Extremely comfortable and wind resistant gloves but on the pricey side
What they say: The Index Windbreaker bike glove is specially designed for spring and fall biking, with wind proof fabric at the backside of the hand and terry cloth patch.
What it is: The POC Index Wind Breaker gloves cover your hands with a windproof fabric that keeps your hands from getting chilly on colder rides, without the necessary bulk of many winter gloves. Their performance makes them a good option for autumn through to spring riding conditions.
Fit is where the POC’s score highly. They’re unrestrictive and lightweight. Sizing is good, they’re available in sizes XS to XL – I tested the size medium and they provided an absolutely perfect fit, which is especially good around the fingers, even with hands curled around handlebar grips.
They’re very hard-wearing gloves. They’ve taken a ton of abuse, been through several washing machine cycles, and still look fresh. The black colour option is a better bet for muddy winter rides. The single-layer palm is hard-wearing and provides good grip on the handlebar grips, and a large Terry cloth section on the thumb is ideal for wiping away sweat. Or snot.
Grip at the brake levers is enhanced with silicone patches at the fingertips. The gloves are also compatible with touch screens, so you don’t have to remove your gloves to answer the phone or take a photo mid-ride. Perfect for Instagram fans.
There’s no cuff adjustment, so getting them on and off is a little trickier, but once in place the fit is very good and comfortable, and there’s no irritation from a Velcro cuff, though some might miss the adjustable fit of an open cuff. I didn’t, find the stretch of the large panel of neoprene on the back of the cuff kept a comfortable tension around the wrist.
Who it’s good for: The POC’s are a simple pull-on glove with the use of windproof material providing good insulation for colder rides, with excellent fit and are touchscreen compatible. Expensive though