Kalf's Men's Mitts provide really comfortable padding – ideal for those who prefer to have a little protection for their hands – but what struck me the most was how well they fit all over the hand.
The top is made of flexible Lycra, while the palm features thin goat leather for optimal grip and flexibility under the palm, with two small flexible cutouts for added stretch where needed as well as laser-cut holes for ventilation.
The wrists are fastened by a Velcro cuff, so it's easy to get your hands in and out of the glove, while the digits are stretchy too. Kalf has also avoided stitching in between the fingers, which means that pressure in this area is greatly reduced and kind on the delicate webbing of your hands.
As a result, I found them very comfortable to wear over long rides, including a century sportive, while my hands never overheated, even when the temperature rose in the sun.
Kalf is a relative newcomer to the cycling apparel market, and is available exclusively through Evans. Its distinctive chevron design features on the back of the mitt (it's reflective, but not massively so) and there are logos on the Velcro tab. There's also ample space for a suede panel on the back of the thumb for nose wiping.
What I particularly liked was the foam padding under the top and edge of the palm, which is minimalistic yet effective at providing a little extra cushioning to the main pressure points of the hand. They do a great job of dissipating road buzz without getting in the way of the soft and flexible yet grippy palm.
Interestingly, I was very comfortable in a size medium, although I normally wear a large in gloves (and XL in some). This suggests that they come up slightly large, as well as being flexible and stretchy. If pushed I'd probably still go for large if I were to buy a pair, but the flexibility of the design means the mediums are fine.
Additional features include a wrist tab to help pull the mitts on and off, as well as tabs under the middle and third fingers for extra protection and easier adjustment.
The quality shines through, with washes leaving the materials as-new and the important Velcro tab as effective as ever.
All in all, Kalf's mitts are a decent piece of kit, with the price tag of £24.99 a fair estimation in my eyes – sitting alongside many others reviewed on road.cc. I'm impressed.
Kalf's mitts are well considered, cool and cushioned – winners in my book
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Kalf Men's Mitt
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?
Kalf says: "Cushioned, comfortable and stylish, the Kalf Mitt combines an abrasion-resistant, 100% goat leather palm with a breathable back, reflective detailing and a micro-suede nose wipe."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
- Goat leather palm
- Reflective print
- Suede nose wipe
Very good, considering the light weight overall.
Excellent, no issues on a 100-mile sportive.
Early days, but have lasted well over the past few weeks, with no real signs of wear.
Lovely fit, even in a medium size that should be a little tight.
They might size up a little bigger than normal, but they're stretchy so even though I suspect they're a little small for me, they remain comfortable and effective.
A nice and svelte 34g on the road.cc scales.
The goat leather is great, and while they don't have the plushest padding, they're very comfortable overall.
£24.99 is a decent asking price for a decent pair of mitts.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Style, comfort, stretchy fit, Velcro tab fastening.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing springs to mind.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes – especially to match other Kalf kit.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
Overall, these are very good quality mitts that provide cushioning and comfort for long rides.
About the tester
I usually ride: Canyon Ultimate CF SL 9.0 SL (2016) My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding