Search
Close this search box.
Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate, when you buy through our links, we may earn a commission from qualifying purchases.

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.

Expert Experience

George Hill | Road.cc podcast host – November 29, 2022

So, with the Spettacolo RoS gloves being neither waterproof nor ideal for freezing conditions, you might ask: ‘Just what is the point of them?’

Well, the reality is that these really are exceptional gloves for this time of year. That’s because the temperature doesn’t generally drop below 3°C and there isn’t as much rain as later in the year – so why design something that has to cope with freezing temperatures and heavy rain?

Instead, Castelli has designed them specifically for this range of conditions and has not worried about more extreme circumstances. This way, Castelli has managed to create a slimmer glove, because it doesn’t need to be more insulated – and it’s more breathable, because it doesn’t need to be as weatherproof.

Pros and Cons

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.

Expert Experience

James Bracey | Senior Tech Writer – October 07, 2022

Performance is nothing short of perfection for my needs, so the name rings true – Perfetto is Italian for perfect! Windchill is kept firmly at bay, the fleece lining has enough insulating properties to keep things toasty and the water resistance is more than enough to keep out hours of light rain.

When they do become saturated the thin nature means any water that gets in is trapped and warmed by your hands so your digits stay nimble. However if you are someone who suffers from cold hands you might want to look at Castelli’s more insulated options.

The final benefit of the Perfetto RoS is the dexterity. Normal tasks such as shifting gear, getting something from a pocket or adjusting zips is easy with this glove and going back to a thicker winter glove leaves you feeling like you’re wearing boxing gloves rather than something built for cycling.

Pros and Cons

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.

Expert Experience

Josh Ross | Contributor – December 01, 2022

I’ve yet to find a glove that will last for six hours with temperatures near freezing and sustained rain. Castelli sells the Espresso GT as the warmest, most waterproof option it makes and, in that light, they do shine. Although it’s not as ground-breaking as you might wish, 30-60 extra minutes of use before changing gloves is impressive.

The only question you’ll have to ask yourself is if that extra time is worth the extra money. If you are doing long-distance rides in those conditions, you might prefer to invest in two pairs of lesser gloves. For shorter rides, or drier rides, the Espresso GT is one of the warmest five-finger glove options on the market and might even represent a saving compared to deep winter options from other brands.

Pros and Cons

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.

Expert Experience

Luke Friend | Contributor – February 15, 2022

Castelli have managed to succeed in the tricky task of making a winter glove that’s warm enough for sub-zero temperatures without it turning into a cumbersome ski glove. The blend of fabrics is to be applauded. They gloves feel lightweight and allow you to move your fingers comfortably. They inner fleece fabric feels luxurious. And last, but not least, the windstopper material that covers the top of the glove and extends into the generously long cuff lives up to its name. In truth there isn’t much I’d change about the Estremo gloves, with its performance more than justifying its price tag.

Pros and Cons

100% Hydromatic Brisker Gloves

Hydromatic Brisker glove
fallback
Hydromatic Brisker glove
fallback
fallback
fallback

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.

Expert Experience

Liam Mercer | Deputy Tech Editor – December 15, 2020

As the older Brisker Cold Weather is in itself an excellent glove with some waterproofing, the extra money for the Hydromatic version only gets you more waterproofing and a longer cuff. It’s not too dissimilar from the base Hydromatic either, but the Hydromatic Brisker offers a better fit, better bar feel and doesn’t absorb as much water.

Pros and Cons

Giro Proof Gloves

Proof glove
fallback

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.

Expert Experience

Luke Friend | Contributor – January 10, 2022

Giro’s Proof gloves are designed to thrive during the coldest winter months and for the most part they do this in style. They boast an impressive blend of high-tech fabrics, creating a glove that can deal with cold, wet and windy conditions. They may appear a little bulky for some tastes but offered far better dexterity than you might imagine for a glove that looks built for the Winter Olympics. An improved nose wipe would help elevate the gloves further still.

Pros and Cons

Giro 100 Proof Gloves

100 Proof glove
fallback

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.

Expert Experience

Stu Kerton | Senior Product Reviewer – November 26, 2018

When it comes to performance against the elements, I use the Gore Universal Gore-Tex Thermo gloves as my benchmark. I tested them back in January 2016 and they are still my go-to gloves for when the mercury is close to zero, despite them looking a bit worn out these days.

