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Polaris' Vortex Windgrip gloves have had a bit of an RBS makeover — that's Really Bright Stuff to you and me. They certainly stand out in low light conditions. They're warm too though you might want to beef up your bar tape.
Filling that middle ground between summer mitts and full on winter gloves the Windgrips use a fleece backed polyamide/polyester mix for the main body to keep the wind out and trap warmth while still keeping the overall bulk down. It's good to see a fleecy snot wipe too, something that is often missing on this style of glove.
The palm is purely polyester covered in silicone Polaris logos which grip your bar tape even when it's wet. It's thin though with no padding whatsoever so if you suffer from numbness around the ulnar nerve for example you might struggle with these.
The fit is close without being tight which is good for warmth, you need a bit of space to trap warm air and at 22.5cm circumference I fit nicely inside these size large gloves (22-24cm) though if you have long fingers you might want to go up a size. My fingers are quite short and wide (sausage fingers according to my kids) and I was very close to end of the gloves.
The cuff comes about an inch past the wrist so will fit nicely under a jersey sleeve without any flesh being left exposed.
As far as warmth is concerned I found them most effective between 7 and 15°C and I'd say I have a reasonable resistance to cold fingers. They are comfortable, giving you plenty of dexterity plus you don't have to take them off to use your smartphone screen.
If you do get caught out in the rain they hold on to heat well when wet thanks to that fleece lining and they'll also dry quickly.
As far as the price goes they are on par with other gloves of this style that we've tested. They look well put together with a nice fit and are comfortable for long rides provided you can ride without padding.
The fluoro yellow colour stands out at dawn or dusk for signalling your intentions known to following drivers.
Overall then they are comfortable, fit well and keep your hands warm in autumn and spring temperatures plus help out on the visibility front. Check for finger length though.
Bright and warm for a decent price, the lack of padding might be an issue for some though.
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Make and model: Polaris RBS Windgrip Glove
Size tested: Large
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?
These are windproof gloves which are ideal for the temperatures we see in spring and autumn, mid single figures to the mid teens. They've been given Polaris' Really Bright Stuff treatment meaning the hi-viz yellow highlights your signalling in low light conditions.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Tidy stitching and finish.
Good windproofing and fit though the lack of padding won't be for everyone.
Polyamide is renowned for its durability so these should stand up to general wear and tear well.
lightweight and easily stowable in a jersey pocket.
A good fit though agin that thin pad requires some decent bar tape.
On par we've others we've tested and I'd happily pay the rrp for the fit and performance.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They are great in the wind and highly visible in low light conditions.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fit is good and a good amount of dexterity.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
They worked for me but short fingers and unpadded palm might effect others.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
They do the job that they are designed to do well covering a decent temperature range and plenty of comfort. Like I've said in the review though they could probably do with a small amount of padding to provide the full package.
Age: 36 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Kinesis T2 My best bike is: Kinesis Aithien
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!