These elegant racing mitts from Swedish kit masters Craft are stylish and understated. At least, they are at the moment. I'm not sure how the gleaming white mesh will cope with a mid-ride wheel change or emergency chain splitting incident. Of course, if you're sensible you can always take them off and there are some handy removal loops between the fingers to assist you there. Alternatively, you could just buy them in black instead.
They're a lightweight summer glove with gossamer-thin mesh on the back to keep your hands cool and a tidy assortment of subtle gel inserts on the palm to aid comfort. I particularly liked the inserts. They don't look like much but being thin and distributed across a wide area, they do a better job of relieving pressure than thicker inserts which can end up concentrating pressure on a smaller area. There's no cuff, just a snug elasticated hem with a ridiculous 3in long multi-lingual label attached in case you need to look up the Czech for polyester. They are very comfy. In fact, you hardly feel you're wearing them... in a good way.
If I have a criticism it's that they feel a little flimsy and I'd be inclined to keep these for fair weather rides rather than everyday grunting about. Oh, and my wife kept shouting 'Shamone!' every time I signalled a turn.
A quality glove for summer Sundays.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Craft Pavé 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?
Craft say: "Craft's Pavé Glove is a completely new addition to the Swedish brand's bike range for 2010, and is ideal for riders looking for a comfortable and well made cycling glove that will cope well with long hours in the saddle."
We say: Sounds reasonable to us.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? As a Sunday special glove, yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
I usually ride: GT Rave - singlespeed conversion My best bike is: Guess SC1 scandium
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,