The Lusso Windtex Terrain Red Gloves are a remarkably comfortable, capable choice for general riding. Windproof yet breathable, they are surprisingly water-resistant too, and deliver at both ends of the thermostat. My one minor gripe is their lack of tech-friendly fingers; using smartphones, GPS and similar tech means their removal, which could be a deal-breaker for some.
I've tested ours on and off-road, and in both contexts the padding density has absorbed road and trail shock handsomely. No hint of tingling after 60 road miles or, more significantly, 70 mixed terrain mileage, comprising forest trails, unmade roads and lumpy lanes – all surfaces notorious for low-level vibration.
The mid-density 'grip' padding runs around the palm and ulnar region, both defending against road shock and ensuring good purchase with bar coverings.
Dexterity is good, too, with no need to whip 'em off for pannier rummaging or even tending a flat, although the lack of touchscreen-friendly silicone tips does dictate removal when making a call, taking a photograph or checking your GPS.
The fingers favour those with long, slim digits, but you might need to size down: although large has traditionally been my default, these mediums felt tailor-made.
Windproof fabrics always rouse suspicions in me – there's often some clamminess, especially when temperatures climb into double figures. In this respect, the Lussos have rivalled the very good GripGrab Hurricane gloves and the fleece-lined Windtex thermal fabric kept my hands temperate at both ends of the spectrum.
That said, I did feel a slight nip around 2-3°C and reached for my Gore-Tex overmitts. Liners might sound like a good idea, but in practice I've found the narrow fingers induced bunching – hence the overmitts for more volatile conditions.
Their water resistance has also impressed me. After riding for an hour or so in driving rain my hands remained bone dry. Another half an hour in and the precipitation turned them slightly damp, but by this point I was headed home.
The long gauntlet cuffs are a nice touch, providing seamless overlap with a jersey and helping to stop the cold and wet from getting funnelled inside.
Grip in wet weather is excellent, too.
Stitching and general standards of construction are uniformly good, with subtle reinforcement between thumb and forefinger. There's no designated thumb wipe, but runny noses are easily absorbed by the outer fibres without obvious sign of staining.
They've washed very well, too. The polyester/elastane mix is hardwearing and machine washable at 30 degrees. Organic gloop shifts without trace, although petrochemical chain lubes required a bit of pre-wash (I've found Green Oil Chain Degreaser Jelly very effective).
Hanging them on the clothes horse at room temperature saw them dry in around 45 minutes, or more like an hour when plucked from the washing machine. In more blustery conditions they're nigh-on wicked dry in around 20 minutes. Realistic timescales for cafe and similar rest stops.
They're good value too: at £30 they're less than most of the full-finger gloves tested on road.cc this season – and outperform quite a few of them.
Overall, the Windtex gloves seem well suited to spring, autumn and milder winters days. I much prefer a fast-wicking water-repellent model over impervious or neoprene designs which can be warm but unpleasantly clammy. Their lack of tech compatibility is a bit disappointing, though, and something I'd happily pay an extra few quid for.
The Terrain Red is one of three designs available, so if the unusual and to my mind attractive contour patterning isn't to your taste, plain black and black/yellow are alternatives.
Super-comfortable and very well suited to typical UK conditions, though lack of tech-friendly digits is a little disappointing
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Lusso Windtex Terrain Red Gloves
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Lusso says, "The Lusso Red Terrain Winter Gloves have been intricately made for the cold British winter months and are ideal for temperatures from 0-14 degrees.
"The fabric has high Breathability Thermal Properties and is Windproof and Water repellent."
Sentiments I broadly agree with, although I started feeling a little chill when the mercury slid to 3 degrees.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Lusso lists these features:
Windtex Membrane Thermal Fabric
* Grip padding on the Palms and Thumb
* Windproof and highly Water Repellent
* Breathable, Close fit with Elasticity
* Thermal and Fleeced Lined
* Colour Red Terrain / Black
SIZE & FIT
S 7in/17.8 cm
M 7.5in/19.1 cm
L 8in/20.3 cm
XL 8.5in/21.6 cm
XXL 9in/22.9 cm
Seem well made and wearing well.
Covers the broad remit very competently, although I was increasingly aware of the cold as temperatures slid to 3 degrees and lower.
Seem rugged and well made, in the everyday sense. Thus far they are washing well too.
I normally wear a large, and the mediums were bang on for me. They suit those with long fingers.
They're super-comfortable, although chill becomes apparent at 3 degrees, not quite zero as cited.
Less than most tested on road.cc this season, and half the price of some.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Very easy to date. Wash very well, although more stubborn petrochemical spatter requires some gentle pre-washing.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Overall, the gloves have delivered very well on their design brief, keeping my hands dry, temperate and nimble in cooler and milder conditions alike. Overmitts were necessary for me on longer outings when the temperature dipped to 3 degrees or less; this may be a personal thing but worth taking into account. I would have paid an extra quid or so for tech-friendly digits too.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Temperate, highly water resistant and great dexterity.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Lack of tech-friendly fingers is a bit disappointing.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Competitive, especially given some at this end of the market tend to be windproof but not water repellent.
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
They cover most bases of UK typical winter conditions very well, although there's slight chill noticeable below 3 degrees or so, and the lack of tech-friendly digits is a bit disappointing.
About the tester
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)