2017 BUYER’S GUIDE

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - RAPID FIRE -

Louis Garneau Ditch $30

As your knobby tires roll down the trail, the Ditch gloves give your hands solid trac­tion on the bars. The palms have no pad­ding. In­stead, there are grip strips at the in­dex and mid­dle fin­ger­tips and sil­i­cone on the in­side of the thumb and top of the palm. On the back of the gloves, a durable mesh with a four-way stretch wicks mois­ture away. You can wipe some sweat off with the soft mi­cro-suede on the backs of the thumbs. ( garneau.com)

MEC Women’s Bolt $28

The Bolt is per­fect if you just need a lit­tle pad­ding, about 3 mm, to add to the cushy tape you have wrapped around your bars. With these gloves, your hands feel pro­tected, but not en­closed. The palms are made of goat leather; the backs, light polyester. They’re avail­able in black, white and sea spray (a.k.a. teal). At $28, you might get all three to make sure you al­ways match. ( mec.ca)

Sport­ful Giara $50

The Giara bring high pas­tel-coloured fash­ion, as well as hand-cush­ion­ing func­tion, to your long road and gravel rides. On the palm, foam in­serts add ex­tra pro­tec­tion – but not bulk – around the base of the thumb, fin­gers and outer edge. Re­flec­tive touches on the back catch the light well when you’re com­ing back from your ride late in the day. ( mvc46.eu)

Castelli Rosso Corsa Pavé $50

When things get bumpy, the Castelli Rosso Corsa Pavé gloves can help you out. Each piece has well-placed gel pads across the palm. On the back, the light mesh fab­ric is a nice coun­ter­point to the syn­thetic leather that you press against your bars. There’s no strap around the wrists, so the gloves go on eas­ily. A pull tab be­tween each mid­dle and ring fin­ger lets you get the glove off af­ter the ride. ( mvc46.eu) —Matthew­pi­oro

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