Louis GarneauLG SuperShield Glove - Men's

Maximum warmth.

Riding a bike in wintry conditions with under-insulated gloves is a recipe for disaster. After all, you have to be able to feel the brakes to use them correctly. For the coldest rides, consider the Louis Garneau LG SuperShield Gloves -- they're Garneau's warmest, combining a lobster claw design with superior protection from the elements. However, they also offer plenty of breathability to ensure proper moisture management.

For a manufacturer, insulating cycling gloves properly requires maximizing warmth while minimizing bulk. The LG SuperShield Gloves accomplish this feat by combining a Drytex 3M lining with varying thicknesses of Thinsulate interlining. Naturally, there's thicker insulation around the fingers and less at the palm. Because that insulation isn't worth much when saturated, the exterior of the gloves is constructed of Garneau's Breathable Twillwave with a fully waterproof and breathable Hipora membrane.

Gloves can become saturated from the inside, too -- that's why Garneau incorporated their Ergo Air concept into these. Strategic ventilation at the palm ensures that sweat has an opportunity to evaporate. An Amara palm with strategically-placed foam padding gives you superior grip and relief from chatter-induced numbness. Reflective piping provides some added visibility. The Garneau LG SuperShield Gloves come in sizes Small through XX-Large and in Black.

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Underwhelmed for price

    At around 35F with mild wind, the cold will begin to creep in. It wasn’t immediate, but after a few miles of riding my hands eventually went numb. I also took these on a hike with light snow. My hands stayed warm but the gloves quickly became wet down to the interior.

    Good glove, but get a size bigger

    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: large

    I have spent a lot of money on gloves, including claw types. I have found the claw types to be warmer for riding than regular gloves at temperatures below about 40 degrees F. I normally wear a medium glove, but the reviews indicated that these gloves ran small, so I got the large. The large size felt like a medium which was good for dexterity, but fell short for warmth. If I were to buy these again, I would prefer to get an extra large, which unfortunately is not available at this time. I think a larger size would provide some air space inside that would improve warmth, especially since these do not seem to be windproof, possibly to improve breathability. The separate insulation that surrounds the fingers seems like a good idea but does not seem to work well. The claw design is really to place individual fingers (without the thumb) together in two groups to generate and improve warmth, but I have found that my hands get just as ice cold with these gloves as any other pair of gloves that I have had in the past, with the exception of an old pair of claw gloves without separated interior finger holes I got a long time ago that eventually wore out. I would suggest that a windproof layer of fabric be used as the outer part of the glove to prevent any cold air from getting into the glove. The palm area could be breathable, since it would be facing away from the on-coming very cold wind. This seems to be a problem with all of the gloves that I have purchased. They are warm when there is no wind (standing still) but can be very cold when riding. Sorry for the long review, but I have been able to stay warm in ice cold conditions, except for my hands. I commute to work daily by bike and I have not found anything that will keep my hands warm after about 10 minutes of riding.

    Comfortable, warm and agile

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've had other lobster style gloves and while they are better than mittens when cycling in the cold they have all interfered with the normal tactile movements of shifting, braking and adjusting hand positions on the bar. The relative thinness proves to be an advantage, yet the thermal capabilities remain outstanding. These are now my go-to lobster-style bike gloves.

    Warm but thin

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XL

    Warm below 30 F but amazingly thin. I've tried everything on the market and these are the best I've come across for winter performance. Not recommended for temps above 45 F.

    These sound great for cold dry weather down to around freezing. How are they in the rain? Truly waterproof? Anyone?

    No problems in the rain! Light 550 keeps shining while wet.

    Great for cold weather

    • Fit: True to size

    Great when it is really cold.
    Somewhat difficult yo eat

    LG Lobster mitts

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    What the product description doesn't tell you is that even though these are lobster claw-type mittens, all fingers are are separated by fabric, like a glove in a lobster claw mitten. I was under the impression that finger-on-finger contact provided more warmth. Even so, these are pretty warm and have worked real well some days, and not so well other days. I live in Virginia and winter weather is variable. Some weekends are bitter cold and others are quite warm. I have worn these mittens in temperatures ranging from 20's to 40's. A little more padding between the palm and the handlebar would be nice. Overall a good piece of winter cycling gear.

    Finger separators don't reduce a glove's warmth. The point of lobsters and mittens is to reduce surface area and allow for thicker insulation.

    best gloves I've worn

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I am plagued with cold fingers over the years I have tried everything and these gloves are the first pair of lobster claw gloves I have used and they are fantastic! They keep my fingers warm down into the low 20's for 30-40 mile rides.

    The super-lobster.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    These are the super-lobster. They are insanely worm for how low-bulk they are.

    I picked them up from a store in CA thinking they were fall gloves just because they didn't look that burly. I was mistaken and have since used them in the coldest rider i've ever done (to be fair that was only ~28F with little wind).