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Review / Editorial

Keeping Kids Comfortable With WOOM's WARM TEN Gloves

Words Andrew Major
Photos Andrew Major
Date Jan 28, 2022
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Keeping Kids Comfortable

No one likes being uncomfortable in the woods, and for a lot of folks it's a bit barrier to enjoying mountain biking in the 'off season.' You know the time-honoured trope: "no bad weather, just bad gear." Most of the adults I know can suck it up, at least once in a while, when they hit the woods a bit underdressed for the occasion. A little reminder that packing a few extra layers around can pay dividends, and that sometimes there can be personal comfort costs to the popular pack-free mountain biking experience.

Comparatively, the chances of your kid loving their outdoor experience when they're miserable are pretty much zero. And it's going to make it much harder for you to get them out next time because they're your kid so at the end of the day if they're unprepared, it's your fault. So I place a high value on keeping my grom comfortable on a bike rideoa; road, mountain, commuter, whatever. I'm certainly not claiming an iota of say in how you raise your own charge, or charges, but I think I have a compelling list of reasons that their comfort may be paramount to you too:

  • You genuinely want them to enjoy riding bicycles.
  • They'll be more likely to go riding with you if they know the experience isn't going to suck.
  • The sound of children whining is horrible in general.
  • The sound of children whining about being too hot or too cold is even worse.
  • They'll rat you out to a partner/grandparents and you get in enough trouble already.
  • When they're faster than you in the future, they'll remember how awesome you were and ride with you anyway (hopefully).
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Warm without being too thick. Easy to pull on & off. Nice reflective details. Budget friendly.

Starting out mountain biking, I tried to introduce a rule that my grom had to carry all her own stuff; snacks, extra gloves, light, layers. That lasted about three minutes and in hindsight was sort of silly. For one, good-enough kids' gear in my budget at the bean-stalk's growth rate is bulkier than what I tend to run myself. There's also the fact that as rational adults we can 'know' that we're going to be cold for the first few minutes of the ride, and any time we stop and get going again, but that we'll warm up. Likewise, when we are hot and sweaty we may just decide to suck it up.

In my experience working with many kids as a coach, volunteer, and with one as dad, they're never "a tad warm" or "a bit cold." It's either "I'M SOOOOooooooo HOT!" or "I'M FREEZING!" Costume changes are a lot easier than arguing with a 3-to-9 year old mountain biker about their personal running temperature. Most of the time when they know they could put on a jacket or remove a fleece anytime they want, they refrain from doing so.

There are limits. My daughter has to choose between her Race Face shorts or Adidas pants before the ride and she's stuck with her choice. Armour is non-negotiable. She carries her own gloves and can swap them as she chooses. We now have a fantastic kids' jacket from Showers Pass that packs up small when the rain stops and her MEC fleece is bulky but stalwart and straps on the outside of my pack when she's "MELTiiiiiiiiing."

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Cool palms on warm gloves. It's the feature that was first noticed.

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What kids' want. Actually, a lot of adults have asked where they can get one.

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Serious mountain biking gear doesn't have to be so serious. Kids get it.

WARM TEN For Twenty

Now that's all well and good, but kids' seem to need an endless supply of gear that they're constantly growing out of. The fleece and rain jacket cross over to everyday life (that Crossover jacket has basically been subject to a construction site of mucky recess-time forest projects at school) as do her Adidas pants. I see some kids wearing their Five Ten shoes as daily drivers but those we just use for mountain biking and then hand-down to cousins. A cool jersey and great shorts aren't cheap but then I suppose it's on parents to make sure we get our value's worth by taking them riding a ton.

That's where I come full circle to these WOOM gloves. I've never worn a pair on my own mitts, but my kid says they're just as warm, comfortable, and easy to brake with as her 100% Briskers. She's been grabbing for these every time since they've arrived because she prefers how easy they are to pull on and off. The WARM TEN gloves cost 19 USD for the pair, where the Youth Briskers are 34.50 USD for a solid W on the score sheet.

I don't want to oversell the differences. I've washed both the Briskers and these WARM TENs enough times that I have zero concerns with quality of manufacturing in either case. Also, on days when the WARM TENs get forgotten at home she's just as happy to use the Briskers for riding. I like the very-bright neon of the 100% but the WOOM gloves have some nice reflective trim details including the logo. Both gloves have thin enough fingers that they're natural to ride in, but they're also warm. Even with all things being equal, it's hard not to lean towards the WARM TEN every ride at a 45% savings compare to the 100%.

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No Velcro. Easy on, easy off cuffs. WOOM makes the WARM TEN gloves for the win.

I don't doubt that we'll be passing these gloves down to younger cousins when the time comes and replacing them with a fresh set. They've been great for hiking and raking too. They aren't weather-proof, (what actually rideable mountain bike glove is, at any price?) so at 19 USD if we didn't already have Briskers ready to go, I'd be tempted to get two pairs for mid-ride swaps. It's a luxury I don't go without on wet rides and I can't fathom swapping my own damp gloves off my prune-hands whilst expecting to leave my little kid with her saturated ones in place.

I'm always interested in hearing kids' gear suggestions with budget in mind. There's an ever growing market of luxury kids' mountain bike wear, which I'm certain is mostly great stuff, but just getting a great kids' mountain bike is a hefty investment. I always put forward the Showers Pass Little Crossover 2.5-layer weatherproof jacket at 70 USD // 100 CAD and now I'm adding these WOOM WARM TEN gloves at 19 USD // 24 CAD.

