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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.

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