While we certainly had no complaints with the previous generation of the ELITE Gel Full-Finger Gloves, Pearl Izumi went ahead and updated them, anyway. The basic premise is the same — lightweight, breathable coverage that keeps your fingers protected from brush and your palms glued to bars — but the inner palms are now smoother and the overall construction has fewer seams. That makes for fewer catch points to irritate hands, aiding the ELITE Gel padding in its efforts to keep your grabbers comfy on chip seal, gravel, lumpy 'cross courses, and light singletrack. The new model also includes conductive thumb and index finger tips, so you'll enjoy smartphone interactivity on par with the sharp lever feel afforded by the synthetic palms.
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I have used these gloves for a while now. They are perfect for the fall and early spring. They are a medium weight glove that has a ton of padding on the palm. The main reason I got these gloves was for the padding. My hands always seem to get sore while riding in long fingered gloves. However, with these my hands are just fine. That extra padding on the palm really helps dampen road vibration. Also, these gloves are pretty snug fitting which is great because my hands are not sliding around inside the glove while I'm braking or shifting.
The only downside to these gloves are that they are a bit stiff and take a while to break in .