Proviz is probably best known for its highly reflective clothing that perfectly matches the demands of commuting. Away from the hustle and bustle of rush hour riding, these classic waterproof cycling gloves definitely seem to be everything you could want in a winter glove at a price that certainly doubles a lot of options in the best winter cycling gloves segment. So how well do they actually perform? Keep reading to find it.
Design and Aesthetics
The lightweight, low-profile design with a waterproof lining puts these gloves in the “warmer but precipitation hazard” category. For the money, these classic waterproof cycling gloves are packed with cute details. They have a soft buffer lining, an adjustable hook and cuff, touchscreen compatible fingertips, a soft nose pad on the thumb and padded paws for vibration damping and comfort. Unlike many cycling gloves available in any color as long as it’s black, these come in a wide range of colors and all feature a heavy dose of reflectivity, which is the company’s trademark. There’s even a Reflect360 version that’s fully mirrored all around.
Proviz designed our Classic Waterproof Cycling Gloves to be a tough winter choice when it’s cold or rainy. It features a Korean Hybora (I’ve never heard of this) a waterproof and breathable lining that’s meant to keep your hands dry when it gets caught in heavy rain. It’s a low-profile, low-profile glove with a flexible silicone palm dotted with padded sections for comfort. It’s available in five sizes, although it comes out a bit small in my experience, with the medium having fingers too small to be described as a perfect fit.
These are good gloves that provide adequate protection from the rain but are not guaranteed to keep you completely dry, insofar as they delay the appearance of wet hands. The level of warmth is fine until it reaches around 5-6°C (41-43°F) but they struggle when approaching zero (32°F) or less, compared to more densely insulated gloves. The fit is mostly good, but check the size carefully as I found my usual average size to be a little on the small side in the toe department. While the padded palm is generally a good thing, I found that the two oval pillows integrated poorly into the palm and did not increase comfort as I would have liked.
Cycling gloves can command fairly steep price tags these days, but Proviz offers buck the trend and packs plenty of detail and performance into a low-cost alternative. The choice of reflective colors and details win me over, but the fit and comfort don’t quite match up with the competition’s glove. The low-profile design means the versatility is very good though, and for warmer weather, they hit the right notes. I would like to see the cuff extended to reduce the gap with the jacket sleeves, and the lined palm is best done as well.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: Proviz Classic Waterproof Cycling Gloves
- the price: £39.99 / $65.00 / €55.00
- Colors: black
- size: S-XXL
- Materials/Features: silicone mesh handle, korean hippura accessory waterproof and breathable, waterproof, windproof, breathable
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