In this article I’m going to provide the avid female cyclist with the ultimate list of the best women’s winter road cycling gloves.
Stuck out in front of you on the handlebars, your hands are apt to bear the brunt of the elements when riding in the cold. So without the proper protection it’ll take some time for your hands to warm up, if they do at all.
Luckily the cycling industry has responded with a whole variety of options for women road cyclists. From riding in chilly spring conditions to extreme sub-zero winter rides. This list features the entire range of women’s winter road cycling gloves.
So, depending on your preferred usage, your bound to find the right glove to protect your hands.
All entries are obviously full fingered, and most offer touchscreen compatibility as well. Options include synthetic vs. leather options.
The type of insulation varies with the amount of protection you need. There are your standard fleece and softshell options and gloves featuring high-tech materials like Polartec Power Dry, GORE WINDSTOPPER, PrimaLoft Gold, Climashield, and Fusion Control. All provides characteristics like making your gloves windproof, waterproof or water-resistant.
A lot of gloves make use of the extremely durable and grippy AX Suede synthetic leather in the palm. A number of the more minimalistic women’s winter road cycling gloves add either foam- or gel padding for increased comfort and added protection against cold handlebars.
At the end of the article you can find a table overview of all the entries to quickly screen which option might be best suited for your next ride in the cold. So without further ado, here’s my list of the very best women’s winter road cycling gloves.
Castelli Spettacolo Ros Gloves
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.
Castelli Perfetto Ros Gloves
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 43-50F.
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.
Giro Women’s Pivot 2.0 Gloves
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 meant 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.
Giro Proof Gloves
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 an 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 Women’s Candela 2.0 Gloves
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 35-45F they are stylish gloves for very cold rides indeed.
Giro 100 Proof Gloves
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.
Giro Women’s Inferna Gloves
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.
Giro Women’s Cascade Gloves
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.
Gore Wear C3 GORE-TEX Infinium Stretch Mid Gloves
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 features a soft fleece insulation, behind a silicone palm.
Superb high-tech minimalistic gloves to protect you from the elements and enjoy your cold rides.
Gore Wear C5 GORE-TEX Gloves
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 let’s 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.
Gore Wear C5 GORE-TEX Infinium Gloves
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.
Gore Wear C5 GORE-TEX Thermo Gloves
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 let’s 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.
Hestra Windstopper Tracker Gloves
The Hestra Windstopper Tracker Gloves are sturdy and durable gloves made containing GORE WINDSTOPPER for insulation.
Protective material is added the inside of the index finger and thumb to improve durability. basic no-nonsense glove.
Hestra Ergo Grip Long Gloves
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 breatheable at the same time.
The glove is pre-curved to avoid material bunching or creating folds on the handlebars. It features touchscreen compatiblity as well.
Hestra Ergo Grip Race Cut Gloves
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.
POC Thermal Gloves
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 an 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 features a touchscreen strip on both the thumb and index finger.
Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Gloves
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 usuable for chilly rides in wet conditions.
The gloves are touchscreen compatible.
Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Cycle Gloves
The Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather MTB Gloves are, as the name suggest, 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 indexfinger 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
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 Heated Gloves
Should you want to be able to ride no matter what extreme conditions could deter you, the Sealskinz Waterproof Heated gloves combine an already solid product with three different power modes to actively warm your hands for an additional 5 to 6 hours.
A goatskin leather palm is lined with a PrimaLoft Gold insulation. Atop the back of the hand sits a heating element that can be controlled with a single button. Three led lights indicate the level of heat that’s being disseminated into the silver dotted liner that reflects heat back into the glove.
A combination of polyester and elestane ensures the glove can be flexed easily, while an added layer of polyurethane adds even more insulation to the already impressive glove.
Naturally the glove is 100 percent water- and windproof, making this the ultimate leather glove to confront the harshest of road cycling conditions head on.
Sealskinz Waterproof Extreme Cold Weather Cycle Split Finger Gloves
The Sealskinz Waterproof Extreme Cold Weather Cycle gloves are what the name suggest, 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
Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Fusion Control Gloves
The Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Fusion Control Gloves are the same as the standard all weather gloves in terms of design.
