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The top 12 best women’s water resistant cycling gloves

In this article I’m going to give you my top picks for the best women’s water resistant cycling gloves.

Water resistant cycling gloves are perfect riding companions when you don’t mind getting caught in the occasional rain shower. These gloves offer ample protection if you do. For the ultimate in protection against wet conditions you should read my article which features the top women’s waterproof cycling gloves.

Besides protecting your hands against the rain, they are all windproof as well, and feature some form of added insulated protection against the cold.

It doesn’t really matter what style of riding you prefer, whether it’s touring, commuting, road racing, or trail riding. Naturally all gloves are adequate enough to protect you whatever style of riding you prefer.

So let’s see what type of women’s water resistant cycling gloves I came up with!

Castelli Spettacolo Ros Gloves

Spettacolo Ros glove
Spettacolo Ros glove

The Castelli Spettacolo Ros Gloves are insulated cycling gloves for cold weather.

Made from a water resistant upper, which is windproof as well, they have a synthetic palm with silicone striping for grip on the handlebars.

The insulation is made from high-quality PrimaLoft® Gold material, ensuring your hands will remain warm.

If you enjoy your rides in non-freezing temperatures, this slim and fully insulated water-resistant glove will prove to be a solid choice.

Expert Experience

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

I found the wind-proofing to be very effective. I wore these on several cold and windy rides and my hands stayed warm and comfortable throughout. This comes partly from the good choice of material on the upper, but also from the PrimaLoft Gold insulation that sits beneath it. It isn’t the amount of insulation you would choose for sub-zero temperatures, but the material’s quality makes it extremely effective. The gloves are rated by Castelli as 3-12°C, and my experience suggests that’s about right.

Pros and Cons

Castelli Perfetto Ros Gloves

Perfetto Ros glove
Perfetto Ros glove

The Castelli Perfetto Ros Gloves are minimal cycling gloves made from GORE-TEX INFINIUM™.

This lightweight and durable material is both windproof and water resistant. The gloves are furthermore fleece-insulated. It means you get an adequate amount of heat enhancement for temperatures ranging between 43°-50°F.

This glove also has Castelli’s CDS, a small area of padding sitting in the spot of the ulnar nerve, which works exceptionally well to give you just that added bit of comfort to prevent hand numbness.

In the end, it makes for a very comfortable, lightweight, slim-fitting glove that’ll get you through all but the coldest temperatures.

Expert Experience

Josh Croxton | Tech editor – December 01, 2022

I’ve been using the Castelli Perfetto RoS gloves in all sorts of conditions, including days where the entire ride is below freezing with sideways rain and days where a chilly early start becomes a stunning Spring afternoon. The Perfetto RoS gloves have performed admirably throughout. While they will eventually wet-out in persistant rain, they do a great job of retaining warmth such that your hands remain comfortable. In fact, the only time they’ve been imperfect is when the temperatures rose to the point that best choice of gloves was no gloves at all.

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Fox Women's Ranger Fire Gloves

Women's Ranger Fire glove
Women's Ranger Fire glove
Women's Ranger Fire glove
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The Fox Women’s Ranger Fire Gloves are affordable fleece-lined windproof and water-resistant gloves.

The contain a palm of synthetic AX Suede™ leather, which adds grip without adding bulk.

Meant for trail riding in chill conditions, they are perfectly suited for road riding as well, but do not contain any additional protection for riding on the brake hoods of drop bars.

They are as simple as they are effective in keeping out the cold.

Expert Experience

Drew Rohde | Editor in Chief – February 12, 2020

Gloves are a very personal product and I think that if you’re riding mountain bikes throughout the winter, you’re already aware that you’re going to need multiple gloves throughout your riding season. These could be a great pair of transitional gloves to either start your ride on cool mornings before going to a thinner glove, or could be great to finish your ride on really cold mornings after you peel off a thicker, warmer pair to start the day.

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Giro Women's Candela 2.0 Gloves

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The Giro Women’s Candela 2.0 Gloves are gloves lined with a very comfortable softshell liner.

The Polartec® Windbloc® creates a barrier against the elements that’s both windproof and water resistant. Further comfort is added by gel padding beneath the AX Suede™ synthetic leather palm.

Meant for temperatures around 35°-45°F they are stylish gloves for very cold rides indeed.

