Beauty meets beast.

The backs of Louis Garneau's Gel EX Pro Gloves are a fleece that's got a laminate that adds wind-blocking to its list of soft, thermal properties. Warm hands are a beautiful thing, but we also need something a bit beastlier when it comes to maintaining tacky grip on the bar and shift levers—especially with full-fingered gloves designed for chilly conditions.

Amara, a synthetic leather, is that beast. Unlike most micro-fiber synthetics, Amara maintains the high-grip feel of a leather grain. The only places on the palms and inner fingers that isn't made of Amara are the index and thumb tips, which replace the material with thermos-conductive panels that keep you in touch with touchscreen devices.

  • Cool-weather gloves that keep you in touch with the hoods
  • Windproof fleece insulates while faux-leather keeps grip secure
  • Padded palms absorb chatter from autumnal gravel roads
  • ErgoAir ventilation reduces the risk of clammy palms
  • Touchscreen fingertips enable smartphone and head unit use
  • Lie-flat cuff slides under jackets and warmers
  • Reflective details add visibility for hand signals in low-light
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Work alright

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a bit confused as to what these are for. I've worn them in cooler weather when my standard full finger gloves are not enough to keep my hands warm, and these don't do a much better job. They are good at keeping the wind off your hands, but if the ambient temperature is below about 45 then my hands would still be cold.