I was initially shocked at how tight these gloves seemed to fit, and wondered if I was sent the wrong size (I ordered Large). They feel small when putting them on and taking them off -BUT - once they are on the fit is, at least for me, absolutely perfect. The padding is not excessive, but is a great balance between grip/feel and protection. These gloves 'disappear' on long rides. These are my go-to gloves, a great all-rounder that I'd highly recommend.