Bagged myself a pair of Aldi’s Waterproof Lobster Cycling Gloves during their last cycling Special Buys event after being recommended them by a few folk on Twitter. Given their measly £7.99 price-tag I wasn’t expecting much.
Read this already? Scroll down for the wet-weather update.
Well, my expectations have been exceeded. These really are the warmest cycling gloves I’ve used to date. I suffer from borderline-Reynaud’s syndrome and it doesn’t have to be that cold for me to be in hand agony a few miles into a ride.
By the end of a few rides last winter (wearing Sealskinz’ winter gloves) I was on the verge of tears from hand pain and unable to brake or change gear. I’ve worn the Lobsters (with a thin liner glove) on a few -C commutes, and today on a three-hour road ride with windchill temps around -1/-2C, and so far so no horrible hand agony.
Breaking and shifting isn’t as awkward as I feared it might be from having my fingers paired together, although it’s much easier on my flat-barred MTB. The limited dexterity is a price worth paying for the extra comfort.
I’ve not tried the Lobsters in the wet so can’t vouch for their waterproofing, and I’m not convinced the lining will stand up to repeated use (it tends to pull out when you remove the glove), but at £7.99 a pair I can afford to replace them next winter if need be.
The main problem with these gloves? They’re sold out online, so you’ll either have to get lucky and find a pair hiding among the leftover tat at your local Aldi, or wait patiently until their next cycling event rolls around. Forewarned is forearmed, as the lobsters say.
UPDATE: So, Sunday was my first ride wearing the lobsters in cold and wet weather. Most of the ride was about 0 Celsius and dry, and my paws were toasty. Then the snow started. Within about 30 minutes the snow-melt had seeped through the outer layer and my fingertips were feeling pretty icy – not great for a glove that claims to be waterproof.
My final view of these gloves? Great in the dry, a bit of a let-down in the wet.