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These simple, lightweight PBP gloves from Velobici are soft and warm, and they can be used either on their own in autumn/spring or as liner gloves through the winter. They don't come packed with features; they're about as straightforward as you can get.
The PBP gloves are made from a mix of merino wool (42%) and Thermo-cool polyester (51%) with nylon and elastane making up the balance. Although mostly synthetic, they feel pretty natural. They come in just one size but they're super-stretchy so they'll fit nearly everyone. I usually take an XL and they go on just fine.
They're not thick but they provide a decent amount of warmth for autumn rides. There are no seams but bear in mind that there's no padding either, and the wind can whistle through the weave. Some people, roadies and urban-types alike, are happy with that, but you might want something more substantial.
To me, these are better as liner gloves. I like wool - or part wool in this case -liner gloves for a couple of reasons. First, they add a lot of insulation, staying warm even if they get damp.
Second, lots of thick gloves are almost impossible to get back on if you take them off mid-ride. Trying to get slightly sweaty hands back inside slightly sweaty gloves after changing an inner tube can be a nightmare. Put some stretchy wool gloves on first - and they're always easy to get on - and life becomes a whole lot simpler.
Search online and you can get merino and merino-mix gloves for about a tenner upwards. There are plenty for £20 and more but you'd struggle to say these are especially good value.
Simple, lightweight merino-mix gloves... and that's the top and bottom of it
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Make and model: Velobici PBP Seamless Gloves
Size tested: 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?
Vlobici say, "To honour one of cycling's graeatest endurance events, The Paris - Brest - Paris, we have designed a collection of essential items for the long distance traveller, marrying durability with comfort, practicality and European chic.
"These lightweight gloves have a super soft feel, and can also be used as an underglove for those very cold winter days."
Fair enough summary. They're simple, seamless merino-mix gloves.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
There's not a lot to tell. The merino is super-fine so it feels good, and it has the natural moisture managing properties you'd expect of wool -it's shifts moisture well and stays warm when damp.
It's seamless with an elasticated wrist. That's all the action you get here.
The wool shifts moisture naturally and it's super-fine so it feels comfy. There are no seams to compromise the feel.
You can buy similar gloves quite a bit cheaper, although you can get branded up ones that are more expensive.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yep
Would you consider buying the product? I'd just go with logo-free merino gloves for a tenner
Would you recommend the product to a friend? As above
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 road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. 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 pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.