Specialized Prime Series Thermal Glove WMN Review

Windproof, lightweight and warming, these thermal gloves are designed to be worn at this time of year

Specialized Prime Series Thermal Gloves WMN
(Image: © Mildred Locke)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Comfortable, lightweight and excellent at keeping the biting wind at bay, these thermal gloves from Specialized are ideal for the shoulder seasons, but not the depths of winter.


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    Withstand light-to-medium rain

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    Adjustable Velcro cuff

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    Touchscreen compatible


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    Not suitable for deep winter riding

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    Once they're wet, you're staying cold

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    The fingers came up long

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When the temperature drops, it’s important to keep your extremities warm and dry for the duration of your ride, so a good pair of thermal gloves is a must-have in any year-round cyclist’s wardrobe. Of course, many winter gloves can feel bulky, interfere with shifting and braking, and overheat when the weather conditions are changeable. For days like these, a lightweight pair of gloves that keep the chill out without sacrificing dexterity is the way to go, and that’s exactly what Specialized had in mind when designing the Prime Series Thermal glove.

The brand doesn’t specify exactly what temperature range these gloves are designed for, and instead advises that they’ll “add some warmth on chilly days”. When you hold them, all becomes clear. Weighing 54g for a size medium pair, these gloves are lightweight and intended to keep out the biting winds rather than envelop your digits in layer-upon-layer of warming fabrics. This makes them perfectly suitable for spring and autumn riding, and perhaps into the winter when temperatures stay above 5C/41F.

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Mildred Locke

Mildred joined as Reviews Writer for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect in December 2020. She loves all forms of cycling from long-distance audax to daily errand-running by bike, and does almost everything on two wheels, including moving house, and started out her cycling career working in a bike shop. For the past five years she's volunteered at The Bristol Bike Project as a mechanic and session coordinator, and now sits on its board of directors.

Since then she's gone on to write for a multitude of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. She's dedicated to providing more coverage of women's specific cycling tech, elevating under-represented voices in the sport, and making cycling more accessible overall. 

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg

Rides: Stayer Groadinger UG, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Marin Larkspur, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike