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£19.99-£35 › Get a lit­tle ex­tra pro­tec­tion from road buzz with our pick of gloves

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Grab a lit­tle ex­tra pro­tec­tion from road buzz with our pick of rid­ing mitts in­clud­ing Spe­cial­ized’s Grail, Al­tura’s NV2 Elite, Giro’s Zero CS, Pearl Izumi’s Pro­gel Vent.

ENDURA XTRACT MITT II £19.99

The Xtracts’ well-fin­ished de­sign in­cludes er­gonomic gel pads within the mi­crofi­bre palm, topped with sil­i­cone print to en­hance com­fort and grip, but there is lim­ited ven­ti­la­tion, so they can be warm in hot weather. Fin­ger tabs make for eas­ier re­moval, a Vel­cro wrist strap, terry thumb wipe and Ly­cra back keep them com­fort­able and prac­ti­cal.

GIRO ZERO CS £29.99

These slip-on mitts fea­ture a thin, ven­ti­lated palm made of Cool Skin fab­ric, with a mi­crofi­bre heel patch for dura­bil­ity. Their four-way stretch back pro­vides com­pres­sive com­fort, with a re­in­forced Ly­cra wrist sec­tion, mi­crofi­bre thumb wipe and fin­ger­tip pock­ets for rapid re­moval. Ex­cel­lent qual­ity and grip with­out bunch­ing.

SPE­CIAL­IZED GRAIL £25

Ap­pro­pri­ately ho­ley, the Grails look un­der­stated. The one-piece syn­thetic leather palm fea­tures Spe­cial­ized’s ven­ti­lated Equal­izer gel pad­ding, flat­ten­ing your hand’s con­tact point with the bar to dis­si­pate pres­sure. It’s backed by highly per­fo­rated mesh, a soft thumb wipe, and the slip-on cuffs pull on and off eas­ily. A joy to wear.

PEARL IZUMI PRO GEL VENT £34.99

These gloves aren’t su­per light, but of­fer ex­cel­lent com­fort and prac­ti­cal­ity. The Vel­cro-fas­tened cuffs can be ad­justed to suit, and the Ly­cra back with soft thumb wipe and large cen­tral mesh sec­tion is very cool­ing. Its Clar­ino leather palm con­tains five welded-on mesh-cov­ered ven­ti­lated gel pads, which en­hance rider com­fort.

AL­TURA NV2 ELITE £29.99

The NV2s are min­i­mal gloves, with al­lLy­cra, re­flec­tive back and sin­gle-layer mi­crofi­bre palm. They’re a snug fit, with re­in­forced, elas­ti­cated pull-on cuffs, and a sup­ple palm that doesn’t bunch, with printed sil­i­cone patches for grip. There’s no thumb wipe, but they’re good, com­pe­ti­tion-ori­en­tated gloves with two-fin­ger re­moval pulls.

CASTELLI ARENBERG GEL £35

The Aren­bergs are de­signed to pro­tect you from road vi­bra­tions, with three gel pads sewn in to the suede palm. The con­toured pads’ tacky sur­face grips well, and in ad­di­tion to per­fo­ra­tions within the palm, the lead­ing mi­cromesh half of the Ly­cra back ven­ti­lates well. A thumb wipe and Vel­cro clo­sure com­plete a com­pre­hen­sive de­sign.

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