Seal Skinz fingerless cycle glove  £15.99

8/10

Great Value mitts with superb comfort and attention to detail

Contact  www.sealskinz.com

by Shaun Audane   June 27, 2009  

Seal Skinz fingerless cycle glove

If understated minimalist looks allied to great performance appeals to you, then these Seal Skinz mitts may be just what you are after.

Snug Lycra backs with ventilation triangles work surprisingly well to stop your hands getting sweaty-even extended riding in very warm weather failed to leave my hands clammy and uncomfortable while the substantial terry thumbs soak up sweaty brows and runny noses in a stroke. Clarino palms are broadly similar to Amara and other synthetics just with a more pronounced grain winning by a nose when it comes to grip-especially in the wet and with glossy bar wrap. However, dexterity when performing more intricate tasks such as refitting chains wasn’t on a par with some I’ve tested recently.

Similarly, sizing is quite deceptive, they’re a very snug cut but sizing is surprisingly generous-our medium test pair would’ve passed for large in most other brands so either try before buying or go a size smaller than usual. Clever loops on the middle and ring fingers make removal a more dignified affair than most yet don’t seem to catch or otherwise intrude when riding. Reflective Scotchlite detailing on the Velcro closures are a nice touch- drawing attention to hand signals around dusk.

The discrete (and arguably compulsory) gel sections strike the right balance between comfort and feel, moulding to the drops, insulating against road and moderate trail shock very effectively without signs of compression. While capable trail performers, aided by the practicality of subtle colours, thin backs and exposed thumbs don’t afford the same level of protection as mtb specific models against aggressive or unruly foliage, but then the Seal Skinz are a road mitt.

Verdict

Great Value mitts with superb comfort and attention to detail

road.cc test report

Make and model: Seal Skinz fingerless cycle glove

Size tested: M

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?

These are a generic cycling mitt boasting pleny of  smart detailing and a very, very good synthetic gel pad - looks are either cooly minimalist or a bit plain according to taste.

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

Lycra backs wit mesh ventilation triangles, Clarino synthetic leather palms imptregnated with gel strips.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

Good in most conditions.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Competitively priced.

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

Overall, these performed very well on long, steady road miles or faster paced trails with the pad providing excellent insulation from road and trail buzz.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Excellent palm, good fit and removal loops.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Styling was a bit plain, but there were others in the road.cc offices who took quite the opposite view.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 35  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,

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