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The Rivelo Ashurst Softshell Gloves are stylish to behold and offer excellent dexterity. They're okay for milder temperatures in autumn and spring, but don't offer the warmth you need for cold winter rides.
In Rivelo's defence, it claims the gloves 'see you through all but the coldest weather' and pitches them towards those days when your fingerless gloves just won't quite do. At this they're adequate, providing that slight extra insulation you need.
As well as providing a bit of extra warmth, though, there are other reasons for wearing gloves – to protect your hand's pressure points, and to shield you in the event of a spill. It's here that the Ashurst gloves, for me anyway, fall short of expectations.
I like padding in my gloves, and here only one pad is provided, on the luna and mars negative areas of your palm (the long strip of natural padding beneath your little finger). Although effective in this area, it's obviously limited in terms of providing overall comfort; your carpal areas and the rest of the hand is left exposed. If this is important to you, you'll need to look elsewhere.
The surface of the glove is covered in knobbles for grip, and affords ample levels of such when the bar's wet and slippery. The fabric is a thin softshell, which also gives decent water resistance in most wet conditions. Those conditions tend to be gloomy too, so Rivelo has gone to the trouble of including reflective finger strips to aid visibility while indicating.
The thinness of the fabric does have an additional bonus in that it really allows your fingers fantastic dexterity, and therefore excellent feel of the brake levers and shifters while riding. Subtle inputs are a doddle to make, much like they would be if you were in fingerless mitts.
However, the fingertips aren't designed to work with smartphones and the like, so although you have the potential to use the gloves in this way in terms of flexibility, you simply can't. The thumbs are covered in a touchscreen-compatible material, but I found this hit and miss, and a bit of a shame when pinch functionality is often important when navigating things like maps.
Additional features include pads for snot wipeage (always welcome!), and a soft cuff that doesn't require fastening but instead fits flush to your skin, helping to keep out unwanted draughts.
As a result, the Ashurst gloves are a mixed bag. I wouldn't want to use them for a long ride thanks to the lack of padding, but for short commutes in mild conditions they do fill a niche. They're also half-price at the moment, £14.99 at sportpursuit.com.
Full-fingered gloves for milder days; they lack padding for longer rides but do have other applications
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Rivelo Ashurst Softshell Gloves
Size tested: Medium
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?
Rivelo says: "These softshell gloves are designed to see you through all but the coldest weather. Versatile & ideal for chilly days when your summer mitts aren't quite enough, with a distinctive 'Ri' print on the back and reflective print on the fingers for visibility when indicating. Stretch cuffs for easy on/off, flock print textured palm for grip on the handlebars and touchscreen compatible thumbs so you can still work your cycle computer or phone without removing your gloves"
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
- Water resistant, windproof Softshell upper
- Flock print lightweight textured palms for grip, with padding for comfort
- Touchscreen compatible thumbs
- Towelling nose/glasses wipe on thumb panels
- Distinctive 'Ri' print on back of hand
- Reflective printed finger stripes – positioned for visibility when indicating
- Stretch cuff for a secure fit and easy on/off
Decent quality all round, no real weaknesses to spot.
They do a fairly limited job well; not enough padding for longer rides but OK for short ones, and not designed to be warm enough for the coldest days.
They're tough enough to deal with muck and repeated washing.
Great fit with excellent dexterity as a result.
Normal glove size.
Fairly lightweight thanks to their thin construction.
While the slim nature is comfortable against the skin, the padding – or lack of – leaves much to be desired on longer rides. And, they're not very warm, although they are shower resistant.
For £30, I expect gloves that are comfortable for a decent length ride, and for me these just aren't. They're currently on sale at half price at sportpursuit.com, for £14.99.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Fine, no complaints.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
A mixed bag, all things considered.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Style, fit, dexterity and grip in wet weather.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Lack of comfortable padding, and a bit limited in terms of protection from the cold.
Did you enjoy using the product? For short commutes, yes.
Would you consider buying the product? No, I'd prefer more padding and more warmth.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Very much depends on their needs.
Use this box to explain your score
They're nicely made gloves, look good, and provide some extra insulation on cooler days, but not padded well enough for my liking. They can fill short term use niches, though.
About the tester
I usually ride: Specialized Allez Sport My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding