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