I’m very picky when it comes to gloves. I have my favorite pair that I use all the time, and it is hard to get them away from me to fully break in and test another glove. The Kona Chevron glove though, is light, easy to break in, and offers pretty good grip in most conditions.
Right away I liked the close fit around the palm and fingers, the lack of extra material extending past the end of my thumb, and the easy digital mobility. The elastic band at the wrist keeps the glove snug enough to stay in place and prevent very much dirt from getting inside the glove during a crash.
It is a thin glove, which I figured would be a problem. Thin cheaper gloves tend to break apart within a ride or two. Stitching comes apart and you end up really pissed off. So far, after months of use, no issues with the Kona Chevron.
I did have trouble figuring out the gloves’ intended use. The Chevron sits somewhere between being a DH glove and an all mountain glove. Kona’s DH specific glove, the Supreme, offers exceptionally better grip on high speed bumpy trails than the Chevron glove. Think about riding Northstar or the Northshore without grip. No fun! On the other extreme, in terms of All Mountain or XC riding, the Chevron is pretty beefy, and doesn’t vent well at the top. This can make long accents in the sun rather warm for the hands.
But the glove isn’t intended for either of those uses. I found the glove most useful when taking an easy DH day. You know the ones where you really don’t need that 8 inches of travel for the flowy, slightly tech, trail ahead of you but you brought your DH bike anyway. Or the days you are doing trail work, sessions, riding, some dirt jumping and maybe just hanging out drinking all the beer.
I could see the glove being great in colder climates for XC rides, in the fog or under the canopy of the great redwoods of the North West. But using them in the summer time in China Camp in Marin CA, they just didn’t keep the heat away.
Construction and Conclusion
The Chevron gloves I’ve been using have stood the test of time for a sub $30 glove. I was thrilled when they didn’t rip apart after two weeks of hard use. And am still impressed months later that the only tear is the elastic wrist strap starting to detach a bit from pulling them on. Sure, some threads have popped out but overall I’d have to say awesome job on the construction.
I’ve had two sets of these gloves so far. The first pair I had some fit/quality control issues, but the second pair sent by Kona were comfortable right from the start. The first pair I received from Kona were just a bit too tight. The construction of the index finger caused binding every time I pulled on the brake lever. This obviously wasn’t an issue when focused on bombing a trail. But on ascents and some mellow single track it got a bit irritating. The second pair were just a hair bigger, and fit perfectly.
The Chevron glove is easy on the pocket book and won’t let you down on most trails. Great for dirt jumping or sessions, digging and aggressive all mountain riding. Doesn’t have the grip for real rocky DH and a bit too warm for hot weather XC riding. The Chevron style is cool and the color options aren’t too flashy or ugly. At the time of this review I see that Kona’s site is selling them for $12.50 a pair. I would pick a pair, you may be glad you did.
4 out of 5 Stars
4 out of 5 Stars