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notsobluenotsoblue Posts: 5,838
edited September 2011 in Commuting chat
I've had a pair of Specialised Mitts that have lasted me 3 years, but are now falling apart.

Currently considering:
Castelli S. Tre Short Finger Glove - 2011
Castelli S. Rosso Corsa Short Finger Glove - 2011
Gore Bike Wear Xenon III Short Finger Cycling Gloves

Does anyone have the above or something similar? Have I failed to consider an awesome pair of mitts that you'd swear by?

Ok hive mind... what mitts are you all using?
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  • SketchleySketchley Posts: 4,235
    I have these http://www.evanscycles.com/products/alt ... s-ec011921 padding very good.

    Would I get them again?

    No.
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  • notsobluenotsoblue Posts: 5,838
    Sketchley wrote:
    I have these http://www.evanscycles.com/products/alt ... s-ec011921 padding very good.

    Would I get them again?

    No.

    Why is that? Too hot? Bad fit?
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 17,975
    Not considering the Spesh ones again? I've got more than 3 years out of mine although they look pretty tatty now. They seem to wash well as well. I think I'll replace like for like when they finally give way.
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  • Hot OrangeHot Orange Posts: 157
    I'd like some mitts, but I'm not sure what the point of them is - if it's cold, I wear gloves; if it's not cold, I don't wear gloves. Can anyone enlighten me?
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  • I'm currently wearing Giro Zero mitts:

    Giro-giro-zero-mitts-red-white-IMG20836GIRO_L.jpg

    They have virtually no padding, but are remarkably comfortable. Would I get them again? Yes. Did have to go for a size smaller than usual in them, but they fit like... erm... something that fits very well.
  • jongingejonginge Posts: 5,945
    I've been toying with the idea of getting those new Rosso Corsas. I've got a couple of pairs of the old ones and they're great.

    I tend to have several pairs of mitts and usually go for something a bit cheaper for the commute. I have some of the Castelli Pro and Mavic Sprints. The Sprints are pretty lightweight (but seem to be quite robust) and great for summer
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  • jongingejonginge Posts: 5,945
    Hot Orange wrote:
    I'd like some mitts, but I'm not sure what the point of them is - if it's cold, I wear gloves; if it's not cold, I don't wear gloves. Can anyone enlighten me?
    I hear you but I've crashed without mitts on and it's not pretty. It's pretty instinctive to put out your hand to break your fall in a lot of situations...
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  • lastantlastant Posts: 526
    I've had a couple of pairs of Specialized BG ones over the last two years (first pair had to be binned after developing a bit too much of a whiff!).

    I've heard good things about Prendas' mitts, but haven't bit the bullet and got a pair yet. Think they'll be the next on my list though, maybe the 'New Generation' ones...
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  • SimonAHSimonAH Posts: 3,730
    Ha!

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  • ThatBikeGuyThatBikeGuy Posts: 394
    I am also looking at the Rosso Corsas, they look pretty sweet and padding seems good.
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  • jonny_trousersjonny_trousers Posts: 3,588
    edited April 2011
    Hot Orange wrote:
    I'd like some mitts, but I'm not sure what the point of them is - if it's cold, I wear gloves; if it's not cold, I don't wear gloves. Can anyone enlighten me?

    They look cool? Somewhere to wipe your sweat/snot? I guess they are primarily for comfort, but that said I struggle with them. I've only ever owned two pairs, but with both I end up feeling tense around the thumbs (that reminds me: anyone want a pair of hardly used Specialized BG Pro mitts in black/slate, size M for £12.00 including postage?).

    I can imagine how they might help with grip (and the snot wiping capabilities are not to be sniffed at) and Jon's thoughts make sense. I think perhaps I need really thin ones without padding to be comfortable. Now where's the Rapha catalogue...
  • spasypaddyspasypaddy Posts: 5,731
    i wish i'd bought these
    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cas ... t-ec027343

    however i had these last year
    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gor ... s-ec011885

    so decided to go with the same again (lost 1 glove moving home over the winter so needed a new pair)
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 17,975
    lastant wrote:
    I've had a couple of pairs of Specialized BG ones over the last two years (first pair had to be binned after developing a bit too much of a whiff!).

