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Planet Bike Orion Gel Full Finger Cycling Gloves

Finding a full finger cycling glove is easy. Finding a good full finger cycling glove can be a challenge. The Planet Bike Orion Gel Full Finger Cycling Glove is a surprisingly good glove for cool (not cold) weather cycling. I say “surprisingly good” because it exceeded my expectations.

Planet Bike Orion Gel Full Finger Cycling Gloves

Planet Bike Orion Gel Full Finger Cycling Gloves

I have read a lot of reviews for different cycling gloves and have come to the conclusion that most of the negative comments about gloves are made by people who are trying to use the gloves for conditions they were never designed to handle. The Planet Bike Orion Gel Glove is intended to be the first full finger glove you use in the fall and the last one you use in the spring before your regular summer gloves come out. These gloves are great for temperatures between 45 and 55 degrees. However, this temperature range will vary depending on the type of cycling you do. A commuter or mountain biker might be able to wear these gloves in slightly cooler temperatures because they are generally moving slower and the wind will not impact them as much as a roadie riding along at 25 or 30 MPH.

The palm of this glove is made of terry and the body is made of a four-way stretch woven spandex—these two pieces are held together with a thin strip of woven Lycra. This glove also has a large Velcro closure, so you can either keep the glove tight or loosen it up a bit as the temperature rises. The photograph of this glove on the Planet Bike Website (and most online retailers) fails to show the silicon fingertip prints (strips) on the index and middle fingers. These silicon strips really increase your grip as you try to grab a carbohydrate gel package out of your back pocket.

There is a ventilated mesh on the back of the glove to increase ventilation. This mesh is a mixed blessing—you will love it if you are a commuter but on a windy 45 degree day it provides more ventilation than you will probably want. The truth is that no glove can be perfect in all situations.

The gel padding on the palm of this glove does an excellent job at reducing vibration. When I first tried this glove on I had serious doubts about the gel padding because it is thinner than I usually like on my gloves. However, I used these gloves on several 50 to 60 mile rides and they were actually very comfortable. I’ve had some gloves that left my hands numb after only 20 miles.

Planet Bike Orion Gel Full Finger Cycling Gloves retail for $26 and they come with a limited lifetime warranty against defects in material and workmanship. If you ride in temperatures below 45 degrees you need to check out the Planet Bike Borealis Winter Full-finger Cycling Gloves (review forthcoming).

 

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Performance Polar Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey

Living near the shores of Lake Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee means I have to ride in a cycling jacket about seven or eight months a year. For the past two years I feel like I have been “cheating the system” thanks to the Performance Polar Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey.

Performance Polar Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey

Performance Polar Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey

The Performance Polar Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey is one of the best products I’ve ever purchased from Performance Bicycle. It is a heavyweight jersey made of a polyester and spandex blend that manages moisture and provides decent heat retention. The full-length zipper is of higher quality than you will find on most other cycling jerseys. The brushed interior is very comfortable and the high collar helps keep your neck warm. There are also two deep pockets on the back of the jersey. I have found this jersey to be true to size.

When the temperature is in the 50’s this jersey is perfect and as the temperature falls I add a cycling vest. The next step is to put on a thin polypropylene base layer underneath the jersey. By the time the temperature is in the 30’s I ride in this jersey with both a base layer and a windproof cycling jacket (I prefer the Gore Bike Wear Phantom Bike Jacket).

This winter jersey is available in sizes up to XXL and retails for $70. However, Performance Bicycle often puts this jersey on sale for around $30, but it is sometimes out of stock. It is usually available in three colors: White, Black/White, and Red/White.

 

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Pearl Izumi Elite Thermal Cycling Tights

Pearl Izumi Elite Thermal Cycling Tights

Pearl Izumi Elite Thermal Cycling Tights

When the temperature drops down below 50 degrees it’s time to put away the knee warmers and get out the Pearl Izumi Elite Thermal Cycling Tights. I started wearing these tights last year and they are awesome! For temperatures between 28 and 50 degrees I don’t think you will find a better pair of cycling tights.

These tights are made with a very breathable wind-resistant fabric on the outside combined with a thin layer of thermal fleece on the inside. The fabric is about as close to magic as you will find—it wicks moisture away from the skin to keep you warm, dry and happy! While these pants are not rainproof they are definitely water-resistant. I often ride half-centuries (50 miles) in these tights during light rain without any trouble.

