you the list, when manufacturers talk about their gloves being waterproof it means you can’t go scuba diving in them and not expect your hands to get wet. I’ve actually read about people being disappointed with their gloves after actually submerging them and finding out the insides still got wet.

To keep things simple I always think about protection against rain in two ways: water resistant and waterproof. This list concerns the latter, which means all the gloves here feature a number of ways to protect you against prolonged use in rainy conditions. And they do so using materials like Polartec Power Dry and variations of the popular GORE-TEX, among others.

Furthermore, as with rain also comes cold, I’ve included a range of options to be used from chilly to sub-zero conditions, and the nature of the gloves obviously reflects that. With added protection comes added bulk and minimized bar-feel and dexterity.

So it’s up to you to decide what’s best for you for the conditions you ride in most during the times when the temperatures are dropping. But enough talk, here’s my list for the best men’s waterproof cycling gloves.

Castelli Spettacolo Ros Gloves

Spettacolo Ros glove
Spettacolo Ros glove

Not everybody is willing to go out when temperatures are near freezing. So for those who want a high-quality winter glove for cold but not freezing temperatures, there’s the Castelli Spettacolo Ros Gloves.

Choosing a winter glove is knowing in what conditions you want to ride. Castelli designates these gloves to be perfect round the 37°-54°F mark. And if you combine that with them being both waterproof and windproof you have yourself one of the most versatile cold weather gloves out there.

Insulated with PrimaLoft® Gold Castelli has managed to make these gloves extremely lightweight, using the above-average warmth-to-weight of the material.

The zipper on top which stretches all the way up the base of the thumb ensures easy access, even with sweaty hands. Add to that touchscreen compatibility and you’ve got yourself one of the best value-for-money winter gloves in the market.

Castelli Perfetto Ros Gloves

Perfetto Ros glove
Perfetto Ros glove

The Castelli Perfetto Ros Gloves feel like ordinary full finger gloves. And at 55 grams they are almost half the weight of the already spectacular Castelli Spettacolo Ros Gloves.

The minimalistic approach of these gloves is further enhanced by a seamless upper using GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ WINDSTOPPER® to protect you from the cold and wet. A fleece liner furthermore adds warmth for you to ride in above-zero temperatures ranging from 43°-50°F.

The synthetic palm offers gel padding and Castelli’s proprietary CDS padding against hand numbness.

Touchscreen compatible, these amazing gloves with a less-is-more design are the best option if you want as little feel on your hands as possible but still want to do your rides in less-than-perfect weather conditions.

Castelli Espresso GT Gloves

Espresso GT glove
Espresso GT glove

The Castelli Espresso GT Gloves are true winter gloves made from tried-and-true GORE-TEX® material.

An easy-to-use zipper on top of the glove tightens the PrimaLoft® insulated glove tightly around your hand, ensuring you can weather temperatures ranging from 25° to 50°F.

GORE-TEX® has been around for a long time and the original material has proven to combine waterproofness and breathability in a most excellent manner.

The Italian brand is known for making slim fitting gloves, even with their more bulky winter version, and this glove fits such a description as well. The palm is fully covered with a silicone grip and there’s reflective striping on the back.

It’s a shame that the glove doesn’t offer touchscreen compatibility, but such a feature is often missing with gloves that need to withstand the coldest of temperatures.

Castelli Estremo Glove Gloves

Estremo Glove glove
Estremo Glove glove

The Castelli Estremo Glove Gloves is the brand’s offering to be able to go out in sub-zero conditions.

To do so they have insulated the glove with a thick layer of fleece and covered it with GORE-TEX INFINIUM™, which is a highly breathable version of the standard GORE-TEX. For such a glove as this it’s also waterproof and windproof.

The fully silicone covered palm offers a bit of gel padding, and you can achieve a snug fit with the cuff using a velcro cover.

For a winter cycling glove it’s one of the lightest if not the lightest glove out there. It means that the combination of the grippy palm, and the slim-fit of the pre-curved palm ensures optimal dexterity and a decent amount of bar feel compared to other winter gloves.

The full-black synthetic gloves make for a premium package that, judging its characteristics, justify the price.

100% Hydromatic Brisker Gloves

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Hydromatic Brisker glove
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The 100% Hydromatic Brisker Gloves are gorgeous softshell gloves with ample amounts of cold-weather protection.

These non-padded mountain bike-oriented gloves are easy to get on with a leather strap enforced neoprene pull-on cuff. The softshell sits on the outside of the palm where it is needed the most, which means you get a light-feeling glove with improved bar feel in combination with sufficient protection in all but the most wet and cold conditions.

Sufficiently minimalistic in design as to not interfere with the grip and bar-feel necessary to traverse wintery trails, they offer a Clarion synthetic leather waterproof palm with silicone dotted prints on index and ring finger to aid grip on the brakes.

Coming in black and bright blue, I think they are the best looking cycling gloves for cold-weather trail riding out there.

Giro Proof Gloves

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When you like to ride in sub-zero conditions and still want to be dry and warm the Giro Proof gloves help you step up your game.

These are true winter gloves with Polartec® Power Dry® insulation to keep out the cold and form a protective barrier between your hands and the rain, sleet and snow. The upper construction adds another waterproof DDS® (Direct Dry Solution) membrane. You can never have enough protection to keep your hands dry.

The gloves also feature a very durable and waterproof AX Suede™ Echo Diamond palm, which makes the glove sturdy without losing grip and control on the handlebars.

As with all Giro winter gloves, these ones also have touchscreen technology integrated in the fingertips.

The Giro Proof gloves are the warmest waterproof cycling gloves in Giro’s lineup.

Giro 100 Proof Gloves

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The Giro 100 Proof gloves have all the features of the Giro Proof gloves using a split finger design.

