It's always a good day when you go out in summer gloves for the first ride since winter. The RH+ Racer mitts are a high-end summer gloves and priced accordingly, in line with comparable options from Castelli and Gore.
There's a lot going on here, with a fairly complicated back design combining black mesh with white lycra stripes. These are bonded to the mesh and I wondered initially how they'd cope with use and washing, but it's all stayed together just fine. Ventilation was good and I didn't find myself with sweaty hands (although to be fair it's not been hugely warm yet this year).
The RH+ branding and adjacent stripes are just starting to peel off after six weeks of fairly regular use and probably half a dozen cool washes in the machine. I've had this with other gloves (it's practically a Castelli signature) and it doesn't really bother me as it doesn't affect the performance or comfort of the gloves at all.
Down the outside edge of the gloves is a reflective dotted line; when combined with the striped backs this makes for good visibility in a range of light conditions. Thankfully the reflectives seem to be staying put well. The palm is made of a tough polyester material and again there's some good detailing, with three polyurethene pads to provide some vibration isolation and an unusual printed rubbery grip pattern right across the palm.
As a result, the Racers are a particularly grippy set of gloves. I haven't generally found problems with insufficiently grippy gloves in the past, but the combination of the padding and grip print would make these a great choice if you have thin or no bar tape. With thicker bar tape these can feel over-padded but there's no bunching on the palms so they are nevertheless plenty comfortable. I've used these for rides of five hours with no discomfort or numbness.
There's the obligatory terry wipe on the thumb and some loops between the fingers to aid removal. These are a nice idea and do make the gloves easier to remove especially when you've been sweating. One of the loops started to come unstitched on the very first time I used them, though, so I have some doubts about their robustness.
Curiously our review set are a little different to the model shown on RH+'s website, with the Velcro tab located on the back of the gloves rather than palm-side. They are hard to find in online shops, however, and the dealer locator on RH+'s website shows precisely zero UK stores - which is strange as I've seen their kit in one of our local bike shops.
Well made mitts with good detail and grip; padding is well-placed and generous, possibly too generous for some
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Make and model: RH+ Racer mitt
Size tested: 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?
*Preformed anatomic construction
*Nonslip anatomic palm with varying thickness
*Terry sweat wipe
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Apparently they have a TechIndex of 2000, or 4 red hexagons.
Well-made gloves, only issue was with the stitching on the loops between the fingers.
They are towards the upper end of the price spectrum for mitts - you can get decent basic mitts for around half this price.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
I used these for long hard rides and had no discomfort, so they performed very well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Good quality construction, decent visibility in white and black, excellent comfort.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not much - they are perhaps a bit spendy.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 35 Height: 190cm Weight: 78kg
I usually ride: Boardman CX team for the daily commute My best bike is: Rose Xeon CRS
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: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Jez spends his days making robots that drive cars but is happiest when on two wheels. His roots are in mountain biking but he spends more time nowadays on the road, occasionally racing but more often just riding.