Time Tested (and dirt cheap): DeFeet Wool Gloves

I’ve been wearing these DeFeet Wool Duragloves for nearly 5 years now. Because they’re very affordable and very popular in this house (and because gloves have a way of disappearing) I bought three pairs in the first year. The collection has dwindled back down to a single, lonely pair and Sal and I continue to hide and steal them from one another.

Despite a glove drawer overflowing with high-tech options, I reach for these about 80% of the time.

What makes them so awesome?

  • Range. They keep me comfortable from mid-30′s up to mid-60′s.
  • Breathability. They’re wool – I find my hands are less prone to overheating and getting prune-y from sweat.
  • Warm when wet. Unless it’s pouring, these gloves do just fine in the rain. Because they’re wool, they stay surprisingly warm even when they get wet.
  • Easy access. I put my gloves off and on a lot, mostly because I am annoying the people around me by taking too many photos. Nothing pisses me off more than gloves that are hard to get in and out of.
  • Low profile. They don’t take up much pocket space when you do need to stuff them.
  • Secure. The grippy surface on the palm works great. I’ve never had a problem with slipping.
  • Affordable. Retail is $22.95. I’ve often seen them on sale for as low as $16.00.
  • Versatile. I’ve used these for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, city riding, road riding, and even a few cross races. When I travel, it’s a great all-arounder glove to have along.

Lovely Bicycle also reviewed these gloves about a year ago.

Basically the best photo I have ever taken. :)

 

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2 comments

  1. 100% agreed, Heidi. You wouldn’t believe the amount of money I’ve spent on ‘technical’ gloves over the years and yet these gloves are cheap and effective 80% of the time. For the other twenty percent they are thin enough to make a great liner to an outer wind/waterproof shell. My only criticism is that on long days (3 hours plus) in the saddle the palms of you hands can get sore from friction with the fabric.

  2. These are pretty much the only cold weather gloves I use now, whether on or off the bike. I have two pairs, one mended (one of the index fingertips wore thin after some time) and one still intact. These gloves really do stay warm in the rain and are functional over a surprisingly wide temp range. They usually go for $16-20 in local bike shops. Great product.

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