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The Sugoi Firewall GTs are well made windproof gloves that are really comfortable in cool weather.
They're mostly nylon with polyurethane in there to provide windproofing – and they do keep the cold air out well. They're water-resistant too, although not waterproof; your hands will get wet if it rains hard during your ride.
The gloves are ergonomically shaped – they curve slightly so that they don't bunch too much when you grip the handlebar – and there's enough stretch in the fabrics that they don't feel tight across your knuckles. You get a warm, fleecy polyester lining and the seams face outwards, away from your fingers, so they're not especially noticeable.
The outers come with silicone print on the thumb, forefinger and middle finger to avoid any slipping on the controls, and you get a soft nose wipe on the back of each thumb. There's a little bit of padding on the palm too, just over the heel of your hand. I wanted more on longer rides so wore track mitts underneath, but my hands were perfectly comfortable for a couple of hours without.
The logos are reflective so they shine under lights at night, and you get 3M Scotchlite beading along the edge too. It all helps.
Sugoi give these gloves their S3+ rating, meaning that they're designed for the ultimate protection for the harshest of winter conditions. I'd disagree with them there. I've been wearing these in temperatures ranging from about 5-12°C, but not on the coldest days –at least, not without liner gloves underneath. I should point out that I'm pretty cold-blooded – I always wear more layers than anyone else – but still, I'd say most people will get plenty of spring and autumn use out of these.
The Firewall GTs let out moisture pretty well too although, as ever, if your hands sweat lots, the insides can get damp. If you need to take them off for any reason while the inners are damp, it's pretty hard to get them back on again but, thanks to the stretch in the fabric, it can be done with a bit of persuasion.
The cuffs extend well up over your wrists so you can tuck the ends of your jersey in there (or over the top) to avoid exposed flesh, but I didn't find them the closest fit ever so they're not as air-tight as some. That's another reason why I'd say these are better for slightly milder days rather than the bleak midwinter.
Comfortable, windproof gloves for cool-weather riding.
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Make and model: Sugoi Firewall GT gloves
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?
Sugoi don't say that these are aimed at any particular kind of cyclist. They're not especially genre-specific.
It's good; well-shaped and neatly done.
These aren't the most technical gloves out there but, being windproof, they do their job well.
The lightweight, fleecy lining feels great.
They're multi-layered with a few neat features so the price is pretty good.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They're designed to be windproof and they do that well. I just wouldn't say they're suitable for the coldest winter conditions: they're more for milder winter days and spring/autumn, in my opinion.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fleecy lining and the fact that they're low bulk.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
There's not as much insulation as I expected.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 41 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.