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Item # STF0035

Truth in marketing.

Superlatives have been commonplace in product descriptions since the advent of comparative shopping. If you're a comparative cyclist, then you know this all too well. Fortunately, Sportful's WS Essential Gloves are one item that actually lives up to its billing. When the temperature drops and you need some cold-weather protection but aren't willing to give up the ability to feel your handlebars, then gloves like these are literally essential for a comfortable ride.

Since they incorporate Windstopper 4-Way Warm material on their backs, the Essential Gloves are also literally windproof. And since wind resistance is quantifiable with a rating called CFM, we get to explain that this claim isn't just marketing hyperbole. CFM stands for Cubic Feet per Minute, and it's used to measure the volume of air that passes through a fabric in one minute. In order to be considered truly "windproof," a fabric must register a CFM of equal to or less than 1.0, and anything bearing Gore-Tex's Windstopper label either meets or exceeds this rating. 4-Way Warm is also the first iteration of Windstopper that boasts a four-way stretch, which means that the wind and rain protection that it affords doesn't include a tax on fit and flexibility.

The palm is lightly padded and includes fleece lining for extra insulation, and the thumb has an ultrasuede patch that lets you attend to forehead sweat and unwanted nose passengers. The cuff includes a hook-and-loop closure and Sportful's ThermoDrytex Plus material for an insulating, accommodating fit. A reflective logo on the back helps keep you visible in low-light conditions.

The Sportful WS Essential Gloves are available in sizes X-Small to XX-Large in the colors Black/black, Red/black, and Yellow Fluo/black.

Tech Specs

[back] Gore Windstopper 4-Way Warm, [cuff] ThermoDrytex Plus
Recommended Use:
cold-weather cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:

Size chart


  X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large 2X-Large
 Men's   3.75in
Women's 3.1in
Measure across your hand at the widest point excluding the thumb.

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All the good reviews are true

  • Fit: True to size

Awesome gloves. Insane price. Especially for gloves made with authentic Gore WindStopper textile. Look great in any color.

Fit: True to size (maybe a tad smaller). So if you're on the fence, size up one.
Sizing (for gloves): Pearl Izumi = L. Sportful = L/XL. Giro = XL. Castelli = XL.

Best non-bulky winter glove I've found

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

These gloves are close to great. I usually wear XL gloves, but many brands are tight in the fingers, which restricts circulation and makes you feel colder. These in XL fit about right on my thicker-than-average fingers without being overly long.

The Windstopper fabric does its job well and keeps me warm without feeling like ski gloves. In Colorado, we have dry cold and these keep me comfortable down to 30 degree rides. They do get cold below that, but I've survived an hour-long ride below 25 with only a little discomfort. I get hot in them above 45. I do run a bit warmer than most of the people I know, so your comfort zone may vary.

Cuff length is good. I have no problem shifting on flat bar or drop bar bikes. Durability seems great so far. Overall this is a really good glove, especially for its price.

The only negative I have found is in the "snot-wipe" section of the thumb. The material there doesn't do much if you're the kind of person who uses the wipe for anything.

Very good glove

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

I bought these gloves for late fall early winter riding. They do a great job of keeping hands warm in 45 degree weather. Wind protection is excellent. Amazed how warm they are without the bulk. Comfortable to wear and doesn't impact shifting. Highly recommend for temperatures above 40 degrees.

Perfect Glove For Cyclist

  • Fit: True to size

Nice glove that will work for me cycling in temps below 50 deg. F. They should work well as they are not to bulky but with the Windstopper should block the cold. I bought my normal glove size and it was right.

+1- Warmth without bulk

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

Have to agree with the review below. I suffer from cold hands and have been searching for years for a low bulk glove that is still quite warm. Based on Noah Singer's review below and my good experiences with all things Sportful, I gave these a try. Initially, I was thinking I wouldn't wear these for colder rides but I'm thinking for all but Arctic conditions, these will work well. I've worn them down to 38 and rain and they performed great.


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

My previous lightweight cool/cold weather gloves were a pair from NIke I purchased some 7 years ago and while I still used them (they have that well-worn patina), these Sportful WS Essential gloves will get plenty of use this season. Warm, lightweight and Gore Windstopper-approved make my hands happy. The size I ordered fit, well, like a glove and I do like the stealthy black finish paired with the reflective Sportful logo. My only regret is wishing I had ordered them since the Skratch freebie was recently offered.

Avg. ride time: 5h 12m per week
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A sleeper glove that is among the best

I have awful circulation and I live at 7,000 feet. I need the best globe I can get and I hate bulk. All of that is a tough combination to assemble. This does it though. I only have about five rides in them so far but was anxious to post this soon for everyone to know. The gloves are tough. They are extremely warm without bulk. The black/black is slick and will double as my Nordic ski glove without being too loud.

They are Euro too. What else need be said?

A sleeper glove that is among the best

can we use them for paris-brest-paris