This is my first full winter with the SQlab ONE10 gloves. I received them at the tail end of last winter, but thankfully didn’t have to call upon them for more than a few rides, so they’d have to wait until this year to be put to the test. SQlab bills them for a fall to spring glove, but my hands typically run fairly hot, so they were reserved for the Scottish winter for me, once temperatures had dipped below the 6-degree Celsius (43F) mark. Once the conditions allowed for it, I started to run the ONE10 gloves for the majority of my rides, and my hands have been very comfortable as a result in temperatures down to -2C (28F).
SQlab’s fit system let me obtain a glove that felt great from the get-go. The long cuff is comfortable and the Velcro adjuster effective in cinching them down to a comfortable fit. Much to my surprise, the bar feel these gloves offer is close to that of a regular weather glove, though the extra material on the back does make you aware that you’re wearing a winter glove as you can feel the extra bulk – it’s not excessive though. Touchscreen compatibility was a bit hit and miss for me in colder conditions, but typically worked okay after some time riding.
Warmth levels are appreciated without the extra waterproof cover, but a little wind and some moisture is still able to get through. The waterproof cover can be quickly and easily deployed to add useful wind and water protection though, with it easily being pulled over the fingers. It adds a touch of restriction and can reduce your grip and control on the bars, so I found it best saved for the climbs and usually opted to stow it away just prior to the descent. There were times that I’d forget to stow it away, and didn’t find myself unable to descend, but I was more comfortable without it.
So long as I was mindful to use the waterproof cover during the wettest times of the ride, I was able to remain comfortable in that -2C to +6C window (28F to 43F), but occasionally a chill could develop if I let the gloves get a little more saturated down towards freezing point, as they’re not waterproof or totally windproof without the cover. Similarly, things got quite toasty for me above 6C, but other riders may have slightly higher thresholds for comfort.
Through half a winter of regular abuse, they’re holding up great and showing limited signs of wear, so I’m confident that the SQlab ONE10 gloves are in it for the long haul, and I’m going to enjoy the rest of my winter testing safe in the knowledge that I’ve found my new favorite winter gloves. The price may be a little on the high side, but the performance and quality more than justify it in my eyes.
The Wolf’s Last Word
The ability to adapt between a slightly weatherproof and highly weatherproof glove on the fly makes the SQlab ONE10 gloves very adaptable, and they offer some great comfort and quality to make them a pleasure to use. I’ve found my new favorite winter riding gloves, and I’m very happy about it.