River Road Women's Taos Cold Weather Gloves
I have these gloves about 2 months now. I have been wearing them from 50F to 30F, dry and rain days.
Before I have these glove I was using snowboarding gloves, which is too buckle that I had a hard time to adjust the feeling for clutch control. I have no problem in clutch control when wearing Taos and they fit me very well.
As lots reviews described, Taos gloves are very good for 40F+, even in rainy day, the outer layer is soggy but my hands are dry.
I have wearing Taos once in 30F, my fingers instantly feeling cold after one minute, and was pretty painful on freeway. I plan to use my snowboarding gloves if have to ride below 40F, not Taos. I am a skinny person so sensitive to cold, and I am in Seattle area.
November 20, 2014
Work best below 50 degrees F.
Rode about 50 miles at speeds of 55-70 MPH in mid 50s temp and gloves were borderline too warm. This morning it was in the mid 40s and they were warm and comfortable at 70 MPH for 10+ miles during my commute to work. I suspect they will work fine into the 30s. They are well made, soft, supple, and fit per the sizing chart (I got large and my hand measure 9"). I would prefer that there was no wiper on the left index finger, but that is me. If it's raining, I take my SUV to work. Bonus: River Road clips them together with a metal clip that make an excellent chip bag clip. It won't break like the plastic ones. Note: I removed my aftermarket heated grips because I didn't like them and installed Grab-On foam grip covers. I don't get thermal wicking of heat from the grips\bars which helps in colder weather. Any knucklehead can install the <$12 Grab-Ons in 5 minutes. Do yourself a favor.
October 7, 2014
Not as warm as hoped for
I bought these in size L according to the size chart and they're a snug fit. However, size XL would probably have meant the fingers would be too long. Hopefully they will loosen a bit in time.
I have used these in 10° Centigrade, wind and drizzle and they didn't keep me warm enough. I was thankful for my heated grips.
Still they're a good value for the money if you don't have overly high expectations.
September 22, 2014
Lining not attached
These gloves were fairly warm and comfortable. I wore them in 40 degree weather during my MSF course. I also liked the wiper feature for the visor. However by the final day of the course (3 days), I was having trouble with the lining. When I would take my gloves off, the lining would come with it. I ended up having to borrow gloves from my instructor, because I could not get the lining back in properly so that my fingers would fit. I did give the gloves another try when I took another riding course and ended up having the same issue the first day. I went out right after class to buy new gloves. The gloves would be great if the lining were attached.
January 13, 2014
Decent nasty weather gloves
I have big hands and these do fit well. For most people they may run a little large. Not the ultimate cold weather gloves but they are OK for my 20 minute commute down to about 40 deg.. Colder and they start to get real cold. Have not been in any rain yet so don't know how waterproof they are. A basic glove but good bang for the buck.
January 23, 2014
Great price for cold-weather gloves
These gloves do a great job of keeping out the wind and cold. A little large and stiff, but I think they'll soften up with use.
November 25, 2013
Decent Glove, takes a while to break in.
At first I didn't like the glove, it felt stiff and the lining bunched up too much. As I wore it, and the leather broke in, the glove fits better and better each time.
December 27, 2013
Not for very cold riding
Overall I do recommend the gloves, but only for cooler riding. If you are looking for cold weather gloves to protect you in freezing, to even near freezing weather (lets say, 40 to 45F or colder), you would serve yourself better by looking elsewhere.
My first ride with these gloves was at about 32F and pretty windy and I had to end my ride early because my fingers were killing me from the cold. My hands tend to run cold naturally, but these gloves tended to wick away the heat when the bike was underway and the wind is blowing over the leather. And I was riding with a Memphis Batwing faring on the bike. But for warmer weather, I'm sure these will do fine.
That said, what DO I like about them?
For my hand size and finger length they fit me really snug, as close to perfect for my handsize as I could imagine, especially given these gloves have a fairly thick liner. My hand measures right at 9.25" around the palm. Middle finger (measured holding my hand with fingers outstretched held at 90 deg angle in relation to the palm) measures 4.5" from the top of the knuckle. Given that, I opted for size XL. They fit a tad bit snug when brand new, but as they are leather and will give a bit and stretch, the broke-in to a "just right" fit fairly quickly.
The leather is soft and supple. The fixed inner liner is fairly thick, so when brand new it can restrict your range of motion a little bit, but I found range of motion got better as they broke in a little as well. That as new limited motion put me off them a little at first, but as they broke in I liked them more.
I'm going to hold onto these gloves and on days when it gets a little warmer, I believe they will see more road time. But for cold weather, they have to stay at home.
November 29, 2013