If it's cold and moist outside, choose our classic P.R.O. Softshell Lobster winter cycling glove, featuring Primaloft insulation for optimal warmth without bulk. Improved for Fall 2013 with new palm construction for improved control and feel.
Color: Black
Manufacturer: Pearl Izumi Ride
Size: XLarge
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I just bought these after leaving my Craft lobster gloves on the bumper of my car, and was able to give them a proper test on my commute this morning at ~20F. Build quality seems decent enough, sizing seems accurate. Compared to my Craft (link below) gloves however, I don't think these are quite as good for several reasons: 1. They're no warmer, possibly even slightly less warmer than the Crafts. I need more time on them to be able to really tell. My index and middle fingers are particularly sensitive to the cold, and they were numbing up a bit, 10 minutes into my ride at ~20F. Not unbearable, but I feel like the Crafts have kept me warmer a little longer than these did, at these temperatures. The Crafts have a built-in liner that separates the fingers, these do not. Initially I thought maybe the direct finger contact of these gloves would help maintain warmth, but I don't think this is the case. 2. They're less comfortable than the Craft gloves. There's just something about them that feels awkward, the feeling you'd expect from wearing a lobster glove. The Craft gloves just feel a bit more like a regular glove. 3. The Crafts came up the arm a little bit further, helping to better keep wind off the wrist. 4. They're much more expensive than the Crafts. The Crafts were ~$52.00, these were $75.00. That's about a 30% difference! Here are the Crafts (Craft Men's Bike Siberian Split Finger Glove): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008TNGK22/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 -p

great design, look, comfort, warmth, and light weight.

I got these gloves on 11/27/13 and took it out for a 30 miles ride on 11/28/13 thanksgiving morning from 5:30-7:30am. Temperature at that time... 31 degrees Wind chill... 15-20 mph Gust... 25 mph+ Average speed... 18.5 mph (excluding the miles when I was on the street) Average temperature according to Garmin 800... 28 degrees Constant temperature during the ride... 24.7-25.3 degrees I wore a pair of Seirus Thermax Deluxe glove liners underneath these gloves and they fit really well. Because I get cold easily. Here is my review... 1st hour... these gloves provided warmth and comfort during the ride. 2nd hour... the tip of my fingers were getting slightly numb and cold. At 30 miles... My hands are still warm and comfortable except my finger tips are slightly numb, not frozen. All in all, these gloves are amazing. I was skeptical at first about the ''lobster design'' but it worked out very well for me. I could shift gears with ease. I would suggest to order one size larger than your usual so you could layer it with some thin gloves like I did. Other than that, I will keep using these for the rest of the winter!

by Amazon Customer >> See more reviews

Wear these in 20 degrees and fingers are toasty

I've been wearing these for a few weeks now in temps from the low 20s to 30s. Im sorry I never wore lobster gloves cycling before. My fingers remain toasty (well not warm warm but never noticeably cold at all)

by Dann J. Golden-collum >> See more reviews

Three weeks in . . .

This is an early review, as I've only used these mitts three times in the three weeks I've had them. What I was looking for in these mitts is the transition between needing Pearl Izumi Cyclone gloves in cooler fall/spring weather (I looooove my seven year old pair of Cyclone gloves!!!!), and Pogies, for temps below 15 degrees F. The Cyclone gloves are good down to about 25 for me, so I'm needing hand protection from 15 to 25 degrees - which is supposed to be these mitts. What I'm finding are two things I like, and three things I don't like: I like #1 - the mitts seem to be extremely wind resistant. I like #2 - the finish is excellent. Don't like #1 - the mitts don't breathe (extremely wind resistant, doncha know), so my hands can get really sweaty. We all know that sweaty in winter = bad juju. Don't like #2 - the inner liner tends to pull out with my hands when taking them off, turning the thumb liner inside out. Putting the mitts back on means shoving and maneuvering the liner back into place, and it tends to bunch up at the end of the thumb until I really jamb it back into place. Uncomfortable! Don't like #3 - for me, the split is too deep, with the mitt fabric digging in between my middle and ring fingers, causing numbness. I've tried to pull the mitts down, but they seem to want to work their way back "into place" on my hands. I have larger hands, and got the XXL size . . . I've used Pearl Izumi stuff for many years and it has always served well. Sad to not like these as much as I wanted to.

