With the warmer weather comes the opportunity to swap winter gloves for short-fingered gloves, or mitts as they're commonly referred to in cycling. These Sugoi RC100 gloves are very comfortable with minimal padding and offer an exceptionally good fit.
The palm features several small cushioned zones, located at the base of the fingers, under the thumb and the base of the palm. The padding is just enough to filter out some road vibration, but isn't too intrusive if you prefer thinly padded gloves, or gloves with no padding at all.
I found this setup provided enough comfort for rides from short blasts to four-hour rides, and even a few off-road stings on gravel tracks. if you prefer maximum comfort and don't mind sacrificing a bit of handlebar feel, you will be better served by other gloves with thicker padding.
They're a slip-on glove, that means no Velcro cuff to adjust the fit. The only downside is that they're a bit of fiddle to get on and off, but once they're on they're supremely comfortable compared to any glove with an adjustable cuff, so it's a small price to pay for the great fit once they're on your hands. There's a small section of elasticated material that ensures they expand to fit a range of wrist diameters.
Some slip-on gloves have a small tab of material between the fingers to make it easier to pull off but these lacked such a detail, so getting them off isn't something you can do in a hurry. Some will prefer the convenience of a glove with a Velcro cuff, but I'll happily take the improved fit these offer.
The back is made from a lightweight mesh fabric and it's very breathable, so no concerns with overheating. The palm has a seamless construction using a synthetic leather that stands up well to hours of use and abuse, and they go through the washing machine just fine. The stitching is all very neat and tough; they're really well made and durable.
Excellent gloves with a great fit. They look smart too with an understated design, and the durability is first class. At £25 these are very, very good for the money.
Very comfortable gloves with minimal padding and great fit
road.cc test report
Make and model: Sugoi RC100 Glove
Size tested: Medium, 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?
Slip-on road glove designed to provide comfort for the rider seeking a competent entry level road glove at a great price.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Breathable wicking back regulates temperature and moisture
Lined palm's seamless interface provides comfort on long rides over all terrain
Padded palm provides protection and pressure relief
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Good summer gloves that provide good grip and comfort, and cope with the heat
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The great, almost seamless fit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Tricky to get on and off in a hurry.
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: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
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: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.