TESTED: Sub-£100 All-weather gloves

Is it possible to get a set of truly waterproof, warm winter gloves for under £100? We review 10 of the best.

Posted: 28 November 2012
by Christopher Dodd

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Can you get a pair of warm and waterproof all-weather gloves for under £100? That's what we set out to discover.

Buying a decent pair of all-weather gloves is difficult. Many offer high-tech sounding fabrics and look smart but often deliver disappointing results, by which time you're stuck with them.

We selected 10 pairs of all-weather gloves that are between £60 and £100. Our minimum criteria was that they're full length, featuring a wrist-restraint and are designed to be waterproof. 

We subjected the gloves to five tests; four 'lab' tests to check their ability to keep water and freezing temperatures out and a road-test to get an idea for their fit, feel and performance out in the real world. Each test carried a maximum score of 10, meaning a faultless glove would come away with 50 out of 50.

Test 1: Water Resistance. How do the gloves hold up under a full-power tap for five minutes?

Test 2: Cold Test. Can our tester keep his gloved hand submerged in ice for five minutes?

Test 3: Waterproofing. Can the gloves withstand being submerged up to the cuff in water for 15 minutes? 

Test 4: Wet/dry weight test. How much more do the gloves weigh after being submerged and therefore how much water have they taken on?

Test 5: Road test. We wear all the gloves on a set route and see how they feel out of the lab and into the real world. 

Here are our results starting with the Alpinestars Overland Drystar.


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Fantastic test! I was just about to invest in a pair of new gloves for the winter.

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 21:34

Or you could pay £40 for a set of Tucano Urbano muffs and ride in your summer gloves all year round. Yes, you'll look like a twat, but you'll be able to extend a couple of unfrozen and well chosen fingers at anyone minded to mock.

Posted: 29/11/2012 at 09:17

What about testing sub 40 quid gloves for those of us trying to buy gear under the domestic radar?

Posted: 29/11/2012 at 12:13

What a great test with some interesting results.
I'd just returned some Alpinestar Vega drystar gloves as they were so insanely tight it was incredibly frustrating getting them on and honestly they didn't keep my hands warm on the short 25min ride to work and I live in Bournemouth which is hardly the coldest zone in the UK.
I will definitely have a hunt around locally for a pair of your winning gloves.
Many thanks

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 23:45

What about the Lidl/Aldi specials? No-one ever seems to review these, i ride pretty much all year i have to say the Aldi waterproof gloves i bought last year would score pretty highly in these tests if anybody actually bothered their arse to test them!

Sure they're not a name brand but i always carry them in my backpack for when it's just too wet/cold for my stupidly expensive name brand summergloves.

Posted: 04/12/2012 at 15:59

And from Amazon (search for The Safety Shack) you can get waterproof jacket AND trousers for under £14. I'm 5' 10" and the large version fits over a leather jacket easily and the strides come nicely down over the ankle. They fold up very tight, like a thick magazine.

Defo worth keeping in your bag or box for keeping out stupid amounts of rain. At that price if it lasts a year (mine, 3 months and still fine) then job done!

Posted: 04/12/2012 at 16:21

Why did they not test Gerbings heated gloves which are high quality for a few more £'s than the cut off price. If you can afford £99.99, which was the cut off you could probably stretch to another £20 for the best gloves ever made for winter riding.

Posted: 04/12/2012 at 23:49

I have a pair of Gerbing's, got them for $180 CAN. They are amazing but cease to work at -20c but I don't expect anything top keep you warm at those temps

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 23:29

Surprised at the Spada Dominator result as my pair are pretty warm (hands still get cold at sub zero temps) and have never let any water in. Plus seem to get good reviews elsewhere.......

Posted: 20/12/2012 at 12:14

Geez. Bikers like spending money. £25 obscure-probably-Chinese-brand mitten type 'lobster' jobs from local bike shop, 5 years old now and still warm/dry.

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 20:56

I always buy my winter gloves at the beginning of spring..NOT!

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 03:46

does thay mean the revit nepal gloves from your sub 60 pound test would wipe the floor with most of these gloves seeinas they got 40 out of 50?

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 20:56

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