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The top 13 best women’s waterproof cycling gloves

In this article I’m going to give you the best women’s waterproof cycling gloves.

To be sure we’re on the same page, with waterproof I mean that no matter what the outside circumstances are, your hands will stay dry. So technically you could immerse the glove with your hands in it, and still keep them dry as long as no water get’s over the cuff.

From a technical perspective waterproof means the seams of the product, in this case cycling gloves, are taped on the inside, preventing water from getting into it. When a product is water resistant it means the fabric repels droplets up to a certain point, and the seams aren’t taped.

All of these waterproof cycling gloves for women are windproof and have some form of insulation as well. That means changes of your hands getting chilly is reduced to a minimum, which makes all of these options listed here perfect for your average winter ride.

There are a number of gloves which are specifically meant for women, while the majority are unisex-type gloves.

Whatever you choose, you can be sure these women’s waterproof cycling gloves keep your hands warm and dry in the wettest cycling conditions.

Giro Women's Pivot 2.0 Gloves

Women's Pivot 2.0 glove
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The Giro Women’s Pivot 2.0 gloves are the most minimalistic waterproof cycling gloves on this list. They are also the cheapest.

It doesn’t mean they are low-quality. On the contrary. The primaloft insulation ensures your hands stay warm, while the upper construction with OutDry® technology creates a waterproof barrier against the elements.

It’s also one of the few gloves with a gel padding in the palm for added comfort. The gloves can be used for touchscreens as well.

All these features make the Giro Women’s Pivot 2.0 gloves one of the best all-weather gloves for cold conditions in a very affordable package as well.

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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 Gloves

C5 GORE-TEX glove
C5 GORE-TEX glove

The Gore Wear C5 GORE-TEX 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 minimal fleece liner ensures the warmth produced by your body is kept in place. 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.

Expert Experience

Paul Norman | Contributor – January 26, 2020

Gore’s synthetic leather palms are well padded, so the undersides of my hands were as warm as their backs. They don’t get sweaty and there’s extra padding for the pressure points in the heel of the palm and the underside of the knuckles, for good comfort on longer rides. You also get a large sweat/rain/snot wipe on the thumb and forefinger.

I did find that the rather stiff, bulky material these gloves are constructed from made working the small lever on Shimano mechanical STI shifters a bit awkward, resulting in some mis-shifts. I was often pushing both levers at once without meaning to. That’s an issue likely to be exacerbated if you have Di2 electronic shifting.

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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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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.

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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.

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.

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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 All Weather Fusion Control Gloves

Waterproof All Weather Fusion Control glove
Waterproof All Weather Fusion Control glove
Waterproof All Weather Fusion Control glove
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The Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Fusion Control Gloves are the same as the standard all weather gloves in terms of design.

However, these gloves feature maximum breathability through the use of Fusion Control™ insulation. Your hands will be warm, not sweaty, as is often the case with winter gloves.

Furthermore the gloves feature a Merino wool liner, and have a sturdy AX Suede™ synthetic palm for grip and longevity.

A high-quality high-tech glove for the active all-weather cyclist.

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Sealskinz Women's Waterproof All Weather Cycle Gloves

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Women's Waterproof All Weather Cycle glove
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The Sealskinz Women’s Waterproof All Weather Cycle Gloves are waterproof cycling gloves that offer additional foam padding in the palm for comfort and protection.

They’re also highly reflective for incoming traffic, making these gloves a perfect companion when traveling in the dark on busy roads or for daily commuting.

These gloves are all-weather condition gloves that don’t feature extra insulation, and are touchscreen compatible.

Expert Experience

Pete Reynolds | Site Owner – September 28, 2023

These gloves are 100% waterproof. No messing about. I popped these gloves on and dipped them in a swimming pool for over a minute and I didn’t even feel the coolness of the water, let alone a drop of moisture.

Nor will you feel the wind when riding in these gloves. It’s a tough membrane protecting your hands and they’ll keep you warm even in sub-zero temperatures.

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Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Reflective Gloves

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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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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.

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.

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Specifications women's waterproof cycling gloves

Name
Sex
Type
Back
Palm
Padding
Insulation
Season
Giro Women’s Pivot 2.0 Gloves
women
full finger
OutDry®
gel padding
Primaloft
winter
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 Gloves
unisex
full finger
GORE-TEX
silicone
none
thermo lining
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
Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Fusion Control Gloves
unisex
full finger
AX Suede™
none
Fusion Control™
winter
Sealskinz Women’s Waterproof All Weather Cycle Gloves
women
full finger
none
winter
Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Reflective Gloves
unisex
full finger
none
PrimaLoft® Gold
winter
Sportful No Rain Gloves
unisex
full finger
none
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
Paul Norman, Gore C5 Gore-Tex Thermo winter gloves review, Bikeradar, January 26, 2020
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
Pete Reynolds, Sealskinz All-Weather Cycle Glove Review – 100% Waterproof?, Discerning Cyclist, September 28, 2023
David Arthur, Sportful NoRain Gloves, Road.cc, March 02, 2019

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