Specialized Element 1.5 Gloves review

Looking for a highly breathable and warm pair of gloves that are not too bulky? The Specialized Element 1.5s may be the answer...

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Let's be clear, these are very good gloves, but they are not quite as refined as the the Gore Power Windstopper gloves. Considering these gloves cost the same £40 RRP and utilise the same fabric there is not much between the two, but Gore edge it by half a wheel.

Reasons to buy
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    Highly breathable

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Reasons to avoid
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    Harsh snot patch

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    Not much padding

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These gloves feature Gore's Windstopper textile. This immediately sets them apart from competing products that don't feature this excellent fabric. The Gore Windstopper is true to its name, but is also highly breathable. Overall, we found these gloves being most comfortable in temperatures ranging from 4-10 ºC.


Here you can see the grippy surface of the palm
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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.