ALTURA CLASSIC MITTS
In cycling, as in the rest of life, there is fashion and there is style. These mitts from UK brand Altura pay no heed to the trend-led former, but ooze the timeless appeal of the latter. There was a time that all cycling mitts looked like this, crocheted cotton at the back allowing the skin to breathe, with leather palms to cushion the hands on the bar and prevent slippage. To look at, these mitts uphold that tradition, but technically they update the model with an artificial suede palm that offers better padding, grip and washability, an adjustable Velcro fastening, finger loops to aid you in pulling them off post-ride and a sweat wipe on the outside of the thumb should you find yourself working harder than someone in mitts like these really ought. They provided all the required comfort and a dash of je ne sais quoi on our urban commute.