Temperature range: 30-50 degrees F
Fit: True to size
How obtained: Company sample
RBR advertiser: No
Keeping Hands Warm without the Bulk
Personally, I’ve always struggled with keeping my fingers and toes warm enough to ride comfortably in the winter. I was eager to try Velocio’s new Zero+ gloves as Chicago’s weather turned cooler. These gloves have a temperature rating of 30-50 degrees F and feature a windproof and water-resistant outer shell, providing excellent protection against the elements.
One of the standout features of the Zero+ gloves is the flexible mid-weight fleece-backed softshell palm. This design allows for better dexterity, whether you’re gripping the handlebars or trying to grasp a zipper tab. The rubberized palm and finger grips also provide excellent traction, even when the gloves are wet. A tapered fit around the wrist also helps to keep the cold out.
I tested these gloves in temperatures ranging from 40-50 degrees, and I found that my hands started to sweat as the temperature approached 50. For me, the Zero+ gloves are best suited for the “shoulder season,” when temperatures are between 30-45 degrees.
It’s worth noting that these gloves don’t have any additional padding on the palm, making them ideal for riders who prefer closer contact with the handlebars. I wish they included an absorbent fabric along the thumb, as my nose tends to run on cold rides. Additionally, these gloves are not touchscreen-compatible, so I had to remove a glove whenever I took a picture or answered a call on my cell phone.
While the Zero+ gloves are unisex, they are designed more for a man’s hand than a woman’s. I recommend measuring your hand carefully and using Velocio’s sizing chart to ensure you order the correct size. I would have liked the fingers just a tad longer.
Overall, the Velocio Zero+ gloves are a solid option for winter riding, providing excellent protection and dexterity. Just be mindful of the temperature range and consider your padding and touchscreen compatibility preferences.
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 or visit her web site sunflowersandpedals.com.