Children deserve good kit and winter apparel doesn’t come more practical than Altura Cresta kid’s gloves. Scaled down versions of the adult Cresta, they’re waterproof, windproof, warm and yet breathable. Just the ticket for those post-ride snowball fights, styling is suitably civilian for school or regular street wear too
Lacking the outright absorbency of terry panels, the soft outer fabric still does a fine job of tackling runny noses and seems completely waterproof-even immersed to the cuffs in salt water. Wind chill has always been problematic for my young protégé’-especially on the tagalong but he reports toasty hands despite long rides and late December detours.
Three-layer construction comprises of a soft waterproof nylon/polyurethane outer, coupled with a fleece lined breathable forty gram Thinsulate for a warm, tactile, yet arid inner climate. Elsewhere we’ve a rubberised, Griptex extending to the fingers and thumb for dependable braking and shifting. Tapered cuffs incorporate an extended knitted gauntlet that forms a seamless interface preventing rain and chill billowing inside training jackets, jerseys and even civilian coats.
Incorporating the Scotchlite logo on the smallest digit breaks up the black while offering a bit of welcome visibility after dark and proved particularly helpful when out together on the tagalong, Joshua’s signals reinforcing my own at junctions and roundabouts.
Sizing is close enough not to compromise dexterity while allowing a season or two’s growing room. Joshua, like myself has relatively long fingers and we reckon he’d see another year’s use before the tips started to encroach. Non-slip palms inspire confidence in most situations and most surfaces from polished bar ends through to traditional bike ribbons and mushroom grips while the padding offers excellent defence from road, trail buzz and the odd spill stopping short of feeling remote when undoing zips and pannier closures.
Sets the standard for kids do-all winter gloves
road.cc test report
Make and model: Altura Kids Cresta glove
Size tested: 7-8
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?
"Great value children’s waterproof gloves with a warm thermal lining. Ideal for cycling or building a snowman!"
A fair and accurate description.
Did you enjoy using the product? My son certainly did
Would you consider buying the product? yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? yes
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
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: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)