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Giro's long-fingered Hoxtons are comfortable multi-season merino and synthetic suede gloves. They are great for spring, autumn and unseasonably warm winter commuting, and are stylish enough to complement workwear for those who forswear Lycra on the ride into town.
The palms are made of synthetic suede, which is eminently soft, with no padding per se, but there are double thickness layers over parts of the hand that have the most contact with the bars.
The Hoxtons aren't waterproof, and aren't suitable for machine washing either. The fabric making up the top of the gloves is 9% merino wool, which allows for good thermoregulation. They kept off the chill and I didn't overheat in them, but the palms did get a little sweaty on occasion. I liked the neatness of the leather edging too (though it renders these gloves unsuitable for vegetarians).
Along the thumb is a microfibre surface for the inevitable brow-wiping. There's a good amount of towelling, covering the majority of the thumb.
The forefingers are responsive to touchscreens by dint of some very discreet metallic threading. I found it easy to use my iPhone while wearing them, which is a massive boon for map reading on the move.
The Hoxtons have what would be called a race fit on a jersey – slim and not overly roomy. They are a unisex design, though chaps may well need to size up for a comfortable fit.
There is a little pull tab on the inside of the wrist, which is reinforced to stand many wears, and a discreet Velcro closure with a soft suede backing completes the pared-down look. I would have liked the cuff to be a little longer, to help cover the gap between jersey and glove as they finished just on the wrist line.
Smart city gloves that won't detract from your commuter outfit
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Giro Hoxton LF gloves
Size tested: M, Black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Giro says: "The Hoxton™ LF is a combination of Giro's Super Fit™ ergonomic design and the supple comfort of a New Zealand Merino wool blend, all brought together with a touch of city style. The full finger design is versatile enough to use for most of the year, offering warmth and style for both cool morning adventures and late night rides home from downtown. The integrated Touchscreen Technology™ lets you stay in touch without removing your gloves."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Super Fit™ design with three-panel palm for a tailored fit; AX Suede synthetic leather
Stylish Merino wool blend fabric, Highly absorbent microfiber wiping surface, Leather accents and detailing, Low profile velcro closure
Highly absorbent microfiber wiping surface; Sonic-welded pull tab; Low-profile Velcro closure
The touchscreen threads started coming loose with time.
Great gloves for chilly starts.
The merino wool and suedette are a comfortable combination.
A reasonable price for the component materials.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The soft materials.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not enough cuff length.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
I usually ride: Trek 7.5 WSD My best bike is: Turquoise Cruiser
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Novice
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, general fitness riding, leisure