The classic, plain style of the dhb Aeron gloves will appeal to a lot of riders wanting a no nonsense summer mitt. The quality of materials and hot weather ventilation is great for the price. Unfortunately the comfort issues need to be addressed to make the dhb Aeron gloves a product worth getting your mitts on.
Durable real suede palm
Thick gel padding
Substantial sweat wipe
Foam padding compresses rapidly
Too much stitching around the thumb
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The dhb Aeron gloves are aimed at being your classic go to summer mitts for all day riding. Whilst they won’t win any points from the hip crowd, the plain, understated design and simple colour options will match any kit choices nicely.
The construction dhb Aeron gloves is robust and features a real suede palm that should, in the event of a tarmac interface, protect your hands from unwanted damage. Fortunately, unlike the leather mitts of old, modern treatments mean that even with multiple washes the suede shouldn’t dry out or harden.
dhb's plan is for these gloves to be a perfect choice for long distance sportives and so cushioning is high on the list of properties. The heel pad is made of 4mm thick gel foam whilst the centre of the palm and base of the fingers are protected by a more standard type of foam padding. This creates a very comfortable interface with the handlebars, however even from new the standard foam pads tend to compress quickly and take an age to spring back into shape. Fine if you use thicker bar tape, but it would be nice to see either a thinner gel pad or a better quality of foam padding.
Fit is nice and snug and the deep palm tab means pulling the dhb Aeron gloves on is a doddle. The only issue with fit is around the thumb; there are far too many areas and layers of stitching and on longer rides this became uncomfortable.
Hot weather comfort is good with an all mesh back panel and even the suede finger panels are perforated. The micro fibre sweat wipe is one of the most luxurious I have used and soaks up a lot of sweat. As a bonus when wiping your face the Velcro strap has a soft cover fabric to avoid scratching.
Getting the dhb Aeron gloves off is also fairly straightforward, with a small webbed tab of material between the index and middle finger to grip and thus avoid the inevitable inside out retrieval.
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James Bracey's career has seen him move from geography teacher, to MBR writer, to Cycling Weekly's senior tech writer and video presenter. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of bicycle mechanics, as well as bike fit and coaching qualifications. Bracey enjoys all manner of cycling, from road to gravel and mountain biking.
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