DeFeet's Duragloves are simple, hardwearing gloves with a good amount of grip, for those days when it's not cold enough to need a windproof option.
They're made from 40% Coolmax and 40% Cordura nylon – which is tough stuff that's very resistant to abrasion. The remaining 20% is Lycra for extra grip around the cuff.
The Duragloves are a basic knit without any special panels or intricate details. There's no padding, so if you want that, you'll need to wear some mitts underneath.
All you get in the way of features is a rubbery logo print across the palm, fingers and thumb. That's really effective at stopping your hands slipping, even on damp bar tape. After several weeks of use, some of the grip has worn off, but not much – not enough to affect the performance. Being single thickness, they don't really impinge on lever feel.
The cuffs are ribbed so they fit closely without threatening to cut off your circulation... and that's about yer lot, really. I've had no pulled threads, no areas wearing thin, no drama whatsoever. And being very stretchy, they're easy to get on and off even when your hands are sweaty.
I've been using these when the temperature drops below about 13°C and I know from experience that I can carry on using them down to about 7°C. Below that, I'll want something windproof, and if it's really cold you can use these as a liner glove inside something windproof. Most other people don't feel the cold as much as me, so the temperature range might be 5-12°C, or something like that – maybe even colder if you're riding full on, like in a cyclocross race.
The other plus point is the price. At £14, it's no great trauma when they do eventually wear out.
Also available in red, white and yellow, and also in neon version for £14.99, and in wool at £15.99
Simple, hardwearing gloves with good grip, for autumn, spring, and even winter.
road.cc test report
Make and model: DeFeet Duraglove
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?
Defeet say, "Duragloves are made for aerobic sports like cycling and running. Like all DeFeet products, their usefulness comes from what they are not as much as from what they are. Duragloves are not made to climb Mt. Everest. They are made to climb mountains at a hard pace, descend the other side, and do it over and over until your ride is done. Thin enough to ride at your maximum effort and still give you dexterity to fiddle around in your jersey for food. Thick enough to keep frostbite off your fingers at 50mph down alps still laden with snow. Made in both CoolMax EcoMade and Merino Wool versions. Destined to become a staple in your cycling and multi-sport wardrobe."
That's all reasonable. These are pretty basic - but you need some basic stuff in your cycling wardrobe.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well. The limitation could be the lack of padding, depending on the riding you do. These are very stretchy so you can always wear mitts underneath.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Simple, cheap, effective.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The grippy rubber logos can wear off, albeit slowly.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, and I have in the past.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 42 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.