by DKE Family >> See more reviews

Pretty good

I thought it was ridiculous to spend this much money for a pair of gloves, so I held off for a year. But regular gloves - even layering a couple together - were not enough to preserve feeling in my fingers on my hour-long bike commute when the temps got into the 20s - even with Bar Mitts. So numb fingers finally drove me to fork over the money (slightly reduced per Amazon: $60) for these gloves. It made sense to me that this design, allowing two fingers to huddle together for warmth, would work better than a regular five-finger glove. And I expect to get many winters' use out of them, so the price really isn't that excessive. I bought a Large, though I typically wear a medium glove, as I wanted to leave plenty of room for insulation, and possibly another thin glove inside (note: although the product description, and the product card that came with my glove, says the glove comes with a waterproof insert, there was no accompanying insert. No big deal: I have my own waterproof insert: nitrile gloves that I wear with all my winter biking gloves, in hopes that a vapor barrier next to my skin will help keep my fingers warmer. At least it keeps the insulation inside the glove dry). These gloves (plus Bar Mitts) have kept my fingers warm for an hour at 36+ degrees. Below that, my fingers still go numb during the commute. Apparently there's just not enough warmth in my fingers, even with two together, to maintain feeling for an hour when the temp is below freezing. I've read reviews of several cold-weather biking gloves, and have to conclude that in finger-warmth, as in so many other physical areas, there is great individual variation, as some reviewers claim this or that glove - or the Bar Mitts - is enough to keep their fingers warm when the temps are in the teens. Apparently I'm on the cold-finger end of the spectrum. Nevertheless, these gloves have proven worth the expense, because they will allow me to use heat packs. The width of the two-finger slots are just wide enough to stuff a heat pack into, so that it presses against the back of my fingers. I did this twice this week when the temps were in the low 20s, and it worked perfectly - my thumb went numb, but my fingers were fine (put the heat packs into a Zip-lock bag and they'll still be warm for the commute home). One other note: while there is some insulation in these gloves (Primaloft: "provides optimal warmth without bulk") there's no real padding. If you ride a bike that allows a fairly upright posture, no problem. But on a road bike with Bar Mitts I'm riding on the hoods a lot, and I experienced some discomfort when braking on steep descents from the pressure on the web of skin between thumb and forefinger. I'm probably going to have to figure out some way to put a little more padding on the top of the brake hood, or inside the glove, for wintertime.

by Hugh Winkler >> See more reviews

My second pair -- perfect for Texas winter

I've owned a pair of these Pearl Izumi lobster claw gloves, and used them for winter cycling, for probably 15 years. I finally wore them through, so I broke down and bought this replacement. They are constructed nearly the same as my old pair. A minor difference is that the cuffs on these new ones do not extend as far beyond the wrist as the old ones, and these have a Velcro closure. In central Texas, winter means 40+ degrees, and dry. You will never need extra linings using these gloves, in weather like that. I wear mine up into the 50s, and they aren't over-warm. Just super comfortable. I can't really attest to how these gloves perform in colder, wetter climates. One thing I've noticed about the lobster-claw design, is that pulling the gloves off is easier, and I never pull the glove linings inside out. You never have to poke finger linings back into the glove, as I've had to do many times with five-fingered gloves.

