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The Roubaix fabric of these comfortable gloves gives you enough feel to tinker with a troublesome mech by the roadside while providing you with excellent protection from sharp spring and autumn chills.
These are perfect for those rides when it’s too chilly for mitts yet too warm for full-on winter gloves. The outers have a Lycra-like texture and short but very effective cuffs that keep the draughts off your wrists. Scotchlite logos on the backs ensure your hand signals are clearly visible to other traffic without cluttering up the design.
Flipping them over reveals silicone beads on the palm and forefingers to improve grip and control whether you're riding on the tops, hoods or drops. Warmer temperatures see the fabric manage moisture fairly efficiently – at least, my hands never felt clammy even on long rides, although saturation took 20 minutes in sharp showers.
Introducing mud to the mix had little impression, so we'd say these gloves are up to milder cross and mountain bike duties too, and you can sling them in the cool wash without any trouble.
However, the absence of padding around the ulnar nerve region left my hands tingling after a few hours of riding – especially if I’d indulged in some rough stuff riding along the way. And the other annoying trait was the fabric's tendency to attach itself limpet-like to Velcro. This proved comical when strapping a lighting battery to a top tube, but downright infuriating when trying to fish multi tools, change, and so on from rack bags or some pockets.
Very good early season's gloves, although some padding would have improved the performance.
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Make and model: Prendas Ciclismo Super Roubaix Winter glove
Size tested: Black, 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?
"These lightweight, long-fingered gloves offer warmth and excellent grip qualities, making them ideal for Spring or Autumn".
I wouldn't quibble with that.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Quite possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Generally, yes
Age: 37 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70kg
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, mtb,
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)