Loffi Adult 2.0 gloves

8
£35.00

VERDICT:

8
10
Versatile, effective and extremely comfy cool-weather gloves, though the shaping needs a little work
Gel is very comfortable
Good for general riding
Reflective back, cheerful palm
Short cuff
Fit won't suit all
Not windproof when wet
Weight: 
65g
Contact: 

The Loffi Adult 2.0 gloves go beyond their smiley-face gimmick to provide surprisingly versatile performance. They're comfortable, warm and grippy in all mild-to-cold conditions whether wet or dry, though serious riders will find their limits – when soaked they're cold at speed and slippery on the hoods, the cuff is short, and the fit doesn't work well with liners.

The glaringly obvious thing about these redesigned '2.0' gloves is, of course, the big smiley face. It arrives with prominent marketing that claims it'll bring us all together, or at least within two metres of each other, in one big happy family. I can't say I personally noticed any difference in reactions when I waved with these, but then I live in the countryside. There are only so many expressions a sheep can have, and the same is true of farmers. I saw a few looks of mild surprise, but that was it.

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Bumf aside, the 2.0 design is mostly very good. The face on the back of the hand is reflective, while the one on the palm is actually a thick gel. This is the first padded glove I've ever found comfortable – for me, padding is comfy at first, but creates pressure points that are actually worse on long rides.

Loffi Adult 2.0 gloves - palm.jpg

During the first couple of rides, the end of one 'mouth' dug into my thumb at times, but it soon broke in. I've not had any hot spots develop during 2-2.5hr rides, and they seem to stave off numbness too (I get that easily). The comfort is impressive.

They're good in typical UK autumn/spring temperatures of between five and 12°C, though for commutes and short rides that window will be larger. Certainly the design, with its short cuff, slightly baggy fit and people-friendly graphic, says these are for short town blasts. They stay warm when wet so long as you're not doing 20mph+ for any length of time, and even regain lost warmth if you slow down.

Loffi Adult 2.0 gloves - palm detail.jpg

What surprised me most is how good they are for more focused road riding and training – their long-ride comfort and decent performance when wet are very welcome. It's a shame the narrow fingers stop you comfortably fitting liners underneath, and the slightly too big main section means sizing up could cause problems with twisting.

Loffi Adult 2.0 gloves - back.jpg

Those raised gel pads are quite thick and can slip on soaking wet hoods, too, which makes braking fun... they're silicone-ribbed and always grippy on bar tape or dry rubber, but less assured on wet rubber.

The gloves are easy to get on, though quite a struggle to get off when sweaty or wet. I've actually had to ask for help removing them when very cold and soaked, though for some reason my wife refused to pull my finger and looked unhappy even after I waved.

There's not a huge difference between this glove and the largely-as-good original that Jack reviewed, with the redesigned cuff being the most obvious. It works well, but still isn't long enough to seal over your sleeves. The stitching around the palm padding is different too – Loffi claims an 'improved smile' – and the whole palm-side face gets that silicone coating for grip. And it mostly works.

The fingers may lack obvious screen-friendly detailing, but can actually prod with the best of them. The whole suede-like finger section is compatible with phone and GPS devices if you really can't leave them alone...

The £35 tag seems high at first, but the build is very good, with strong, neat stitching and a range of fabrics in all the right places – AX suede on the palm and as strength between thumb and forefinger, fleece along the thumb as a wipe and broad elastic at the cuff. The whole top section is polyester treated with DWR. There are no tight spots to strain or wear. They're also reflective.

Loffi Adult 2.0 gloves - reflective.jpg

Also making the price seem reasonable are Loffi's competitors, which in general seem to sit around the £40 mark. Bioracer's Glove One Tempest Pixel Protect is £42, for instance, while Sportful's comparable Fiandre Light is £45. Both have their niggles, so it's also worth looking at the likes of Lusso's well-received Windtex Terrain – especially as it's cheaper at £30.

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The Loffi Adult 2.0s are comfortable, protective and striking gloves for general riding, and while neither race-light nor heavily insulated, they're great for most typical UK days outside of high summer or deep winter. Comfortable gel padding makes them good for longer, more serious rides too, though ultimately the liner-unfriendly narrow fingers, susceptibility to chills at speed in the wet, and short cuff limit their usefulness. Then again, it's possible that waving them around will cheer someone up. Can you put a price on that? You can. It's £35.

Verdict

Versatile, effective and extremely comfy cool-weather gloves, though the shaping needs a little work

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Loffi Adult 2.0 gloves

Size tested: Large

Tell us what the product is for

Loffi says: "Whether you're into shorter rides to work or longer more demanding rides, our gloves offer a perfect blend of comfort, style, functionality and most importantly fun."

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

Loffi lists these features:

-AX Suede pull-tab

-Elastic gusset for stretchier wrist seams

-Fleece wipe towelling for sweaty faces and runny noses

-Bright grippy silicone and performance cushioning in areas you need it most

-Touch screen fabrics on key fingers

-Highly durable AX Suede palm

-Water repellent, windproof and breathable fabrics

-Super reflective signalling, day and night

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

Tidy.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

All you need for a lot of cool-weather riding.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Well made from good fabrics, so should last.

Rate the product for fit:
 
6/10

The palm is loose in comparison to the slim fingers.

Rate the product for sizing:
 
7/10

Finger length is very good.

Rate the product for weight:
 
7/10

Not light, but you wouldn't expect it.

Rate the product for comfort:
 
9/10

The only padded gloves I've used that are actually more comfortable than unpadded.

Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

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

Hand washes and drip-dries easily enough.

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

Very well indeed.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Very comfy padding.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Fit is subjective but... the narrow fingers/broad palm means liners don't work well, and sizing up could cause problems.

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

Slightly cheaper than many comparable gloves.

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

Even given the short cuff and slightly narrow fingers, these gloves are very useful and versatile. They're also very comfortable – and of course, look friendly. They're very good – so 8.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 47  Height: 183cm  Weight: 78kg

I usually ride: Vitus Zenium SL VR Disc  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: general fitness riding, mtb,

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