The Mavic Vision Thermo winter gloves have plenty of reflective details and are well padded, although as with the majority of winter gloves, the padding does affect use of controls.
Windproof and waterproof
Reflective details on fingers and backs
Velcro adjuster keeps cold out
Bulky padding affects control feel
Padding can get displaced from outer shell
Palm is not very grippy
Mavic’s new Vision range aims to increase visibility on dark rides. It's a line of clothing that includes a gilet, overshoes, a cap, arm, knee and leg warmers as well as two weights of gloves, of which the Vision Thermo is the heavier. The garments are designed for warmth as well as visibility.
As well as Mavic’s trademark yellow flash, the Vision Thermo gloves have reflective bands on three of the four fingers and a reflective dart built into the back of the hand. They increase road presence, particularly for following vehicles if you are making hand signals.
The gloves’ outers have an in-built waterproof membrane and are DWR treated to repel water. There’s a separate liner that's pretty thick and so gives a good amount of insulation. It does result in a bit of bulk between the fingers and makes using the controls a bit tricky – although this is true of the majority of winter gloves, not just Mavic’s. Not being connected to the outer, the liner can slip around too. There’s a risk of turning it inside-out when taking the gloves off, although I found that it soon settled down in the outer after a bit of use.
There’s an extra-long cuff to the gloves, which can be tightened with a Velcro strap. There’s also some elastic gathering. Together they provide plenty of weather protection at the wrist.
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The underside of the gloves, including the fingers, is made of a synthetic leather with padding across the top and the bottom of the palm for a bit of cushioning from the bars. There’s reinforcement in the high-wear area between the thumb and the index finger. I did find the palm material a bit slippery on the bars and found I needed to exercise care, particularly when using the brakes, to make sure my fingers didn’t slip.
So the Mavic Vision Thermo gloves are a good bet for wet, cold dark rides, although they do impede use of the shifters and brakes a little. They come in six sizes. Although they’re a useful addition to your winter kit, they’re quite expensive.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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