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The Assos Summergloves_S7 are breathable and well padded with a great fit. They kept my hands cool and comfortable on rough roads in 30 degree temperatures.
As the temperatures rise, I tend to go without mitts, but with the Assos Summer cycling gloves I found I didn't need to. They've been designed with summer riding as a key element, so have excellent breathability and even some noticeable wicking on the back of the hand.
This is achieved through using as much mesh as can be fitted on without making them expensive lacy gloves. As you can see from the photos, they have it above the wrist, between the fingers and on the underside of three fingers, and there's double-thick mesh on the palm. It means that air flows through them really well – which was much appreciated in excessive heat.
In addition to being breathable, they also offer a medium level of padding, with enough there to deaden all but the most violent bumps without losing too much feel of the bars. They also have a lowered tab on the wrist which helps to protect your skin when riding in the drops.
As you would expect with Assos gear, the construction is of a high quality with strong stitching used throughout, so despite hours of testing there doesn't seem to be any damage beyond a few dirty marks on the white areas.
The pads aren't there simply for protection against bumps either, as Assos has also included silicone grippers on each, so you can get a decent grip on the bar even if your hands are sweaty.
They have also a microfibre fabric on the outside of each thumb, either for clearing your glasses or mopping your forehead while on the go.
Fit is pretty good on these without too much bunching of material on the palm, and they are easy to get on. Getting them off is a little more fiddly simply because of the amount of stretchy mesh on the fingers, but there is a small tab on the index finger that helps.
As you also might expect from Assos, these aren't the cheapest mitts, coming in at £40, though they are just a few quid more than the likes of the Alé Airs and Castelli Rosso Corsa Classics. However, you can get some decent pairs costing £25-30.
All-in, I really liked these mitts, which offer excellent breathability and a nice fit. They're a little fiddly to get off and there is no getting around the price, but if you're looking for a set of high performing summer gloves these are definitely worth considering.
Really effective, high quality summer mitts, if a little on the pricey side
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Assos Summergloves_S7
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for
Assos says, "Hot weather performance cycling gloves so that you retain complete control in summer conditions.
"Created to excel in taxing summer conditions and maintain grip and control while protecting your palms. These summer cycling gloves feature intelligent padding on the underside to dampen vibrations and mesh panels between the fingers for a light and agile fit. ASSOS' short finger Summer Gloves are ideally suited to use during the hottest days. With a flexible slip-on cuff and stretchy back, these gloves are close fitting enough to be aerodynamic yet extremely light to wear. Providing protection without bulk, our Summer Gloves are a warm weather staple."
As you would expect from a company with Assos' pedigree, these are well-made gloves with strong stitching used throughout.
They kept my hands cool and comfortable throughout the review period, despite the heat in which I was testing them.
Holding up well, but they are mainly made of mesh...
Great fit, moulding nicely to my hands both on the palm and the back.
Just the size I would expect a pair of large mitts to be.
Thanks to the breathability and padding, these gloves are very comfortable on long, hot rides.
There is normally a premium on Assos products, and £40 is pretty steep compared with some, but it's comparable with other high-end gloves from Alé and Castelli.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
I washed them in a regular load at 30 degrees without any issues.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, they have a good amount of ventilation, enough padding to keep your hands comfortable on the bars, and a great fit.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Ventilation is really impressive.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not the easiest to take off.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
They aren't cheap gloves, but they are only £2 more than the Alé Airs and £3 more than Castelli's Rosso Corsas Classics.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Really well-designed, comfortable, and effectively ventilated mitts, ideal for summer rides. The only thing they fall down on is not being able to remove them easily, otherwise they're excellent and worth the highish price.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cinelli Gazzetta My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George is the host of the road.cc podcast and has been writing for road.cc since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between.
Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.