Altura Night Vision Gloves  £29.99

8/10

The bottom line is that these are very good gloves at a very good price

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by Tony Farrelly   November 25, 2008  

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Gloves are an essential bit of cycling kit at any time, but when it's cold and dark outside they're even more… essential. That's when you need something like the Altura Night Vision to keep your hands warm, dry and, as the name suggests, visible. This is a well designed, well put together glove that brings together all the features a winter cyclist is going to need. The price is pretty good too.

If you are an all year-round commuter, these are well worth checking out, especially if yours is the sort of long-haul commute that brings you out beyond the street lights. Equally this is a good glove for winter training rides or weekend rides particularly if you are going to brave the full range of what Winter can throw at you - plus the dark.

The Night Visions boast two thick reflective strips across the knuckles plus further reflectives on the ginger tips and a a reflective log on the cuffs – for extra side-on visibility, or depending on your riding style, so you can be spotted from the air… well you might be stuck out on the moor or something. Anyway, you can't have too much reflective trim in our book and this stuff really does shine out - it's very similar to the reflective on the Endura Luminite jacket we tested recently.

Their visibility might be what gives the Night Visions their name but it is only one part of their armoury. The gloves are both waterproof and seem to be pretty windproof too, certainly they have coped with the regular dousings that the West Country weather does on a semi-permanent basis at this time of year.

The Thinsulate material is also very warm, and breathable too. It's no joke when your hands are too frozen to change gear or even brake properly. My fingers are very susceptible to the cold and even a short ride in icy weather finds has found out most of the gloves I've tested over the years, not these though I've had no frozen digits so far. The glove's double layers do a really good job at trapping a layer of warm air around your hand. The Night Visions look rather bulky, but actually they're not – in fact they are a surprisingly light pair of gloves.

So what else is good? Well there's a good thick gel pad to protect your ulnar nerve and further and decent amount of synthetic leather around the palm for extra grip and durability the thumb is reinforced too with some extra grip - the outer part of the thumb is made from a softer material so you've got somewhere to wipe your nose and the cuff is nice and high to keep your writs warm. The cuff gathers is gathered at the base of your wrist and it can be further cinched in using a Velcro closure. The tab on the cuff is a nice touch for helping you get them on and off.

Oh, and if you should ever find yourself financially embarrassed the inner layer is 4 per cent silver.

 

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I'd like to recommend the Altura REFLEX gloves as a more dexterous alternative. They are made from a slim 'Windtex' material, this provides a surprising amount of thermal & damp protection whilst stretching to give a non-baggy fit and great movement. Reflective patches on the little-finger and back of hand are effective. Only thing missing is a nose wipe on the thumb.

Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin out of 5

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posted by DaveP [467 posts]
7th January 2009 - 12:48

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Good call.

How have they performed in the really cold weather we've been having? 

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4141 posts]
7th January 2009 - 21:44

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Was -6 the first time I went out in them. My knees were cold and I had an Ice-cream headache, but my hands were toasty. I cant get over how warm/dry they are yet so thin. Smile

If you want the same effect, just without the palm pads (great with MTB grips), Brant at On-One/Planet-X sells Windtex gloves for around £6 !!

http://www.on-one-shop.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Gloves_78.html

At that price it'd rude not to get a couple of pairs... I did!! Big Grin Big Grin

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posted by DaveP [467 posts]
13th January 2009 - 22:08

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