Expert Experience

Emma Silversides | Former professional racer – April 18, 2021

These really do stand up to cold winds well. Giro’s recommended range of between 4° and 13° is pretty accurate, though I find they get a bit sweaty at anything over 10° – and if I’m working hard, the limit is more like 7°C. Breathability is simply not good.

The Candela offers some protection from rain too – short showers and light drizzle are no problem for the DWR coating. Persistent rain eventually soaks in, though, leaving them feeling weighty and very unpleasant.

For early morning and late evening commutes, though, I’m rarely going eyeballs-out and they’re ideal; I get to work with fully functioning digits and no sign of sweaty palms. Effective reflective detailing helps them in that role, too.

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Giro Women's Inferna Gloves

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The Giro Women’s Inferna Gloves are very similar to the Candela 2.0 gloves.

The difference resides in a fleece liner which is softer, but a little less warm and does not protect against rain at all. The gloves are touchscreen compatible as well.

The water resistance it does have is provided by the same Polartec® Windbloc® upper construction, which is dotted with light reflective material.

Expert Experience

Rachael Wight | Editor – February 23, 2018

I find the fingers of the Inferna’s quite stiff and although these did start to soften as I wore them, large, multiple seams on the inside ensure the ridity stays put somewhat. The finger seams also leave less room for your digits, a factor I find across the range with Giro gloves, the DND’s being another example with the same issue. This stiffness leads to a little less dexterity on the braking finger, hence my comments that these are best for rides where there isn’t lots of technical braking. I used these gloves to keep my hands warm uphill and swapped to something thinner for technical descenst. I still used the Inferna’s for longer and less technical descents though where they kept the wind off the back of my hands well.

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Giro Women's Cascade Gloves

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The Giro Women’s Cascade Gloves are non-padded gloves containing a Polartec® Power Wool® insulation underneath a Polartec® Windbloc® upper.

The Power Wool combines a soft, warm and comfortable Merino wool base attached to a durable synthetic outer layer. In combination with the upper windblocker construction the gloves provide a more than adequate water-resistant barrier, where wind will never reach the inside of the glove.

The gloves are touchscreen compatible.

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Gore Wear C3 GORE-TEX Infinium Stretch Mid Gloves

C3 GORE-TEX Infinium Stretch Mid glove
C3 GORE-TEX Infinium Stretch Mid glove
C3 GORE-TEX Infinium Stretch Mid glove
C3 GORE-TEX Infinium Stretch Mid glove
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The Gore Wear C3 GORE-TEX Infinium Stretch Mid Gloves features, as the name suggests, a GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ upper construction.

This proprietary material has excellent water-resistant and windproof properties, while maintaining extremely lightweight for a glove with these characteristics.

To add a bit of warmth, the gloves feature a soft fleece insulation, behind a silicone palm.

Superb high-tech minimalistic gloves to protect you from the elements and enjoy your cold rides.

Expert Experience

Emlyn Lewis | Contributor – February 1, 2023

The effective temperature range for these gloves is 40F-50F, in my opinion. Some folks (I see you California) will wear them up into the 50s though. They retain a lightness and breathability that a lot of gloves in this class don’t have, because they’re not bulky at all. The Infinium material Gore uses features a thin membrane that lets moisture out but block all wind from coming in. It’s very clever. That’s who these people are. This is what they do. I could even imagine wearing these under a larger pair of winter gloves for maximal warmth in deep winter, because they are definitely thin enough.

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Gore Wear C5 GORE-TEX Infinium Gloves

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The Gore Wear C5 GORE-TEX Infinium Gloves feature GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ as well but in an even more minimalistic package.

Instead of fleece, these gloves are insulated with GORE® WINDSTOPPER® fabric. It has a cuff reduced in size from traditional cold-weather gloves.

The best choice for maximum freedom and feel with your handlebars, while still obtaining the benefits of being water-resistant and windproof.

Expert Experience

Paul Norman | Technical writer – May 17, 2019

Even more so than the GripGrab Raptor gloves the Gore-Tex Infinium gloves pull off the trick of keeping your hands warm with minimal weight and thickness and no padding. So as well as spring riding, they’re a good option for high intensity, short duration winter activities like cyclocross. I was comfortable both ascending Monte Grappa and on the way down too; with temperatures around 2C at the top, I never found my hands getting cold.

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Hestra Windstopper Tracker Gloves

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The Hestra Windstopper Tracker Gloves are sturdy and durable gloves made containing GORE® WINDSTOPPER® for insulation.

