Looking for a versatile and comfortable glove that can stave off a bit of rain and provide ample warmth for cool spring rides? The Sportful NoRain Gloves tick those boxes with a great fit and silicone covered palms ramping up the grip in tricky conditions.
These gloves are constructed from Sportful's own NoRain material to provide protection against cold wind and rain. They're not fully waterproof, instead, the name of the game is to keep light rain and short downpours from rapidly saturating the gloves while maintaining good insulation and breathability, so you don't overheat.
It's a fine line but one that the NoRain gloves strike just about perfectly. The level of insulation isn't, in my experience, sufficient to stave off the coldest weather, but for milder temperatures they provide just the right balance of warmth, breathability and comfort. As we head into spring they are the perfect accompaniment to changeable and unpredictable weather, because they'll deal with all but the most horrid weather with aplomb.
I found the fit to be excellent, with perfect finger length avoiding floppy fingertips yet not at all restrictive. The material has a nice level of stretch which really ensures they have as close to a second skin fit as possible. The entire palm and underside of the fingers are covered with a silicone material which ensures limpet-like grip on the handlebar, a bonus in the rain or mud.
A generous length cuff provides a good overlap with a long sleeve jersey or arm warmers, over or under depending on your preference, and there's a small pull tab to ease them on. The Sportful logo is reflective for added road visibility when signalling.
Sportful quotes a maximum operating temperature of 20°C which I have tested and they are breathable enough to avoid overheating. The temperature at which gloves come off comes down to personal choice and depends on many variables like circulation, rain and wind conditions. Personally, I need it to be jolly warm before the gloves come off and these provide that protection I look for in mild weather.
Costing £40 they're not cheap, but they are highly versatile and a good investment as they easily offer three-season use. In terms of comfort and insulation/breathability, I'd compare them to the similarly priced Gore M Windstopper Gloves, but the Sportfuls have the added bonus of extra rain protection.
Comfortable and great protection in changeable and unpredictable weather
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Sportful NoRain Gloves
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for
Sportful says, "Made of NoRain rainproof fabric, it's the perfect glove for the early winter rides that protects you against water and wind."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Sportful lists these features:
NoRain fabric for excellent protection against water and wind
Silicone print on the palm
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Been washed multiple times and still look new.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Provide good warmth without overheating in a wide range of temperatures and conditions.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Great fit and comfort, plus that grippy palm.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
There's nothing to dislike.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Compare well to other products, like the Gore gloves mentioned in the review.
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
The level of performance justifies the score. Yes, you can spend less, but the price seems fair for the quality and performance.
About the tester
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, mountain biking
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.