So uncomfortable you'll want them off before you've got them on
Weight: 58g Contact: www.tenn-outdoors.co.uk
I'd not heard of Tenn until very recently, but they sell stuff direct from their website or via Amazon and Halfords. Some of their kit is ok and some of it is good - I really liked their Sprint Jersey which I reviewed recently, but these Tenn Outdoors Fingerless Cycling Mitts made me grateful for specialist retailers, because they really are dreadful.
Style-wise these are a pretty sturdy pair of mitts; they're certainly not ultra lightweight racing gloves. The plain blue and black is understated and the reflective piping around the thumb is a nice touch.
The grippy palm has lots of gel pads, you get finger loops, a neoprene cuff, velcro closure and plenty of snot wipe on the thumb. It all sounds good, until you put them on...
On my first ride I managed ten minutes before hauling them off because they were so damn uncomfortable. The palm, with all those gel pads, feels very stiff, as if someone has taped some camping mat to your hand, and despite being a size bigger than the Tenn website suggested I needed (Large rather than Medium) they cut into the webbing between my fingers, left seam prints down my hand, even after a short ride, and restricted circulation so effectively that they left my thumb and fingers feeling cold and numb.
Just as a test I put them palm to palm with my usual gloves (Craft Pave, Medium) and the size looked about right, it's just the cut and design that is at fault. They feel like a bad impression of a cycling mitt, rather than a well thought-out product designed by people who ride. I managed a short audax (100k) but mostly I commuted in them. Either way, I was glad to get them off after every ride.
At full retail (£15) these would be a bad joke; you can get plenty of decent quality gloves for that kind of money, but it seems that Halfords and Amazon have them for a more reasonable £8. That puts them firmly in the bargain basement, although we're still only talking a few quid less than something wearable from the likes of Altura.
It would be easy to appear snobbish about kit sold by non-specialist retailers; I mean we'd all rather be in Assos or Rapha dahling. I'd be the first to cheer for some good quality cheap kit being punted out through regular retail outlets though. It's great for people just starting out and perhaps intimidated by specialist retailers or the local LBS, or those without a lot of spare cash to splash.
The one review posted on Halfords is from someone who bought them for painting, which perhaps tells you about the target market and what they're best suited for. Avoid.
So uncomfortable you'll want them off before you've got them on.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Tenn Outdoors Fingerless Cycling Mitts
Size tested: Blue
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?
"Designed to help keep you on the bike for longer, our mitts feature a padded palm made from a combination of gel and foam."
If they were comfortable I'd perhaps wear them for longer
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Textured gel palm for a secure grip and comfort
Cotton towelling thumb to wipe away sweat
Neoprene wrist for increased comfort and glove strength
Velcro closure and finger loops allow for a close fit and easy removal
Reflective strip on back of hand for increased visibility
Positively industrial. Intrusive seams, stupid finger loop placement and horrible finish.
I couldn't wait to take them off.
Finish is poor but they feel tough and solid.
Horrible. The cut and fit is dreadful. A half hour commute was about as much as I could bear.
I'd feel cheated even if they came free in a Christmas cracker. You can get much, much better mitts for this kind of money.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? No - in fact I resented having to wear them.
Would you consider buying the product? No.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
These mitts are the pits.
About the tester
I usually ride: Kona Dew Drop, Dawes Century SE, Carlton Corsa My best bike is: Guess SC1 scandium
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: time trialling, commuting, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, Audax and long distance solo rides