Bear with me until I get to my point/ask for your advice and anecdotal information.
I've been a year-round bike commuter type guy ever since I got a sorta decent mountain bike back in the late '80s. I rode my bike to class and work at Youngstown State University, despite having anything close to decent winter gear aside from my plastic Body Glove shorts and a baja (still have it BTW). My only saving grace was the fact that I lived pretty close to campus. Otherwise, I think I'd be dead right now.
Fast forward to my move to Charlotte in '96. Winters are much more gentle here. Sure, we see some temps in the teens, a very occasional dip into single digits, but most of the worst of it is days with low 20s topping out in the mid to high 30s. I can get through the worst of it at/on the way to work with these:
Here's the problem that plagues me. I want a glove that meets the following criteria:
* Keeps my hands warm for 2-3 hours on a mountain bike at 25-35°
* Has enough dexterity (lack of bulk) to use brake levers and such
* Doesn't have ANY gel insert or padding on the palm (too bulky for good grip)
* Wind block would be nice
* Roomy enough for thin liner gloves (willing to size up for that)
* Preferably, no Velcro at wrists
* Long enough cuffs to get under the sleeve of my coat
* Reasonably priced
I've purchased so many failures over the last twenty years. Gloves that left me disappoint, and either ended up in the pile or given away within a week of getting them. I'm not willing to consider pogies or heated grips for a long list of reasons:
* I want a solution that will work on all my bikes
* I'm not leaving pogies on my tarck bike out in the rain all day
* I'm not buying heated grips for three bikes (not to mention the ESI grips are crucial on the rigid)
Okay. That list wasn't very long at all.
Here's what I've been doing for the last so many years:
I'm looking for a solution to the problem... other than HTFU.
Is there a general consensus on a glove that's out there right now that I can purchase that will NOT let me down? Please don't ask me to wear thin rubber gloves under normal gloves, since that sounds hot and clammy, not to mention an environmental headache that a guy like me (you re-uses ziploc bags) can't handle. Also, don't send me a link to a pair of gloves that's "rated" for use at such and such temperatures. Lies. Lies. Lies. Been down that road.
Or am I looking for something that doesn't exist? Can dexterity-friendly five finger gloves do the job at temps that low? I've got tiny hands, so they just can't be bulky. I can't hold on to the bars coming down Black Mountain if I can't get my hands around the grips.
Thanks in advance. Comments and FaceFeedBackBook apreesh.