Superlatives have been commonplace in product descriptions since the advent of comparative shopping. If you're a comparative cyclist, then you know this all too well. Fortunately, Sportful's WS Essential Gloves are one item that actually lives up to its billing. When the temperature drops and you need some cold weather protection but aren't willing to give up the ability to feel your handlebars, then gloves like these are literally essential for a comfortable ride. Since they incorporate Windstopper 4 Way Warm material on their backs, the Essential Gloves are also literally windproof. And since wind resistance is quantifiable with a rating called CFM, we get to explain that this claim isn't just marketing hyperbole. CFM stands for Cubic Feet per Minute, and it's used to measure the volume of air that passes through a fabric in one minute. In order to be considered truly windproof, a fabric must register a CFM of equal to or less than 1. 0, and anything bearing Gore Tex's Windstopper label either meets or exceeds this rating. 4 Way Warm is also the first iteration of Windstopper that boasts a four way stretch, which means that the wind and rain protection that it affords doesn't include a tax on fit and flexibility. The palm is lightly padded and includes fleece lining for extra insulation, and the thumb has an ultrasuede patch that lets you attend to forehead sweat and unwanted nose passengers. The cuff includes a hook and loop closure and Sportful's ThermoDrytex Plus material for an insulating, accommodating fit. A reflective logo on the back helps keep you visible in low light conditions. The Sportful WS Essential Gloves are available in sizes X Small to XX Large in the colors Blackblack, Redblack, and Yellow Fluoblack.