Showers Pass manufacture high performing clothing and accessories, predominantly for commuter and touring and as such have, until recently, not been on my radar. That is until these funky looking Crosspoint Waterproof Knit gloves landed on my desk. I really battle with cold extremities and thus winter for me can often be the epitome of ‘the struggle is real’ when it comes to keeping said fingers and toes warm and dry.
I have to draw the line somewhere when it comes to thick waterproof gloves - its near on impossible to ride technical trails wearing uber-thick gloves, but fortunately, the Crosspoint’s are a nice middle ground. They’re lightweight and minimalist in design, there’s no fancy velcro cuffs, panels or additional features here, but they are really stretchy meaning getting them on and off is a breeze and they contour to your hands perfectly. The palms and fingers have silicone grippers on them which come in handy when grabbing for a brake lever in the rain (happens lots) or for finding the bars after sending a massive suicide no hander (happens never!).
They have a 3 layer construction and due to their commuter roots, come in bright orange, neon yellow, and black - all looks the same on a mountain biker when they’re covered in crud. The 3 layers consist of a wear resistant exterior knit, a waterproof and breathable artex membrane and a coolmax antibacterial knit base liner. What that means in practice, is that they’ve kept my hands warm and dry in all but one ride - more about that in a moment. They’ve been super comfy, even on long rides, they never bunch which is a real annoyance with a more traditional waterproof glove and the stretchy cuff is long meaning its well under the cuff of my waterproof jacket preventing water getting inside them. If however, that does happen, they just become a wetsuit and keep your hands wet but warm.
As alluded to above, the only time they’ve proven to not deliver was recently when riding in sub zero conditions, in the snow - I know, should’ve stayed at home anyway! Whilst the soft knit exterior is fine in nearly all conditions, it does tend to get saturated after prolonged use in wet weather. Although my hands remained perfectly dry inside, it did mean the below freezing conditions kept that external wetness uber-cold resulting in dry but damn cold hands. That said, I probably would’ve been cold regardless of what gloves I was using, it was bloody baltic!
I’ve been using the Crosspoint gloves for a few months now and they’re barely showing any signs of wear, despite hooking them on many a bramble and using them for things like trail maintenance too. I’ve even used them on uplift days when your hands don’t get a chance to warm up on the climb - I’m pretty sure I was the only one wearing a fluro commuter glove but then I was probably the only one with warm hands too. At £34, they’re a perfectly reasonable price for a durable, warm and waterproof glove that doesn’t suck!
Well constructed, no pulls evident during testing, some discolouration noticed on palms though
Product performance extra:
Good, hands kept dry and mostly warm unless worn in very cold (snowy) temperatures
Product durability extra:
Appear to be very durable and wash well.
Product comfort extra:
Stretch will provide comfort for most hands
Stretchy nature and waterproofness!
A self confessed bike geek, Adam has been riding bikes for over two decades and breaking things for nearly as long. With more facial hair than on his head, his appearance is one of a hard paper round! He's friendly, approachable, critical and fair - loves a good stoppie and a turnbar tuesday, real ale and long bikes.