You can buy this tight either with or without a chamois. I would definitely buy one with Pearl Izumi’s Elite 3D Chamois since it is the same chamois that is in the Pearl Izumi Elite Cycling Shorts, which is what I ride in all summer. This chamois has 13mm of variable-density microfiber padding coupled with active carbon yarns to help reduce odors. Within the past 12 months I have cycled over 6,000 miles and 99% of those miles have been while riding with this chamois. This chamois was designed with Pressure Relief Technology (PRT) for riding comfort and improved blood flow and I think they ended up with a perfect design!

At the bottom of these tights you will find an 8-inch ankle zipper so the tights are very easy to put on (or take off). The zipper has a lockable tab to keep it closed. The tights also have silicone ankle grippers to keep the tights in place. You will also find reflective piping and logos on the legs to help motorists see you better at night.

These tights are solid black, but you will notice in the photograph I played around with the lighting a bit so you could see a few of the 16 different panels that this pair of tights is composed of. The panel behind the knees is thinner to allow for needed ventilation and better leg movement.

The quality of these tights is superb! As for fit, I would say they are true to size. However, if you are on the border between two sizes I would definitely go with the larger size. Tight clothing in the winter is never a good idea.

Pearl Izumi Elite Thermal Cycling Tights retail for $125, but you can save a few dollars by buying them from Amazon.com. If you enjoy riding when the temperature is between zero and 30 degrees (and who doesn’t?), I would suggest you buy a pair of Pearl Izumi AmFIB Cycling Tights.

 

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Louis Garneau Wind Dry SL Shoe Cover

During the first few weeks of fall you can ride with just toe covers over your cycling shoes (I prefer the Planet Bike Dasher Windproof Toe Covers). However, as the temperature drops a bit your next line of defense is going to be a lightweight shoe cover that will not only protect your toes but your ankles as well.

Louis Garneau Wind Dry SL Shoe Cover

Louis Garneau Wind Dry SL Shoe Cover

The Louis Garneau Wind Dry SL Shoe Cover is not only windproof and very breathable. This product is made with laminated Lycra and fleece on the inside with a WindDry fabric on the outside. These covers are not waterproof (though some advertisements make that claim), but I have found them to be fairly warm in temperatures down to around 35 degrees. The back of the cover closes with a sturdy strip of Velcro and there is a Velcro fastener under the sole the works well at keeping the cover in place.

I used this cover on my road shoes last year and was very happy with it. Reinforced cleat openings on the bottom of this cover make it compatible with most pedal systems (I use Look Keo cleats). There are also lug openings in case you want to use this cover on your MTB shoes. You will also find a decent amount of reflective tape and logos that should help motorists see you easier.

This is a decent shoe cover and I really don’t have any complaints against it. However, it is not intended to replace winter cycling boots, or even heavyweight thermal shoe covers. There are several good lightweight shoe covers available and I think most people would be happy with this one.

The Louis Garneau Wind Dry SL Shoe Cover retails for around $35 and is available in four sizes: X-Small (36-38), Small (39-41), Medium (41.5-43), Large (43.5-45), and XL (45.5-50).

 

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Gore Bike Wear Men’s Cross Gore-Tex Cycling Gloves

Last fall I purchased nearly a dozen pairs of cycling gloves and without question the worst of the lot was the Gore Bike Wear Men’s Cross Gore-Tex Glove. This glove had such great potential, but one fatal flaw makes this glove a total waste of space.

Gore Bike Wear Men's Cross Gore-Tex Cycling Gloves

Gore Bike Wear Men's Cross Gore-Tex Cycling Gloves

These gloves are made with a Gore-Tex membrane which makes them both waterproof and breathable. The foam padding on the palm is acceptable for short rides, but on rides over two hours my hands got numb. The long wrist cuffs can be closed to keep the heat in or opened up to allow the heat to escape. There is a small patch of absorbent material on thumb for wiping away rain or perspiration. Like many winter cycling gloves, there is a snap link to connect the gloves together when not in use.

Providing it is not too windy outside, these gloves should keep your hands warm down to around 40 degrees. The main purpose of this glove is to keep your hands dry, not warm. They do a good job of keeping the rain off your hands when the temperature is in the 40’s (at least on short rides), but they do not keep the wind out.

Now for the bad news. Your hands are going to sweat when your ride in these gloves and once the fabric inside the glove gets wet it is nearly impossible to take the glove off and even harder to put back on. The problem is that the inside lining is not sewn in and when you pull your wet hand out of the glove the lining is going to come out as well. Last fall I took these gloves off at a convenience store and I had to borrow a pencil from the cashier so I could push the lining back into the glove with the eraser. Once these gloves get wet it seems like they take forever to dry! These gloves also run at least a size too small.

