Specialized Sport gloves review

The Specialized Sport gloves share the same comfort enhancing Body Geometry design as higher models but at a paltry £20

specialized sport gloves
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Specialized Sport gloves are a great pair of mitts for shorter rides in warmer weather. Their lightweight construction and good fit allows you to forget you are wearing them, while pad positioning is perfect for reducing Ulnar nerve pressure. Just be aware that the padding does compress over time compared to the gel padding of more expensive mitts in the Body Geometry range.

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    Great value

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    Padding is in perfect positions

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    Foam pads compress over time

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    Lack silicon grippers on palms

The Specialized Sport gloves might be the entry point for Specialized’s Body Geometry range but packs all the same features of its more expensive brethren.

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The Body Geometry design looks to create the most comfortable gloves with, in the case of the Specialized Sport gloves, foam pads are located in specific positions to bridge over the palm in order to alleviate pressure. Particular importance has been put into protecting the Ulnar nerve area (at the heel of the palm) so reducing the chances of numbness and pain in the palm and fingers

The Specialized Sport gloves are one of the lightest pair of glove that you can get at this price point, even though they incorporate a Velcro wrist closure so if every gram counts they should be high on the list. The foam padding feels comfortable to a point but compared to the gel pads featured in the other gloves it suffers from compression over time and with repeated use they have lost a touch of comfort

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Fit is very good and the lighter weight construction and mesh back works really well on shorter, faster rides when ride comfort isn’t quite so important. Handlebar feel and grip is adequate but the gloves lack silicon grippers on the palm.

The Specialized Sport gloves features pull tabs on the middle fingers for easy removal. The sweat wipe run the entire length of the index finger and is very welcoming in hot weather.

For more details visit the Specialized website.