Pearl Izumi Men' Select Gel FF Glove, Medium, Black
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- Fall/Winter 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
These PI Select Gel gloves have a medium amount of padding in the palm, which is good enough if you're not leaning on the handlebars all day (use your core muscles instead). Most importantly, they are reinforced along the inside of the thumb and forefinger, which is where road bikers usually grip the handlebar and shift and brake. Mountain bike gloves start to self-destruct on me after a couple of weeks, but these PI gloves are still going strong after I used them all spring. Can't beat the $20 price here, either.
These Pearl Izumi Select Gel Full Finger gloves have a stylish look and breathable mesh uppers, but the construction falls short at a critical point: where your palms meet the cushioning.
I have a pair that I purchased back in 2008, which were manufactured with a one piece leather (or leather-like) lining that completely covers the silicon/gel pads. I went through several different pairs of gloves at the time, looking for padding protection for the heels of my palms during my daily commute and longer rides on the weekends. The old models were the closest thing to perfection that I found in the <$45 range.
These newer models have a thin layer of poorly sewn nylon that leaves the edges of the gel pads exposed. The exposed edges were initially unnoticeable, but 5 or 6 miles into my first ride, the discomfort caused me to remove the gloves and give them a more careful inspection. I was surprised that Pearl Izumi put out a product where the frayed nylon edges of the un-hemmed lining were so readily visible.
It's hard not to assume that Pearl began cutting back on quality (and cost) soon after Shimano took over the company a few years back.
UPDATE April 2103: Found a great replacement: Specialized Body Geometry Gel Long Finger Gloves. Breathable, comfortable padding and, after a year's use, I'd say they are quite durable.
By the way: this same issue occurs with the Pearl Izumi Elite gloves Pearl Izumi Elite Gelvent FF Glove
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have worn these throgh a full season of mountain biking and they have been perfect. They clean up well in the washer, fit very well, and are very comfortable.Published on December 26, 2013 by Justin
I strongly recommend this model if you are interested in a light and comfortable pair of gloves. In my case for road they work very well.Published on October 2, 2013 by Javier Murcia
Fit true to size, comfortable, light and airy. I want to pick up another pair. I find the amount of padding just right.Published on July 3, 2013 by EC
Most full finger gloves are made for colder weather. I wanted something light weight and moisture wicking for warmer weather. Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by TobycW
I was trying to use these for cold weather rides, but the back part of the glove is open mesh. I wouldn't wear full finger gloves in warm weather, so these are largely worthless.Published on June 5, 2013 by Josh!
I have big hands and these are great in XXL. They are a bit wider in the fingers than I'd prefer. Be great to have something this size with a bit more elasticityPublished on June 1, 2013 by OJC
The gel pads provide a very nice cushion. They are also made of a very open material and breathe very well.Published on May 11, 2013 by TBC Titan