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Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell Lite Gloves

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Protection with connection.

Cold weather gloves are often bulky and detract from your connection to the bicycle. Pearl Izumi, however, isn't new to cycling-specific gear, and its line of gloves have enjoyed more then a decade of refinement. The P.R.O. Softshell Lite Glove continues that tradition of improvement with the addition of Pirmaloft insulation.

Primaloft adds warmth, but most importantly, it's not bulky, so it won't detract from your grip by bunching or overlapping. Pearl's respected anatomical paneling also ensures the P.R.O. Soft Shell Lite has excellent dexterity for effortless shifting and braking. Finally, sealing the deal, is a Pittards leather palm for a superior tactile and durable connection with your bicycle.

On the other hand ... er, both hands, sealing this cold-weather glove from external elements, is Pearl's P.R.O. soft shell material. This, and a waterproof insert, ensure wind and water won't dampen your ride. But, defense from foul weather doesn't complete a cycling-specific glove, it's always a good thing to remind two-ton moving cages you're on the road too.

When it's cold and damp it's more then likely going to be dark, so the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell Lite Glove has reflective elements to help alert motorists of your two-wheeled presence. A soft wiping surface on the thumb ensures you won't scare the barista when you stop for a mid-ride warm up.

The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell Lite Glove comes in sizes X-Small through XX-Large.

Tech Specs

[palm] 32% polyester, 29% genuine leather, 23% polyamide, 16% polyurethane, [back of hand] 91% polyester, 5% polyurethane, 2% spandex, 1% genuine leather, 1% polyamide
Recommended Use:
cycling, training, group rides
Manufacturer Warranty:

Size chart

Pearl Izumi

Hand Circumference 7.25-8in
Hand Circumference 6.5-7.25in
Measure around your hand at the widest point excluding the thumb.

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Here's what others have to say...

5 5

Waterproof or not?

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love the gloves, the design and the fit/shape. Got the orange pair. Was looking for waterproof gloves, and this says "waterproof insert". It was a light to moderate rainy day in winter but my hands got completely soaked, wet and cold. Oh well. I still don't regret buying them since they stay pretty warm, warmer than my Nike thermo gloves. Because I love the design, I wear them everyday for walking my Basenji, etc. as well. ;)

4 5

Flexible fit

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Gloves ride really well - snug, good dexterity, and comfortable. Wish Backcountry had the temperature rating posted as i was aiming for a warmer pair. In Berkeley, CA it's been fine most winter. Finger were cold in the low 40's (with wind). Gloves have done well wet too - not too heavy or bulky.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pearl isn't a trendy brand, but these are darn good gloves.

Hands are easily comfortable down to 40 degrees, and they will work into the mid-thirties without pain or loss of feeling.

I really appreciate the minimalist feel. No padding or gel. And they are thin enough to give great feel and control on the bike.

Fit is solid - Large has plenty of finger length without getting too wide or sloppy at the same time. Perfect gloves are hard to find.

5 5

Love these gloves!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Been using these gloves for the past 8 months, commuting daily to work, for long training rides on the weekends, and absolutely love them. They've held up very well. Very good wind protection. Would definitely buy this again if they ever wear out. I've had a pair of Sugoi's before, and they were trashed within 3 rides.

5 5

The real deal.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had these gloves a just shy of a year and have used them dozens of times. Pretty much as described, they block wind and keep your hands warm while having essentially zero bulk. One issue I have with many gloves is large seams that feel awkward on your fingers. These gloves don't have that problem at all - they are incredibly comfortable.

I wear these gloves from the upper 40's to 60F. Last week I did a 40 mile ride in light rain in 45 degree weather with these gloves and my hands did get a little cold towards the end, so that's probably the lower limit for me. I haven't worn them in heavy rain for extended rides so I can't comment on their performance in that case.

Overall I have yet to be let down by these gloves, they're probably the one piece of cycling gear I am most happy with.

Update 8/9/2013:
Another half of a year of heavy use and these gloves are still great. I wore them every other day on a 2400 mile tour through British Columbia, Yukon, and Alaska and they were perfect. When I arrived in Alaska I climbed Denali and wore these as my main gloves low on the mountain for climbing, digging anchors, and making snow camp with ice axes and shovels. They're showing some wear but are still amazingly comfortable, warm, and breathable.

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Very helpful to know, some impressive country out there!