This top insulated glove is an excellent cross seasonal product, and is in their prime in cooler, windier, and more inclement weather conditions, and as a backup for high country adventures. They’re extremely durable, and are breathable, water resistant, and featured loaded, which all combine for a great all-season and all-weather glove. Prepare for Combat!
They are constructed with a Clarino synthetic leather palm, with a double layering between the palm and finger, and another one at the outer bottom. The overall palm thickness is moderately light, and it’s sufficiently thin to provide a good tactile feel, while thick enough for durability, and the doubling at key spot’s aids toughness. The backside uses a windproof and water resistant material that utilizes a Hipora liner, and its inner section has a fleeced-lined backing for warmth and comfort. The outside of the thumb has a soft microfiber section, which was extremely functional for wiping up sweat, and other bodily fluids. The glove has a slight pre-curve for an ergonomic fit, and to prevent bunching during usage. The long wrist cuff uses stretchy neoprene, and closes with a stretchable Velcro strap. The gloves come in S, M, L, XL, 2XL, and retail for $40.00.
The wrist cuff uses stretchy neoprene, and the extended or elongated design provides good coverage and ensures no gaps at the interface to your jacket or long sleeved jersey. The wrist closure uses a flexible rubber Velcro strap to tighten them down, which is easy to use with gloved fingers, and I didn’t have any issues with taking them on or off. On rare occasions, the closure would get hit, and would accidentally open, though the glove seemed to stay planted on the hands.
I am a destroyer of gloves, especially on the finger tips, but so far the gloves have been pretty tough, and I have yet to tear them. I haven’t been nice to the gloves, and have used them to stack and move rocks, chop scrub oak, saw logs, and other activities more appropriate for construction and yard gloves, and their elementary toughness and longevity have shown through. I have taken a few good tumbles and ample sliders, and landed directly on the gloves, and it did nothing to them, so I can vouch for their crash worthiness. The thickness of the glove on the fingers and palm helps immensely with the increased durability and robustness, at a slight loss of tactile feel. The pre-curve of the glove was nice, as there was no bunching of material, and it gave an ergonomic feel when holding onto the grips. The curve design reminded me of some kayaking gloves I have used, and it made the gloves fit properly when holding onto the handlebar grips.
I wore them in light snow and light to moderate rain storms, and their water resistance worked adequately. When brushing up against damp bushes and trees while riding, which always seems to get you the wettest during rainy and dewy conditions, my hands stayed warm and comfortable. In a monstrous downpour, the gloves got soaked, and eventually my hands got chilled, and although it wasn’t pleasant, it was tolerable. The cuff extension helped keep moisture from creeping into the gloves and my jacket, and was another small design feature that I liked when conditions were at their worst. The insulation and layering on the back of the glove, greatly aided in keeping your hands warmer, especially when riding at speed. Another added benefit of the thick insulated back, was that it added an armor layer, which was an excellent property to protect your hands from bushes and trees. My local terrain has lots of scrub oak, and flying along through singletrack can be a battle royal, and the backing decreased the painful encounters with branches.