Galibier Roubaix Vision Gloves  £14.00

9/10

Impressive performing Spring/Autumn glove, high on quality and value for money

Weight 47g   Contact  galibier.cc

by Stuart Kerton   April 12, 2014  

Galibier Roubaix Vision Gloves

The Galibier Roubaix Vision gloves fill that gap in your cycling wardrobe between winter gloves and short fingered mitts, around the 8-15°C range for me.

A lot of gloves of this style use neoprene but Galibier have gone for 'Super Roubaix' lycra which has a mid-weight knit with a fleecy inner. The fit is close, thanks to the material having plenty of stretch, which prevents them from feeling tight. They feel quite natural on the bars as the close fit means that they do actually 'fit like a glove' (sorry). The other bonus for me and my stubby fingers is that the way the Visions stretch doesn't leave a void at the top of the fingers. That makes for better dexterity on the brake and shift levers.

There is no padding as such but somehow they remain comfortable for at least a couple of hours in the saddle and that was on the super stiff Bianchi I was testing at the time. The palm uses a silicone print for grip and very effective it is to, three weeks in and its still slightly tacky and a trip through the washing machine hasn't affected it. The same print runs up the two fingers used for braking and shifting and is a bonus in wet weather on carbon levers.

Speaking of wet weather, being lycra the Roubaix Visions aren't water resistant let alone waterproof but once wet they do hang on to body heat thanks to the fleecy Roubaix fabric doing its job. Above 15°C things did get a bit sweaty but overall wicking seemed pretty good as you don't end up with that prune look to your skin when you remove them.

You get more silicone printing on the backs of your hand for visibility when indicating, all finished off with the Galibier logo on the index finger. If you prefer subtle plain gloves look elsewhere, but if the cluttered look gets you noticed I'm all for it.

The quality is quite frankly brilliant for fourteen quid; tidy stitching means the overall finish is great with no loose threads. All of the silicone detailing is still attached and doesn't look like it's going to be going anywhere soon.

Overall the Roubaix Visions tick pretty much all the boxes in terms of performance and quality. Okay they haven't quite got the padding for long training rides of three to four hours but for up two hours of commuting, training or racing they are ideal.

The fit is excellent and matches up well to their size guide on the Galibier website with options of XS through to XL. Best of all though the bang for buck scale is very high and makes them better in my eyes than the highly regarded DeFeet Duragloves.

Verdict

Impressive performing Spring/Autumn glove, high on quality and value for money.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Galibier Roubaix Vision Gloves

Size tested: Large, Black

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

The Roubaix Visions are a midweight glove ideal for Spring/Summer temperatures when its to cold for mitts. Galibier wanted to create a early/late season glove that could be used for training and racing which, due to the close fit and material choice are ideal for both.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Roubaix 'fleecy' Lycra

Stretch fit

Silicone printing for visability and grip

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well indeed, they are easy to put on and take off and for the majority of rides very, very comfortable. Their slim profile makes them good for racing too.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The fit and comfort.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing really stands out.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 35  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: Whatever needs testing or Genesis Flyer, fixed of course!  My best bike is: Kinesis T2 with full Centaur Red

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

 

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Ooh, careful with the name. The Specialized lawyers will be on the case before you know it. Nerd

posted by smcc1879 [9 posts]
12th April 2014 - 8:31

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And the price... Specialized sell socks at £13.99 and there might be consumer confusion.

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posted by nowasps [246 posts]
12th April 2014 - 8:45

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I have some Pro roubaix gloves like these and have found them excellent - more comfortable and windproof than the DeFeet, which I only wore a handful of times.

Anybody want a pair of hardly used DeFeet/Prendas Dura gloves? £8 posted.

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posted by Simon E [1940 posts]
12th April 2014 - 10:32

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"Okay they haven't quite got the padding for long training rides of three to four hours"

they look thin enough to squeeze inside a pair of gel mitts and for the price I'd give them a go - I currently have a pair of thin windproof running gloves that I stuff in my pocket for days when mitts are ok to go out in but forecast looks like might get colder later or wet in the hills, I'll wear them under my mitts to get the gel benefit - not as good as full on gloves but then again they are a bit too bulky to put in your pocket on the off chance. These look like will pack down well

posted by antigee [148 posts]
12th April 2014 - 12:22

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Not everyone needs or wants padding, regardless of mileage or time in the saddle. Me being one of them. These look great to me.

posted by Hoester [52 posts]
12th April 2014 - 14:20

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I have a pair of Castelli Lightness gloves that are just like these road.cc even reviewed them back in 2011. Perfect for fall and spring, 5-15C range, no wind blocking fabric but still warm in 20 mph winds and excellent grip on the bars wet or dry. And since I'm one of these that doesn't need a lot of padding (they have none), I wear them alone on 40-60 mile rides without problems. These are at a much better price point though.

Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling. ~James E. Starrs

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posted by movingtarget [134 posts]
12th April 2014 - 16:33

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I've a few Galibier products and they are all great value for money. Arm warmers, neck thingy, bib shorts and thick gloves and would recommend them all.

posted by joebee9870 [57 posts]
13th April 2014 - 21:29

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