Because these cycle mitts are from Rapha they're much much more than just cycle mitts, obviously. They're Grand Tour Gloves for a start. Made from African Hair Sheep leather, which is the finest available apparently, the leather isn't just put together in a hand shape, it's cut by skilled craftsmen and worked by hand for its characteristic texture and suppleness. That padding on the palm is 2mm pads from army sniper gloves, well, what else did you expect, none of that common gel or dull foam here.
The Sugoi Firewall GTs are well made windproof gloves that are really comfortable in cool weather.
They're mostly nylon with polyurethane in there to provide windproofing – and they do keep the cold air out well. They're water-resistant too, although not waterproof; your hands will get wet if it rains hard during your ride.
These Louis Garneau Mondo gloves offer very comfortable gel padding and good ventilation for hot summer weather.
One of the main features of the Mondo gloves is that they keep your hands cooler than most. That's largely down to the centre of the palm being a mesh panel that Louis Garneau call the Ergo Air Zone – a small window in the Amara synthetic leather. There are also lots of vent holes in the palms, most of them going right through the gel padding.
The Castelli S Rosso Corsa gloves are a neat, well-ventilated option for summer riding.
Campagnolo's Challenge Gloves are toasty down to about zero degrees, are windproof and water resistant, but they're not 100 per cent waterproof.
These elegant racing mitts from Swedish kit masters Craft are stylish and understated. At least, they are at the moment. I'm not sure how the gleaming white mesh will cope with a mid-ride wheel change or emergency chain splitting incident. Of course, if you're sensible you can always take them off and there are some handy removal loops between the fingers to assist you there. Alternatively, you could just buy them in black instead.
We reckon two-part gloves make a whole lot of sense for deep-winter riding and this waterproof design from Giro has become a firm favourite.
bspoke Boston Gauntlet gloves, a pair of cycling gloves that hope to bring a bit of class to the commuting market.
After the first ride wearing these I strode into the office with warm hands, holding the gloves and was asked if I had been off murdering people, someone else commented “no, he's driven the jaaag in” – interesting initial opinions from the non cycling fraternity but do they have a point?
Lots of cycling equipment claims to be waterproof; these gloves actually are. You can dip your hands in a bucket of water with these on and nothing gets through the membrane. We know because we tried it – as well as riding in them plenty too, obviously. The bucket of water thing might not be particularly useful in normal cycling life but the ability to keep your hands dry whatever the circumstances certainly is.