A well fitting pair of gloves with a key comfort feature in the palms. A great choice of mitts for almost any rider
Very comfortable thanks to the DoctorGel palm pad
Magnets in the wrists to keep them together when not in use
Weak seams in the removal loops
Mitts are mitts, you might say, but what sets these GripGrab SuperGel short finger gloves apart from others is the Doctor Gel pad in the palms. This 6mm comfort feature really came into its own when these gloves were teamed with double-layer bar tape and used to tackle the cobbles of Northern France.
These gloves weren't just thrown on for the commute, or given an outing on the Saturday cafe ride, but were tested in the tough setting of the Paris-Roubaix Challenge sportive.
After more than 50km of cobbles, the rough road surface of the Hell of the North had caused aching bones, but a consolation was that my hands were fine. Nothing can deliver a rider to the end of a cobbled ride completely pain-free, but these certainly helped.
The gloves are well fitted and made to a high standard. They feature a pull-off system of small straps between the fingers: a great idea, but not perfect, as the seams here appear to be the only weak spots on the gloves.
A final little touch that shows the brand's attention to detail is the inclusion of small magnets in the wrists which keep the gloves together when they're not being worn.
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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing as well as cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist magazine in 2017.
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