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Kengo Hashimotowrote a review of on July 11, 2020

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these from Specialized before Competitive Cyclist started carrying them. Mine are in the obnoxious neon hi-viz yellow, because I ride in and around NYC.

As cycling gloves, they're fantastic. Comfortable, breathable, the extra-thick gel padding makes them amazing to ride in. I cannot stress how much I love the pair when riding either my turbo trainer or in relatively protected environments. From comfort perspective, these are my favourite pair of gloves.

However, the gloves have 2 significant flaws compared to my Pearl Izumi and Bontrager gloves I also own.

First, they do not appear to have retroreflective portions. That means my hand signals to drivers are less visible to them when they need to have their lights on. It might not matter for all you morning people, but for us bicycle commuters, it's a big deal.

Second, I've had my pair for about 10 months. I ride with them every weekend (since they're not my commute gloves due to the issues above), and on my turbos, so I've ridden with them maybe 100 times. The velcro strap that closes them have delaminated, so now they have a two-piece design -- an annoying top part that flaps around, and the actual velcro part that keeps them closed.

I would still recommend them, but with keeping in mind these appear to be single-season items and not multi-season items.

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Kengo Hashimotowrote a review of on August 19, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

TL;DR: it's fantastic in the dry, will keep things dry enough, but not bone dry, in the wettest weathers.

I'll preface this by saying these are pretty great. I pack my car's key fobs and house keys in them, along with my minimal wallet (ID and a few cards). They all neatly store in here, which then find their home in the centre jersey pocket.

In the dry, these are almost perfect, with the possible exception that it obviously doesn't breathe, so my lower back is a bit damp after rides. That's to be expected.

What wasn't, really, was how *damp* the contents became after a torrential rainstorm. We misjudged the weather a bit, and on the return leg of our 50+km ride, it was raining buckets. I thought the contents would stay mostly dry, but in the morning, when I took out my key card for work, I found everything was just a little bit damp.

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