Ana Nichoola Sorbet Gloves  £37.99

8/10

Fantastic gloves for autumn, spring and winter, but some might find the fingers slightly narrow at the bottom

Weight 94g   Contact  www.ananichoola.co.uk

by Lara Dunn   March 9, 2014  

Ana Nichoola Sorbet Gloves

When the Ana Nichoola Sorbets arrived in the office I was desperate for them to be the perfect cold season glove. Never have I seen gloves that I can happily apply the word 'beautiful' to, before now.

When we originally reviewed these gloves we got very excited that they were available in purple. They're still very good gloves, but they now only come in black. Happily, the palms are still purple. 

And they still look good, with their tough softshell fabric upper and synthetic leather palms, and they do have features to back those looks up. There's subtle gel padding where you need it, reinforced webbing across the palm and on the trigger fingers to assist in durability, a snug wrist cuff and a soft nose wipe, as well as some spangly gold embroidery. Designed to be highly water and wind resistant, they're also intended to be good down to about 5°C, making them useful for all but the very coldest conditions.

The million dollar question though, is whether they lived up to their potential (and my hopes) in performance. The answer is, wait for it... mostly. The gloves are intended to be a snug fit, allowing maximum dexterity for serious riders. The fingers are a good length, even allowing enough space for what I now identify as my slightly longer than average thumbs, which made me smile almost as much as the purple colour.

However, the snug fit also applies to the fingers. Now, I've never experienced tightness here in any gloves before, so I'm not aware of having overly chunky digits, and another tester of a more recent sample reported the same problem: we both found the index fingers to be a little snug at the base. There was a little give after a few wears, but not quite enough. The result was unfortunately some constriction of blood flow, which meant that the gloves didn't deliver the levels of warmth I'd have expected.

The fabrics kept the wind out well, allowed the skin to breathe enough to prevent clamminess, and the wrist cuff was snug and cosy. Ana Nichoola do point out that the gloves should not be pulled on just by the cuff, as this puts unnecessary strain on the seams there, due to the deliberately snug fit of the gloves. The main body of the glove is tougher and more able to withstand the abuse. Dexterity was really good, with no problems at all with controls and the padding was just right, even on long rides and with a variety of bars.

The only small flaw for me was that finger tightness. If it weren't for that, I'd be stockpiling these so that I'd have a sequence of pairs ready for the rest of my life.

Verdict

Fantastic gloves for autumn, spring and winter, but some might find the fingers slightly narrow at the bottom.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Ana Nichoola Sorbet Glove

Size tested: Purple

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 who take their riding seriously but also want to look good.

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

Wind and water resistant soft shell outer

Amara synthetic leather palm

Gel padding at callous and ulnar nerve points

Reinforced trigger finger tips

Reinforced palm webbing

Soft towelling nose wipe

Long ribbed wrist cuff

Machine washable cool

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

Very well made with good attention to detail and high quality components

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Performed very well indeed apart from tightness of index finger resulting in constriction of bloodflow and resulting chill.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Should last well as long as you don't pull them on by the cuffs

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10

A good weight for warm gloves.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

Very comfortable but lost a mark for that tightness at base of index finger, which might just be me.

Rate the product for value:
 
10/10

Superb value for versatile, wearable, high performance and incredibly pretty gloves.

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

Performed really well. The only niggle was that tightness.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

COLOUR, style, fit, warmth levels, pads

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Slight tightness at base of index fingers.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, a lot.

Would you consider buying the product? Definitely.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, but I want to be the only one with a purple pair

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

Wearing these versatile cool weather gloves will quite simply make you smile. Only slightly marred by what could either be a design quirk or a physiological flaw on the part of the tester.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 38  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,

 

4 user comments

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Lets see ... they're too tight, and they are very expensive ... ok, 4 stars it is then... Thinking

I have to agree about the looks ... they are the nicest womens gloves I've seen from Ana Nichoola, or any other brand for that matter.

Nic

posted by nbrus [286 posts]
12th December 2011 - 12:53

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I really can't believe that nice girls wipe their noses with their fingers. say it's not true......

Surprise Sick

cheers m'dears

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posted by daviddb [123 posts]
12th December 2011 - 15:12

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Just got my wife these for her birthday with the matching arm warmers. She is delighted with them. Well she should be because after all she did choose them Smile She did get a larger size than normal due to the finger tightness issue identified in the review.

posted by Dave42W [38 posts]
10th March 2014 - 0:03

5 Likes

Dave42W wrote:
Just got my wife these for her birthday with the matching arm warmers. She is delighted with them. Well she should be because after all she did choose them Smile She did get a larger size than normal due to the finger tightness issue identified in the review.

I've got a vision of gloves and armwarmers for a Liza Minelli look with an evening dress!

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3464 posts]
10th March 2014 - 9:53

2 Likes

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