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A simple pull-on style full-fingered glove, the Sugoi Betty is suitable for all kinds of cycling in spring and autumn conditions. These gloves would also suit summer off-road use, if you want a bit more coverage. If you run warm, they might even see you through warmer winter rides.
The silky stretch fabric from which the back and fingers are made is light and allows for excellent breathability, keeping the hands a good temperature and stopping them from becoming clammy. The thumb is generously covered in soft towelling, which is pleasantly soft on the nose, while the entire gripping surface of the glove is made from durable synthetic leather, with venting throughout to increase airflow.
It's a well-made glove, with strengthened seams where they wear hardest and good quality fabrics, although washing is by hand only, which is a hassle. The foam pads are well positioned to protect the ulnar nerve, support the median nerve and ease pressure and rubbing in the under-finger trouble spots. They also remove a little road buzz.
These gloves are comfortable and unobtrusive to wear and offer good hand protection. Sizing is somewhat generous, so it's best to check your size first if you're considering buying online. Price wise they are about average for a lightweight long-fingered glove. A fingerless version is also available.
A lightweight, long-fingered glove offering serviceable performance for three-season use
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Make and model: Sugoi Betty Full Finger 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?
Full fingered glove aimed at female cyclists of all types.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
88% polyester/12% spandex back
63% nylon/37% polyurethane palm and centre palm
65% polyester/35% cotton on thumb
Silicone grippers on palm
Available in sizes S, M, L
Very well made
Performed well. Comfortable and kept hands a good temperature.
Hand wash only so will start to smell quite quickly.
Comfortable to wear, pleasant fabric and pads work well to reduce pressure and road buzz.
Smack in the middle of the price range for full finger summer weight gloves and good value as a result.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed well, worked well for all types of riding.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Fit, styling, weight, wear comfort.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Hand wash only.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Probably, especially those with a preference for full finger styles.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
A good value, effective lightweight full-finger glove. Shame it's hand wash only.
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.