These ultra lightweight, female-specific track mitts from Prendas Ciclismo are intended to appeal to female riders who don't particularly like wearing gloves, but are looking for just a little bit of extra comfort for their riding.
The design reputedly came about as a direct result of Prendas' sponsorship of the Horizon/Matrix Fitness Women's Cycling Team in 2011, and the fit is intended to cater to the different proportions of the female hand.
Made in Italy, they have a simple sporty design, available in both black and white, with contrasting panels. The back of the glove is a stretch breathable fabric, while the palms are a complex blend of mesh, padding and shock-absorbing silicon inserts. The thumbs feature a toweling nose/sweat wipe.
These mitts are pull-on style, with a double thickness cuff made of the same stretch fabric as the main body of the glove. A couple of pull tags are included to make putting on and removal easier.
The fit is excellent, with five sizes from XS-XL catering for all but the most unusual woman's hand. There was no feeling of tightness, but also no excess fabric to bunch up and cause discomfort. The cuffs sat snugly against the wrists for a pleasantly unobtrusive comfortable fit, significantly more comfortable than many Velcro fastening mitts.
The stretch fabric and the mesh palms both worked really well to keep hands cool and perspiration free, while the padding was well positioned and did a good job of protecting from road buzz and nerve pain. Those who suffer from soreness at the web of the thumb might find these a little too minimalist on the hoods, but even on longer rides the overall comfort was impressive.
For £19.99 it's hard to go wrong with these if you're looking for a super light and breathable mitt with good comfort levels.
Super light and breathable, offering long distance comfort at a bargain price.
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Prendas Ciclismo Women's Track Mitts/Summer Cycling Glove
Size tested: Size Med/white
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?
Aimed at female road riders looking for a glove that doesn't feel like a glove.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Back 80% polyester/20% elastane
Palm 90% polyester/10% polyurethane
Made in Italy
Shock-absorbing silicon inserts
Breathable mesh palm
Towelling nose wipe
Available in sizes XS-XL
Machine washable at 30
Well finished and good quality materials.
Performed really well, particularly on the drops.
Should last well, as long as you don't mind them not staying particularly white (if you choose the white option).
Comfortable over long distances, even in hot conditions.
Can't fault this price.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed brilliantly as a lightweight summer mitt.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Weight, pull on design, cushioning, mesh palm.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Definitely.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Definitely.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Sporty looks and high performance in a low cost package.
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.