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Mavic’s Club winter glove is built using multi-layer ski glove-type construction, with a Cold Ride windproof back, Clarino synthetic suede palm, and fleecy insulating interior. The cuff-to-fingertip reflective print manages to balance good visibility with (to my eyes) good looks. There’s even a bit of absorbent material on the thumb to catch the drips. Hot stuff? Read on to find out…
Where the Club Gloves really shine is in their fit. Putting a fancy name to the gloves’ pre-curved shape, Mavic‘s Ergo Cut works well on road and off, managing to avoid extra material in the palm or compressing the loft out of their insulation. The thin and dense Ergo Pro padding works well too- limited to a couple of key locations, the inserts add long ride comfort without adding much at all to the gloves’ bulk.
Unlike many other winter gloves’, the The Club Gloves’ cuff has a very low profile and does seem not designed to fit over heavy jacket sleeves. This design works very well with our Pearl Izumi Pro 180 Jacket’s floating draft sleeve (the Mavics fit great under the outer sleeve) or over a lighter jacket- but not so well over the Castelli Stelvio WS‘ heavy single sleeve. How well the cuff works really does depend on what outerwear the glove is paired with- something to keep in mind when purchasing. The absorbent patch on the thumbs is appreciated but does run into a seam about halfway down the thumb- an unpleasant surprise on tender winter noses.
In my experience, the lower temperature limit for the Club Gloves is right at 32 degrees on the road, which means that the glove gives up about 5 degrees to the warmer gloves in their category (heavy- though not extreme- winter gloves). In exchange for a reduced temperature range, Mavic have been able to build a glove that’s comfortable for long rides, on road and off. The lack of bulk and well placed padding makes the Club Glove nearly as comfortable as lighter single-layer soft shell gloves. Thanks to mountain biking’s lower speeds and greater upper body exertion, I find these guys comfortable well down into the 20s (and up into the mid-30s) on dirt or snow.
Are you a mountain biker who heads out before the trails thaw (but doesn’t bother with temps in the teens)? Or a roadie/commuter who draws the line when things begin to freeze? If so, the Club Gloves could be well worth your $60. They offer some of the best comfort and control of any glove I’ve tried above those temps. If you’re the type who heads out in truly arctic conditions, Mavic’s warmer Inferno glove would probably be a better choice.