Scute Design Lumin8a indicating gloves  £39.99

6/10

Surprisingly competent gloves but the electronics preclude machine washing and I'm not completely sold on the concept.

Weight 120g   Contact  www.scutedesign.com

by Shaun Audane   August 15, 2013  

Scute Design Lumin8a indicating gloves are surprisingly well-made handwear with built-in LEDs to increase the visibility of your signals and therefore your safety. They work, but we're not convinced you really need them.

For your 40 quid, you get gloves with chevron shaped LEDs, switchgear and USB rechargeable lithium-ion cell. To activate the flashing LED, you use your thumb to press a button next to your index finger knuckle. Here's the manufacturer's video to show you how they work:

We tested the full finger version, designed for operating temperatures between 5°C and 15°C; a classic mitt version is also available. They only come in one size, which will be a problem for many people, but they happened to be perfect for my long, slender hands, although the cuff is rather shallow.

The glove aspect is unremarkable but well-executed. You get knitted polyester/Lycra backs, nylon/polyurethane foam palms and a terry towelling nose-wipe on the thumb.

I liked the neutral black/yellow colour scheme but the palm's suede texture starts looking grubby after a few weeks of daily use. Ordinarily, that wouldn't be worth mentioning as you could just put them in the machine washing but the integral electrics here prohibit that.

This is a shame given they offer excellent all-conditions grip, while providing the dexterity needed to unwrap energy bars and even take photos on the fly.

Ulnar padding on gloves often causes precisely the discomfort it's supposed to alleviate but it works well here. The Lumin8 gloves offer impressive insulation from road or trail buzz, and I had no hint of numbness or tingling even after 70-odd miles.

The electronics are almost completely unobtrusive, although I did tend to accidentally engage the otherwise carefully aligned switch when cruising on the hoods, especially on bikes with flared drops such as Midge or Major Taylor bars. That's mildly distracting when belting along.

The signalling function is straightforward to use given a bit of practice, and those little diodes certainly reinforce your hand signals, especially around dusk. They're visible to around 150 metres.

However, 40 quid is not to be sneezed at. You can achieve much the same effect with high quality day-glo or retro reflective stickers and I can't help feeling this sort of accessory subtly reinforces the perception that cyclists are problems who need singling out to myopic or just plain careless drivers.

Verdict

Surprisingly competent gloves but the electronics preclude machine washing and I'm not completely sold on the concept.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Lumin8a Indicating Gloves

Size tested: Large

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?

Scute leave this open to interpretation, mine being that they're a snug fitting race glove/mitt with built-in LEDs and switch gear, presumably aimed at safety conscious commuters.

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

Knitted polyester/spandex backs, nylon/polyurethane foam palms and terry thumb pads. LED diodes under medical grade silicone commanded by surprisingly unobtrusive switch gear and li-ion cell.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
6/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
6/10

Frugal run times, nice fit, generous palms afford excellent defence against numbness over longer distances too.

Rate the product for durability:
 
6/10

Good quality fabrics but electronics will have a finite lifespan.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10

Well padded palms are very conducive to long rides.

Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

£40 is a little steep in my opinion.

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

Lumin8a indicating gloves has stirred mixed emotions. Great padding density and good fit ensures excellent long haul riding comfort but while the electronics are quite fun, they preclude machine washing and hand signals are easily enhanced by retro-fitting stickers to regular mitts/gloves.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Good fit, excellent padding density.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Relatively expensive, gimmick factor.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, something of a guilty pleasure.

Would you consider buying the product? No.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Not in their present guise.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

Scute say a revised version is being developed and will be available shortly. Watch this space.

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 38  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,

 

6 user comments

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A bit worried about the video. I may have missed it but when it got darker I didn't notice normal lights on the bikes.

posted by Nevetsyarg [70 posts]
15th August 2013 - 8:10

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Was thinking exactly the same. Even in the 'lighter' bits, the cars are running lights but the bike is not. Numpties.

posted by andyp [774 posts]
15th August 2013 - 8:43

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"Ordinarily ... you could just put them in the machine washing but the integral electrics here prohibit that."

The video claims (and shows) they can be washed in running water.

But yes, it also shows someone riding without lights, well after dark Sad

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posted by PJ McNally [579 posts]
15th August 2013 - 9:07

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what about some rave style glow sticks/bracelets? Then you can carry on washing your gloves.

posted by Cycle_Jim [281 posts]
15th August 2013 - 15:21

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The ideal use of indicators in vehicles is where they are contrasted with rear running lights thereby indicating their position as the direction being given.
The obvious lack of ability to do this on a glove can reduce its ability to be a visible indicator but anything is better than nothing.
Yes - I spotted the lack of rear lights too!

I like and prefer the lumenescent jackets where the arms are lit not only by reflective light but transmitted light. These work as indicators by nature and can act as a contrast to these gloves in addition as flashing indicators....but the next step is a rear bumper!

posted by Farky [177 posts]
16th August 2013 - 10:28

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[pedant alert] Technically, the glove won't contain switchgear. That's something totally different. [/pedant alert]

posted by merckxissimo [59 posts]
17th August 2013 - 13:03

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