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Pedal Ed Fullfinger gloves review

19 Dec 2017

A comfortable pair of gloves that offers extra protection on bumpy surfaces

Cyclist Rating: 
Extra comfort provided by padding, well-fitted
Suspect grip on some bar tape

In a cheap attempt at emulating Tom Boonen, I often refuse to wear gloves. Even on the coldest of days and bumpiest of roads I will grit my teeth and – foolishly, I'll admit – ride on.

My naivety will often leave me with ugly calluses on my palms, sore wrists and blue fingers. More fool me, I know.

Pedal Ed's Fullfinger gloves promise to offer padded protection to your palm and extra support to your wrist. Just what I need, really, so I decided to test them out and see if they could break me from my self-imposed Tommeke delusion.

The two padded palm protectors on each glove draw your attention within the first minutes of your ride. Not necessarily because of comfort, or initially at least, but rather because you can feel them as soon as you put the gloves on.

In look and feel, the underside of the gloves is more UFC cage fighter than elegant road cyclist. That's not necessarily a criticism, and even if the padding is a bit over the top, it certainly does its job.

As soon as you rest your hand on the hoods, the padding sits as a firm but comfortable layer in between your palm and the bars. 

Whether I was loosely holding the tops of my levers, racing in the drops or climbing on the tops, I could feel the protective padding doing the job it was set out to do.

Coming back from a long ride on the abysmal roads of northern Kent, I had none of my usual complaints about self-inflicted pain.

While comfortable, though, the leather palms did cause one problem and that was grip. Holding tightly onto the drops while sprinting out of the saddle, at times it felt like I might lose my grip at any second.

This caused some heart-stopping moment in Regent's Park last week when racing some of my colleagues. At least that was my excuse for getting dropped.

It was less of a concern on thicker, cork-based tape but still a cause for concern.

The cuff of the glove, although short, is fitted and offers support without feeling constrictive as thicker winter gloves tend to do.

The short cuff is, unfortunately, also a slight downside. With the gloves stopping before the wrist, it's hard to avoid a gap opening between the gloves and a long-sleeve jersey, which can let in a draft.

And while the Fullfinger gloves weren't designed specifically to keep out the cold, a longer cuff would have been an easy way to achieve it.

The white uppers may not be to everybody's taste – there's something a bit Marcel Marceau about the look, but personally I feel they achieve the cool, urban look that the Japanese brand is looking for.

Using leather gives a retro feel while the white top gives a modern twist offering something different to the endless lines of black gloves that you usually get.

Overall, the Pedal Ed Fullfinger gloves achieve a decent balance between function and aesthetics.

They deliver on their promise to offer comfort and support, yet do so with a touch of design flair that sets them apart from your regulation winter gloves.

There is definite room for refinement, however, particularly in the area of grip.

Whether the Pedal Ed fullfinger gloves have convinced me to do away with bare hands remains to be seen. I just cannot seem to shake the desire to look like a poor man's Tom Boonen.

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