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We test Gore Bike Wear's Power Windstopper softshell gloves on some chilly winter rides.
gore bike wear power windstopper softshell glove
Overall Score
Warmth without bulk
Slight lack of padding in the palm

Gore's Power Windstopper gloves are a softshell cycling glove designed for cold weather use. The fabric is touted as being totally windproof as well as water resistant and highly breathable.

The softshell fabric of the Power Windstopper is a thing of wonder and a testament to Gore's obsession with fabric development. We didn't feel even a hint of wind coming through the gloves, even on freezing cold morning rides. This made them marginally warmer than the also very good Pearl Izumi Elite Softshell gloves despite having a good deal less insulation.

Less insulation equals less bulk and, coupled with the wonderfully soft and supple fabric this allows you to still get a good feel for your brakes and to shift almost as easily and quickly as you would without gloves. The Power Windstopper gloves were also very breathable, we're sure that's thanks, at least in part to the lack of insulation.

The fit is close but not overly so and the cuff, although not equipped with a Velcro closure is well judged and feels comfortable and secure.

The thin layer of foam padding in the palm is just enough to protect you from bumps and vibrations but if you're riding style puts a lot of pressure on your hands, consider opting for a glove with meatier gel padding.

Overall, considering the bargain price of £35 and excellent performance the Power Windstopper gloves are one of the best investments you could make for cold weather cycling.

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