The RH+ Ride gloves offer a good level of warmth for intermediate conditions along with well-positioned padding for your ulnar nerve.
RH+ don't bill up these gloves as windproof but you could describe them as highly wind resistant. Polyurethane in both the backs and the palms helps to stop the cold air getting in, and the soft backing to the thumb does a similar job.
Velcro-style adjusters allow you to get a close fit around the wrists although the cuffs don't extend particularly high up your arms, just covering the knobbly bits of the wrists on me.
These are pretty lightweight gloves, just one fabric thick rather than multi-layer, but all of the fabrics except the cuffs have fleecy inner faces. It's not deep-pile stuff but it does add a bit of thermal insulation while still drying fast if you do get sweaty hands.
RH+ give the Ride gloves a temperature range of 3-13°C for these gloves. That's a tricky one because some people feel the cold much more than others, especially when it comes to hands. Personally, I'm in big gloves with liner gloves underneath long before the temperature gets down to 3°C, even if I'm riding hard. I'd be using these in temperatures from 8-14°C. I reckon most people will be somewhere in the middle.
A good gel pad keeps your ulnar nerve covered to prevent you getting pins and needles or losing feeling in your hands, and lots of rubbery print across the palms stops you slipping on damp bars. Several weeks in and all that print is still in place.
Quite a bit of reflective detailing on the backs adds to nighttime visibility while the faux suede reinforcement between the thumb and forefinger looks like it'll be doing the job for a long time to come.
Are they worth £45? It might seem high when you can get full-on winter gloves with loads of insulation for about the same price, but it is about the going rate for well-made gloves of this kind.
Warm enough for spring and autumn riding with useful protective padding.
road.cc test report
Make and model: rh+ Ride Glove
Size tested: Large Black
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?
RH+ keep it short and simple, saying:
*Preshaped anatomic structure
*Nonslip anatomic palm with varying thickness
The seams inside the fingers feel quite prominent, although that's usually the case with single-layer gloves.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
I prefer higher cuffs to make sure that wrists stay covered.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, they do a good job.
Would you consider buying the product? Not sure. It's a crowded market at this price.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? As above.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
I think they're good, solid gloves, although they don't particularly stand out - hence an overall mark of 7.
About the tester
Age: 43 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.