Knox Biomech gloves, £129.99
Time tested: 1800 miles/two months
What’s good? Gloves are like helmets – if they don’t fit your hand shape then they’re not going to be comfortable and they’ll irritate you. Thankfully these gloves fit like, er, gloves. There’s armour on the knuckles and back of the hand, as well as Knox scaphoid protectors on the palms and Knox shrouds on the cuffs. They all feel satisfyingly sturdy and they all sit nicely without digging in anywhere. There are vents on the sides of the fingers, which seem to let the right amount of air in for the UK. They can still be comfortably worn approaching October, but they’re not too sweaty in warmer weather. The Velcro fastening on the wrist can be pulled nice and tight and the boa lacing system on the cuff feels just as secure as Velcro, while offering a wider range of adjustability. I’m not overly sure if it’s more secure or better than Velcro, though. As comfy and solid as they feel, the real test of these will be if the boa lacing system lasts as long as Velcro systems. Darth Vader probably wore these.
What’s not? If you prefer to wear your cuffs under your sleeves then these aren’t for you, but you didn’t really need me to tell you that. The lacing system, while offering no advantage or disadvantage to Velcro, does feel a little vulnerable when you’re not wearing the gloves. A careless bit of stuffing in to a bag could catch one of the laces.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 5/5