Ixon Pro Blizzard Gloves, £79.99
Time tested: One year/4000 miles
What’s good? What a good glove this is from French bike clothing specialists Ixon. I’ve worn these through some pretty harsh weather, both in terms of temperature and precipitation, and they don’t disappoint. Even on prolonged journeys through the heaviest of rain, they’ve never let a drop reach my hands, and they don’t take days to dry out again, either. Temperature-wise the firm claim they’re ‘very warm’, but I’d drop the ‘very’ off that description. They’re certainly warm, but after half an hour in sub-zero temperatures I do find my fingers getting pretty chilly.
Comfort is excellent, with a plush and padded lining which doesn’t separate every time you pull your hand out, and also doesn’t feel like you’re trying to wrestle your controls through a winter tog duvet. I like the understated technical look of them, and they’re even touch-screen compatible. They show no notable signs of wear after 4000 miles.
What’s not? They’re not super-warm, and I find the thumbs a little long, making precise button control tricky at times, but that might just be my physical defect, not the gloves’.
Quality rating: 4/5
Value rating: 5/5
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