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Protection for all but winter's worst.

The way we see it, there are three tiers of cold-weather gloves that any year-round cycling wardrobe has to meet. The classic knit glove is the first piece of cold-weather kit we put on in fall and the last we take off in spring. The heavyweight lobster glove is the kingpin of winter cycling, keeping your fingers warm through the worst conditions. In between these two extremes lie the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell Lite Gloves, which thrive in temperatures ranging from the high-30s to the mid-50s, providing enough insulation and wind-resistance to keep the cold out without causing us to overheat and get all clammy with sweat.

The back of the gloves are P.R.O. Softshell fabric, a wind- and water-resistant material that also insulates and wicks. This results in warm, dry cycling for your hands but without the extra insulation of the regular P.R.O. Softshell Gloves. The palms are made of soft, durable Clarino synthetic leather, and the index fingers and thumbs are tipped with a bit of the same but with conductive properties so you can touchscreen away without exposing your fingers to the cold.

These materials are laid out with Pearl's 1:1 glove fit and palm construction, so you'll enjoy freedom of movement with no restriction between the thumb and forefinger while your hands are on the hoods. The wrist cuff is exaggerated to keep the winter yuck out of the glove and a soft bit of windproof fleece on the thumb lets you wipe that same yuck off your face mid-ride. Reflective elements help keep you visible in low-light conditions.

The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell Lite Gloves are available in six sizes ranging from X-Small to XX-Large in the colors Black and White.

Tech Specs

[body] PI Softshell (46% polyester, 33% polyamide, 17% spandex), [palm] Clarino synthetic leather, [thumb wipe] fleece
Recommended Use:
cold-weather cycling
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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perfect fall and mild winter gloves

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Fantastic gloves. I tend to get really hot, sweaty, and clammy in any season if I don't have breathable gear, so insulated gloves aren't an option unless it's really freezing.

These are perfect. Waterproof, windproof softshell, nice nose-wipe on the thumb, index finger works on smartphone sleeves, and the inside is comfortable, except for a loose stitch that poked me in the finger for the first few rides until it wore away.

I've worn them in about 60 degrees, and my hands started to sweat a bit. In 50-degree wind and rain, my hands stayed dry and very comfortable, no clamminess or sweat. I think they'll be good down to about 40.

What I really like about them is the lack of fleece and other fabrics on the outside of the glove that tend to deteriorate quickly and pill. It's all softshell material, or the faux-leather on the palm, which is very tacky with cork bar wrap. The gel pads on the middle finger are a nice touch, and actually provide a lot of grip on the brake/shifter lever.

Sizing is consistent with most other brands. I wear an XS in Arcteryx, Sugoi, and Giro gloves, fit is consistent with that (I like them very very tight).


These are exactly what I wanted...

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

These are rated for 40-60 and I would agree they work well in those ranges.The reason I chose these is because they have no gel inserts and touchscreen compatibility. After riding the summer with no gloves on some nice cushy bar tape I came to realize my gloves were the reason for my hands numbing.The gel was putting pressure on the nerve. Anyway these are great (not always a fan of Izumi's look) and perform well. I had them on today 45 degrees and hands were fine. Wore them down to 38F a lil chilly at start but fine for the rest of ride..I LOVE these!!


versatile and durable

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

My hands easily get cold even when I am bundled up. Given their light weight, these gloves are surprisingly warm but they breathe well enough to keep on as the day warms up during spring and fall rides. I like that they allow great dexterity to open things and manipulate zippers. I use them with lobster shells like those from Assos on days when the temperature starts or ends below 40 f.


Unnecessary Temp Range

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I used these commuting for a week in the 35-55 temp range, with limited success. The softshell on these covers the back of the hand, but the space between the fingers is a breathable membrane, which lets in too much cold air. My hands eventually warmed up, but it took squishing my fingers together and some aggressive pedaling for that to happen. For temps above 50, they're fine, but that's essentially where I stop wearing full-finger gloves anyway.

If you're charging hard, these might work, but a commuter moving with traffic probably won't generate the necessary heat to make them valuable. The PI Thermal Conductive gloves are far superior, for almost half the cost, and they come in obnoxious yellow for added visibility.


Yes, yes, yes

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I love these gloves. The fit is trim, there's no padding to bulk them up, and they do an excellent job of keeping my hands warm to about 50/55 degrees. I also use them as running gloves in colder weather, for which they're the best ever.