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The top 7 best warmest women’s cycling gloves

In this article I’m going to give you the warmest women’s cycling gloves. And by warmest, I truly mean cycling gloves that will ensure you stay comfortable while riding in sub-zero freezing temperatures.

That means the gloves on this list feature the most innovative insulation, the most durable and grippy leather or synthetic palms, and are obviously both water- and windproof (the POC Thermal gloves being the exception to that rule).

It also means multiple layered gloves with taped seams and waterproof liners and fabric. In short, the ultimate protection when the weather circumstances demand it.

Enough talk, here’s my list of the warmest women’s cycling gloves on the market today.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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POC Thermal Gloves

Thermal glove
Thermal glove
Thermal glove
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The POC thermal gloves are high-tech gloves for winter riding. The thin leather palm ensures maximum grip on your handlebars, while the entirety of the glove’s palm has a PrimaLoft Gold liner.

The back has a PrimaLoft Aerogel liner, which offers the ultimate in insulation versus weight ratio. This liner is covered with a water resistant and windproof stretch fabric. Just as the Hirzl Gripp Thermo 2.0, these gloves are made for above freezing cold temperatures and prioritize grip above insulation.

The gloves feature a touchscreen strip on both the thumb and index finger.

Expert Experience

Suvi Loponen | Technical writer – March 20, 2023

The leather palm offers a very secure grip on any bar tape I have ridden with in both dry and wet conditions. The sizing has been spot on (I’ve tested size small) and although there is plenty of insulation on these, they don’t feel bulky. That said, I felt that on mountain bike brakes the slightly more padded fingers are not necessarily the most ideal – but really, it’s either that or cold fingers and I know which one I choose.

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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.

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.

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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

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.

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Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Reflective Gloves

Waterproof Cold Weather Reflective glove
Waterproof Cold Weather Reflective glove
Waterproof Cold Weather Reflective glove
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The Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Reflective Gloves feature PrimaLoft® Gold insulation, one of the warmest synthetic insulation on the market.

This sub-zero gloves adds a reflective material on the upper construction for heightened visibility, making it a solid touring and commuting companion for extreme conditions.

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Specifications warmest women's cycling gloves

Name
Sex
Type
Back
Palm
Padding
Insulation
Season
Giro Proof Gloves
women
full finger
DDS®
AX Suede™ Echo Diamond
none
Polartec® Power Dry®
winter
Giro 100 Proof Gloves
women
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
POC Thermal Gloves
unisex
full finger
windproof stretch fabric
leather
none
PrimaLoft® Gold
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
Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Reflective Gloves
unisex
full finger
none
PrimaLoft® Gold
winter

Sources

Luke Friend, Giro Proof winter gloves review, Cycling Weekly, January 10, 2022
Stu Kerton, Giro 100 Proof Gloves, Road.cc, November 26, 2018
Suvi Loponen, POC Thermal Glove review, Off.road.cc, March 20, 2023
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

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