I've worn a few pairs of gloves over the years that were claimed by their makers to be 'waterproof' but really weren't. Here, the Altura Peloton Progel Waterproof Gloves do live up to their name, stopping any water getting in. Unfortunately, they seem to stop any moisture getting out too, so any sweat that builds up stays inside and makes for a soggy liner.
Despite that, I've been quite happy wearing them, choosing them on wet days over non-waterproof but more breathable ones.
Their waterproofing is so good that I could stick my finger over the end of the hosepipe to spray down my bike after the muddy commute home, and nothing got through. Impressive.
But that does come at the expense of breathability. It was really only a problem if I wanted to take the gloves off briefly and then put them back on again. Given a few hours on a radiator – throughout the working day, say, or overnight – and they were fine. Try it too soon – after a stop for coffee or a snack mid-ride – and they feel cold and clammy, though they do soon warm up.
They're warm gloves, but on really cold rides I have noticed a bit of a chill in the fingers, so I wouldn't recommend them for deep midwinter.
In terms of comfort, the fleecy inner is nice and cosy, and tethered to the ends of the fingers so it doesn't come out with your hands; it just needs a little manoeuvring to get back into place comfortably, but not too much of a faff.
The gel pads in the palm provide plenty of cushioning – possibly a bit too much at the base of the fingers, where it's quite chunky.
There's plenty of grippy silicone in the palm too, so no problem keeping your hands on the bar on wet rides. The touchscreen-compatible fingertips on the first two fingers work well – which is good as you really don't want to be taking these gloves off mid-ride to make a call or check your GPS – or rather, you don't want to be putting them back on again...
At £39.99 they're about what I'd expect to pay for a pair of good waterproof gloves for commuting – but their lack of breathability means I'd probably opt for the Night Vision versions at the same price, as it seems they're better on that score.
Excellent waterproofing and a good fit, but lacking breathability
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Altura Peloton Progel Waterproof Glove
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?
Altura says: "The Altura Progel Waterproof Gloves are great fitting waterproof cycling gloves with comfortable and protective proGEL palm padding. They are also made from highly breathable fabric."
They're certainly waterproof, but I wouldn't call them 'highly breathable'.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Outershell - 45% Polyester, 35% Nylon, 20% Polyurethane
Lining - 100% Polyester
Waterproof, windproof, breathable
Low bulk, ergonomic fit
Velcro cuff adjuster
Progel palm padding
Left index finger feels very slightly narrower than all the others (unless it's just my left index finger...).
Good in that they keep out rain really well; if they breathed as well they'd score higher.
Nothing untoward has happened to suggest they won't last well.
Good fit, apart from one slightly tight finger.
Fingers are long enough without the body being too big.
They keep rain out, but they do get soggy from sweat very quickly.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
They wash easily with sports kit, and so long as you match up the Velcro closures carefully that seems to hold them in place and stop them grabbing other garments.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Well, they do keep the rain out, but they're not too pleasant to put back on again if they haven't had time to dry out, and they need quite a bit of time to do that, even on a radiator.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Lack of breathability.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Maybe
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe
Use this box to explain your score
I'm not sure I can give these a 7 for good, because though they keep rain out they need to be more breathable. That said, it isn't something you really notice until you take them off or, more precisely, put them back on again, when they feel cold and soggy. But they do warm up again quite quickly. A high 6...
About the tester
I usually ride: Vitus Venon My best bike is: Paulus Quiros
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, sportives, general fitness riding
Tass is our production pedant, who boldly goes hunting for split infinitives, rogue apostrophes and other things up with which she will not put. She's ridden off-road but much prefers on, hasn't done half the touring she'd like to, and loves paper maps.