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Verdict: 
Kalf's mitts are well considered, cool and cushioned – winners in my book
Weight: 
34g
Kalf Mitts
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Kalf's Men's Mitts provide really comfortable padding – ideal for those who prefer to have a little protection for their hands – but what struck me the most was how well they fit all over the hand.

The top is made of flexible Lycra, while the palm features thin goat leather for optimal grip and flexibility under the palm, with two small flexible cutouts for added stretch where needed as well as laser-cut holes for ventilation.

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The wrists are fastened by a Velcro cuff, so it's easy to get your hands in and out of the glove, while the digits are stretchy too. Kalf has also avoided stitching in between the fingers, which means that pressure in this area is greatly reduced and kind on the delicate webbing of your hands.

As a result, I found them very comfortable to wear over long rides, including a century sportive, while my hands never overheated, even when the temperature rose in the sun.

Kalf is a relative newcomer to the cycling apparel market, and is available exclusively through Evans. Its distinctive chevron design features on the back of the mitt (it's reflective, but not massively so) and there are logos on the Velcro tab. There's also ample space for a suede panel on the back of the thumb for nose wiping.

What I particularly liked was the foam padding under the top and edge of the palm, which is minimalistic yet effective at providing a little extra cushioning to the main pressure points of the hand. They do a great job of dissipating road buzz without getting in the way of the soft and flexible yet grippy palm.

Interestingly, I was very comfortable in a size medium, although I normally wear a large in gloves (and XL in some). This suggests that they come up slightly large, as well as being flexible and stretchy. If pushed I'd probably still go for large if I were to buy a pair, but the flexibility of the design means the mediums are fine.

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Additional features include a wrist tab to help pull the mitts on and off, as well as tabs under the middle and third fingers for extra protection and easier adjustment.

The quality shines through, with washes leaving the materials as-new and the important Velcro tab as effective as ever.

All in all, Kalf's mitts are a decent piece of kit, with the price tag of £24.99 a fair estimation in my eyes – sitting alongside many others reviewed on road.cc. I'm impressed.

Verdict

Kalf's mitts are well considered, cool and cushioned – winners in my book

road.cc test report

Make and model: Kalf Men's Mitt

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?

Kalf says: "Cushioned, comfortable and stylish, the Kalf Mitt combines an abrasion-resistant, 100% goat leather palm with a breathable back, reflective detailing and a micro-suede nose wipe."

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

Features:

- Goat leather palm

- Reflective print

- Breathable

- Suede nose wipe

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Very good, considering the light weight overall.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

Excellent, no issues on a 100-mile sportive.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

Early days, but have lasted well over the past few weeks, with no real signs of wear.

Rate the product for fit:
 
8/10

Lovely fit, even in a medium size that should be a little tight.

Rate the product for sizing:
 
7/10

They might size up a little bigger than normal, but they're stretchy so even though I suspect they're a little small for me, they remain comfortable and effective.

Rate the product for weight:
 
9/10

A nice and svelte 34g on the road.cc scales.

Rate the product for comfort:
 
8/10

The goat leather is great, and while they don't have the plushest padding, they're very comfortable overall.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

£24.99 is a decent asking price for a decent pair of mitts.

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

Absolutely fine.

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

Really well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Style, comfort, stretchy fit, Velcro tab fastening.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing springs to mind.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes – especially to match other Kalf kit.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

Overall, these are very good quality mitts that provide cushioning and comfort for long rides.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 27  Height: 188cm  Weight: 80kg

I usually ride: Canyon Ultimate CF SL 9.0 SL (2016)  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 5-10 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding

2 comments

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Hedgerow [21 posts] 1 month ago
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I bought these following this review. These are the best gloves I have owned. Aside from the quality, comfort and performance (my hands were well cushioned over a 185km ride) they look great too, stylish and subtle without being plain or OTT. Kalf gear is a well-kept secret, but probably not for long

 

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StoopidUserName [308 posts] 1 month ago
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Good mitts but...on both rides I've used them the black dye has come out and stained my hands. Hopefully another wash or two will fix this but it's a pain as at the moment I can't wash them with any non black cycling gear and it'll be a while before I risk it with anything else.

 

Never had that happen before.