At this time of year, a pair of the best winter cycling gloves is essential to keep your hands warm and protected from the worst elements. These Hors Categorie Deep Winter Gloves are designed to do just that, with a windproof and thermal fleece insulation, all wrapped in a DWR water-repellent exterior with a gripping silicone palm. These gloves are not as loaded with technical features as some other gloves, but they get the details right and the performance is great.
Design and aesthetics
These Le Col gloves aim to live up to the deep winter name by using a thick fleece insulation designed for temperatures down to 5 degrees C, yet they manage to achieve this without excessive bulk. The outside is covered with a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating and there is reinforcement at the key seams around the fingers to prevent wear.
The palm is completely covered in silicone chevron shapes to help with the grip in difficult conditions, while the thumb is covered in a soft towel material to wipe the face off, and the long neoprene cuff provides a generous overlap with the sleeves of your jacket.
The understated and minimal panel design reduces the number of seams and they are reinforced for durability. Meanwhile, the silicone gripper over the entire palm offers reassuring control in all conditions you face, and the reflective detail along the little finger is a nice touch for road visibility when signaling to other road users.
The understated and minimal panel design reduces the number of seams and they are reinforced for durability. Meanwhile, the silicone gripper over the entire palm offers reassuring control in all conditions you face, and the reflective detail along the little finger is a nice touch for road visibility when signaling to other road users. The size range – only four sizes available – is restrictive compared to other brands, but the size is good and they only come in black.
While Le Col designed the Hors Categorie Deep Winter gloves for use in temperatures down to 5 degrees C, your comfort at this temperature range may vary. Personally, I found that they lived up to the requirement of the coldest mornings.
The fit is very impressive and shows that the company has paid close attention to the design and shape of the few panels in the construction. They provide impressive warmth and comfort with very little bulk, but the lack of padding can be missed by some riders who want to maximize comfort on long winter rides on rough roads.
The DWR coating prevents light rain from penetrating and the breathability is plentiful so you can wear them in mild weather without sweating too much. The fit, feel and functionality are excellent and comparable to rival gloves.
Le Col Hor’s category of deep winter gloves has a lot to do for them. The quality is very good with a simple design and obvious attention to detail. The fit is almost perfect and the insulation and breathability work well under a wide range of conditions and temperatures. The lack of a padded palm will be negative for some people, but their lack of bulk and durability swings the needle back to their advantage. There are more technically advanced gloves at this price, but they work well and meet the requirements for winter cycling.
Technical specifications: Le Col Hors category Deep winter gloves
- Price: £ 75 / $ 105 / € 96 / AU $ 145
- Colors: Sort
- Size: S-XL
- MaterialsShell – 94% polyester, 6% elastane / Cuff – 60% rubber, 40% nylon