I got these for winter biking. So far, that's mostly meant mid-twenties (though it's gotten into the teens once this year, so far). And they've been fantastic. I tried several other kinds of gloves that were meant for biking, and these are way, way better than any of them.I can't shift down (the cassette) using my fingertip, when in the drops, but that's the only limitation (from the hood, I can easily handle it with my middle or ring finger). And only my lightest-weight biking gloves will let me do that anyway, so I don't consider that a big deal.And I hate to muddy the waters on sizing, but I'm in between S & M, and went with the small, and have no issues. I don't wear any other liners underneath, however (not sure I could, actually). Maybe that's the difference? Or maybe I'll have issues when it gets below zero?In any event, if something happens to these, I won't hesitate to buy another pair of them.
Good gloves in themselves, but if you use the measurements provided in the size chart for men you will be OFF BY TWO SIZES. I had read this in a review before ordering and ordered up a size from Medium to Large. I've had to send the gloves back for an XLarge, which I've never worn before. When you consider how important circulation is in keeping fingers warm, you don't want tight gloves, so trust me folks . . . THESE GLOVES RUN SMALL.
I live at 9,000' elevation in San Juans of Colorado and use these daily in winter for snowshoveling, skiing,mountaineering, snowshoeing, etc.. I own lots of gloves and mitts and these are my go-to. On extra serious cold days slip on a pair of thin poly liners first and you'll add even more warmth. If you want a pair of warm gloves for active winter use, you want these.
Purchased these for a climb of Mont Blanc. Unfortunately the sizing chart is waaay off (chart said I was a M, I bought L, still too small), so I ended with gloves that were a bit too tight, but they kept my hands exceptionally warm and dry and handled rock scrambling and rope management very well. I actually used the shells with three different liner gloves, the ones that come with the Guide Gloves being the thickest and warmest (by far). In warmer temps the Guide shell worked very well with the lighter liner gloves.I will be curious to see if the tightness creates a circulation issue in extremely cold temps, but in moderately cold (25 F) and extremely windy (60 mph) weather, it was fine.
"Warmest and most durable glove I've ever owned"
Been wearing these for three winters now, and the shells are still pristine. The inners are getting pretty thin, but I've worn them for everything from snowmobiling to mountaineering. Wore this glove most of the time on Denali, including summit day. Only time I needed mittens was during extended traffic jams. It's got all the dexterity needed for working with gear and tying knots. Only gripe is that if you're hands get too hot in them, and they absorb some sweat, once you take them off the insulation can make it pretty hard to get back on straight. But I've experienced that with most well insulated gloves so...?
Like putting your hand into a soft fluffy oven. I have terrible circulation for a dude my age and my hands get cold when its 75 degrees out. I have been through countless pairs of gloves and these are the best I have found. Only wish they had a drawstring or a velco wrist strap of some sort. Oh well. Nothing can be perfect.