Cube's Natural Fit range of gloves are designed to provide plenty of movement and dexterity while still offering full finger coverage for those early Spring mornings. You'll need to size up though if you've got long digits.
We've got the Touch version here which is designed with touch screen devices in mind. Considering many riders use their phones mid ride for Strava, taking pictures and the like it makes a lot of sense.
The material used for the palm and fingers feels like a sort of faux leather and it's this that works with the touchscreen so can use any part of the underside of the glove. It's thin but gives you plenty of feeling, ideal for navigating through menus or feedback from your brake levers.
While the screen of my Garmin and iPhone will work with my normal gloves it's a bit hap hazard, especially the phone. Using the Cube gloves it's much more precise and easy to do something with the screen while riding too.
The comfort is good with it barely feeling like you've got any gloves on at all, which I suppose kind of the aim with the Natural Fit moniker. The palm material of the finger extends over the top and finishes just below the nail so there are no seams at the finger ends.
This touchscreen compatible material is also very grippy especially when used on carbon brake levers in the wet. It has a sort of tackiness that sticks to the material.
The three sections of gel padding are positioned just where you need them, base of thumb, running below the fingers and the outer palm. It's about 4mm thick and firm too so it's supportive and decent at absorbing shock without being over the top. Riding a pretty harsh frame over rough roads didn't feel uncomfortable and stopped all of the big shocks passing up through my arms. This should make them good for cyclo-cross and general off-road riding too.
The back is ventilated with a soft, tight knit mesh and this works well from around 7°C to 15°C for regulating temperature between too hot and too cold.
You get a snot wipe on the back of the thumb which is always a must on any glove.
The Cube gloves seem to be a bit on the short side in the finger department. The main palm area fitted me spot on as did the cuff in both width and length but my decidedly stubby fingers reached right to the ends, not something that happens often to be honest. If you're a bit nifty on the piano you're definitely going to have to size up to get the length.
Thanks to some stretch in the material they are easy to get on and off when coupled with the cuff tab and a Velcro strap provides a close fit.
Overall the Natural Fit Touch gloves are well built, very comfortable and make using mobile devices very simple. The short fingers could be an issue for some but I think the biggest hurdle could be the price. £34.99 is pretty steep for the type of glove that is likely to be used for just a few months of the year, for pure roadies anyway.
Pricey screen tappers but robust with plenty of comfort
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Cube Gloves Natural Fit
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?
The Natural Fit Touch gloves are designed to give as close a feel to wearing no gloves at all with this version being designed for touchscreen capability. I find them comfortable with loads of dexterity.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Compatible with touchscreen devices
lightweight and very well ventilated long finger gloves
CUBE VENT SYSTEM
mesh backs with X-application
Natural fit gel foam padding
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The touchscreen material works great with phone screens allowing you to access menus without removing your gloves. The thin fit means for great dexterity and a lot of feedback from the bike.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The well positioned padding.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Not really, they're pricey.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
The Natural Fit gloves are very nice, comfortable and I like the minimalistic feel to them but I think the price should be closer to £25.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Kinesis T2 My best bike is: Kinesis Aithien
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.