Spada Eighty2 Claw Gloves, £39.99
Tester: Adam Child
Time tested: One year/13,000 miles
What’s good? Sometime you just want sausage and mash. It’s sufficient, simple and you know what you are getting. These winter claw gloves form Spada are just that, simple and effective with no bells and whistles. In the depths of winter in low single figures these claw gloves are fine for a 30 to 45 minute ride, depending on the weather protection from the bike and the riding speed. With the addition of heated grips you can almost double that time. The claw design enables you to maintain the heat in each glove as your fingers aren’t separated. Each finger has its own inner sleeve like a mini sleeping blanket with in the claw design. The reflective piping is a nice touch, the Velcro wrist strap is just about strong enough.
What’s not? Although Spada say they are waterproof they aren’t - however it takes about an hour or more of heavy rain before the water slowly seeps in so for £40 I think they’re still a bargain. The Velcro is losing its strength as time goes on, the integrated visor wipe isn’t the best and they feel thin with no hard armour unlike some winter gloves.
Quality rating: 3/5
Value rating: 5/5