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When you hear 'SealSkinz' you normally think 'waterproof' but not here; their Ventilated Cycle Gloves are a gap filler for those times when it's a touch too chilly for mitts but you don't want to be sweating away inside your winter ones.
The materials are all pretty standard: no platypus or yak leather here. Simply Lycra for the back, synthetic leather for the palm and towelling for wiping your nose/forehead. The Lycra provides a good snug fit, moving with your fingers and hand as you change positions. The Ventilated moniker comes from the triangular section of mesh between knuckles and wrist. It does provide a small amount of breathability but the Lycra material is so thin overheating isn't an issue anyway.
The palm is thin making the gloves very light, while comfort is taken care of by three large padded areas that work well to spread the load. Even riding stiff bars with no tape on sees very little road buzz getting through and thanks to the padding below the ulnar nerve, no pins and needles either. There is a reinforced section on the thumb where you're likely to see wear from riding on the hoods or wrapping your thumb around flat bars which is a clever touch.
A Velcro tab at the wrist is long enough around that you shouldn't find it coming undone, and riding and adjusting the fit on the fly is easy.
Temperature-wise, my fingers were happy from around five degrees up to say 14, making the SealSkinz ideal for early morning or late evening rides in the spring or autumn. Once things have warmed up you can easily stow them in a jersey pocket without even knowing they are there.
Black is the only option but they do come in a range of sizes from S to XXL with a fitting guide on their website.
The palm has bunched a bit between the padding the more they have been used but this hasn't affected comfort, it just looks a bit tatty. Other than that though, everything is wearing well; no loose threads on the stitching.
I have eight pairs of gloves to suit year round riding conditions and these SealSkinz have slotted in quite nicely filling the gap for single digit temperature rides.
An ideal glove for when it's slightly too chilly to get your fingers out.
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Make and model: SealSkinz Ventilated Cycle Gloves
Size tested: 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?
'A lightweight, full finger cycle glove suitable for warmer weather.' That ticks all the boxes I reckon.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Synthetic leather palm
Lycra backed with ventilation mesh
perfectly positioned padding
Well stitched together and looks like it should stay that way.
A snug fit means they feel like race mitts with plenty of dexterity and that extra bit of warmth afforded by full length fingers. Saying that, the Lycra back and ventilation mesh means they aren't too hot when the temperature rises.
Standing up well to daily use.
The pads on the palm are positioned spot on and stay put once your body weight is on them.
Sensible price for the level of comfort and durability.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, an ideal glove for cool conditions.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The palm getting a bit saggy between the cushioning pads.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 34 Height: 180cm Weight: 78kg
I usually ride: Genesis Flyer My best bike is: Ribble Gran Fondo
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!