Whether you’re sensitive to the cold or not, there are two areas you just plain don’t want chilled: the hands and feet. Those extremities are particularly important for people who suffer from Raynaud’s, as getting them cold can be truly painful. Insulation is important, but so is keeping those areas dry; getting wet leads to getting cold. That can be challenging with gloves, and good waterproofing has to be among your top considerations. Which is what drew me to the Showers Pass Crosspoint gloves.
Showers Pass is based in the Portland, Oregon, area and specializes in bicycling gear. That’s a nice combo. Not only do they know how to deal with rain nine months out of the year, but their primary audience is outdoors every day and demands staying dry. The company also has to account for the headwinds encountered when biking. So when I learned the Showers Pass Crosspoint gloves were also lined with merino wool, I was intrigued.
Long story short: the Crosspoint hardshell gloves offer flawless waterproofing and windproofing, but they fall short when it comes to insulation and heat. As you can tell from the video below, the gloves have outstanding attention to biking detail. It starts with their reflective piping and logos, and it continues to the grip-friendly padding in the palms. The fingers and fingertips are a bit stiff, which doesn’t cause many issues once you’re on the bike and switching between gears, and it’s not even a big deal if you’re out hiking. But the stiffness can pose some dexterity challenges if you’re trying to manipulate a backpack or zip-up a warm jacket. (Review continues after the video.)
The OutDry liner used in the Showers Pass Crosspoint gloves does a better job keeping hands dry than any other waterproof glove I’ve seen. It also has the added benefit of being an effective windproofing substance. The OutDry membrane is bonded directly to the inside of the glove’s shell, meaning there are no gaps between the shell and waterproof barrier. Couple this with the barrier not having any seams, and there’s zero opportunity for water or wind to sneak through. This keeps your hands nice and dry, for sure. But it it’s far better at keeping them dry than warm.
I had really high hopes for the layer of merino wool lining the inside of the Showers Pass Crosspoint gloves. After all, merino wool can be a very good insulator, and wool on hands is a good thing. Unfortunately, the lining is just too thin to offer insulation, and it didn’t keep my hands warm. Instead, the wool seems to be used more as a moisture-wicking agent than a heating one.
Keep in mind, I have Raynaud’s syndrome and am really sensitive to the cold. People with “normal” circulation in their hands may find them better in that regard. But during my tests, I was only able to walk and bike comfortably in temperatures down to about 45 degrees Fahrenheit before getting cold fingers. It wasn’t immediate. While I could hike/bike forever at 45 degrees, it took about 20 minutes at a 40-degree temperature before I noticed cold fingertips. And while the wind never made it through the OutDry material, the breeze did make the gloves themselves colder. And that, in turn, made my fingers cold.
The silver lining, if you’ll pardon the pun, is that the Showers Pass Crosspoint gloves have just enough room inside to accommodate a thin liner. If you’re not opposed to double-bagging your hands, that may be a great strategy for keeping your hands dry and warm with these gloves. A lot of that will depend on your liner’s thickness, though. If it works for you, this strategy will also allow you to use a touchscreen-capable liner, as the Crosspoint gloves don’t have that functionality.
If you are opposed to liners, you should consider the Showers Pass Crosspoint gloves mostly for fall and spring activities. For the cold winter months, these just don’t offer quite enough warmth. Frankly, I tried them with a super-thin liner and my hands still got cold. The Crosspoints are billed as “all weather gloves,” which they most certainly are; the OutDry material delivers outstanding waterproofing and wind resistance. But that doesn’t mean they’re “all-temperature” hand wear for those of us with Raynaud’s.
The Showers Pass Crosspoint gloves were provided for review. All opinions and words are my own.
Showers Pass Crosspoint WP Gloves
- The best waterproofing I've experienced
- Adjustable wrists allow tightening over or under clothing
- Outstanding reflectivity in spite of small reflective areas
- Palm padding in just the right place
- Just enough room to support a thin liner
- Merino wool lining is too thin to provide warmth
- Windproofing is solid, but it can't keep gloves themselves from getting cold
- No touchscreen capability, forcing reliance on liner or bare hands
- Stiff fingers make certain activities a challenge
- They cost $95 but aren't much warmer than a $35 pair