Spyke Hipe gloves, £135
Miles covered/time: 8500/two years
What’s good? I love these gloves. They are the most comfortable I have ever worn and have some of the best ventilation too.
A mixture of kangaroo and cowhide with bags of carbon-fibre protection means these gloves are instantly comfortable as the leather is so soft, yet they have the hard carbon to look after your hands.
Unlike many gloves that take an age to bed in, these took a few decent rides before they felt like they were as comfortable as they would be after years of use.
The adjustability from the wrist strap and the Velcro cuff makes them fit perfectly too. The knuckle protection has raised elements that stiffen the structure against squashing as your hand slaps onto the ground.
What’s not? One of the tabs that cover the wrist adjuster has come unstitched a little. Not much to worry about in terms of protection but annoying all the same.