The Nemo gloves are Italian clothing manufacturer RH+'s cheapest road mitts at just £26 but thankfully neither performance nor quality has been sacrificed.
The upper is made from RH+'s Firedry fabric which we have seen on various other shorts and jerseys from RH+ in the past. Its key elements are abrasion resistance and breathability, both of which are perfect qualities for a pair of gloves. It's light, too, which helps keep the overall weight down to 46g per pair. The stretchy Firedry Lycra provides a good fit without being restrictive as it moves with your hand.
They come in three colour options: black, red or white we have here. These do tend to get incredibly grubby very quickly, although they do wash up well.
Finger and wrist loops make getting them on and off easy even with sweaty hands and thanks to some solid stitching you can be quite rough with them too. The wrist uses a simple Velcro closure which has a good grip and is comfortable to boot.
The section in between thumb and index finger is reinforced to stop premature wear after miles on the hoods. This blends into a terry towelling thumb which seems pretty absorbent so should keep the sweat out of your eyes on warm days.
I'm not a lover of heavily padded gloves. I prefer to ride in bare hands the majority of the time, so when I first felt how thick the pads were on the Nemo mitts I was expecting a squidgy ride. Thankfully I was wrong. RH+ have used a very firm foam that compresses little yet absorbs a lot of vibration. The section over the ulnar nerve is the thickest but provides a lot of comfort on rough roads.
They've seen some abuse over the last month but the Nemos are holding up well. The uppers have shrugged off wet rides, mud, oil and blood without any sign of staining and the stitching isn't showing any wear and tear at all.
Overall the RH+ Nemo mitts are hardwearing, comfortable gloves that are a bit of a bargain at 26 quid. Get the black or red though if you don't want to be washing them every couple of rides.
Top quality robust race mitts that are super comfortable on all road surfaces
road.cc test report
Make and model: RH+ Nemo mitts
Size tested: L
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 Nemos are RH+'s entry level road race mitt yet they do pack a lot of features and quality in for the price.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Varying density padding
Sizes - S-XXL
Colours - White, Red or Black
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Really impressed with how comfortable the padding was considering the thickness. A very nice pair of mitts to wear for quick blasts or long days in the saddle.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
White is a nightmare to keep clean.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
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,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.