For such a small item, there's a lot of technology that goes into a pair of gloves. Madison's Leia gloves are constructed from multiple materials – nylon, polyester, PU, cotton and rubber – and the result is a comfy, well featured product.
The material on the back of the hand and top of fingers is super-stretchy in both directions while, most importantly, the suede-effect palm doesn't bunch. Comfort is increased by the two palm pads, one under the ulna nerve and the other along the base of the knuckles where you can sometimes get callouses.
The sides of the fingers are a very stretchy thin fabric for freedom of movement, while the palm suedette extends along the bottom of the fingers for durability. The thumb arch and tips of the middle and index fingers are reinforced for added durability. These two finger tips have silicone print to ensure your fingers don't slip on the brake levers especially in the wet. They also work very well with touchscreen phones – it's always a bonus to not have to remove your gloves to send a text or take a snap. If you're prone to a runny nose you'll appreciate the generous microfibre snot wipe too.
These are a great pair of lightweight gloves ideal for autumn or spring or when there's a nip in the air. My only niggles are that the Velcro is so strong on the wrist tab that I snag the fingers doing it up, and that perhaps the fingers could be a tad longer.
Comfortable, well priced gloves for spring and autumn rides
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Madison Leia Women's Gloves
Size tested: Medium
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?
A multi-discipline full-fingered cycling glove
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Built strong, the Leia gloves offer comfort and protection
Subtle padded suede palm offers all-day comfort
Double layered sections of the palm offers all day protection
Silicone print on the braking fingers give brake lever grip even in the wettest of conditions
A reinforced thumb arch, middle finger tip and index finger tip ensure long life
Micro-fibre wipe on the thumb does not irritate your skin
Wrist closure for the perfect fit
Limited lifetime warranty
The wrist tabs are such strong Velcro that I found they snagged on the silky material on the side of the fingers when I closed them so the fabric soon looked bobbly.
I have long fingers so would have liked slightly more length here.
About right although if you're inbetween I'd advise going a size up rather than down. Mine are a medium.
These are about £7-£10 cheaper than comparable gloves.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Been through the washing machine multiple times no problem despite hand wash care label.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Comfort and colour options.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
Well made, comfy gloves at a very competitive price but Velcro snags easily.
About the tester
I usually ride: Marin Point Reyes 29er My best bike is: Giant Anthem X1
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, mtb, Audax