▹ How warm are these gloves?
- Chipolatas deliver warmth primarily by blocking wind. Additionally the fabric's loft and air trapped within reduces conductive heat loss. The more loft the better, however too thick and bulky makes it hard to hang onto your handlebars and operate brakes and gears. We reckon the Chipolatas are about right - thin enough to retain dexterity but warm enough for your digits down to around zero celsius (depending on your circulation, dampness and how long you're out for).
- Size matters also. Too tight against your knuckles or finger tips increases conductive heat loss and restricts circulation. A new glove relaxes with use as the seams compress, making them warmer over time.
- On (even) colder days, providing you have sufficient room, you can add a pair of lightweight polypro or polyester gloves as a liner.