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It's a win-win.
It's nice to put your hands down and have a tough barrier between ground peppered with sharp rocks and your tender paws—remember you do need them for other things besides outdoor adventure. Slide your hands into the Giro Tessa LF Women's Cycling Glove and they'll be protected in the event of a dismount gone bad, while increasing comfort and control when upright.
- Lightly padded for comfort without adversily affecting feel
- Super Fit ergonomic design prevents bunching
- Pull tab along cuff hem eases donning
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Solid lightweight support
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
At a very reasonable price just under $30, I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of these gloves. I chose the black color so the dark color would hide dirt stains bound to happen quickly, but I was initially leery of how hot black-cloaked hands would get under the bright Utah sun. The great breathability of the mesh-like upper fabric kept my hands cool, so the dark color did not end up being an issue at all. The ergonomic design mentioned in the product description also did not disappoint. The gloves fit like a second skin over my hands, and I did not experience the awkward bunching or bulges of extra fabric produced by other bike gloves that I have owned (like my Fox Digit Gloves, which are a men's size S). I found the sizing to be similar to other women's bike gloves, which are sized smaller than men's gloves. For my average-sized but fairly long and slender fingers, the size M worked great. The light padding in the palm area and reinforced fabric along the underside of the fingers worked great for protecting my hands from trail chatter and sweaty and sticky grips. Their light weight, great breathability and padded support where glove meets grip makes these gloves great for mild- to hot-weather XC riding. For burlier or cooler rides, I still like my Fox Digits that feature thicker, more reinforced fabric all around made to take a greater beating and that offer more warmth in cooler temperatures. For lighter, more breathable and form-fitting support, these gloves do the job nicely.
These gloves are lovely but TINY!! I have a fairly 'normal' size hand and ordered a medium, think I probably needed an extra large, so just returned them.