Royal Racing Mercury Gloves Review

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The Royal Racing Mercury gloves are an excellent cross seasonal product, and are in their prime in cooler, windier, and more inclement weather conditions. They’re durable, comfortable, well-made and are featured loaded, which all combine for a good all-around, all-season and all-weather glove.

They are constructed with a 0.8mm Rema synthetic leather palm, with a double layering between the palm and finger, and in the nook of the thumb and a ‘V’ shaped portion at wrist intersection. The overall light padding helps immensely with the tactile feel on the grips, brakes and shifting, and increases control and responsiveness, while the moderate doubling at key spot’s aides with durability. The backside uses a windproof and water resistant stretchy material, and has a reflective screen print for safety on night rides. The outside of the thumb has a soft microfiber section, which was extremely functional for wiping up sweat, and other bodily fluids.

“A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual. Certainly, without any choice. That’s the way your hard-core Commie works.”

The fingers, thumb and palm have small lines of a sticky silicon material to help adhere to the brakes and grips, and in fact; the entire backside of the glove has the same sort of design feature. The wrist cuff uses the stretchy Aeropreen material, and the extended design ensures no gaps at the interface to your jacket or long sleeved jersey. You pull the gloves on with their extremely useful and robust tab, and the wrist closure uses a burly Velcro strap to tighten them down, which is easy to use with gloved fingers. When taking the gloves off, that same stiff strap, which is pre-bent, likes to ping back and close itself, which can be slightly annoying when it happens.

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 do wish the sticky silicon adhesion pattern was more durable, since it’s wearing prematurely. I think splotches of the silicon, like their Blast gloves use, would wear better than the line pattern? I haven’t been nice to the gloves, and have used them to stack rocks, clean off snow, and other activities more appropriate for construction gloves, and their elementary toughness and longevity has shown through. I have taken a few good tumbles, and landed directly on the gloves, and it did nothing to them, so I can vouch for their crash worthiness.

Once the days and temperatures cool off during the late Fall, Winter and early Spring seasons, the Mercury gloves provide ample warmth on moderate to chilly days. They are out of their realm on bitter cold days, but they were never designed for the extremes at either end of the temperature spectrum. 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 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 Royal Racing glove is warm and water resistant, and shines in conditions of moderate temperatures and weather, and it’s durable, comfortable, and has excellent tactile feel and ease of use. It’s my go-to glove during the off season, and I bring them along as backups if rain might be encountered.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Warm
  • Water resistant
  • Pull on tab
  • Burly Velcro closure

Cons

  • Velcro closure pops back on itself when removing gloves
  • Sticky silicon finger patterns wear prematurely

MSRP: $44.95

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

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Royal Racing Mercury Specs:

  • Visit Royal Racing Mercury website
  • 0.8mm Rema synthetic leather palm
  • Wind and showerproof back of hand
  • Micro fiber thumb wipe
  • Sticky silicon print finger tips
  • Low profile logos
  • Low profile cuff with TPR tab
  • Direct inject pull tab on palm
  • Sizes: X Small, Small, Medium, Large, X Large, XX Large
  • Colors: Black



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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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