When these landed on my desk, I thought exactly what you’d probably think: these are too thin to be useful in any cold weather riding.
I was very, very wrong.
Showers Pass calls the Crosspoint its rain glove, and for good reason: the Crosspoints are completely waterproof, thanks in large part to the Artex membrane. Basically, that’s one of the layers that make up the three-layer system. The other two layers are the wear-resistant knit exterior and the Coolmax antibacterial knit lining. For an extra $5, you can opt for the Merino Wool option.
The three layers together promise waterproofness and breathability, not to mention next-to-skin comfort. Sounds like a familiar promise. The Crosspoints actually deliver, though.
They work so well, in fact, that I kept wearing them as temperatures dipped lower and lower, trying to find the bottom-out where my digits would give me a clear indication it was time for something thicker.
That didn’t happen until temperatures dipped below what I’d normally ride in anyway. If you’re a deep-freeze rider from the Midwest, you’ll find your bottom-out quicker than I did, but even well below freezing these gloves felt toasty warm.
I was expecting these to let me down in the wind. Knit gloves aren’t generally windproof, since knits generally allow relatively large gaps to exist between threads. Yet they kept the breeze well at bay; my fingers never even came close to going numb, even as a winter headwind blasted me all the way home.
So they’re surprisingly warm, surprisingly windproof, and as comfortable as one would expect from a knit glove. On top of that, the long cuff easily tucks beneath layers, or stretches enough to go over layers too. They’re thin enough to easily manipulate shift and brake levers too. This all adds up to an excellent glove.
The biggest drawback so far seems to be the inability to play nice with touchscreens. That’s really only a problem if you have a touchscreen head unit, or if you’re the kind to take out your phone while riding. (I’m not the kind.)
And while the Crosspoints have been far more resistant to damage than I would have expected, there is one thread pulling away on a finger. That probably happened when the fabric got tangled with some Velcro among the layers of clothing I was wearing, and it could have been much worse after how many miles I’ve put on these gloves. Still, that’s a drawback to knit, and it’s present here, however insignificantly.
These are definitely keepers. They’re thin enough to stuff in a jersey pocket when the temperatures rise, and they’re plenty warm and comfortable when the temperatures dip. If you’re going to be riding in truly cold temperatures — say, below 28 degrees — you may want something thicker, but the Crosspoints have proven to be warmer than expected down to 30 degrees.