Made specifically for cyclists and runners, DeFeet's DuraGloves aren't your standard lightweight winter gloves. As DeFeet puts it, the DuraGloves' usefulness comes "more from what they are not as much as from what they are." What it means is that their versatile, low-profile design is just right for physical exertion in cold weather, without being bulky and in the way.
The real beauty of the DuraGloves comes from the strategic blend of Coolmax, Cordura, and Lycra used in their composition. Cordura yarns were placed on the outside of the gloves, which creates an abrasion-resistant exterior that blocks enough icy air to keep you warm, while still allowing your hands to breathe while exercising.
For the palms, DeFeet omitted any padding in order to keep the overall streamlined design intact, in addition to providing maximum feel at the handlebars and levers. Gripp'y rubber DeFeet logos were placed throughout the palm, finger, and thumb areas, ensuring a tacky grip while riding. DeFeet finished off these versatile gloves with wide elasticized cuffs, which provide added coverage up at the wrists.
The DeFeet DuraGloves are available in four sizes from Small to X-Large and in the colors Black Cordura, Blue Cordura, Neon Yellow Cordura, Neon Pink Cordura, Red Cordura, and White Cordura.
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DeFeet DuraGloves have long been some of my favorite gear. When I'm not sure what conditions I'll face, I stuff them in a pack or jersey pocket, along with a wind vest arm warmers and knee warmers. They are good for road riding down into the 60s, Mountain biking down to the 40s, and when the snow gets to deep to ride, they are my favorite gloves for high-output activity in the snow, like backcountry skiiing and snowshoeing. They don't absorb a lot of moisture, and dry very quickly. I've never had a pair unravel or wear out, although they will lose loft and warmth after a few seasons of use. I have had both the Cordura and wool gloves, and while I like wool for a lot of things, I perfer the Cordura against my hands.
Initially, I bought the Pink DeFeet DuraGloves to support breast cancer and to support my habit of loud colors. However, I've found them to be both durable and highly functional. The grip is exceptional, the lever feel at the fingers is reliable, and the glove as a whole will take a beating. In the spring, I wear these on their own, and in the winter, I've been layering them with the DuraGlove Wool Gloves - another awesome product. With the correct liner, you can easily wear these into the 20s, but I wouldn't wear them alone below 45 degrees. Overall, these are an awesome product, and if you need smartphone access, I recommend getting the DuraGlove ET Gloves.