Prendas Ciclismo Women's Track Mitts  £19.99

9/10

Super light and breathable, offering long distance comfort at a bargain price

Weight 32g   Contact  www.prendas.co.uk

by Leonie Jennings   July 8, 2012  

Prendas Ciclismo Women's Track MittsSummer Cycling Glove

These ultra lightweight, female-specific track mitts from Prendas Ciclismo are intended to appeal to female riders who don't particularly like wearing gloves, but are looking for just a little bit of extra comfort for their riding.

The design reputedly came about as a direct result of Prendas' sponsorship of the Horizon/Matrix Fitness Women's Cycling Team in 2011, and the fit is intended to cater to the different proportions of the female hand.

Made in Italy, they have a simple sporty design, available in both black and white, with contrasting panels. The back of the glove is a stretch breathable fabric, while the palms are a complex blend of mesh, padding and shock-absorbing silicon inserts. The thumbs feature a toweling nose/sweat wipe.

These mitts are pull-on style, with a double thickness cuff made of the same stretch fabric as the main body of the glove. A couple of pull tags are included to make putting on and removal easier.

The fit is excellent, with five sizes from XS-XL catering for all but the most unusual woman's hand. There was no feeling of tightness, but also no excess fabric to bunch up and cause discomfort. The cuffs sat snugly against the wrists for a pleasantly unobtrusive comfortable fit, significantly more comfortable than many Velcro fastening mitts.

The stretch fabric and the mesh palms both worked really well to keep hands cool and perspiration free, while the padding was well positioned and did a good job of protecting from road buzz and nerve pain. Those who suffer from soreness at the web of the thumb might find these a little too minimalist on the hoods, but even on longer rides the overall comfort was impressive.

For £19.99 it's hard to go wrong with these if you're looking for a super light and breathable mitt with good comfort levels.

Verdict

Super light and breathable, offering long distance comfort at a bargain price.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Prendas Ciclismo Women's Track Mitts/Summer Cycling Glove

Size tested: Size Med/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 road riders looking for a glove that doesn't feel like a glove.

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

Back 80% polyester/20% elastane

Palm 90% polyester/10% polyurethane

Made in Italy

Non-slip palm

Shock-absorbing silicon inserts

Breathable mesh palm

Pull-on design

Towelling nose wipe

Available in sizes XS-XL

Machine washable at 30

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

Well finished and good quality materials.

Rate the product for performance:
 
10/10

Performed really well, particularly on the drops.

Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10

Should last well, as long as you don't mind them not staying particularly white (if you choose the white option).

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

Superbly light.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
9/10

Comfortable over long distances, even in hot conditions.

Rate the product for value:
 
10/10

Can't fault this price.

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

Performed brilliantly as a lightweight summer mitt.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Weight, pull on design, cushioning, mesh palm.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing really.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Definitely.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Definitely.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

Sporty looks and high performance in a low cost package.

Overall rating: 9/10

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,

 

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