Picked up a couple pair of fingerless gloves for road cycling
It’s starting to get really hot and humid here in Florida, and anything I can do to help stay as cool as possible is a plus.
When I’m mountain biking I prefer the added protection of a full-fingered glove, and I’ve always just used my MTB gloves (currently Fox Reflex) when road cycling. Last week when I was out riding I realized how uncomfortably hot my hands felt in the full-fingered gloves. I also don’t like that operating my cell phone and manipulating small items is difficult with full-finger gloved hands. I decided it was time to try a couple of fingerless gloves designed specifically for road cycling.
Here are a few pictures (click to enlarge), followed by a few thoughts on the gloves:
Neither of the gloves were expensive, but the Giros were about 10 bucks more than the Peal Izumi gloves. Of the two, the Giros definitely have more of a premium feel to them, and I feel are better constructed.
Both gloves fit snugly (size Large), but the Peal Izumis are a little tighter than the Giros (but not uncomfortably so).
Both gloves feature gel padding on the palms, but the Giros have a little more. I’ve not done any terribly long rides with either glove yet, but on short ~25 mile rides I found both gloves very comfortable.
I felt that both gloves breathed well, but the Pearl Izumi gloves felt lighter and a little more breathable on the tops.
The Peal Izumi gloves were very light at just 16 grams per glove. The extra gel padding and better overall construction of the Giros added a bit of weight, and they came in at 27 grams per glove.
I think both gloves will see plenty of use, but I’d probably opt for the Giros on longer rides. Next weekend I’ll be doing a 100 mile ride, and the Giros will be making that trip with me.
I’m really glad that I picked up these fingerless gloves. My hands felt much cooler while riding, and it’s nice to be able to use my cell phone without needing to remove my gloves. I also found that opening energy gel packets was much easier.
What do you guys prefer for road cycling? Full-fingered, fingerless or au naturel?