Gore Bike Wear Men’s Cross Gore-Tex Cycling Gloves retail for $70 and can be purchased in either solid black or a black and red combination. As much as I normally love Gore Bike Wear cycling products it pains me to say these are the worst full-finger gloves I have ever purchased. You would be better off buying a pair of Gore Bike Wear Men’s Alp X III Windstopper Gloves.

 

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Gore Bike Wear Ozon Knee Warmers

If you would like to use your summer cycling shorts for a few more weeks before you have to switch to cycling tights, then you might want to consider getting a pair of Gore Bike Wear Ozon Knee Warmers. These lightweight knee warmers will keep you comfortable when the temperature is in the 50’s and you can easily take them off when if the temperature hits the 60’s.

Gore Bike Wear Ozon Knee Warmers

Gore Bike Wear Ozon Knee Warmers (back side)

The Gore Bike Wear Ozon Knee Warmers will wick moisture away from your skin and keep your knees warm at the same time. I have found the elastic band at the top of the warmers does a good job of keeping them in place. There is another elastic band on the bottom edge of the warmers that is a bit looser, yet still keeps the fabric from moving around too much. Flat-lock seams prevent both hot spots and chafing. There is a reflective logo on the back of these warmers that should help motorists see you easier at night. In addition, there is a very small reflection circle at the top to identify the left and right warmer.

Before you buy knee warmers you might consider using a product like the DZ Nuts InHeat Embrocation Cream instead. An embrocation cream will warm up your skin just as well as a pair of knee warmers and you won’t have anything to take off if the temperature warms up.

The Gore Bike Wear Ozon Knee Warmers are available in four sizes (S,M,L,XL) and the Gore Bike Wear Web site says they have a suggested list price of $40. However, it seems like every online site (including Amazon.com) claim the suggested list price is $50.

 

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Planet Bike Dasher Windproof Toe Covers

Toe warmers are intended to allow you to ride in cool weather with your summer cycling shoes. I own at least a dozen pair of toe warmers for my cycling shoes—some good, some bad, some worthless. A few weeks ago I ordered a pair of Planet Bike Dasher Toe Covers from Amazon.com. As I opened the package the room I was in grew brighter, a choir of angels started singing the Hallelujah chorus, and all seemed right in the world. OK, that might have been a bit of hyperbole, but this is not: this is the best designed pair of shoe covers I have ever seen!

Planet Bike Dasher Windproof Toe Covers

Planet Bike Dasher Windproof Toe Covers

What makes the Planet Bike Dasher Toe Covers so great? Well, they started with a windproof fabric on the outside coupled with a microfleece lining on the inside. By itself, this is nothing special—nearly every brand of toe covers has a similar fabric. What makes these toe covers stand out is the elastic heel strap that keeps these covers in place. Most toe covers are held in place by an elastic band around the end of the cover. Most elastic bands suffer form one of two problems: either they are so tight you can’t get them over your shoe or they are so loose they won’t stay on. The heel strap on the Dasher allows the cover to easily slide onto your shoe and then keeps it in place as you ride.

The bottom of the Planet Bike Dasher Toe Covers have cut-out guides for both SPD and road cleats (I use Look Keo cleats). If you own both type of cleats you could use the larger road cleat cut-out area for both pair of shoes. However, I would suggest you just buy another pair of the Dasher toe covers because the larger cut-out area for the road cleats leaves very little of the bottom of the cover left. When you cut out the area for an SPD cleat you will have a lot of the thick bottom part of the Dasher covering the treads of your MTB shoes—the material on the bottom of the Dasher is thick enough so that this will not be a problem. Some toe covers are so thin that the bottom side of the cover wears out with just a few weeks of use.

Planet Bike Dasher Windproof Toe Covers

The Planet Bike Dasher has cut-outs for both SPD and road cleats

As an added benefit the Dasher has reflective side and back logos. The reflective logo on the back of the heels actually does a good job of making your presence known to motorists. Since your feet (and therefore the reflective logos) are moving up and down as you ride it is more noticeable than the same size logo would be on a jacket or jersey.

Planet Bike offers these toe covers in five different sizes (most companies offer only two). The small cover will fit a man’s size 6.5 shoe (40 European) and the XXL will fit a man’s 12.5 shoe (47 European). Planet Bike has a size chart available on their Web site if you are not sure what size you need.

The Planet Bike Dasher Toe Covers retail for $27. When the weather gets too cold for just a toe cover I would suggest you purchase the Planet Bike Comet Full Neoprene Shoe Covers or the Planet Bike Blitzen Windproof Shoe Cover.

 

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