Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves
Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves, £159.95
Miles covered/time: 10,000miles/18 months
What’s good: They’re warm summer gloves. Wearing winter gloves through summer might look pathetic, but that’s what I often did. Reynard’s syndrome (rubbish circulation, basically) means my fingers get painfully cold unless it’s very hot or I ride in massive mitts. Then I discovered these Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex gloves, which feel like sturdy summer gloves, but have a Gore-Tex lining which reduces windchill to zero and is completely waterproof. For people with normal circulation they’re perfect three season gloves (the 365 name is a tad ambitious for the UK). For me, they take me through spring and summer. As you’d hope, 10,000 miles has barely made a dent in them, and comfort is sublime.
What’s not: I can’t help thinking £159.95 is a hell of a lot to pay for a pair of gloves.