Why You Want: You ride your bike in the winter, you like warm hands, you occasionally have a runny nose, and you want to operate your touchscreen smartphone without taking your gloves off.
Pros: Cold weather, waterproof digit protector rated to 32 degrees. Features include grippy palm surface, reflective piping, elastic drawstring wrist cuff, and brushed microfiber around the index finger and thumb, making it easy to wipe away perspiration or anything else that’s running down your face. The index finger also has built-in “Wiretap” functionality, which is essentially a special fabric pad that interfaces with smartphone touchscreens.
Cons: Like any cold weather glove, dexterity and feel are compromised compared to summer weight gloves – or nothing at all. Tightening and loosening elastic drawstrings is a little clunky.
RoadBikeReview Take: Because some people simply get colder quicker than others, it would be disingenuous to say that any pair of gloves will definitely keep your hands warm all the time. Plus variables such as level of exertion and the amount of time you spend grabbing your brakes have an influence on finger temperature.
All that said, a pair of Radiants has been in our regular rotation since late fall 2012, standing up to what’s thus far been a moderately cold Colorado winter. They’ve capably kept our hands comfortable even on days when the temperature dipped well below 40 degrees.
The microfiber-coated thumb and index finger (aka: portable Kleenex) have been a much utilized feature during this year’s nasty cold/flu season. And the “Wiretap” functionality works as advertised, allowing the user to easily navigate between apps. With a little practice you can even bang out a simple text message — gloves on.
Rating: 4 of 5
Price: $57 (available in five sizes)
More Info: specialized.com