Nothing makes a winter ride more difficult than temperature management. And the first signs that you came unprepared for your ride are cold hands. The 45NRTH Sturmfist 4 is the ultimate choice for keeping your hands warm on the most bitter of rides. When the mercury dips toward zero, these gloves will keep your hands warm, and dry, without your control and feel being lost during your ride.
From the water and wind resistant shell fabric on the back to the goat leather covering the palm, the primary goal in keeping your hands warm and allowing you to enjoy your ride is accomplished, keeping your hands dry. Nothing ruins temperature management quite like being wet. From the outside water is repelled, but once you log a few miles on your bike, you will likely be breaking a sweat. From the inside, a 100% Merino wool shell lining wicks away sweat, avoiding that perspiration from sabotaging your warm mitts.
Another factor in freezing hands is your handlebar. With Aerogel insulation in the palm, the Sturmfist 4 protects against conductive heat loss from a frozen handlebar. And with a cinching cuff, the Sturmfist practically seals your hand from the elements. The goat leather palm is supple and grippy to allow for the best handle.
I ordered these at noon on 12/28 and had them the next day I am in same state but still great. I did a 3.5 hour dirt road ride on light snow covered roads on my fat bike. Weather was 8-13 degrees Fahrenheit the whole time with 5-15 mph NW wind. I averaged between 10-15 mph speed for the whole ride and by adding a light 150 gram smart wool Glover liner my hands were never cold and actually got a little warm near end of ride. For reference I wear Pearl Izumi lobster gloves and I think the Sturmfist 4s are about 10-12 degrees warmer also with more dexterity and cushion. I bought one size larger and a thin liner was easy to add. For my body temperature and riding a fat bike I think I could get these down to 0 with a liner. Only one long ride so far but they seem well made. Another reference I tried Louis Garneau Big Will gloves in weather 15 degrees warmer than these gloves and I had to turn back. You could also wear these with normal road bike shifters. If u ride colder than 0 or really windy get the Cobrafists they are unstoppable.
I got these gloves and my first reaction was - no way these things can be that warm thjey are SO thin. Then I put them on in the house and I could tell pretty much from hand insertion that they were holding in my hand heat.
I will start with the 4 finger design. Why? Well, it is simple - if you are like me and you shift with your middle finger, the lobster glove is like blindfolding me and I struggle big time to shift. Go to freeing up the index and middle finger and voila, you can shift :)
My hands will have good and bad circulation during a ride. It may be related to my core temperature - core temp drops and circulation restricts a bit = cold feet and hands.
These gloves are the first gloves I have ever used (and I have used TONS of gloves) that were able to allow my hands to warm back up on a ride. My hands went from toasty to cold and then came back to wamr. All other gloves I have used abandon your hands once teh cold sets in - not these gloves.
When the temps are really too warm for this glove you will sweat, BUT since you have a mernio lining, there is no issue - other than having wet hands.
I look forward to more riding with these gloves.
I am in the process of testing some 45NRTH Wolvhammer boots - they look like Frankenstein's shoes BUT they are warm and have a square toebox that actually fits a human's foot WITH a wool sock on :)
This a great company.