If you're prepared, you don't have to hide by the fireplace when Old Man Winter comes to town. Instead, you can welcome him and shake his icy hand?just make sure that you're wearing the Craft Siberian Gloves. Featuring an ergonomic construction made from exclusive materials, the Siberian Gloves offer complete protection from the cruelty of winter.The Siberian Gloves are Craft's best sellers for a reason?their sophisticated blend of proprietary materials and detail-driven construction. The Siberian Gloves use multiple fabric layers to achieve their weather-fighting, warming insulation. Starting with the outer layer, the gloves use a stretchy softshell material that's responsible for a majority of the gloves' thermo-regulation. Additionally, the malleable shell is hand-conforming, windproof, and waterproof. The second line of fabric defense is comprised of a warming and weatherproof three-layer polyester shell. The inner-lining of the Siberian Gloves uses a brushed-back fleece that wicks moisture from the skin's surface, and provides a soft-to-the-touch comfort. Working together, the materials form an all-weather glove that provides efficient insulation and complete protection from the elements.The exterior of the Siberian Gloves feature silicone grippers at the fingers and palm, and the pointer fingers and thumbs are also smartphone compatible. The wrists use a Velcro closure system to keep water out, and the back of the hand has received a reflective treatment for safer night riding.The Craft Siberian Gloves are available in sizes from X-Small to XX-Large, and in the colors Amino and Black/bright red.
Strengths: On the surface, the glove has some really great features that have it in the running to be a standout winner. These include grip inspiring gel areas in the palm and finger areas, reinforced material in the index and thumb tips for shifting abuse, a fleece nose wipe, color and reflective accents to help you be seen, and very comfortable fleece lining to form an overall attractive package at $49.95.
Weaknesses: Then comes the downside! They have a marketing name scrolled along the side of the glove that reads, "Ventair X wind." I am not quite sure what this technology or layer is supposed to do, but it seems that it was either left out, or was not designed properly. This marketing hype is just that and should not be confused with any type of Windstopper or Goretex membrane type materials.
The name of this glove is very misleading. When you hear the name Siberian, you think of bitterly cold or frozen tundra type conditions, right? Well, the Siberia that Craft were thinking of was certainly in a warmer climate than the name implies.
I chose to put these gloves to the test on my 2013 New Year’s Day ride that saw low wind speeds of 4-5 mph and temperatures steady at 15 degrees F. Within the first 2 miles my fingertips were already starting to tingle and were at a full-on frostbite style burn at 4 miles. Sadly, my New Year’s epic was cut short do to buying into marketing hype. There must be someplace named Siberia along the gulf coast of the southern states.
Bottom line: if you are riding in temperature ranges from 30-40 degrees, these gloves would be very nice. Anything below this and you should keep shopping for something with a proven membrane material.