Altura Sportive gloves review

A new take on the classic summer mitt, the Altura Sportive gloves offer full gel padding to protect and pamper your hands on longer rides

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

For a pair of "budget" gloves, the Altura Sportive gloves offer a great fit and the maximum amount of cushioning without feeling too bulky. The Lycra style back gives a sleek profile to the mitt but can feel a little warm on really hot days. With a range of classic colour options it will coordinate well with any kit choices.

Reasons to buy
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    Fully padded palm for all day comfort

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    Excellent fit with minimal movement

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    Silicon grippers work well in the wet

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Reasons to avoid
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    Lycra back feels less ventilated than mesh

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    Sweat wipe is small

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As the name suggests, the Altura Sportive gloves are designed for long distance comfort. The striking, almost 80s retro colourscheme certainly stands out and lends a good level of daytime visibility to your hands

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The Altura Sportive gloves utilises what the company calls an Ergofit 3D palm construction, which means that the gloves use minimal fabric to give fewer creases and so enhancing comfort.

Two thick buttons of ProGel padding cover the sensitive heel area of the palm, protecting the Ulnar nerve area. A strip of thinner gel padding covers the base of the fingers and the mitt is the only one to also have padding on the thumb. In use the gel padding felt comfortable and well positioned, whilst also retaining a good level of handlebar feel; this is important for proper control.

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Grip is very good due to the sticky silicon dots on the palm. The Lycra-like Flexmesh material on the back of the Altura Sportive gloves did not feel quite as breathable as a proper mesh back but its tighter, elasticated construction helped to minimise movement without having to resort to a Velcro strap.

Finally, pull tabs on the middle two fingers ease removal, and the sweat wipe on the thumb is quite small and was not too effective on really hot rides.

For more details visit the Zyro website.