AGV Sport Telluride Touring Gloves
I bought these gloves to use as my winter riding gloves. The winters here in Portland, Oregon are quite mild, I just needed gloves that could withstand 35+ degrees and rain.
I got them in a size small, I have average palms and short fingers. They were tight and stiff at first, but broke in after a few rides. The fingers fit perfectly but the thumbs are long, it can be hard to use the turn signals. It feels bulky at first, you will have to take off your gloves to get to your keys, zippers, helmet strap, etc... but allows for comfortable operation of the hand controls and the bike while riding.
The inner liner is polyester but feels soft like micro fleece. The outer shell is breathable textile with leather covering the slide areas: palms, knuckles, and ulna. It also has plastic bits over the knuckles and padding in the lower palm and ulna. They have a large reflective surface behind the knuckles that are functional and look aesthetically pleasing.
Now I usually have cold and clammy hands in the winter and hot and sweaty palms in the summer. If you have dry hands, this may not be an issue, but every time I took the gloves off after a ride the inner liner was soaked in sweat. Even though the membrane may be breathable, all of the palm, and most of the finger and knuckle area are covered in leather. I think the leather prevents all the moisture from evaporating. It would be nice if they removed some leather from in between the fingers, especially at your finger webbing, to allow a bit more air-flow. There are not many exposed areas for the textile to breathe.
The temperature range for these gloves is best between 40 and 60 degrees. Below 40 and your fingers will get cold in about 30 minutes, above 60 and your hands will be soaked in sweat. For short trips are they are fine in just about any temperature. They are full length gauntlets gloves so they will fit nicely over your jacket.
For crash protection, these gloves worked well for me. I ran over a patch of ice in the shade, while braking on a downhill slope, to a 4-way stop. I locked up my front tire, the front end squirted out from under me, and went left, and I fell to the right. I wasn't going more than 15 MPH but I weigh 195 lbs and fell like a brick. I landed on my palms and my right kneecap, then did a sideways tumble/slide back onto my feet. My kneecap hurt for a few days afterwards from the impact, I was wearing my Kevlar jeans so no impact protection there. My hands hit the asphalt just as hard as my knee did, but absolutely no pain. Right where my palms struck the asphalt there are abrasions over the leather covering the palm pads. The palm pads aren't very thick but they are firm. They are also perfectly placed for impact protection. The leather is chewed up some but still intact. The same padding in the palms is also used in the ulna padding, so I imagine it would provide similar impact protection in a low-side crash. Obviously don't take these gloves to the track, they are meant for commuting or touring.
I would recommend these gloves to anyone but my sweaty/clammy handed brethren, there may be a more breathable winter glove out there for us. For everyone else looking to ride above freezing temperatures these gloves offers good protection and comfort for a really great price.
January 23, 2014
Keeps Hands Warm Down to 40 deg F
Gloves keep hands warm to a bit below 40 degrees F and are too warm above 65 degrees and hands will sweat.
Fairly decent feel on grips and controls for a winter glove.
Minimal safety padding but not bad at this price.
No secondary wrist closure so they could slip off easily in a slide, this is the only downside I have noted so far.
Bought the 3XL so freeze out liners will fit (for comparison I wear an A* SP-1 size XXL).
January 6, 2014
I really like these gloves. They fit well and do the job I want them to do.You should know though, you will want different gloves in the summer. These are full protection and that means from cold too.
December 30, 2013
Very warm & protective, but enough movement for a cyclist
I bought these gloves for my husband for his birthday... he's a cyclist rather than a biker, but I wanted something that would keep him warm, but allow for enough movement that he could safely and comfortably ride his bike to work in the winter. They also offer a lot of protection if he gets thrown off his bike (he's a bit of a kamikaze rider, and Baltimore City streets are no joke). Overall, we are very pleased with this purchase. And they look pretty bad@$$ too!
November 25, 2013
Good bang for the buck. Needs more attention to details.
Like another reviewers said, the sewing inside the gloves is a little rough. The bumpy seams will occasionally hit your finger tips and distract some people if they are OCD enough.
However, at this price, I would say the gloves fully serve their purposes, i.e. keeping me warm in the early morning and late night, while providing adequate protection.
Meanwhile, I've noticed that my hands still feels a little cold at sub 0C degree (<32F), but that is to be expected at that kind of temperature with wind chill when riding at 40+MPH. This also suggests that I can wear it through late fall and early spring, when it gets warmer.
Overall, I would say don't hesitate to get this product if you are on a budget, and just need a pair of gloves to keep you warm and provide reasonable protection.
November 18, 2013
Good winter gloves!
This glove is pretty good for winter riding with temperature below 35 degrees. If wearing this in warmer condition than that. Your hands might get sweat very easily. Another thing I don't really like about it is it is very bulky. Sometimes I feel uncomfortable to turn the signal lights. But overall. It is great for this price range.
November 4, 2013
Does the job.
Rode with these gloves yesterday. The bulk takes some getting used to, as the bike controls are a little harder to manipulate, but my hands did not get cold in the slightest. They do fit a little large for me, so be cognizant of that. Another great product from AVG Sport.
October 30, 2013
Great cold weather gloves
I bought these because it's getting cold again. When I leave in the morning it's around 35 Fahrenheit. These have kept me supremely warm and dry. These are definitely dedicated cold weather gloves. In my opinion anything above 65 degrees would be uncomfortable in these. Speaking of comfort, the interior is magnificent. The interior is so soft, and super comfortable! So the good is that they are dry, warm, and comfortable. To find some bad I really need to nitpick... Maybe it could use some higher quality hard armor, The feedback from the clutch and the brakes is also reduced greatly. But that is expected though because these are basically armored ski gloves. Overall, I give a flat A.
October 24, 2013