Given the unseasonably bad weather we’re having on London at the moment, I suspect good gloves are as close to your heart as they are to mine and the gloves presented here have a few very useful features as a cycling commuter – read on for more details
Gloves and Smart Phones – normally an unhappy combination
One frustration with wearing most pairs of cycling gloves is the inability to operate the now ubiquitous smart phones that most of us carry in our pockets. Perhaps you need to consult the map, start your favourite training or navigation app, or simply make a call at the side of the road. Normally, this requires the removal of one or both gloves, finding somewhere to put them and invariably dropping one of them on the floor. Well with these gloves all of these problems go away.
The BikeTouch pro gloves solve all of these phone use issues and more. They are one of the new breed of smart “eTip” style gloves that give you access to your touchscreen without the need to remove your gloves.
Over the last few years, smart gloves have become more common, but there are still comparatively few cycling specific gloves sporting this feature, and certainly very few at this price point – £29.95. Whilst a lot of smart gloves only have the smart fabric on the first finger. these gloves have smart fabric areas on the first 2 fingers of each hand as well as the thumb. This is a real boon as it allows access to even the more advanced touchscreen features (namely pinch to zoom) which is particularly useful in mapping applications.
I’ve been wearing the BikeTouch Pro gloves for the last few weeks on my daily commutes, and the fact that they are made from a waterproof and windproof fabric has been very useful indeed. They have kept my hands dry very well through some monsoon like rain storms and warm on cold mornings, whilst still allowing me access to my phones features. The wick moisture away from the skin well, and my hands certainly haven’t become sweaty on the few occasions when the weather has been warmer (what you mean you missed that day?!?)
The cycling specific features of the gloves include a full finger terry sweat swipe, soft tri-gel padded zones on the palm, anti-skid material on the palm, reinforced overlay on thumbs and a neoprene cuff to keep the cold air and moisture out. Also featured is reflective piping on the back of the hand which stands out well when making turn signals after dark.
The gloves are rated to below zero by the manufacturer, but as someone who suffers from cold hands I’d say they are more suited to a temperature range of 3-5c – your mileage may vary however. The gloves are a nice size and can be stored in your pocket pretty easily making them the ideal commuter gloves in changeable conditions where it’s cold in the morning, but you may not want to wear them on the way home.
I typically wear a medium in gloves, and as such have these in that size. Although they fit very well in the fingers, they are a little snug across the palm, so you may want to consider a size up from what you normally wear,
As you know, commuting is pretty hard on gear, but these gloves are showing no wear at all despite the worst the British weather has thrown at them – that’s a good sign for the longevity of the gloves.
- Ability to use your phone touchscreen with your gloves on
- Cycling specific with a good range of features
- Waterproof and windproof
- Lightweight and pocketable
- Great price
- Not as warm as they could be on really cold days
- Sizing a little snug
Should you buy?
If you’re looking for some cycling specific gloves that allow you to operate your phone as well as protecting you against the elements then you should definitely consider the BikeTouch Pro gloves. They come in at a good price (£29.95) and all signs are that they will last well. The BikeTouch Pro gloves get a definite touch screen friendly thumbs-up from me.