SEVEN DAY CYCLIST
CYCLING, BUT NOT USUALLY RACING
LATEST UPDATE: MAY 30th
TENN WATERPROOF/WINDPROOF COLD WEATHER PLUS GLOVES
£9.99 Weight 80g (Medium)
Tenn waterproof/windproof cold weather plus gloves are available in an unusually comprehensive range of sizes and have proved competent in most contexts. However, they’re not waterproof in the submersible sense and when truly sodden, take several hours to dry at room temperature.
Nine-pound-ninety-nine buys a nylon/polyester/neoprene mix - pretty much what you’d expect at this end of the market, yet detailing is decidedly better. Faux leather palms feature medium density 3M thinsulate padding with extensive silicone grippers.
These conspire to block chill and intrusive low-level buzz while inspiring confidence on super glossy handlebar coverings in monsoon conditions. Padding density is perfect, blocking chill with no loss of dexterity/sensation when changing gear, braking, swigging from bottles or locking in the street. Simple road side mechanicals/ adjustments haven’t dictated removal either, which is another definite plus. However, the fingertips didn’t always connect reliably with smartphones and other touch screen tech.
Neoprene cuffs and thumb wipes continue the warm, insulated theme, although Terry towelling does a better job of taming runny noses. Day glow yellow backs are a godsend through murky, overcast conditions. Mind you, I was disappointed by the omission of Scotchlite given their fluid overshoes sport some very bold strips.
Size-wise, Teen seem a little more generous than most and I was surprised to discover medium felt bespoke. Large Velcro closures and silky-soft liners ensure easy fitting, although be sure jacket sleeves overlap since relatively shallow cuff-lines can leave wrists exposed.
Overall performance has exceeded my expectations and levels of comfort are impressive, especially when daytime temperatures struggle to reach 3 degrees. Recent spells of wintry showers and even snow have made negligible impression, even after 90 minutes. Waves of faint clamminess became apparent during this time but dissipated quickly and was no worse than many comparable models.
Alas, they’ve failed my bucket and canal water tests, guzzling vile smelling stagnant stuff within seven seconds when immersed to their knuckles. Drying times aren’t particularly swift either, ranging between two and five hours, depending on whether you’ve taken the machine or hand wash routes.
Bottom line; budget conscious riders, or those seeking a cheap but cheerful second pair for everyday use will find a lot to like here. Those needing something capable of resisting hell and high water will need to spend to spend a good deal more.
Verdict: Capable gloves for the money and for general winter riding. However, not truly waterproof.
PUBLISHED JANUARY 2015
BUILDER OF STEEL CYCLE FRAMES
Ryton On Dunsmore
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