Fingerless gloves are a staple of the summer cycling wardrobe, and these Bodyfit Pro gloves from Italian company Sportful pack a great fit with a padded palm for extra cushioning.
These are actually the same gloves used by the Tinkoff professional cycling team, so if they are good enough for the pros, they're probably good enough for us. Thankfully the colour has been toned down a bit, and there's a selection to choose from, using this same striped pattern.
The synthetic suede material on the palm is extremely durable – I've logged thousands of miles in a previous pair and they're still going strong – and the slimline padding provides a bit of extra cushioning without ramping up the bulk too much. Ideal if you prefer a thin fitting glove, as I do. A silicone dot pattern on the palm boosts grip on the handlebar.
The fit is extremely good, with the slip-on design avoiding the need for an itchy Velcro tab. Pulling them on is easy, and to remove them there's a small tab between the two middle fingers; getting them off is a bit of an effort, as with any good fitting mitts, but it's a small price to pay.
A stretchy Lycra back is breathable and performs well in hot conditions. The towel-covered thumb is ideal for wiping sweat from your face or snot from your nose.
Overall, it's a simple design that simply works extremely well, with good comfort and durability, at a good price.
Good gloves for the summer – durable, comfortable and they fit well
road.cc test report
Make and model: Sportful Bodyfit Pro Glove
Size tested: 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?
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. With this glove, every little detail has been refined and obsessed over by Tinkoff Saxo and by Sportful's race department, to help us create a truly exceptional piece of pro-level equipment.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Stretch Lycra® back with slip-on fit
Soft synthetic suede palm with variable padding
Ultrasuede nose wipe
Silicone dot pattern for extra grip
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Really comfortable and great fit.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Slim padding but still provides a bit of extra cushioning, ideal for longer rides.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing to dislike.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
A very good glove at a very good price.
About the tester
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, mountain biking
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.