    I've heard good things about Prendas' mitts, but haven't bit the bullet and got a pair yet. Think they'll be the next on my list though, maybe the 'New Generation' ones...

    The Spesh BG are fine for a spin in the washing machine when they get a bit manky - they clean up pretty well.
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  • SketchleySketchley Posts: 4,235
    notsoblue wrote:
    Sketchley wrote:
    I have these http://www.evanscycles.com/products/alt ... s-ec011921 padding very good.

    Would I get them again?

    No.

    Why is that? Too hot? Bad fit?

    I don't like the velcro fastners on them they seem cheap, but not a cheap as bike hut one they replaced. The padding is very good though. Also I wouldn't get them again as they are not available any more.

    The castelli ones look nice! But i think that's the point isn't it?
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  • SketchleySketchley Posts: 4,235
    SimonAH wrote:
    Ha!

    Knog Love Hates for me in black. Love 'em (but not exactly serious I'll admit.......)

    I like.....
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  • mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    on longer rides (20+ miles) my wrists tend to go numb, would this be "fixed" with mitts?

    those Castelli look sweet
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  • jongingejonginge Posts: 5,945
    mudcow007 wrote:
    on longer rides (20+ miles) my wrists tend to go numb, would this be "fixed" with mitts?

    those Castelli look sweet
    Maybe. Could also be your riding position: too much weight on wrists, wrists bent etc
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  • dhopedhope Posts: 6,699
    I have the following poncy Altura mitts
    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/alt ... s-ec011157
    Which seem pretty decent to me (only mitts I've owned though)
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  • edhornbyedhornby Posts: 1,780
    http://www.prendas.co.uk/details.asp?ID=2561

    2 pairs for a tenner, end of thread ! I have them, they are really comfy and well made (they come out of the same factory as assos gloves)
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  • lastantlastant Posts: 526
    rjsterry wrote:
    The Spesh BG are fine for a spin in the washing machine when they get a bit manky - they clean up pretty well.

    Tried that...didn't come out too well for me. Probably should have rinsed them more throughout their life but lesson learnt...!
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  • Aldi should be getting their cycling kit in soon and the mitts were pretty good last year. I had some but lost them.
  • t4tomot4tomo Posts: 2,643
    These are fingerless gloves, not mitts.

    Mitts is an abreviation of mittens and have a big enclosed bit around all the fingers and a separate thumb.


    see

    fiesta-mitts.jpg
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  • jongingejonginge Posts: 5,945
    Is that a woman's glove you are wearing?
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  • t4tomot4tomo Posts: 2,643
    exactly, no reference to lack of fingers.
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  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    t4tomo wrote:
    exactly, no reference to lack of fingers.
    wikipedia wrote:
    a woman's glove that extends over the hand but does not cover the fingers

    No, no reference to lack of fingers at all....
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  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 17,975
    Turns out that mitten originally meant a fingerless glove too.

    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=mitten
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  • gbsahne001gbsahne001 Posts: 1,961
    spasypaddy wrote:
    i wish i'd bought these
    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cas ... t-ec027343

    however i had these last year
    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gor ... s-ec011885

    so decided to go with the same again (lost 1 glove moving home over the winter so needed a new pair)

    I've got the Gore's as well, only thing is they're not very white now! and do whiff a bit, might have to bin them after the Summer
  • Butterd2Butterd2 Posts: 937
    edited April 2011
    Hot Orange wrote:
    I'd like some mitts, but I'm not sure what the point of them is - if it's cold, I wear gloves; if it's not cold, I don't wear gloves. Can anyone enlighten me?

    I came off my MTB once and put a piece of flint through the palm of my hand, since then I've always worn mitts no matter how warm it is. For me now it just doesn't feel right without them now (same as for a helmet).
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  • Stone GliderStone Glider Posts: 1,227
    +1 for the Aldi mitts. Perfectly serviceable and very cheap!
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  • rolf_frolf_f Posts: 15,959
    spasypaddy wrote:

    Contemplating price matching Evans into submission on a pair of those. Didn't find much in the way of reviews though.

    I tried a pair of the really thin Castelli gloves at Edinburgh cycles. They were quite neat but you need about an hour to get them off :lol:

    My Aldi gloves have done pretty well but the little grippy diamonds on the palms keep falling off!
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