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DexShell ThermFit NEO Gloves

8
£35.00

VERDICT:

8
10
Well-designed and comfortable gloves that keep out the cold and rain and keep in the warmth
Waterproof
Windproof
Warm
Flexible for easy movement
More difficult to get on than some
No nosewipe area
No padding will be a drawback for some
Weight: 
93g

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The DexShell ThermFit NEO Gloves work really well on the bike: they're warm, waterproof and give a good grip on the bar. They aren't padded, which won't please everyone, and I found them more difficult to get on than others, but once you've achieved that, they're great.

Unlike typical winter cycling gloves, which have a hardshell material as an outer, a soft inner, and most often a fair amount of padding on the palm, these ThermFit NEOs have a knit outer and merino mix inner, and no padding anywhere. They do have silicone gripper on the fingers and across the palm, but aside from that the palm seems to be made from the same material as the tops, and they act and wear like any 'normal' pair of casual gloves.

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One of the big advantages of this kind of flexible knit design over those with thicker or more hardshell outers is that it makes pulling levers, wrapping around handlebars or grabbing items from a jersey pocket easier.

Their weatherproofing is excellent. I used them in a wide range of conditions, down to around -2°C and in pouring rain; they were really put through their paces but never found wanting. With impressive warmth and waterproofing, they kept everything out in even the most foul weather. They also cover a pretty wide range of temperatures – over the Christmas period we had days in the mid-teens and these were fine for that too.

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The touchscreen-sensitive thumb and forefingers work impressively well, too, so I can use my iPhone or Garmin without needing to remove the gloves.

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Not having any padding on the palm has its positives and negatives. It means you get a good feel of the road through the bars, but if you use them for a prolonged period over rough terrain your hands can take a bit of beating. I prefer to have a little padding, but I wore these for several longer rides without any major discomfort.

The silicone gripper on the palm and fingers provides more than adequate grip even in soaking wet conditions.

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One slight downside to these gloves is that there is no 'wipe zone', so if your glasses get rained on or you need to wipe away sweat (or snot), you need to use the more abrasive material on the back of the hand.

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I also found putting the gloves on an 'interesting' experience. They aren't particularly complex, but their construction means they create a pretty air tight seal, and you might need to individually adjust each finger. It's a little like putting on wetsuit gloves, if you're familiar with that. I found that as the gloves were used a bit more, this became slightly less pronounced, but it's certainly noticeable in the first few weeks. Taking them off is pretty simple, mainly because they offer a lot of dexterity so it's easy to grab the end of a finger and pull.

Value

For an rrp of £35, their performance is impressive. They're very similar to the Stolen Goat Climb & Conquer 4 Seasons Gloves that Mike tested last year and loved, which are the same price. In fact, beyond the logo and the layout of the silicone grippers, they look very, very similar...

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Looking at other gloves in that price range, I tested the Bontrager Circuit Windshield Gloves in April last year, which cost £5 more and despite being excellent cool weather gloves don't offer the same warmth.

Conclusion

These gloves are impressive. The construction is unusual, but there is no doubt that they do the job very well. They're warm and weatherproof, and the silicone gripper do a good job so your fingers won't slip off the levers. There isn't any padding or a snot-wipe area, and they are a little more awkward to put on than most, but aside from that there is little not to like.

Verdict

Well-designed and comfortable gloves that keep out the cold and rain and keep in the warmth

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road.cc test report

Make and model: DexShell ThermFit NEO Gloves

Size tested: Large

Tell us what the product is for

DexShell says: "The DexShell ThermFIT NEO Gloves are waterproof, windproof and breathable gloves with a knit outer and merino terry loop inner. They are flexible and give great dexterity whatever the activity. The ThermFIT NEO Gloves are perfect for hiking, cycling and everyday use."

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

DexShell lists:

Outer Shell: 84% polyamide, 13% elastodiene, 2% elastane, 1% conductive yarns

Interliner: Porelle® membrane (100% PU)

Inner Glove: 40% merino wool, 40% acrylic, 18% polyamide, 2% elastane

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

I was initially a bit worried about the silicone grippers peeling off because of the flexibility of the material, but after six weeks of near daily use this hasn't been an issue.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

They kept everything out that I didn't want getting in, and kept the warmth in.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

Early days, but they're nice and thick and feel like they're likely to last.

Rate the product for fit:
 
7/10

Once properly on they fit nice and close, though getting your fingers in place takes a little longer than others I have used.

Rate the product for sizing:
 
8/10

The medium sized up as expected.

Rate the product for weight:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
7/10

They're comfortable in that they keep your hands warm and dry, but there's no padding for protection on rougher terrain.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

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

Very easy – I stuck them in at a standard 30 degree wash a few times; the only slight challenge is that the waterproofing means they take longer to completely dry inside and out.

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

Very well – they kept my hands warm and comfortable without adversely affecting my grip on the bars.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Their flex – they feel like casual gloves that work well on the bike.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing major, but it takes a little longer to get your fingers in place than some gloves. Some people might also want a bit of padding.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

They're a fiver less than the Bontrager Circuit Windshield Gloves I tested last year, which, despite being excellent cool weather gloves, don't offer the same warmth. They're the same price as Stolen Goat's very similar Climb & Conquer 4 Seasons Gloves, which Mike reckoned were really good value.

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 very good: flexible, warm, and grip the bars well. They do everything you want from a cycling glove, while feeling like a more casual glove.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 33  Height: 6 ft  Weight:

I usually ride: CAAD13  My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo

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: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,

George spends his days helping companies deal with their cycling commuting challenges with his company Cycling for Work. He has been writing for Road.cc since 2014. 

When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects. 

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