Gloves - full finger
We’ve used these gloves right through the past couple of winters and they’re coming out of the box at the back of the garage for a third stint now that the weather’s getting colder.
My first impression was that these were really nice gloves, and when I saw you could pick them up online for a little over £5 I expected them to score 10 out 10.
They're really lightweight and soft, and the padding on the underside seems generous. They do feel pretty luxurious as the manufacturer claims!
However, I noted 3 key downsides:
1. I tested size large and they fitted perfectly, but I wouldn't have expected to have been large as I'm pretty small in general. Not for girls with big hands!
A winter all rounder, Endura’s Strike are equally suited to winter road and cross duties thanks to their blend of high quality waterproof construction, breathable membrane and classic understated detailing.
There's plenty of good synthetic mitts out there but if you're looking for a pair of gloves made to high standards from good quality leather, you tend to end up paying through the nose. Giro's Lusso mitts aren't cheap either but they're cheaper than equivalent gloves form other makers, and they're well designed and should easily outlast inexpensive offerings.
I’ll start with a confession: I always thought cycling gloves were about padding for recreational cyclists, and not shredding your hands to bits in spills for racers. Testing these Giro zero mitts, I discovered a third function: grip on wet bars and controls. Not having used gloves for a long time — I don’t need the padding and I like to think I won’t come off — I found myself thinking, “there seems to be a bit of moisture in the air: better take the Giro Zeros”
Ulnar gel padding is all the rage at the moment and these have all the features you’d expect from a high end glove.Being full-fingered means they're versatile enough for three season of Audax, road and even a bit of mountain biking but with second skin fit and remarkably proficient ventilation there’s nothing jack of all trades about Sugoi’s Evolution.
If understated minimalist looks allied to great performance appeals to you, then these Seal Skinz mitts may be just what you are after.
There’s no doubt these Protective road mitts live up to their name. Gel inserts and copious padding is everywhere these days but Protective's meticulous attention to detail distinguishes them from the competition.
Knog’s 8 ball mitts have a deeply old school feel about them. No gel padding or Ulnar nerve protection here, just good old high grain goatskin. Despite my initial cynicism-they only lose out to the latest generation of anatomic hand protection over prolonged periods but chic doesn’t come cheap.
I tested the Sealskins All Weather gloves to the maximum in winter hail, a deluge of rain and wind storms. Freezing temperatures and painful hail stones bit into my exposed face, but the gloves, and my hands, stood up to the extreme winter weather. However, they weren't as waterproof as I'd hoped.