You can get cheap gloves down the market for a few quid, which might be OK on a cold morning but next to useless when they get wet. The Sealskinz Ultragrip Waterproof gloves won’t give you this problem, but you’ll need to shell out more than a few quid.
The Ultragrips are a close fitting waterproof merino glove that can be used whenever you need to keep your hands warm and dry. So they look just fine on the morning commute as they do on Kinder, so long a you get the discreet black version. The hi-viz variety are useful for those winter runs, and available in both yellow or orange hi-viz.
The ‘ultragrip’ comes from the grip dotted palm that, as you’d expect helps you keep hold of things that might slip out of your hands with regular gloves making them well suited to cycling. They’re apparently de rigeur in the TV business for camera work according to a friend in the industry, who swears by them. You can do virtually anything in these that you can in bare hands, so compass work, zips and messing about with the GPS is a doddle.
While they certainly keep your hands dry in the rain, they only provide limited insulation. I’ve found that if my hands already feel cold, then they’re not overly effective at getting them back warm again. These are the kind of gloves you put on at the start of any activity, and the thermal rating provided by the company rate them as a 2/5 which makes perfect sense.
What I don’t like about them is that despite keeping your hands dry, the gloves themselves soak up a bit of water, giving them a colder feel.
Having owned a pair of these for many years now, they’re among one of the best multipurpose gloves out there. They’re not cheap, but they’ll probably outlast cheaper gloves and give superior performance in the meantime.