RST Pro Series CPX-C gloves, £89.99
Time tested: Three miles/500 miles
What’s good? RST’s top-of-the-range gloves are designed for track use, although I’ve been wearing them for my commute, because they’re ridiculously comfortable. Made from soft kangaroo leather, they give really good feel and finger dexterity. The closures are thick, reassuring strips of Velcro that I can easily close when I’ve got one glove already on. As they’re designed for racing (a friend wears the same gloves for racing at the TT) they should be overkill for the commute, but I don’t see why I shouldn’t be protected on the way to work. Carbon fibre on the knuckles, palm, and, importantly, the scaphoid, as well as reinforcement on the fingers mean they feel like they could take a beating.
What’s not? There’s a hole in them. It’s not huge, but the stitching has come undone along the little finger on one side of the glove. I’ll send them back to RST for investigation, but it doesn’t fill me with confidence as to how well they’d hold together in a crash if everyday riding is enough to split the seams.
Quality rating: 3/5
Value rating: 2/5