We ask a lot of cycling gloves. They have to provide comfort when gripping the handlebars, deal with snot and sweat, protect our hands in a crash and be lightweight and unobtrusive. Sportful's Bodyfit Pro gloves are an excellent example of the breed, with a good fit, comfortable palm and impressive durability.
Cycling gloves - mitts or even track mitts to traditionalists - are a pretty simple product, but that doesn't mean there aren't a thousand different types on the market. These Sporful Bodyfit Pro gloves are of from the lightweight camp, with a minimal design that makes them very comfortable if you like your gloves that way.
They also have minimal padding with variable padded sections placed across the palm. You barely notice them when riding, but do provide just enough insulation from road buzz. They're noticeably slimmer than the Sugoi RC100 gloves I recently reviewed.
They fit brilliantly too. I'm usually a medium, and these mediums were spot on. With sizes XS-XXL, they should accommodate the smallest to biggest hands with no problems.
There's no velcro closure at the wrist, instead you just slip them on. They're easy to pull on, and little tabs between the fingers help to extract them from your hands. Some slip-on gloves can be really difficult to get on and off, but these are among the easiest I've tested.
The palm area is constructed from a synthetic suede material. It's soft enough that you can happily use the palms to wipe away sweat from your face. The thumb is constructed from an ultrasuede material which is ideal for wiping a runny nose.
Durability is first class too. I've got them dirty, covered in oil, even used them mountain biking and caked them in mud, and they still look as they did when they fell out of the packaging. And, yes, they protected my hands in a recent crash, with no visible signs to show for it.
Comfortable, padded, lightweight and durable cycling gloves
road.cc test report
Make and model: Sportful Bodyfit Pro Glove
Size tested: medium, black/white
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?
This glove is the exact same model used by Tinkoff Saxo, but in a toned down graphic. Calling it the Pro's glove doesn't really do it justice.
This is a glove where every little detail has been refined and obsessed over by the team, by Sportful's race department, and by Bjarne Riis himself.
Bjarne has a thing for gloves and he has helped us create a truly exceptional piece of pro-level equipment.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Stretch Lycra® back
Ultrasuede nose wipe
Soft synthetic suede palm
Silicone dot pattern for extra grip
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.