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These depend on how you hold your handlebars
on May 22, 2012
I wear size XXL, this review may not be accurate for other sizes.
So I've had good luck with Pearl Izumi gloves in the past and as my old ones have worn out (which apparently are no longer for sale) I decided to give these a try.
To put it bluntly these are horrible for me. I do 90%+ of my riding on the hoods. I like using either bullhorn style or drop bars. The bulk of my riding actually puts pressure on heal of my hands BUT riding on the hoods your gloves will pull and put stress typically between your thumb and forefinger. My old gloves handled this wonderfully and there was great positioning of the seams and cushioning in that area.
These on the other hand are worse than wearing no gloves at all. While the Gel certainly works for heal of my hand these gloves have irritated and inflamed the soft skin between my thumb and forefinger. Feels almost like someone used sandpaper on that area, I know that if I hadn't removed the gloves I'd have very quickly developed blisters in that area.
My old gloves are fantastic in this area. I've no idea why they changed the design but it looks like I'm going to have to look elsewhere for gloves now.
If anyone has any suggestions replies to this post are more then welcome.