The Bioflex Plus Zero gloves are a stretchy autumn/spring weight design with good grip.
The back section of each hand is made from a stretchy nylon fabric (a lot like Lycra), and so are the double-thickness cuffs. The palm side is made from a nylon/polyurethane mix. That fabric isn't stretchy, it feels like a very thin suede.
The section between the thumb and the forefinger – where you put the pressure when you rest on the hoods – is reinforced with a second layer, as is the heel of the hand and the area at the base of the fingers. These latter two also feature tacky, rubbery grippers that do a great job of stopping your hands from slipping on the bars. There's no gripper on the fingers, but I didn't have any trouble shifting or braking properly even in damp conditions.
One of the best features, in my eyes, is the long cuff. It's [reaches for ruler] 6.5cm long so there's no danger at all of any exposed skin between your jersey and gloves (don't be silly – I'm assuming you're wearing a long sleeve jersey).
In terms of warmth, these gloves offer about the same level of insulation as a pair of woollen gloves, but a little extra wind resistance because of the denser fabric. There's really not a whole lot in it, though. Personally, I'd be wearing these in temperatures about 7-14°C, something like that. You might use them in slightly cooler conditions
They're standing up to regular use really well with barely any signs of wear so far, and the seams are all still intact, so I reckon these will see plenty of autumn/spring use for a long time to come.
The only potential negative is a lack of any padding. If you want some, you'll need to wear track mitts underneath, which isn't a problem because of the stretchiness.
Comfortable and grippy gloves for keeping the chills off in autumn and spring.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Bioflex Glove Plus Zero
Size tested: Black L
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?
The manufacturer says:
"Lightweight gloves with soft fabric provides a snug ergonomic fit, ideal for cool conditions
Ergonomic design for superb comfort and fit
Anti-slip gripper palms to ensure you remain in control
Extra-long cuff keeps the warmth in and the drafts out"
They are grippy and comfortable, as promised.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The long cuffs to avoid cold wrists. The stretchiness means they're easy to get on, even with slightly damp/sweaty hands.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing, really. They're doing great.
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: 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 more bike magazines than anyone else in the known universe, dating back to a time when this was all just fields. He's been road.cc technical editor for four 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. When he's not cycling around Wiltshire, he's running around it, or possibly swimming (sadly, he's one of those 'triathletes'). Mat is a youthful 42-year-old Cambridge graduate, GSOH etc.