However, these gloves features 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 cylist.
Sealskinz Women’s Waterproof All Weather Cycle Gloves
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 uncoming traffic, making these gloves a perfect companion when travelling 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.
Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Reflective Gloves
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 communiting companion for extreme conditions.
Sportful No Rain Gloves
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 cyclist who want to go riding as soon as there isn’t ice covering the road. Since the gloves are highly breatheable it means that these gloves could be your go-to solution for everything but hot summer cycling and freezing conditions.
Specifications women’s winter road cycling gloves
|Name||Sex||Type||Back||Palm||Padding||Insulation||Season||Buy at Amazon|
|Castelli Spettacolo Ros Gloves||women||full finger||synthetic||none||PrimaLoft Gold||winter||link|
|Castelli Perfetto Ros Gloves||women||full finger||GORE-TEX INFINIUM||synthetic||gel padding||fleece||winter||link|
|Giro Women’s Pivot 2.0 Gloves||women||full finger||OutDry||gel padding||Primaloft||winter||link|
|Giro Proof Gloves||women||full finger||DDS||AX Suede Echo Diamond||none||Polartec Power Dry||winter||link|
|Giro Women’s Candela 2.0 Gloves||women||full finger||Polartec Windbloc||AX Suede||gel padding||softshell||winter||link|
|Giro 100 Proof Gloves||women||full finger||DDS||AX Suede Echo Diamond||none||Polartec Power Dry||winter||link|
|Giro Women’s Inferna Gloves||women||full finger||Polartec Windbloc||AX Suede Echo Palm||gel padding||fleece||winter||link|
|Giro Women’s Cascade Gloves||women||full finger||Polartec Windbloc||AX Suede||none||Polartec Power Wool||winter||link|
|Gore Wear C3 GORE-TEX Infinium Stretch Mid Gloves||unisex||full finger||GORE-TEX INFINIUM||silicone||gel padding||fleece||winter||link|
|Gore Wear C5 GORE-TEX Gloves||unisex||full finger||GORE-TEX||silicone||none||thermo lining||winter||link|
|Gore Wear C5 GORE-TEX Infinium Gloves||unisex||full finger||GORE-TEX INFINIUM||silicone||none||GORE WINDSTOPPER||winter||link|
|Gore Wear C5 GORE-TEX Thermo Gloves||unisex||full finger||GORE-TEX||synthetic leather||foam padding||thermo lining||winter||link|
|Hestra Windstopper Tracker Gloves||unisex||full finger||GORE-TEX INFINIUM||Polyester||none||GORE WINDSTOPPER||winter||link|
|Hestra Ergo Grip Long Gloves||unisex||full finger||HESTRA 3-layer interlock polyester fabric||Ergo Grip||foam padding||foam||winter||link|
|Hestra Ergo Grip Race Cut Gloves||unisex||full finger||HESTRA Lycra fabric||Stretch polyester||none||winter||link|
|POC Thermal Gloves||unisex||full finger||windproof stretch fabric||leather||none||PrimaLoft Gold||winter||link|
|Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Gloves||unisex||full finger||PU suede||none||winter||link|
|Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Cycle Gloves||unisex||full finger||foam padding||winter||link|
|Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control||unisex||full finger||leather, softshell||goatskin Leather||none||Fusion Control||winter||link|
|Sealskinz Waterproof Heated Gloves||unisex||full finger||leather, polyester||goatskin Leather||none||PrimaLoft Gold||winter|
|Sealskinz Waterproof Extreme Cold Weather Cycle Split Finger Gloves||unisex||full finger||none||Climashield||winter||link|
|Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Fusion Control Gloves||unisex||full finger||AX Suede||none||Fusion Control||winter||link|
|Sealskinz Women’s Waterproof All Weather Cycle Gloves||women||full finger||none||winter||link|
|Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Reflective Gloves||unisex||full finger||none||PrimaLoft Gold||winter||link|
|Sportful No Rain Gloves||unisex||full finger||none||winter||link|