Louis Garneau 12c Air Gel fingerless cycling gloves.
I’ve always been a fan of full-fingered cycling gloves, mainly because I like the added protection they provide while mountain biking. Once I started doing a lot of road cycling, I just sort of stuck with that, and used a pair of lighter weight mountain bike gloves (Fox Reflex Gel Gloves) for road rides.
In late May it was starting to get pretty hot, and I was also sick of trying to use my cell phone, open energy gels/bars and manipulate small items while wearing full fingered gloved. I decided to purchase a couple different pairs of fingerless cycling gloves for my road rides (see “Picked up a couple pair of fingerless gloves for road cycling“), to see how I liked them.
Well, I do like them. A lot.
Of the two pair of gloves I purchased in May, overall I preferred the Giro Bravo Gloves over the Pearl Izumi Select Glove. The Pearl Izumi gloves were a little lighter and cooler, so they were great for short 20-30 mile rides, but on longer rides the Giro Bravos felt more comfortable to me.
Well, wouldn’t you know it, but after a recent 100 KM ride I was pretty tired and accidentally lost one of the Giro gloves at the trailhead. My first instinct was to purchase another pair of them, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try another brand of gloves for the sake of comparison.
I decided to give the Louis Garneau 12c Air Gel Cycling Gloves a try. Of the three fingerless gloves I’ve tried the Air Gels were the most expensive, so I raised my expectations accordingly…
I’ve done a few rides with the Louis Garneau gloves now, and I love them! These glove are cool, lightweight and super comfortable on long rides. The gel padding is not only ample, it’s perfectly placed. The gloves look great and they seem to be very well constructed. Also, check out the little tabs on the pointer finger and ring finger: these tabs are unnoticeable while riding, but make pulling the gloves off much easier.
I never thought I’d wear a fingerless glove while mountain biking, but these guys may have changed my mind. They are so much cooler and more comfortable than even my lightest full-fingered gloves that I’m willing to give them a shot.
As I wrote at the beginning of this blog, I’ve always preferred the added protection of full-fingered gloves when I’m mountain biking. But when I counted the number of times that my full-fingered gloves actually prevented some sort of hand injury from occurring, the result was zero. Then I thought about how many times my hands have felt hot and uncomfortable, and lost count.
I’m hitting Santos MTB park with some buddies today, and I’ve decided to leave my full-fingered gloves behind and will be wearing my new Louis Garneau fingerless gloves.
Speaking of that, I need to get packed up and out the door–time to get dirty!