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This may just well be the consummate summer riding glove
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Rapha Souplesse Mitts
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Preferences regarding levels of cushioning and coverage in gloves are very personal, but for women who like a minimalist feel yet enough cushioning for distance riding, the Rapha Souplesse Mitts are definitely ones to consider. They are great looking, lightweight and extremely comfortable.

Fifty quid might seem like a lot to pay for a pair of lightweight summer cycling gloves, but these deliver value in spades in terms of quality, style and comfort.

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Despite the super-lightweight feel, they're made from durable materials and are designed to last, no matter how long or how hard you ride.

On the backs is a breathable moisture-wicking fabric with SPF 50+ and an antibacterial treatment, while the abrasion-esistant synthetic suede palms are home to military-grade padding (as used on gloves designed for snipers). The thumbs also feature the synthetic suede for nose or brow wiping.

The simple pull-on design makes them quick and easy to get on and off, with none of the danger to other expensive technical clothing posed by Velcro tabs. The fit is close without being too tight, while the cuff finishes neatly ahead of the wrist to keep it out of the way, allowing for nice, crisp tan lines.

In use, the light, moisture-wicking backs kept my hands cool in hotter weather, but weren't so minimalist to put me off wearing them on warmer spring days, and they'll be suitable well into autumn too.

The padding on the palm is a good combination of firm yet pliable and just the ticket for long rides or short, keeping my normally slightly grumbly hands very comfortable throughout.

They also look great, in both blue and black colour options (with pink details).

Verdict

This may just well be the consummate summer riding glove

road.cc test report

Make and model: Rapha Souplesse Mitts

Size tested: Women's, Black, Medium

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?

Rapha say: "Constructed from a high-wicking fabric, they have been created for comfort, grip and protection on long rides in hot weather"

Spot on for their intended purpose.

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

78% polyamide/22% elastane

Lightweight and breathable

Quick drying fabric

Abrasion-resistant

Military-grade padding

Machine washable at 30

Available in sizes S, M, L

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
10/10

Beautifully finished seams and stitching, very well put together.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

Extremely comfortable and very fast drying, with great padding.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

They are a lightweight glove but no reason not to expect them to last for years with the correct care.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
10/10

Very, very light.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
10/10

Superbly comfortable, both in terms of breathability and drying, but also in terms of the density of padding on the palms. Just right.

Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

Expensive but great value considering the quality and levels of comfort and performance they can deliver.

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

Very well indeed.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Looks, lightweight construction, low profile but dense padding, pull-on design.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, very much

Would you consider buying the product? Definitely

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

A genuinely excellent summer cycling mitt, particularly suitable for those who aren't keen on the bulk of most gloves.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 1.65m  Weight: 73kg

I usually ride: Boardman Hybrid Fi  My best bike is: Specialized Ruby Elite

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking

 

Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling. 

Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other. 

She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting. 

11 comments

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Scoob_84 [395 posts] 2 years ago
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How much!!!!

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flathunt [244 posts] 2 years ago
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"As used on gloves designed for snipers"

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(he sniped).

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Mashedmallow [10 posts] 2 years ago
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20% off if you fill in their survey -

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/rapha-survey-2015

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fancynancy [78 posts] 2 years ago
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I have a pair & they have come apart after three months use  102

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crikey [1251 posts] 2 years ago
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"Nice crisp tan lines"

Mmmm, that tanned wrist, white hand, tanned fingers look is all the rage amongst the fabulous this summer....

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sneakerfrfeak [112 posts] 2 years ago
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fancynancy wrote:

I have a pair & they have come apart after three months use  102

Contact Rapha, they'll repair them FOC or send you a replacement.

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wwfcb [83 posts] 2 years ago
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Scoob_84 wrote:

How much!!!!

Not sure if ironic or not, but a 'how much!!!!' for a first post on a Rapha review  41

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mylesrants [380 posts] 2 years ago
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The look nice , but 'Souplesse' refers to the smooth pedalling movement of the ankle.

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tobciocc [11 posts] 2 years ago
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Or you could by some from PX for £2.99, Rapha prices are pure comedy.

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stenmeister [342 posts] 2 years ago
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tobciocc wrote:

Or you could by some from PX for £2.99, Rapha prices are pure comedy.

Aye but Rapha products are pure quality.

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BikeJon [188 posts] 2 years ago
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This isn't meant to be inflammatory (I rather like some Rapha products) but I've found the Aldi £3 gloves are rather good! Their socks are very comfortable too. Personally I think it's better spending out on high quality shorts and winter jackets rather than summer mitts.