Gear Review: Pearl Izumi Lobster Claw Gloves

Prior to breaking my wrist this winter cycling season, I had the opportunity to break in a pair of the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell Lobster Glove.

Quick review: Warmest cycling handwear I've used. Fits large hands well. Worth considering for other cold-weather pursuits.

Here's the best snapshot of their capabilities:

I left for an hour-long bike commute in 5-degree weather with a light headwind. I wore only these gloves, no liners. My hands were comfortable for the length of the gently graded ride. Never too chilled. Never too warm. I  rode the hour home in 20-degree temps, dropping to 15 degrees over the ride. My hands were warm enough to sweat noticeably. Upshot: These gloves are a great 0 to 20 degree riding option.

A classic lobster-claw design, the gloves have a pair of nice features. One, the thumb is noticeably stiffened, which improves dexterity and makes shifting much easier. Two, size XL fits my large hands particularly well, a limiting factor for me in many other styles.

The thick Primaloft insulation is warm,  light, and compressible. The cuffs offer a secure, under-the-jacket fit and are easily adjusted.

Their price ($75) must be averaged over the extent of their use. How often do you really ride in the teens and below? If you're a regular, these gloves are highly recommended.

Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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