Good glove that fits well. Overall hard to beat this glove. I like other leather gloves at this price point but the benefit of these gloves is they don't leave your hands stained like the leather ones do.
I have used these for a few months now and use the previous version for 2 years. Overall I find these to be a fair design change over the old gloves, but I believe the gel placement on the old version was better than in this new version. Both versions, annoyingly, placed PEARL IZUMI lettering on the thumb side of the index finger. This can scratch a bit if you are not careful when using the glove to wipe around the mouth. At least in the new version, the lettering is not as raised as in the previous. The gloves are very comfortable and the design tends to minimize hand numbness relative to other styles.
I've used Pearl-Izumi gloves for many years. They have all been great. This pair is especially good for preventing the occasional hand numbness which sometimes occurs late in a longer ride. They are well made, breath well and are comfortable.
I'm a woman with wide hands so I bought these gloves in a men's medium. I have a Specialized Ruby Expert bike but prefer riding my 11R ElliptiGO and ride 34 miles, 3 times a week. I love that these Pearl Izumi men's Elite Gel-Vent gloves are super comfortable to wear, have wonderful palm padding, make my grip secure and never make my hands hot. I love the white stripe down the top which helps with my visibility. I love the special material on top of each thumb made to wipe away perspiration or what have you, since it's soft and absorbent. I love the little finger pocket on the ring finger of each hand to help get them off after a ride. I love that I can wash them after each ride (air dry) and they still look like new.
I liked these gloves, they fit well and were comfortable (especially in hot & humid conditions), but I had to send them back after one ride because one of the seams along the mesh material on the palm of the right hand glove started coming apart.
Pearl Izumi stuff is usually pretty solid. Guess nobody's perfect. Bottom line is stay away. The gel pads concentrate the force on your hands instead of distributing it. Numb city. At some angles you can grab the handle bar and brake hoods so there is no gel padding. In this case, you are left with very thin unpadded material under your hand. Its a no win. You would think they would make the glove designer actually test them out before production. Wore these exactly twice, and have gone back to my ratty Bontragers.
Living in Florida, I need gloves that dry quickly (sweat and rain), allow good air circulation in and around the top of the hand and fingers and are comfortable. Also need good nerve insulation since I bike moderate to long distance and these gloves accomplish all of the above. The gloves, however, are difficult to remove. The addition of a cross piece on the end of two or three fingers that you can use to pull would make these gloves perfect.
I used to love these for fit and comfort (3 years - several pairs). BUT this year, the thumb seam failed on three pairs in a row after one or two rides. I've always had issues with the mesh over the gel pads tearing but I learned to live with that. But a seam failing on the thumb, before they even have a chance to get dirty, is completely unacceptable. Something has gone awry with the manufacturing of these so I am going to look for a new go-to brand.
Thanks for your review! It sounds like the new model hasn't worked out for you. We have not run into this issue with Pearli Izumi gloves in the past. Be sure to get in touch with our customer service department at [email protected] with any questions about warranty and returns!
I've had these gloves for two years now and they have gone through probably a hundred wash cycles. They still are as good as new. The venting keeps my hands cool in 90 degree temperatures, while the gel padding keeps my hands from getting overly numb. Definitely recommended.