Dr. Giro has the cure for cyclists who want to feel their handlebars without suffering the fatigue-inducing vibrations from a rough road or a washboard trail. The prescription is the Strada Massa Supergel Gloves, which apply medical technology to cure the symptoms of excessive bike chatter. The unforgiving surfaces that cause that chatter may persist, but you'll be able to roll over them without caring.
The Strada Massa Gloves feature Giro's Supergel inserts in the palms. Supergel was actually designed for medical applications, so it’s definitely up to the task of nursing your hands through sections of rough road or trail. It's able to deform on three axes instead of the usual single axis, so it doesn't create pressure points. In fact, Giro claims that Supergel distributes pressure 300% better than standard gel padding. It also offers a 30% gain in impact resistance and no hardening over time. All of this, and it doesn't recreate the unwieldy bulk of typical padded gloves.
The AX Suede palms mimic leather's suppleness but with added durability, so they won't grind to pieces over the course of your next century or on a rough enduro course. They're mated to four-way stretch, breathable mesh uppers, for a firm fit that doesn't restrict shifting and braking or stifle your hands on hot summer days. The gloves are finished with a hook-and-loop strap at the cuff and a soft, microfiber panel for wiping your brow during hot ascents.
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- Q & A
Runs too big
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: Medium
I have a lot of pairs of Giro gloves in Women's medium and they fit perfectly. But these run way too big that I am going to return them. Too bad they look like nice ones.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I wanted to love these gloves because the padding was excellent and the leather soft. However, on a short ride I noticed they painfully cut into my right thumb creases when I rode on my brake hoods. They just don't seem to be cut correctly and the seams are uncomfortable. Upon closer examination I noticed that the seam on one glove was sewn in a different spot than on the other glove. This is causing the discomfort. If it weren't for this I would really like these gloves.
I Almost Kept Them
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
- Fit: True to size
I gave these as a gift to my mom for her birthday, and I have to admit, I thought about keeping them myself.
The palms have a thick gel cushioning that provides comfort for gripping. The velcro wrist band makes it easy to adjust to fit your hand.
She will mostly be using them for casual biking around town, but these would do the job for long road or mountain rides.
As a mountain biker, I prefer the protection of a full fingered glove in case I fall, if these were made with full fingers I would purchase some myself.