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Sneak peek: Giro 2011 gloves

New road models to be launched next year

It might seem a long way off, but Giro have some excellent-looking gloves lined up for spring 2011. These in particular caught our eye…

The key feature of the LTZ, which stands for Less Than Zero, is its weight – or the lack of it. The name refers to the minimalist Zero glove that’s in the existing Giro range, and the fact that this one is lighter – they reckon it hits the scales at 13.5g. You get a soft, micro-vented leather palm, a modest amount of padding – no deep cushioning here – and silicone grippers inside the cuff that’ll hold them in place against a long-sleeved skinsuit.

The Gilman is another new model for next year. Long fingered with a cool check design, it’s going to prove popular for commuting in 2011. You get leather palms, a press stud closure, and a wipe on the back of the thumb. We like it.

The classically styled LX, which is made with vented leather on the back and a super-soft Pittards leather palm, will be available in tan next year to go alongside the existing black and white options. Very classy. With Giro’s top-level Technogel polyurethane padding on the palms, we can imagine them going down well with racers and urban riders alike.

We’ve no word yet on prices, but as soon as we do you'll be the first to know.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, 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 winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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