Assos' fuguGloves are the full-on winter gauntlet. They do things that repurposed ski gloves can't do. In the cycling world, gloves are only made to accommodate the sweating that comes with prolonged aerobic activity, but the Assos fuguGloves_ do more than merely accommodate over-heating digits.There are many problems with typical non-cycling winter gloves. One being that the fabric doesn't stretch well; which makes holding onto handlebars more difficult than it should be. Another is that the insulation is rather bulky, inhibiting motion and further increasing the difficulty of grasping the bars. The typical winter glove's insulation makes for poor padding -- it may initially feel ok, but it gets matted down over time.Assos solves all these problems with the fuguGloves_ They protect your hands from chilly winds and rain with its strataGonLight fabric -- a stretch nylon bonded to a waterproof and breathable membrane. This fabric demonstrates its ingenuity in how it closes its own pores in the cold, and then opens them up when it senses heat. The 'smart' system grants you more insulation and venting when you need it. Inside, there's a thin-layer of micro-fleece that works great for insulation and moisture wicking, as well.The fuguGloves have strategic padding on the palms, as well as external reinforcing material in the high-wear areas. There's elastic at the wrist with a zipper just below. The zipper offers several functions at once. It eases entry and exit, it seals your jacket from the cold, and it allows venting to keep your hands from getting too warm.The Assos fuguGloves_are part of climaRange 6 -- what Assos call winter. According to Assos estimations, you'll feel comfortable in these gloves 32-46 degrees F (0-8\260 C) temperature ranges. Use Assos insulatorGloves as a base layer, and the FuguGloves should keep you warm for another several degrees colder. They come in the color Black Volkanga and sizes run from X-Small to X-Large.
Strengths: They do exactly what they are advertised to do. the ad copy above is pretty close to what I see so far. They look good
Weaknesses: Cost. Most of the competition are 60 to 100 less
They kept my hands warm for 3 hours at 1.5 degrees. on a road ride averaging 24 kph and top speeds at 65 for a wind chill guess. They are too warm around 8 to 9 degrees. Reasonably water resistant after 1 hour 10 minutes in steady light rain I only had a little internal wetness at the palm.
Nice gloves that I hope last 6 years.
I am going to purchase the Fugu Jacket, but I am trying to figure out my sizing... I weight 172 lbs 5 10' and the closest point of reference i can think of is that I wear a large Hinicape jersey. The jersey fits, well, it is a little loose so it isn't too tight. I don't know if i should get a Large, ... Read More »