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Zero RH Ergo glove



Good gloves that block the wind and repel water well, although they are pricy

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These spring/autumn-weight Zero RH Ergo gloves are windproof and do a pretty good job of keeping the rain out too. They're not cheap but they do boast some useful features.

The backs of the Ergo gloves are made from Zero RH's Airdrygold 250 fabric which is windproof and slightly fleecy on the inside, making them surprisingly warm considering their low bulk. I've been using these in temperatures from about 9-14C. I get cold hands quite easily (I'm a martyr to it but you'll never hear me moan!) so you might use them in cooler conditions.

Zero RH reckon these gloves are 'totally waterproofing' (sic), but that's not the case. The Airdrygold 250 fabric might not let the rain through but there's no sealing around the seams, so water will seep in. Still, they do a better job of keeping your hands dry than most single-thickness gloves, and they're quite breathable so sweat doesn't easily build up inside.

The lowers are faux leather and the section between the thumb and the forefinger is reinforced. The area around the base of the thumb gets a useful amount of foam padding too, although I'd have liked this over the heel of the hand as well for long-ride comfort. I wore track mitts underneath for anything over about an hour in the saddle.

Being single thickness, you can feel the seams on the inside but they're not uncomfortable. Silicone print on the palm and fingertips prevents slippage on wet bars and levers, while the cuff is adjustable via a hook and loop tab. The hooks can catch the fabric of the rest of the gloves if you're not careful when you take them off, but you won't spoil the looks unless you're really clumsy and do this constantly.

All in all, these are neat gloves, the most useful feature being that they're windproof. They're pricy but they're well made and they do their job successfully.


Good gloves that block the wind and repel water well, although they are pricy test report

Make and model: Zero RH Ergo glove

Size tested: Large, black/white

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?

Zero RH say, "Thanks to its incredible design details and combination of materials, this accessory is totally waterproofing and airproofing. It's ideal for extreme weather conditions."

They're not totally waterproofing although they do repel water well. They're not ideal for extreme weather conditions either - they'are about right for spring/autumn UK conditions.

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Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Possibly

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 190cm  Weight: 74kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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