Unlike traditional lobster gloves the 100 Proof gloves combine three fingers, leaving the index finger as the only loose one besides the thumb. The reasoning besides this is that you maintain dexterity while adding extra warm in a larger area where the three fingers are located.

Gore Wear C5 GORE-TEX Thermo Gloves

C5 GORE-TEX Thermo glove
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C5 GORE-TEX Thermo glove
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The Gore Wear C5 GORE-TEX Thermo gloves are minimalistic all-weather gloves for cold and wet conditions.

The GORE-TEX waterproof fabric keeps your hands dry, while the silicone located in the palm lets you maintain your grip on the handlebars.

A thick fleece liner ensures the warmth produced by your body is kept in place, and a foam padding in the palm means that you stay comfortable and cold from your handlebars is kept at bay as well.

An excellent glove for people who don’t want the bulk of a sub-zero deep winter glove, but still want to be sufficiently protected when the weather takes a turn for the worst.

Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Gloves

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Waterproof All Weather glove
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The Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Gloves are allround gloves that can be used for a number of activities including cycling.

A rugged synthetic palm ensures longevity, while a waterproof upper keeps your hands dry.

These gloves are not meant for freezing temperatures, but favor dexterity above warmth. This makes them very usable for chilly rides in wet conditions.

The gloves are touchscreen compatible.

Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather MTB Gloves

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Waterproof All Weather MTB glove
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The Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather MTB Gloves are, as the name suggests, meant for riding on the trail in wet conditions.

Besides being waterproof gloves with foam padding, the gloves also have added foam in the upper construction functioning as knuckle protectors.

Silicone on the ring- and index finger ensures that you remain in control of the brakes at any time.

These gloves are all-weather condition gloves that don’t feature extra insulation.

Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control

Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control glove
Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control glove
Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control glove
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For deep winter rides the Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control offer a 100 percent waterproof product.

By combining goatskin leather with a waterproof but highly breathable inner membrane and Merino wool liner, the glove combines the aspects of warmth, with moisture-wicking features and water resistance.

Whereas the entire palm is made up of leather the back combines leather and softshell to aid in the gloves flexibility. Besides the fact that goatskin is already extremely durable, you can further increase the gloves lifespan by maintaining the leather.

If you expect to ride not only in the cold but also in wet conditions, you can’t go wrong with a pair of these gloves.

Sealskinz Waterproof Extreme Cold Weather Cycle Split Finger Gloves

Waterproof Extreme Cold Weather Cycle Split Finger glove
Waterproof Extreme Cold Weather Cycle Split Finger glove
Waterproof Extreme Cold Weather Cycle Split Finger glove
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The Sealskinz Waterproof Extreme Cold Weather Cycle gloves are what the name suggests, gloves to weather the most extreme temperatures that are still deemed rideable.

The split-finger design adds warmth, besides American-made Climashield® insulation to minimize loss of build up heat in the glove.

Added reflectiveness makes you visible for other road-users in low-light conditions

Sportful No Rain Gloves

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No Rain glove
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If you’re looking for waterproof cycling gloves without wanting to look like a mountain yeti, the Sportful No Rain Gloves are perfect indeed.

They provide just the right amount of protection in the form of a waterproof proprietary NoRain upper, while a slim silicone palm adds the perfect amount of grip.

Not intended for very cold temperatures, these gloves are perfect for all-season riding in wet conditions, not in sub-zero temperatures. I reckon they are just about the perfect gloves for road cyclists who want to go riding as soon as there isn’t ice covering the road. Since the gloves are highly breathable it means that these gloves could be your go-to solution for everything but hot summer cycling and freezing conditions.

Specifications waterproof

Name
Sex
Type
Back
Palm
Padding
Insulation
Season
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Castelli Spettacolo Ros Gloves
men
full finger
none
PrimaLoft® Gold
winter
Castelli Perfetto Ros Gloves
men
full finger
GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ WINDSTOPPER®
gel padding
fleece
winter
Castelli Espresso GT Gloves
men
full finger
GORE-TEX®
GORE-TEX®
none
PrimaLoft®
winter
Castelli Estremo Glove Gloves
men
full finger
GORE-TEX INFINIUM™
GORE-TEX®
gel padding
fleece
winter
100% Hydromatic Brisker Gloves
men
full finger
softshell
Clarion
none
winter
Giro Proof Gloves
men
full finger
DDS®
AX Suede™ Echo Diamond
none
Polartec® Power Dry®
winter
Giro 100 Proof Gloves
men
full finger
DDS®
AX Suede™ Echo Diamond
none
Polartec® Power Dry®
winter
Gore Wear C5 GORE-TEX Thermo Gloves
unisex
full finger
GORE-TEX
synthetic leather
foam padding
thermo lining
winter
Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Gloves
unisex
full finger
PU suede
none
winter
Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather MTB Gloves
unisex
full finger
foam knuckle protector
foam padding
none
winter
Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control
unisex
full finger
leather, softshell
goatskin Leather
none
Fusion Control
winter
Sealskinz Waterproof Extreme Cold Weather Cycle Split Finger Gloves
unisex
full finger
none
Climashield®
winter
Sportful No Rain Gloves
unisex
full finger
none
winter
bio vanseijen

Johan van Seijen

FoundeR Restoration.bike

Johan van Seijen is the founder of restoration.bike. His passion for cycling in general, and restoring older bikes turned into a website to share his knowledge with a broader audience. Starting out on his father’s road bike and riding classics as the Amstel Gold Race and Liege Bastogne Liege he has shifted his attention to trail, XC, and gravel riding since. No matter how much he loves writing about everything related to cycling, nothing beats actually using his ever-expanding bicycle collection.

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