Protective material is added to the inside of the index finger and thumb to improve durability. basic no-nonsense glove.

Expert Experience

Rich Owen | Contributor – April 30, 2014

Hestra is renowned for its ski gloves and has applied its winter weather know-how to these well made mountain bike gloves. Despite lacking any great bulk, the Windstopper Trackers have kept our hands really warm on rides with temperatures that were down into single figures. The Gore Windstopper uppers did exactly that – stopped wind.

The Chamude synthetic suede palms provide plenty of grip and are lightly padded at the heel and base of the fingers. The glove is available in six sizes, and Hestra says it’s crucial to get a proper fit, so do some careful measuring or try them on first if possible.

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Hestra Ergo Grip Long Gloves

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The Hestra Ergo Grip Long Gloves adds added comfort with a sewn-in foam padding in the palm.

An easy-to-use velcro enclosure sits atop a neoprene cuff. A multi-layer upper construction keeps heat into place, but is breathable at the same time.

The glove is pre-curved to avoid material bunching or creating folds on the handlebars. It features touch screen compatibility as well.

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Hestra Ergo Grip Race Cut Gloves

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Ergo Grip Race Cut glove
Ergo Grip Race Cut glove
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The Hestra Ergo Grip Race Cut Gloves are non-padded pre-curved cycling gloves for maximum grip and feel.

This makes them a good companion for trail riding in colder conditions. They feature the same three-layer upper construction as the Hestra Ergo Grip Long gloves, to add moisture-wicking, water-resistance, and protection against the wind.

High quality, durable, warm gloves for competitive riders.

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POC Thermal Gloves

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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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Specifications women's water resistant cycling gloves

Name
Sex
Type
Back
Palm
Padding
Insulation
Season
Castelli Spettacolo Ros Gloves
women
full finger
synthetic
none
PrimaLoft® Gold
winter
Castelli Perfetto Ros Gloves
women
full finger
GORE-TEX INFINIUM™
synthetic
gel padding
fleece
winter
Fox Women’s Ranger Fire Gloves
women
full finger
AX Suede™
none
fleece
winter
Giro Women’s Candela 2.0 Gloves
women
full finger
Polartec® Windbloc®
AX Suede™
gel padding
softshell
winter
Giro Women’s Inferna Gloves
women
full finger
Polartec® Windbloc®
AX Suede™ Echo Palm
gel padding
fleece
winter
Giro Women’s Cascade Gloves
women
full finger
Polartec® Windbloc®
AX Suede™
none
Polartec® Power Wool®
winter
Gore Wear C3 GORE-TEX Infinium Stretch Mid Gloves
unisex
full finger
GORE-TEX INFINIUM™
silicone
gel padding
fleece
winter
Gore Wear C5 GORE-TEX Infinium Gloves
unisex
full finger
GORE-TEX INFINIUM™
silicone
none
GORE® WINDSTOPPER®
winter
Hestra Windstopper Tracker Gloves
unisex
full finger
GORE-TEX INFINIUM™
Polyester
none
GORE® WINDSTOPPER®
winter
Hestra Ergo Grip Long Gloves
unisex
full finger
HESTRA 3-layer interlock polyester fabric
Ergo Grip
foam padding
foam
winter
Hestra Ergo Grip Race Cut Gloves
unisex
full finger
HESTRA Lycra fabric
Stretch polyester
none
winter
POC Thermal Gloves
unisex
full finger
windproof stretch fabric
leather
none
PrimaLoft® Gold
winter

Sources

George Hill, Castelli Spettacolo RoS gloves, Road.cc, November 29, 2022
Josh Croxton, Castelli Perfetto RoS gloves review, Cycling News, December 01, 2022
Drew Rohde, Fox Ranger Fire Glove Review, The Loam Wolf, February 12, 2020
Emma Silversides, Giro Candela 2.0 women’s gloves, Road.cc, April 18, 2021
Rachael Wight, Giro Inferna Women’s Winter Glove, Off.road.cc, February 23, 2018
Emlyn Lewis, A Useful Review – The Gore C3 GORE-TEX Infinium Stretch Mid Gloves, Cycling Independant, February 1, 2023
Paul Norman, Gore Wear Gore-Tex Infinium gloves review, Cycling Weekly, May 17, 2019
Rich Owen, Hestra Windstopper Tracker gloves review, Bikeradar, April 30, 2014
Suvi Loponen, POC Thermal Glove review, Off.road.cc, March 20, 2023

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