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Verdict: 
Really comfortable summer mitts for all-day riding, with well-positioned padding
Weight: 
43g
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The Lizard Skins Aramus GC summer mitts are comfortable and well made, easy to put on and off, and a decent price for a quality padded mitt. I tested the unpadded Aramus Elites at the same time and a lot of my findings are the same; if you liked the sound of those but prefer a bit of padding, these are well worth a look.

  • Pros: Comfortable, easy to wear, well made
  • Cons: Nothing really

The Aramus GCs are made from AX suede on the palm with well-positioned gel inserts (around 2-3mm thick) at the base of the fingers, thumb and side of the hand, and a breathable mesh on the back of the hand with the usual towelling strip. The materials are soft against the skin, with a Velcro strap for a snug fit.

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As with the Elites, the fingers are longer than most mitts I've worn, giving a little extra grip on the handlebar. Between the fingers are two decently sized finger pulls – some gloves I have worn have had these but were far too small and fiddly – which makes pulling the gloves off without them turning inside out a doddle.

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Sizing-wise they're spot on, the size large tested being just right for my hands (it's not my hands modelling them). Some brands can be wildly different and way too small (usually) or too big.

Like the Elites, they do a great job, providing a nice amount of grip on the bar, which increases somewhat when the suede is damp, with just that bit more cushioning from the gel. I'd say they're just a smidge more comfortable than the unpadded Elites, though both are capable of keeping your hands protected from road buzz on day-long rides.

The towelling strip is as useful as ever, especially in the hotter weather and, as mentioned, getting them on and off is easy, which is good for cleanliness at cafe stops; as I said in my review of the Elites, I don't always bother removing gloves if it's a pain.

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I've washed them several times in the machine with Halo sports liquid, strapping down the Velcro (otherwise they will stick to anything else in the wash) and they've come out looking like new, supple and ready to go again after air-drying outside.

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After a few weeks' wear and a bit of abuse they've held up really well, with no stitching coming undone or holes appearing anywhere, and look like they'll last a couple of seasons if not longer.

At £30 they sit in the upper price range for a pair of good mitts (the unpadded Elites are £25), but can be had for less online with a little searching. If you like padding in your mitts, I'd say these are a good buy.

Verdict

Really comfortable summer mitts for all-day riding, with well-positioned padding

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Lizard Skins Aramus GC Gloves

Size tested: Large

Tell us what the product is for

A general riding mitt, the Aramus GC features an adjustable TPR strap for a secure fit and gel pads to keep your hands comfortable on long rides.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

From Lizard Skins:

Finger Pulls For Easy Removal

Perforated AX Suede Palm

Adjustable Leather Strap

Gel Padding

Available in S-XXL

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Very well made with no loose stitching or excess material.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Again, well made and quality materials mean they do a great job of keeping your hands comfortable and protected.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Many hot rides and trips through the wash haven't dented the looks or performance.

Rate the product for fit:
 
8/10

They fitted as I would expect for an L, the materials comfortable on the hands with no pinching between the fingers.

Rate the product for sizing:
 
8/10

The size L tested fitted nicely, on par with what I would expect for an L.

Rate the product for weight:
 
7/10

The gel adds a little weight over a standard mitt but it's unnoticeable when on. (The unpadded Aramus Elites I tested were 31g, for example.)

Rate the product for comfort:
 
9/10

They are really comfortable in use, the materials used soft against the skin with no pinching or tight areas at all.

Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

Just pushing the high end for a pair of general use mitts but well made and should last a couple of seasons.

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

They went through the wash several times using Halo sports wash without any problems, and as long as you air-dry them they stay supple.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

They are decent mitts that do their job well – comfortable and offering some protection and grip.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Quality materials, comfortable, decent level of gel, useful finger pulls and grip well.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing.

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 overall score

They're a well-made and comfortable pair of padded summer mitts at a reasonable price that should last a couple of seasons.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 46  Height: 190cm, 6'2  Weight: 185lb, 84kg

I usually ride: Boardman AirPro Di2  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, sportives