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Being Swedish, you'd expect Craft to have a pretty good idea of how to make cold weather kit, and they do. These Storm gloves are typical Craft – classy but understated looks, excellent build quality and some nice touches.
They also have the Craft long label tucked inside, which means spending a few minutes carefully snipping, unless you really need to explain the washing instructions to a Korean friend.
Our test gloves came in a size S. Normally I'd take at least a medium but these fitted suprisingly well, so you might want to try a pair before you buy, or just size down. The snug fit and low bulk means that controls and light switches are easily operated without any clumsy fumbling. You also get rubberised grippers on the fingers and palm to help keep your hands in place on the bars.
Craft describe these as windproof and the tight stitching along the fingers does a good job of protecting you from the worst autumnal chills. Being a slimline glove means that they aren't the warmest and it can take a few miles before the insulating effect of the fleece lining starts to kick in. That said, once they've warmed up a little they do keep the heat in quite well with a neoprene cuff helping to retain it.
Reflective dots and logo are a neat touch – they're always welcome on a glove that is likely to be used after dark, although be careful when you wash them (you did keep that label after you cut it out, didn't you?) as the reflectives are the iron-on type that tend to peel off. As you'd hope, you also get a decent sized snot wipe, in this case pretty much a whole thumb's worth.
The one slight niggle I have is that the gel padding is a bit minimal, consisting of a single small patch on the heel of the hand. I'd prefer to see larger but thinner patches of gel across the whole palm, like you find on the Craft Pave gloves.
At £40 these aren't cheap but for the quality and fit they're well worth the money, especially as you can find them reduced if you shop around.
Lovely glovely design for cool autumn rides.
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Make and model: Craft Storm glove
Size tested: S
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?
Blurb says: "Featuring a wind-protective shell fabric, the CRAFT Storm Glove provides comfort in really windy conditions. Silicon prints in palm enhances the grip while a neoprene cuff and elastic inserts combine to provide a perfect fit. Gel inserts in the palm for maximum comfort and protection."
Craft blurb is a understated as their products...
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 40 Height: 5ft 8in Weight: 86kg
I usually ride: GT Rave - singlespeed conversion My best bike is: Guess SC1 Scandium
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,