by Gearhead Mania >> See more reviews

Keeps fingers and hands extremely warm

I also have the Pearl Izumi Softshell WxB 3x1 gloves, which are basically the same as these Softshell Lobster Gloves with a few differences. The WxB has 5 fingers and comes with glove liners, which can be worn by themselves. The liners have a reflective logo, with a leather palm (so you can ride a bike with just the liners) and helps absorb sweat so you don't need to wash the Softshell gloves as often. The Lobster gloves are of the same design and construction as the WxB 3x1, but keeps your fingers together in pairs so you look like the Penguin from DC Comics. It also does not come with any liners. Given the full retail price of the Lobster gloves, I'd say go with the WxB 3x1 unless you really need to keep your fingers together for maximum warmth. I was able to pick up the Lobster gloves at a discounted price on Amazon, and just used the liners from the WxB (any liners would suffice actually). I recommend going about 1 size larger than normal so you can wear liners. I normally wear Medium, Medium/Large, or Large Mechanix gloves, and use the Lobsters and WxB in Large. This gives me enough room for warmth and wearing liners. You will lose a LOT of dexterity and feel wearing any of Pearl's softshell gloves due to the thickness of the insulation. The Lobsters do not have as much grip as the WxB 3x1 gloves, there are only silicone prints on the index/middle fingers. The good news is that it blocks all wind and moisture, even down to sub-zero windchill conditions. Overall: 5/5 stars, great performance down to sub-zero windchill (Pearl rates it for 0F-40F which I will confirm). Value isn't as great at full retail, the WxB 3x1 might be a better deal as it comes with great quality Pearl Izumi liners.

by K. Kozlowski >> See more reviews

Excellent fat bike/winter MTB mittens

I've always known mittens to be superior to gloves, but on a mountain bike, the need to grip the bars while retaining the ability to operate the brake makes mittens impractical. Since getting my Surly Pugsley fat bike, I have been doing a lot more technical winter riding, and these "lobster-style" mittens were on my list of upgrades to help me comfortably venture out when the temperatures are in the teens. I have not been disappointed. As long as you're getting your heart rate up when you ride, these gloves will make your hands sweaty hot when the temps are down below freezing. They stay dry inside and are easy to take on and off. They allow you to grip the bars with two fingers, while retaining two fingers for braking, which is critical when doing drops where you have to get on the brake immediately after landing, or steep downhill technical sections. Fit and finish is excellent. They look great, and fit well over the cuffs of my soft shell. I could see myself using these for commuting up to around 40oF at most. Above that, I expect they will be too warm. They do run a little small. The XL does not have a lot of room, and would not accept hand warmers comfortably where most of the time XL would do so fine for me. Order a size large.

Best gloves I've owned! Highly recommend them for all winter activities.

I'm a big fan of the Pearl Izumi lobster claw gloves. I use them for everything in the winter including riding, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and mountaineering. These gloves offer the warmth of a mitten without the tradeoff of losing dexterity. Before owning two pairs of these gloves I had purchased numerous, expensive five-finger winter gloves, and always my hands became cold. That is not the case with these lobster claw gloves. This is my second pair of these gloves, and Pearl Izumi had made some great improvements since my pair from 2011. These new gloves do away with the built in glove liner that shifted out of position every time the gloves were washed. They've also added a pull tab on the wrist to make it easier to get these gloves on. I think these gloves fit as expected, which to me means they fit snug without extra glove bulk to get in the way. If you're hoping to wear glove liners with these gloves you will want to go up a size (or two?) to give room for the glove liners.

by Seventh-777 >> See more reviews

Excellent gloves, very warm, could breathe a bit better.

These are every bit as good as I'd hoped they would be. Pros: Warm! I'd been using "normal" riding gloves and bar mitts, but didn't like the way the Mitts constricted my hands. These are just as warm (even more so) and my hands don't feel trapped on the bars. I've ridden with them down to about 15*F, which is about as cold as I go out. Cons: My hands actually get a bit sweaty after a while. I stay about around two hours max so it's not as big a problem for me, but definitely worth keeping in mind if you're looking to go longer. Honestly if I was planning a 4-5 hour ride, I'd own two pairs of these and just bring a spare. Worth noting: If your MTB is setup for one-finger braking, you'll need to adjust your levers to use these gloves comfortably, and two-finger when it's cold out.

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