The Mavic Cosmic Pro gloves are about as minimalist as you can get, with absolutely no padding, but they still offer plenty of comfort for those who like the ultimate in handlebar feel. You can get cheaper, though, so are you paying more for less?
If you are just after a pair of mitts that offer protection in a fall then these Cosmic Pro should definitely be on your wish list.
First up, Mavic says that they offer an ergonomic cut to shape to the hand when wrapped around the handlebar, and they certainly are comfortable gloves. You don't get any bunching of material on the palm and the amount of stretch afforded by the Lycra upper means that they fit snuggly and don't require any Velcro or anything at the wrist to keep them in place.
The synthetic palm is made up of three pieces with the stitching well placed to avoid any discomfort, plus there is a small Lycra section near the thumb which keeps the fit close without restriction of movement. The fabric is soft to the touch and is standing up well to abrasion. I had a bit of an off on a gravel track, sliding on my right hand for a bit, and the palm suffered nothing more than a bit of dirt.
The thinness of the palm allows for great feel as if you aren't wearing gloves at all.
It's good to see a towelling thumb section for wiping sweat and snot.
Getting them on and off is easy thanks to an extended tab at the rear of the palm, with the same at the end of each finger. Even with sweaty hands it's no bother.
In a bid to avoid those sweaty hands, Mavic has added venting holes to the fingers and thumb. How well they work is hard to gauge, but even when the temperatures were high I never really felt my hands get too hot. The fabric has PF30 sun protection too.
At £35 the Cosmics are quite pricey against the competitors who also offer minimalist gloves. These Giro Zero CS mitts, for instance, are just £29.99. The Mavics are very well made, though, and are certainly durable so when you compare their price to the likes of the Assos Summergloves S7 at £40 or the Prologo CPC gloves for £49.99, things don't look too bad.
Very comfortable gloves considering their lack of padding, great for those who like to feel everything
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Mavic Cosmic Pro Glove
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for
Mavic says, "It's one of the key contact points between you and your bike: your hands on the bars. To optimize that connection, give yourself the pro treatment with our most advanced race glove. The Cosmic Pro is made with raw-cut edges and no palm pads for a super-responsive feel. It has laser-cut micro-vents for added ventilation and an ergo-tab finger design that makes it easy to remove, even when you're on the bike."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Mavic lists these features:
Second-skin pro fit
Lightweight fabrics and raw-cut edges for a closer fit and gloveless feeling
No palm pads for 100% handlebar feel
Ergo cut preshaped palm to reduce excess fabric and increase handlebar comfort
Ready for the heat
Sun protection fabric UPF 30
Lasercut microvents for extra ventilation
Functional throughout the ride
Ergotab finger design to help take them off whilst on the bike
Impressive considering the lightweight fabrics.
I'm right on the medium/large changeover when it comes to knuckle circumference but I'm glad I've got the large size here as they offer a snug fit.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
I've had no issues with anything when either machine or hand washing them.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
If you like to feel everything from the road they are lovely gloves to use.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Great cut and fit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing really, although you can buy padded gloves which use more material for half the price.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
They are a fiver more expensive than the Giro Zero CS which use the same minimalist approach to the palm.
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
Decent quality and a great fit means that the Cosmic Pros impress. You can get cheaper but I'd say the Mavics are still worthy of their place in the market.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 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
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!