Gear Review: Pearl Izumi Lobster Gloves

January 21, 2014

Prior to breaking my wrist this winter cycling season, I had the opportunity to break in a pair of the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell Lobster Gloves.

Quick review: Warmest cycling handwear I’ve used. Fits large hands well. Worth considering for other cold-weather pursuits.

Here’s the best snapshot of their capabilities:

I left for an hour-long bike commute in 5-degree weather with a light headwind. I wore only these gloves, no liners. My hands were comfortable for the length of the gently graded ride. Never too chilled. Never too warm. I  rode the hour home in 20-degree temps, dropping to 15 degrees over the ride. My hands were warm enough to sweat noticeably. Upshot: These gloves are a great 0 to 20 degree riding option.

A classic lobster-claw design, the gloves have a pair of nice features. One, the thumb is noticeably stiffened, which improves dexterity and makes shifting much easier. Two, size XL fits my large hands particularly well, a limiting factor for me in many other styles.

The thick Primaloft insulation is warm,  light, and compressible. The cuffs offer a secure, under-the-jacket fit and are easily adjusted.

Their price ($75) must be averaged over the extent of their use. How often do you really ride in the teens and below? If you’re a regular, these gloves are highly recommended.

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Matt Heid

Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.