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derek.richards
derek.richards
3 months, 3 weeks ago
+4 Andrew Major Zero-cool 4Runner1 Tremeer023

Love your kids articles! You mentioned suggestions at the bottom of the article… curious if you’ve done a deep dive on brake levers and shifters for little people? My 5 yr old just got a Commencal Meta 20 and it’s an amazing bike… but shifter and brakes could be improved for his little paws! Thanks!

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AndrewMajor
Andrew Major
3 months, 3 weeks ago
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I haven’t for the simple reason of cost. Claire’s on the Guides which can be set as close to the bar as most and I cheat the free stroke a bit by cheating the pistons out (requires a straight rotor). It would be very interesting to try something like a Magura HC lever that preserves leverage on the MC piston while siting close to the bar.

I think longer shifter levers would benefit a few riders who aren’t kids! Ditching a clutch derailleur (for an old high-end derailleur with good spring tension) has been great for mine but she still rarely shifts on the trail - it’s even work navigating North Shore tech. Actually, a lot of adults I know tend to rarely shift too, so not a grom thing.

Cheers!

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DanLees1978
Dan Lees
3 months, 3 weeks ago
+2 Andrew Major Tremeer023

"Daaaaaaad, I'm hot/cold/hungry*/run out of water..."

Hence the need for the Dad/Mum Pack (TM). An over stuffed 15-20L pack with all your stuff, normal tools and spares, 2 packets of haribo, some healthy snacks, 4* different sizes of inner tube, 2 fleeces, 2 waterproof jackets, a wooly hat and a cuddly toy.

* - They ate 20 mins ago but they know you have Haribo.

** - Mom to you colonials.

*** - including a 20in one even though you sold the last 20in bike 3 months ago

I wish I had bought one of those big 24l EVOC packs for riding with my kids but hopefully they should be strong enough to carry their own s*** now that they are 11 and 13.  

Those gloves look good and warm. In my experience kids care less about control dexterity and more about just having warm hands. We have used Briskers, which can be found for about the same price as the Woom gloves in the UK if you shop around, and fairly generic windproof fleece gloves when the kids were smaller.

We have also used "other sport" gear for riding. "Not cotton" Tracksuit bottoms , Under Armour Cold Gear baselayers (you won't find warmer) and tech tees 

Other tips:

- Waterproof socks and buying cycling shoes a size too big in the Autumn so they can wear thick sealskinz over the winter.

- DHB (Chainreaction/Wiggle own brand) Inner shorts are great, freely available and well priced (in the UK) and actually have a decent pad.

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AndrewMajor
Andrew Major
3 months, 3 weeks ago
+1 khai

On the subject of tubes, just take a 29er and do the Eric Porter for smaller wheels. 

It’s so fast and saves space!

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Tremeer023
Tremeer023
3 months, 3 weeks ago
+1 Andrew Major

Thanks for the tips Dan.  I have 2 boys (6 and 8) and they both had new bikes for Christmas so this will be our first year riding together.   I always worry about spending on technical clothing as they grow so fast.  I was considering the old trick of a plastic bag between the sock and shoe or under gloves but it seems a bit mean.  

We'll be starting off fair weather riding this year as I don't want to put them off with a bad experience but good to know there is stuff available for future winters.

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AndrewMajor
Andrew Major
3 months, 3 weeks ago
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“* - They ate 20 mins ago but they know you have Haribo”

Hahahaha, so true!

Certainly part of my switching back to riding with a pack was the fact I am sometimes packing for two. But it’s so nice to have extra clothes for myself too (where rocking the hip pack or no pack I just sucked it up).

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Interesting tip on the shoes. I always keep the next size in stock at home anyway because her feet grow overnight. I’ve never seen kids sized SealSkinz though? 

I guess your kids have way bigger flippers than my 7-year-old though?

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DanLees1978
Dan Lees
3 months, 3 weeks ago
+1 Andrew Major

They were certainly wearing them from around that sort of age.

https://dexshell.co.uk/collections/socks/products/ultra-thin-childrens-sock

Not sure if you can get dexshell socks in Canada?

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AndrewMajor
Andrew Major
3 months, 3 weeks ago
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Never seen them in person but I’ll do some investigating.

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khai
khai
3 months, 3 weeks ago
+1 Andrew Major

I've certainly found myself in a place where I could have used a motivational sour gummy or two...

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AndrewMajor
Andrew Major
3 months, 3 weeks ago
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Who hasn’t really. I could use a bag right now.

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realtortechguy
realtortechguy
3 months, 3 weeks ago
+1 Andrew Major

You make these gloves at that cost sound sooo good I want a pair! Love that you were able to get your kid into riding at an earlier age. Much hader to do when they are 17 (won't share the age spread 😂)

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Dhc7
Dhc7
3 months, 3 weeks ago
+1 Andrew Major

Hey Andrew,  any canadian suppliers for the woom gloves? Shipping looks like it's 47 usd for two sets...

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AndrewMajor
Andrew Major
3 months, 3 weeks ago
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They don’t have any Canadian dealers at this time - which is surprising because the complete bikes - while having very conservative geometry - look pretty good.

I’d say it’s worth an email to see if they have a USPS shipping option?

Readily available in Canada, the 100% Brisker is my go to.

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