A glove for those seeking something a bit more stylish and a little less 'techy' looking, the Kestral from Ana Nichoola is an old-school leather mitt, with some feminine chic.
Made from soft but durable high quality goat skin leather, these white mitts combine good looks with decent performance and enough features to keep your hands happy on your ride. There's a zoned padded palm, a contrast colour soft nose-wipe panel, a ventilated mesh back for comfort, reflective accents, stretch fabric between the fingers, a reinforced area at the thumb web and pull loops to make getting them off easier, since the fit is snug as you'd expect from a leather mitt.
In wear, the Kestrals are comfortable right from the off, but with the subtle molding that goes on with leather, they become an unobtrusive extension of your hand. The neat fit means there's no excess material to crease or get in the way, and the padding is well positioned. There was no discomfort or rubbing in even longish rides, and the temperature of the hands remained stable and pleasant, with no sweat or stickiness problems.
Sizing is on the generous side, so consider going down a size if you are unsure. The size small tested equated to a medium in most marques.
Stylish, well designed gloves offering levels of performance to match their good looks
road.cc test report
Make and model: Ana Nichoola Kestrel Glove
Size tested: Small/White
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?
Aimed at female cyclists looking for a stylish alternative to traditional technical cycling gloves.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Made from high quality goat skin leather.
Slimline padding on palm
Stretch fabric between fingers
Reinforced area at thumb.
Nose-wiping/sweat wiping patch in contrast colour soft fabric.
Press stud fastening
Mesh back for ventilation.
Available in sizes S, M, L
Sizing is on the large side so go down a size if in doubt.
Lovingly made from high quality components and fabrics.
Extremely comfortable in use even for prolonged periods.
Leather should last well and mould nicely to the shape of the hand, but long term care of leather is more difficult so they will stiffen with age and sweat absorption.
Manufacturer recommends only gentle hand wash, with specialist leather cleaning products, when really necessary.
Very comfortable. Leather moulds nicely to the shape of the hand and cushioning is well positioned and unobtrusive.
You're paying a slight premium for what is essentially a designer product, but the looks and quality make this worth the extra.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Good levels of comfort for rides of all lengths.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Style, comfort, fit
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes. Very much.
Would you consider buying the product? Definitely. And for friends too.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Gloves that effectively combine above average comfort with stylish good looks.
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.