When you hear 'SealSkinz' you normally think 'waterproof' but not here; their Ventilated Cycle Gloves are a gap filler for those times when it's a touch too chilly for mitts but you don't want to be sweating away inside your winter ones.
The materials are all pretty standard: no platypus or yak leather here. Simply Lycra for the back, synthetic leather for the palm and towelling for wiping your nose/forehead. The Lycra provides a good snug fit, moving with your fingers and hand as you change positions. The Ventilated moniker comes from the triangular section of mesh between knuckles and wrist. It does provide a small amount of breathability but the Lycra material is so thin overheating isn't an issue anyway.
The palm is thin making the gloves very light, while comfort is taken care of by three large padded areas that work well to spread the load. Even riding stiff bars with no tape on sees very little road buzz getting through and thanks to the padding below the ulnar nerve, no pins and needles either. There is a reinforced section on the thumb where you're likely to see wear from riding on the hoods or wrapping your thumb around flat bars which is a clever touch.
A Velcro tab at the wrist is long enough around that you shouldn't find it coming undone, and riding and adjusting the fit on the fly is easy.
Temperature-wise, my fingers were happy from around five degrees up to say 14, making the SealSkinz ideal for early morning or late evening rides in the spring or autumn. Once things have warmed up you can easily stow them in a jersey pocket without even knowing they are there.
Black is the only option but they do come in a range of sizes from S to XXL with a fitting guide on their website.
The palm has bunched a bit between the padding the more they have been used but this hasn't affected comfort, it just looks a bit tatty. Other than that though, everything is wearing well; no loose threads on the stitching.
I have eight pairs of gloves to suit year round riding conditions and these SealSkinz have slotted in quite nicely filling the gap for single digit temperature rides.
An ideal glove for when it's slightly too chilly to get your fingers out.
road.cc test report
Make and model: SealSkinz Ventilated Cycle Gloves
Size tested: Medium
'A lightweight, full finger cycle glove suitable for warmer weather.' That ticks all the boxes I reckon.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Synthetic leather palm
Lycra backed with ventilation mesh
perfectly positioned padding
Well stitched together and looks like it should stay that way.
A snug fit means they feel like race mitts with plenty of dexterity and that extra bit of warmth afforded by full length fingers. Saying that, the Lycra back and ventilation mesh means they aren't too hot when the temperature rises.
Standing up well to daily use.
The pads on the palm are positioned spot on and stay put once your body weight is on them.
Sensible price for the level of comfort and durability.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, an ideal glove for cool conditions.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The palm getting a bit saggy between the cushioning pads.
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: 34 Height: 180cm Weight: 78kg
I usually ride: Genesis Flyer My best bike is: Ribble Gran Fondo
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.