We absolutely love DeFeet’s Merino wool socks but how well would their gloves cope with the cold?
The 80% Merino wool mix is reinforced with Cordura and Coolmax, while the palms and fingers are covered with rubber grippers to give fantastic control feel. The long cuff means there’s plenty of overlap with jackets, even when you’re stretched out, and there’s more than ample finger length for long digits.
However, while the wool is as naturally warm as your Nan says, and retains its thermal properties even when sopping wet (lucky, as it stays wet for ages), there’s absolutely no windproofing.
This means the gloves are freezing, even at low speeds. The long, flappy fingertips also have a nasty habit of getting caught between STI shifter levers. They’re also too bulky to work well as liners on all but the bulkiest of gloves.