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DeFeet's Duragloves aren't cycling specific but their minimal bulk, low weight and fast drying properties more than compensate for traditional waterproofing and occasionally ill-conceived Ulnar blobs you do get on many cycle-specific specimens.
Extensive sticky silicone dots ensure a dependable grip on the glossiest of bar wraps and accentuate the materials' dexterous nature when foraging in jersey pockets for energy bars, tending to the dreaded hiss or just locking up in the street. Neon yellow is hard to beat through the midwinter darkness or on dusky spring/autumn commutes and seems visible to 250, maybe 300 metres but there's also a choice of less obvious (Black, blue, red, white or pink) colours more complimentary to the street wardrobe and generic outdoor pursuits.
Constructed primarily from the Codura/Coolmax mix with a bit of Lycra thrown in at the cuffs; their texture is super tactile and almost sock-like. Sizing follows pretty much everyone else's so there shouldn't be any surprises when buying online but thoughtfully DeFeet provide a measurement table so you can check for yourself before adding to cart. True to form, large were perfect for me and I knew we were going to get along just fine the moment I seized the Univega's bars and rolled from the drive and along the lane. Low-density padding doesn't offer the same protection from road and trail vibration but loses nothing of a modern groupsets' split second precision, whether thumbing across the cassette or scrubbing off the speed as you enter town.
Having sampled everything from temperatures teetering around the teens to a whisper above zero in January's nigh on gale force winds, its fair to say they cope extremely well in most contexts-blocking chill while evicting moisture pretty efficiently. Unaffected by light drizzle, heavier cloudburst makes for soggy but warm and nimble fingers-so much so, I was able to whip open my jacket's breast pocket, pluck out the compact camera and indulge in some video footage while bowling along at 17 mph (was that awfully wise? - ed).
Extremely versatile, comfortable glove for everyday riding and other outdoor pursuits too.
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Make and model: DeFeet Duraglove
Size tested: Neon
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?
"When the chips are down, they reach for the Duraglove™. It's a simple design that works. It keeps your hands warm enough in cool conditions and on fast descents, cool enough not to overheat on tough climbs, agile enough to handle your bike well while you dig in your pockets and feed yourself, and well protected if you get in a fight with the road or trail (which we hope doesn't happen).
Made in the DeFeet USA Factory and offered at a price that beats the competition, too. If that's not worth a bear hug, we don't know what is." Live up to their bold marketing patter.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
40% Coolmax, 40% codura/nylon 20% Lycra.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The duraglove have been a real surprise giving the best of most worlds, most of the time. Extremes of temperatures and/or monsoon conditions call for something more specialised but there are few gloves that will offer the same degree of comfort, low weight and dexterity.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Pretty much everything given the design brief.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing in light of the above.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 38 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
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)