If you’re scrambling around for a last-minute gift for a cyclist, here’s one to keep in mind. Defeet’s Duraglove, in wool.
I picked up a pair last week, a recommendation from Karen Loewen, my Bike Eat Shop Tallahassee colleague, and I gave them a test ride this morning, with temps in the upper 30s.
I had been looking for some gloves for winter commutes. I typically use the ubiquitous glove liners. They work OK, but if it gets chilly the glove liners let in too much wind. Wind is the enemy of early morning winter commutes.
Other gloves I’ve tried, though, have been too hot. Sweaty hands! Man, I hate that.
So, on with the Merino wool, my first ever DeFeet product. These gloves are American made, in North Carolina. Good for DeFeet.
Out the door this morning, and right away I found the gloves comfortable. Snug fit, but not tight.
The fingers and the palms have some kind of gripper stuff. Not too much to make it starchy — in fact, you don’t notice the stuff is there when riding — but enough to keep the gloves from slipping around on the shifters. Works for me.
Now, the acid test — are they too hot? A few miles down the road, after several hills, I was working up some body heat, but the gloves felt fine. I never did get hot hands on my 10-mile ride to work. Never got cold, either.
My hands stayed cool, not warm, the whole ride. That’s how I like it.
So, if you are looking for some riding gloves for wintertime or a gift that a cycling loved one will come to use and appreciate, I recommend the DeFeet Durglove, in wool. Keep in mind that if you are buying as a gift, the gloves run slightly large. I have biggish hands, but the large was slightly sloppy, so I went with a medium, and it fits well.
I got mine at Joe’s Bike Shop, at Lake Ella (a Bike Eat Shop Tallahassee merchant). Joe’s sells them for $26, and they are worth it.
Other Tallahassee bike shops might carry them as well. Available online too, of course, but don’t forget — support our locally owned businesses whenever you can. That’s the credo of Bike Eat Shop Tallahassee.
Local first, local always. Shop online only as a last resort.
Submitted by Bill Edmonds