Giro Pivot glove: Juuuust right!
This is part 3 of a 3 part series including reviews of the Giro Proof, Giro Ambient, and Giro Pivot gloves.
The clear winner for winter gloves in Giro’s lineup is the Pivot, and it wins on almost every front.
First, it uses Primaloft, just like the Proof, but is not nearly as bulky as the Proof, so it feels like a real cycling glove instead of a basic snow glove. In comparison shots above, the Proof is on the left and the Pivot is on the right. The Pivot has no seam on the thumb joint, but instead has a solid piece of leather with the seam further in on the palm. Also, look at the difference in that leather! The Pivot’s leather (100% leather) is similar to the supple glove leather used on the LX, whereas the Proof’s “leather” (55% nylon and 45% polyurethane) is rough and stiff. The Pivot’s leather wraps around the sides of the index finger and thumb, whereas the Proof’s “leather” does not. Pivot has a gel pad on the base of the outer palm edge, Proof does not. Basically, anything that would make a glove cycling-specific is on the Pivot and lacking on the Proof.
The similarities between the two, besides Primaloft, are found in the fabric used for the liner, the fact that neither has a removable liner, and the reflective stripe on the back of the hand.
Of the three gloves I tried from Giro, all three claimed touchscreen compatibility but only the Pivot allowed for phone interaction. It was not 100% accurate, but it was better than the other two options, which never registered even a touch.
The Velcro closure on the pivot is on the inside of the wrist at the cuff, and the Pivot features the same common snot wipe as the Proof.
Basically, the Pivot feels like a cycling long fingered glove with a bit of insulation for cold days, whereas the Proof feels like any old snow glove and the Ambient feels like wearing two pairs of thin gloves that are worn together (uncomfortably) in an effort to find warmth.
Bottom line: until I ride in the very cold of winter, I can’t comment on the warmth of any of the three gloves I tried, but I know that, warmth aside, there is only one pair I would consider keeping: the Giro Pivot.
I am considering trying the new Rapha Winter Glove ($120), but with the Pivot selling for $41.97 (down from $69.99), it is hard to imagine how much better Rapha’s gloves could be for the extra money. I ordered both models of Rapha’s winter gloves last year (the former AW13 versions of the Winter Glove and the Deep Winter Glove), and found that version of the winter glove to be near the same feel of these Pivots, but didn’t feel like they were worth that much money. The Deep Winter glove seemed to be too bulky, and I think were built for wet weather, which I would not be seeing on my rides. I will likely order the current year’s winter glove offerings from Rapha to compare them with what I like about the Pivot.