The Giros are right up there with them for warmth. Leaving early in the morning with the cars covered in a layer of ice thanks to a very keen northerly wind, my hands have been toasty even with the Garmin reading -2°C – to the point that when I take the gloves off my hands can be quite sweaty, but you never notice it in the gloves.

Pros and Cons

Gore Wear C5 GORE-TEX Thermo Gloves

C5 GORE-TEX Thermo glove
fallback
C5 GORE-TEX Thermo glove
fallback
fallback
fallback

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.

Pros and Cons

Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Gloves

Waterproof All Weather glove
fallback
Waterproof All Weather glove
fallback
fallback
fallback

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.

Pros and Cons

Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather MTB Gloves

Waterproof All Weather MTB glove
fallback
Waterproof All Weather MTB glove
fallback
fallback
fallback

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.

Expert Experience

Alex Evans | Senior technical editor – December 2, 2021

In the two-minute submersion test, no water penetrated the gloves. It was the same story out on the trails riding in wet weather, where although the palm wetted out, it didn’t wet through. The backs of the gloves beaded with water, and just like in the submersion test, my hands remained entirely dry.

Windproofing was also impressive, and they blocked all cold air from reaching my skin. The adjustable cuff was slim and its fit adjustable, which meant it slid easily underneath the sleeves of my jacket. This helped improve the waterproof and weatherproof sealing.

Pros and Cons

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
fallback
fallback
fallback

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.

Expert Experience

Maria David | Contributor – February 15, 2022

I found the Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves very comfortable and snug, the inner layer stays put and they protect against rain and wind though they’re not warm enough to cater for those near freezing days of deep winter. The price tag is not insignificant, and ruling out machine washing isn’t ideal in a winter glove – but these are well made, stylish and the goatskin palm provides good grip.

Pros and Cons

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
fallback
fallback
fallback

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

Expert Experience

John Brown | Contributor – December 30, 2017

I’ve ridden them down to the low-single digits. They were warm and comfortable, but once my commute approached 30 minutes, I started to feel the cold creep in. for MTB riding, I imagine they would last far longer, but with 15mph average speed in the commute, they started to let some cold in.

Pros and Cons

Sportful No Rain Gloves

No Rain glove
fallback
No Rain glove
fallback
fallback
fallback

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.

Expert Experience

David Arthur | Contributor – March 02, 2019

They’re not cheap, but they are highly versatile and a good investment as they easily offer three-season use. In terms of comfort and insulation/breathability, I’d compare them to the similarly priced Gore M Windstopper Gloves, but the Sportfuls have the added bonus of extra rain protection.

Pros and Cons

Specifications men's waterproof cycling gloves

Name
Sex
Type
Back
Palm
Padding
Insulation
Season
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

Sources

George Hill, Castelli Spettacolo RoS gloves, Road.cc, November 29, 2022
James Bracey, Castelli Perfetto RoS Glove review, Cycling Weekly, October 07, 2022
Josh Ross, Castelli Espresso GT Gloves review, Cycling News, December 01, 2022
Luke Friend, Castelli Estremo winter gloves review, Cycling Weekly, February 15, 2022
Liam Mercer, 100% Hydromatic Brisker glove review, Off.road.cc, December 15, 2020
Luke Friend, Giro Proof winter gloves review, Cycling Weekly, January 10, 2022
Stu Kerton, Giro 100 Proof Gloves, Road.cc, November 26, 2018
Alex Evans, Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather MTB Glove review, Bikeradar, December 2, 2021
Maria David, Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control review, Cycling Weekly, February 15, 2022
John Brown, Out of the box review: the best cold weather glove to date, Have Fun Biking, December 30, 2017
David Arthur, Sportful NoRain Gloves, Road.cc, March 02, 2019
bio vanseijen

Johan van Seijen

Founder Restoration.bike

Johan van Seijen is the founder of restoration.bike. His cycling career has seen him at the starting line of classics such as the Amstel Gold Race and Liege Bastogne Liege. Realizing his racing capacity would fall short of what was needed he obtained a MS from the University of Amsterdam in engineering. His love for cycling changed into riding in an amateur capacity with his local cycling club TFC Weesp as a roadie and supporting MTB Noordwest as a mountain biker. He repairs, restores, and builds bicycles and shares his knowledge on YouTube, Facebook and this website. 

You might also like

best budget road bike gloves
cycling gloves

The top 5 best budget road bike gloves

In this article I’m going to cover a number of options for the best budget road bike gloves.

As with everything nowadays, road bike gloves can be a pretty expensive piece of kit, with prices ranging

Read More »