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The Giro Supernatural Road Cycling Mitts are excellent, with a perfect fit for me, and very comfortable thanks to the Elastic Interface Palm which does a great job of soaking up vibrations from the road. All of this does come at a high price, though.
These gloves are an excellent fit for me. They're also lightweight and low profile, and the palms mould to the shape of your hands, which prevents bunching of the material. The low-profile nature and textured palm help maintain good handlebar feel which can often be a compromise on padded mitts. The palms being seamless also prevents any discomfort or irritation.
The upper – the back of the hand – is made of a breathable mesh which helps keep the hands cool while riding. I never had any issues overheating, though the warmest it got to during testing was a spring-like 18-19°C.
Mitts are very much a personal preference, with some people wanting zero padding and others wanting lots of it. Personally, I prefer plenty of padding otherwise I tend to get numb hands. The padding here is made by the Italian company Elastic Interface, which makes the padded inserts used in many brands of cycling shorts.
The seamless multi-density foam is designed to protect arterial circulation and reduce common discomforts. There are several areas of padding: across the bottom of the fingers, on the thumb and two areas on the heel of your hand. I found it worked well to damp any vibrations. This was most noticeable on some long five-hour rides on the bumpy back lanes of Wales. I didn't suffer from numb hands or any discomfort, something I often do on long rides.
They have all the other features you'd expect on a high-end pair of mitts such as a nose-wipe on the thumb, and pull tabs on the fingers and wrist which work well in making them easier to get on and off, as well as a Velcro closure.
There are some reflective parts on the wrist and finger, too, to improve visibility.
Size-wise, these mediums fitted my average sized hands perfectly and in line with the size guide. They are available in five different sizes and five different colours.
At £59.99, there is no denying these are an expensive pair of summer mitts. However, the competition that use the same Elastic Interface Palm technology also don't come exactly cheap, such as the Q36.5 Unique gloves that Mat tested last year. In fact those are slightly more expensive, with one official UK stockist listing them at £62, another at £64.99. But the dhb Aeron Mitts with the same technology are cheaper at £40.
Overall, these are a great pair of mitts. The Elastic Interface Palm does a good job at protecting your hands from vibrations, while the excellent fit and seamless construction make them very comfortable. If you are happy to spend that bit extra, then you'll get a great pair of mitts for your money.
Excellent mitts with a great fit and very comfortable, though they don't come cheap
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Giro Supernatural Road Cycling Mitt
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Giro says: "Developed in collaboration with the cycling chamois experts at Elastic Interface®, the Supernatural™ brings an entirely new dimension to comfort and performance in cycling gloves. The key to this breakthrough is a one-piece, stretchable, multi-density foam that's molded into a three-dimensional palm to match the anatomical contours of your hand like a second skin.
"The seamless design allows for a smooth channel between padded areas to protect arterial circulation, improve blood flow and reduce common discomforts. The palm is also textured and perforated to enhance grip and ventilation, with padding optimized for road and mixed-surface riding. The stretch mesh upper, with adjustable wrist closure, further enhances fit and comfort for these amazing gloves."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Giro says the key features are:
Microfiber wrist puller
Reflective closure strap
One-piece, seamless design
Molded palm with Multidirectional Curvature™ by Elastic Interface®
Multi-density hybrid cell system foam
The grey palm did start to look dirty fairly quickly.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
I washed these at 30 and air dried them without any issues.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
These significantly improved comfort on the bike.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The seamless palms, the comfort provided by the padding and the fit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
They're some of the most expensive mitts in the market.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Compared with others using Elastic Interface Palm technology, they're slightly cheaper than the Q36.5 Unique Gloves, with one official UK stockist listing those at £62, another at £64.99, but the dhb Aeron Mitts are cheaper at £40.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, although I'd struggle to justify the money.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
These are an excellent pair of mitts; the padding is great, and the stretchy, seamless palm makes for a perfect fit.
About the tester
I usually ride: Specialized Roubaix My best bike is: Cervelo S3
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, touring, club rides, general fitness riding, Indoor