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Sugoi's Formula FX mitts are designed for on or off road use. Looking at the size of the padding, the rougher the better.
The palm is an 80/20 mix of polyester and polyurethane which creates a soft yet surprisingly robust fabric especially considering how thin it is. There are a few ventilation holes placed at the wrist and middle of the palm to help air flow. Thanks to the thick gel pads raising your palm slightly off of the bars, these actually work, as the warm air has somewhere to escape. Your hands still get hot but mine were noticeably less sweaty.
Those pads are positioned along the bottom of your fingers, one on the thumb and two at the base of the palm to protect your ulnar nerve. These two are quite thick at 6mm deep but the gel in them does compress without losing its overall shape.
The upper uses nylon with 18 percent Lycra to give them stretch for a snug fit. The material is a mesh that lets plenty of air through. You'll find the area between thumb and fingers uses a thinner material plus there is also a snot/sweat wipe on the outside of the thumb.
Thanks to the elastic fabric the Formula FXs are easy to get on and off and very comfortable once on. They're cool on hot days as all of that mesh lets the warm air escape as the wind passes over the top.
Holding them in place is a narrow rubber Velcro backed tab and it's a decent length. There is nothing worse than having a gap once the tab is done up to allow the rough side of the Velcro to irritate the skin. The wide opening they provide also aids getting them on and off.
Overall the fit is good and the pads work very well at taking out the road buzz and thankfully they stay put once your upper body weight is placed on them. The quality looks tidy enough with neat stitching and finishing. They come in black/white or white/black in sizes from S – XL.
If you are a fan of plain kit, the only thing that could put you off is the logos. The Sugoi branding appears three times on the upper. I've seen these for a bit less than the £28 RRP and they look pretty good value for money especially for the comfort.
Cool, comfortable, tidy pair of mitts with so much branding they should be paying you sponsorship
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Make and model: Sugoi Formula FX Glove
Size tested: Medium, Black
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?
The Formula FX mitts are designed for mtbing and road riding and they'll excel on rough terrain or a stiff bike thanks to the supportive gel padding.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
*Premium synthetic materials and mesh back combine breathability and durability
*Lined palm's seamless interface provides comfort on long rides over all terrain
*Strategic V-Control Gel for numbness relief
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very good, really coming into their own on longer rides where fatigue can become an issue from road buzz
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fit and comfort.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
All the logos.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 35 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Whatever needs testing or Genesis Flyer, fixed of course! My best bike is: Kinesis T2 with full Centaur Red
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!