- Fully waterproof
- Silicon grippers on palm and fingers provides firm grip
- Good breathability
- Soft and flexible, easy to move fingers and grasp
- Can use for other activities beside cycling
- Affordably priced
- Not touchscreen compatible
- Knit fabric gets caught on Velcro hooks
- Usable in a limited temperature range
Price: $45.00 MSRP
Sizes: S – XL
Colors: Black, Neon Green and Safety Orange
Availability: Online and LBS
How Obtained: Sample from company
RBR Sponsor: No
Tested: Several bike rides, hikes and errands
Stay Dry on the Wettest of Rides
Showers Pass is well known for their waterproof, breathable apparel. RBR has reviewed several of their jackets in the past and they received high marks. In October, the company introduced the Crosspoint waterproof gloves. These gloves are made with 3 bonded layers; the exterior is a wear resistant knit, a waterproof-breathable Artex membrane, and a Coolmax moisture-wicking antibacterial knit lining.
The glove is very pliable, and you don’t lose any dexterity. With the ergonomic fit, I could easily pick up items and manipulate my fingers. But don’t grab the loop side of Velcro fabric. It adheres to the glove. Besides being pliable the knit fabric is soft and comfortable. The gloves do not have a nose wipe fabric by the thumb, but they are soft enough to use in a pinch.
The palm and fingers have silicone printing, which provides excellent gripping even in wet weather. The palms do not have padding, which can be a positive or negative. If you are someone who doesn’t want padding in a full finger glove, then you’ll love this design. If you need extra padding, then you’ll need to wear a fingerless cycling glove under the Crosspoint. You may need to size up if you go this route.
Since the gloves do not have padding, they are ideal for a variety of other uses including jogging, hiking, cross country skiing or just running errands.
Your experience may differ, but for me the sweet spot temperature for the Crosspoint gloves was between 40-55 F. The waterproof membrane also keeps the cold wind out, helping to keep my hands warm. Above 50 my hands started to perspire inside the gloves and the wicking fabric did not seem to remove the moisture quick enough. Eventually my hands got sweaty and I was uncomfortable in the moist gloves.
To test how waterproof these gloves were, I washed my bike. After fat biking on the local trails one winter day, my bike needed to be hosed off. I donned a pair of Crosspoint gloves and started washing my bike. Not only did my hands stay completely dry, but they stayed warm in the 40-degree temps.
The gloves come in three colors, black, neon green and construction orange. For low light conditions, the green and orange will provide you with added visibility.
What Didn’t Work
The exterior of the gloves is a knit fabric. As I mentioned earlier, beware when trying to close or open anything with Velcro. The hooks of the Velcro adhere to the glove fabric and you’re stuck. I had this issue both when trying to close my coat and when securing the straps on my winter boots. In both cases I had to remove my gloves to perform the task.
Also, the gloves are not touchscreen compatible. Whenever I wanted to take a picture with my phone, I needed to remove a glove. In the winter or wet weather, that’s not an ideal scenario.
The gloves can be machine washed in cold water. Showers Pass says they can be dried in the dryer on low heat or hung dry to avoid shrinkage. I personally washed in cold water and then hung them up to dry. I like don’t like to use the dryer with products like these.
If you’re looking for a waterproof glove to keep you warm and dry in cooler temps, Showers Pass’ Crosspoint is worth looking into. The pliable 3-layer knit gives you the dexterity you need to grasp the handlebars, shift or pick up something. At an affordable price, these unpadded gloves can be used for a variety of purposes besides cycling.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women's cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri's full bio.