Full-featured gloves that are relatively lightweight
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DHB’s Windproof Cycling Gloves offer, as the name suggests, effective windproofing for winter riding.
However, the fabric is a little too thin to provide enough insulation for truly cold rides. The cuff is quite short and the fit is on the tight side.
Despite that, on the whole, they’re well thought out in terms of features and priced competitively.
The DHB Windproof gloves provide the majority of the features you’d find on more expensive options.
They’re made of windproof, insulated fabric that’s not so thick that it interferes with handlebar feel or use of the controls. A DWR coating provides some protection from light rain, although the gloves aren’t completely waterproof.
There’s also a stretchy cuff, rather than any Velcro or other form of closure, although that’s a feature of many modern cycling gloves.
The palm has padding across the main pressure points and an extra gel pad under the heel of the hand, while the centre of the palm has perforations to aid venting.
Finally, there are silicone grippers on the index and middle fingers, and the thumb. DHB says they are touchscreen-compatible, too.
The DHB Windproof Cycling Gloves have a rather short cuff relative to other winter cycling gloves we’ve tested.
That may not be an issue, depending on the length of your jacket sleeves and how tightly they fit, but you’re more likely to find a draught around your wrists than with some other designs.
The gloves are designed primarily for cold, dry conditions and the windproofing is effective, so your fingers should stay warm down towards 5°c or so. For colder rides, I’d want something with more protection.
The palms provide adequate grip on the bars and controls, although the touchscreen fingertips didn’t worked very effectively, requiring several prods to work a phone or a cycling computer.
The gloves are also quite tight across the knuckles, while the palms have a tendency to bunch. That might ease up as the fabric stretches with more prolonged use, but it’s worth considering sizing up to ensure a more roomy fit.
As usual with DHB products, the Windproof gloves do the job well for a lower price than many other brands.
They’re not that well insulated, but for the milder conditions typical in temperate climates, once you’ve warmed up, the windproof fabric should keep you comfortable.
Look out for the short cuffs and tight fit though – you might want to size up.
Paul has been writing about bike tech and reviewing all things cycling for almost a decade. He had a five-year stint at Cycling Weekly and has also written for titles including CyclingNews, Cyclist and BikePerfect, as well as being a regular contributor to BikeRadar. Tech-wise, he’s covered everything from rim width to the latest cycling computers. He reviewed some of the first electric bikes for Cycling Weekly and has covered their development into the sophisticated machines they are today, on the way becoming an expert on all things electric. Paul was into gravel before it was even invented, riding a cyclocross bike across the South Downs and along muddy paths through the Chilterns. He dabbled in cross-country mountain biking too,. He’s most proud of having covered the length of the South Downs Way on a crosser and fulfilling his long-time ambition to climb Monte Grappa on a road bike
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