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If you are a fan of the whole marginal gains thing but you are on a tight budget in these inflationary times, then the Galibier Grand Tour aero mitts might well be worth a punt. Their close and comfortable fit works alongside minimal padding to provide comfort and all at a very reasonable price – especially when compared with some of the best summer cycling gloves you can buy.
I'm not a big wearer of gloves when riding in warm weather, mostly down to the fact that I find the padding too thick or it deadens the feedback from the front end of the bike. I'm one of those riders that likes to feel everything that is going on.
The Galibiers are just right though, with just a thin strip of padding for the top of the palm sitting beneath the fingers, and another block for the base of your palm to protect your ulnar nerve – the compression of which is the main cause of numbness when riding.
There are no gel inserts or similar here, only a couple of sections of material that are thicker than the palm. That's fine by me, as it just takes the edge of the rough sections of road while keeping giving me full feedback from the tyres.
The palm is made of a 50/50 composition of polyurethane and nylon. After six weeks of use there are no signs of wear and tear, so long-term durability is looking good. Any seams are also kept well out of the way.
There are small air holes to aid breathability although most of the heat will be carried away from the stretchy sections on the backs of the gloves.
The backs are made up of a mix of 80% nylon and 20% elastane, which ensures a secure fit, and the stretchy material extends over your wrist for aerodynamic purposes.
The fit is so snug that the gloves don't require any form of retention, which is great for comfort, and Galibier has included loops on some of the fingers and the cuff to aid getting them on and off.
As you'd expect, the white backs of the gloves do get grubby pretty quickly, especially if you get caught in the rain. Galibier recommends a 30°C wash, and so far, I haven't had any issues with long-term staining.
There are four sizes with a helpful guide to hand circumference, which I found accurate in terms of fit.
Lusso's £19.99 Momentum Summer gloves, which I rated highly when I tested them, don't quite have the same aero snug fit, but they have done away with the need for any Velcro wrist fasteners, and they are a bit cheaper at £19.99.
If it's full aero you want, Galibier's Grand Tour aero mitts offer a smooth and comfortable fit. Compared to something like dhb's Aerons, very much the same style product, they are quite the bargain too.
Not the easiest to keep clean, but comfortable and very aero
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Galibier Grand Tour Aero Mitts
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for
Galibier says: "An ultra light, easy to wear cycling glove for comfort in summer."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Aero: aero fabric reduces drag
Slim Design: slim pull-on design is comfortable enough for every day use
Easy Removal Tabs: tabs between fingers make removal easy
Palm Pads: minimalist padding provide comfort without adding bulk
UCI Compliant: meets UCI race guidelines
Main: 80% Nylon, 20% Elastane
Palm: 50% Polyurethane, 50% Nylon
Follow Galibier's guide and you should be fine.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
They get dirty but have washed up clean each time they have been through the washing machine.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They give a smooth transition between glove and arm.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The gloves' minimal padding is comfortable without detracting from the ride.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
White shows the dirt.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
A direct comparison would be the dhb gloves mentioned in the review, which are £35, so the Galibiers are a fair chunk cheaper.
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
These gloves are very well made and have a great fit. If you want aero properties these are about as smooth as they come and they don't cost the earth.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 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!