The Rider Firm – the folks behind Hunt wheels – have another project that has been brewing behind the scenes for quite some time. Their new Dissent 133 layered gloves aim to eliminate the cold & wet hands that make riding through the winter unbearable in many locales. The Dissent 133s do that with a four piece system that starts with a super light wicking baselayer glove liner, adds in an insulating glove, and tops it all off with a windproof or waterproof shell.

Add layers as you need to keep comfortable in a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions.

Developed & tested in Sussex, England, the gloves take their name from the average 133 annual days of rainfall in the UK. That’s a lot of wet riding if you commit to getting on the bike regularly. And The Rider Firm folk are strong believers in getting out to ride in brutal weather – the kind of rides that when you get home, you feel good about having braved the elements. So they knew they could put together a better setup to keep riders hands comfortable.

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Now, we at Bikerumor have used layered gloves in the past, and had mixed luck. Sometimes they worked perfectly well together, and other times adding layers just constricted our hands and limited circulation, defeating the purpose.

We’ve tried on the new Dissent 133 gloves and first impressions were that adding layers had a pretty minimal impact on fit or perceived bulk, so at least they got that right from the start. Now time (and the seasons) will just have to prove how they work in the weather. But to be honest, I personally recognize the difficulty in find gloves to survive the winter, so I look forward to giving these a try.

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The concept for the entire system essentially boils down to low bulk & putting a membrane very close to the surface of the gloves to keep the wind and rain out of every one of the insulating layers from the start. Then each individual element remains thin enough to pack down for modular use.

Silk insulating liner

Dissent 133 by TheRiderFirm layered winter biking gloves wet cold cycling glove system silk insulating liner glove

Both inner liner gloves are low-bulk, insulating products that The Rider Firm had already had great experience with and didn’t see the need to change too much. They just needed proper outer layers designed to work together. Start with the silk liner for £13 and you have an ultra thin wicking layer to broaden the usable temp range of the Defeet glove.

Defeet Duraglove e-touch insulating liner

Dissent 133 by TheRiderFirm layered winter biking gloves wet cold cycling glove system Defeet Duraglove insulating thermal liner glove

Then add on a Defeet synthetic liner (40% CoolMax/40% Cordura/20% Lycra) for another £23. Actually, Dissent did make a tiny update even to the already great Defeets, first picking the e-touch version for touch screen compatibility, and then adding their own grippy Dissent 133 logo detailing. They already make a good fall/spring option on their own, but with the silk liner can dip down to lower temps, or with a Dissent 133 shell can provide proper cold weather insulation.

Showerlite windproof shell

Dissent 133 by TheRiderFirm layered winter biking gloves wet cold cycling glove system Showerlite windproof shell glove

Two outer shell glove options are available. The £30 Showerlite glove is a light windproof shell that maximizes flexibility while protecting the insulating layers. It should work best when real rain isn’t a concern.

OutDry waterproof shell

Dissent 133 by TheRiderFirm layered winter biking gloves wet cold cycling glove system OutDry waterproof shell glove

The £55 OutDry light glove is the fully waterproof option, yet still thin & packable. It gets a Schoeller external fabric bonded directly to the OutDry membrane to keep the shells thin & durable, and a DWR coating so that what little fabric there is doesn’t take on moisture form the outside.

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Both outer gloves are pre-shaped for a smooth fit around the bars, and use Dissent 133’s own gusseted closure system on the back of the hand with a large pull-tab that’s easy to use one-handed with gloves. (Oddly enough that is something many cold & wet weather gloves fail to address.) They also have extra space around the knuckles that Dissent says make the gloves fit well with minimal bulk, while still making it easy to get them on and off layer-by-layer, without constricting your fingers while riding.

Ultimate Pack full four glove system

Dissent 133 by TheRiderFirm layered winter biking gloves wet cold cycling glove system Ultimate Pack four glove system

Buy the gloves as separate pieces and build your own winter setup. You can also order the complete Ultimate Pack setup with all four for £95 or even separate Windproof (£58) or Waterproof (£80) packs with three layers, with bundles including a storage case to keep liners from getting misplaced. The gloves are each available in four sizes S-XL. And the system works with each layer the same size.

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They’ve opened up the Dissent 133 gloves now as a pre-order so you can be ready for the onslaught of winter. Unfortunately the first batch has already sold out even though we just got all the final details on them. But still pre-order now for deliveries slated to arrive at the end of December 2017, when there still will be a good bit of winter to survive.

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15 COMMENTS

    • Hi TheKaiser, thanks for your question. Simply put, yes you are absolutely right! We recognise the DeFeet DuraGlove as the industry standard thermal glove, as used by many World Tour Pros and amateur racers alike. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it! As the perfect thermal layer, it works really well in our Layered Glove System in conjunction with our OutDryLite or ShowerLite outer layers. Kind regards, Ollie Gray (Brand Manager)

  1. “Schoeller external fabric bonded directly to the OutDry membrane to keep the shells thin & durable…” “bonded directly?” so does that mean like really bonded to the fabric, so there’s no inner liner in the glove that pulls out with your damp hand and is a pain-the-ass to get back into the glove?

    • Yeah sure, why not? Almost everything I buy, make, or even eat, is a coming together of components from different companies and suppliers. Sweet.

    • Hi Craig. You’re absolutely right – the bonding process we use involves the heating of lots of micro glue dots so the shape of the OutDry membrane remains inside the Schoeller fabric. We agree that the pulling out of inner liners was always a nightmare, and one of the many issues we found with current glove offerings that we wanted to ‘fix’. Kind regards, Ollie Gray (Brand Manager)

    • People in the U.K. Really do hav ea different definition of cold. I suspect the wind proof shell + liner would be comfortable well below that temp.

    • Yuo don’t think that 4 degrees higher than the freezing point of water, is cold?? I do!
      But I guess it all comes down to personal preference, and air moisture.
      In regions where the air moisture is very high, the temperature may feel colder at +4 degrees celsius over -1 degree celsius.
      If it’s 30 degrees in Denmark, I’d be sweating and feel hot. When I lived in Austrailia, I’d just feel comfortably warm and not sweating, in the sun, at 42 degrees C. Just a different air moistures!

    • Hi Devonbikester. This comment made us laugh – we totally feel your pain. I have at least 15 odd Castelli socks without their other halves, and can appreciate this might be all too easy with gloves too! Luckily, when purchasing the full Layered Glove System, you get a nifty storage case included! Cheers, Ollie Gray (Brand Manager)

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