These New Generation mitts from Prendas Ciclismo manage to combine being light and airy with a generous amount of effective padding. We like them a lot.
The polyester AirTech lowers let plenty of air in so your hands don't get sweaty on hot days; if there's one thing I can't be doing with, it's clammy paws. That's overlaid in certain areas with silicone inserts that do a great job of isolating your hands from road buzz. The heel of your hand and the prominent section at the base of your thumb are particularly well protected, and you get skinnier foam padding along the base of your fingers and between the thumb and forefinger, which comes in especially useful when you're resting on the hoods.
I've found the padding really comfortable, and it's positioned just right to keep your hands happy even throughout long and bumpy rides. You also get a rubbery palm print that stops your hands from slipping on the bars.
The light mesh upper is highly breathable too while a terry panel on the back of the thumb is easily large and absorbent enough to handle all your sweat and snot wiping needs.
One of things I like most about these gloves is that you can get them on and off easily without the need for a wrist closure. There's no Velcro tab to catch on your clothing or on the gloves themselves, while loops on the middle and little fingers are handy for getting them off without damaging any seams. They also fit just over your palms with no extension up your wrists, so you just get the coverage you need and nothing else.
We found the sizing generous and went a size smaller than normal. Check Prendas' size chart to make sure you get it right.
That's about yer lot, really. These are just the job.
Light and airy summer mitts with effective padding; good value for their level of performance too
road.cc test report
Make and model: Prendas Ciclismo New Generation track mitts/Summer gloves
Size tested: 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?
Most track mitts never see the inside of a velodrome. These are all-purpose gloves for summer
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 40 Height: 190cm Weight: 74kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has worked for more bike magazines than anyone else in the known universe, dating back to a time when this was all just fields. He's been road.cc technical editor for four years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. When he's not cycling around Wiltshire, he's running around it, or possibly swimming (sadly, he's one of those 'triathletes'). Mat is a youthful 42-year-old Cambridge graduate, GSOH etc.