There’s nothing worse than cold fingers on a mountain bike ride. OK, maybe cold fingers and a flat tire. Because you can’t change a tire without moving your fingers. And moving your fingers was something you used to be able to do. Before you attempted to ride in the cold.
Been there. Gone home. Thawed my fingers around a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Then went out and got me a pair of Pearl Izumi AmFIB® Lobster® Gloves. And you know what? My next cold-weather ride wasn’t cut short. Pros:
- Hands stay toasty in temps below freezing
- Oversized cuff fits heavy jackets inside
- Reflective piping and logo keeps you safer at night
- Takes a while to dry if hands sweat
- A bit bulky to shift/brake with total ease
The Pearl Izumi AmFIB Lobster Glove is all about warmth. The “lobster” design is a cross between mittens and gloves, and really helps keep hands toasty on cold days. I thought the glove would feel much stranger when I first put it on, but to my surprise, I got used to the design quickly. The index and middle fingers go to one side, while the ring and pinky fingers go to another. Inside the glove are individual finger slots, so you don’t feel like you’re doing the Vulcan salute. Don’t expect to ride in these gloves in temperatures above freezing. I did and instantly regretted it. My hands got overheated.
Get a Grip
Braking is relatively painless while wearing these gloves, though it does take some getting used to as the design isn’t exactly low profile. My first attempt at shifting, on the other hand, was anything but smooth. I kept the gloves in the forefront of my mind, and started shifting/braking a nanosecond sooner until it was second nature. The palm of the glove —made of Pittards® leather with a water-resistant finish —made gripping the handlebars easy. The leather palms should also hold up well in the long term against wear.
Handle With Care
Bike gloves have a tendency to smell rank. The good news? The AmFIB Lobster Glove can go into the washing machine. Just don’t use detergents with fabric softeners, perfumes or any additives as these will leave behind a residue that can affect the performance. You can even throw them into the dryer if you’re careful to use the lower/warm heat setting.
Pearl Izumi AmFIB Lobster Glove Specs:
- Shell: 80% nylon; 10% polyester; 10% polyurethane
- Insulation: Polyester
- Lining: Polyester
- Palm: 80% Pittards® leather; 20% Olefin
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