29.4 degrees, OK everywhere but gloves

Honest, I didn't pick the colors for this chart to accentuate the idea that it was cold this morning!

Honest, I didn’t pick the colors for this chart to accentuate the idea that it was cold this morning!

There are definitely some new gloves in my future. I have tried EVERYTHING. The garage is littered with gloves that didn’t fulfill their promises. The biggest myth? “Waterproof.” Don’t ever believe it. Even the $120 Gore gloves I got last year soak through in 45 minutes. But today wasn’t about water, it was about cold. 29.4 degrees for a low, with it rarely getting above 37.

Some wonder how in the world you can stay comfortable when it’s that cold outside, but truthfully, it’s not that bad.

Bontrager RXL Split-Finger Glove. This may be the ticket.

Bontrager RXL Split-Finger Glove. This may be the ticket.

Thermal tights, base layer, jersey, wool socks, shoe covers… pretty much everything’s fine except for the hands. Today I was using the Bontrager RXL Thermal Waterproof model, which have done well for me when temps were in the low-40s. But today? My fingers definitely could have been more comfy. Time for more-extreme measures. I’ve ordered up the Bontrager RXL Split-Finger model. XL size, so I can even use a liner if I have to.

My ultimate glove would have something to warm the very tips, maybe battery powered?

Ice at Sky Londa

Ice at Sky Londa

Overall, it was actually a very nice, almost social ride. Eric, Jan & Mark today; Kevin stayed home with an ingrown toenail. A little bit of ice on the archery-range corner near the top of Kings, and then a fair amount more at Sky Londa (Jan actually slipped a bit there).

We weren’t in a big rush, but still got back in reasonable time, indicating we weren’t total couch potatoes out there. Looks like our last dry ride for a while though; Sunday looks pretty nasty, and Tuesday, which happens to be Christmas… not much chance of getting out that day! Nor for someone with kids anyway.






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2 thoughts on “29.4 degrees, OK everywhere but gloves

    1. I’m going to find out! Di2 is what’s on my primary bike so I’ll be the guinea pig. My gloves should arrive next Friday. I’ve got an old pair of similar gloves (pretty worn out), so maybe I’ll try them first to see how they work with the buttons. –Mike–

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