This is my favorite glove so far and I don't have anything negative to say about it other than wait until a year or so to see if it'll stay in shape like my giro glove or wear out like my specialized. I like giro but wanted to try PI, something new, to see if it'll withstand the test of time.
I've been wearing the Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Gel Gloves since before I bought my first road bike... Yes, that's not an error, I wore them as a mountain biker as well. But for ROAD gloves, they are the only gloves I will wear. I ride 5,000 miles a year in an area that lets me ride all year long. So I'm pretty hard on gloves. The Elite Gel Gloves are the most comfortable I've found and hold up well.
Great gloves for those long rides to help keep my hands from getting numb, Also changed my handlebar to a compact 125mm drop, 80mm reach, silicone gel handlebar tape combine all these together and I get the best vibration dampening!! Also I ride all year long because of the weather in Hawaii!
I've tried 3-4 other cycling gloves, and this one is hands-down the best.
Comfort The padding on these is incredible! It's much thicker than on my other gloves and even when compressed while riding still provides vibration dampening (unlike others). And the location of the Velcro closure makes them more comfortable as they don't rub the wrist.
Aesthetics These look very high-end and compliment expensive kit very well (some other gloves just look cheap). The only thing I think could be improved would be if the color (screaming yellow I think it's called) held up a little better. I've only had these a little over a month and the fluo has faded a tiny bit and it slightly pale now. I take extra good care in how I clean all my kit, so it's not from any mishandling. Not a big deal, but...I did choose this color because it's fluo and it would be nice if it stayed that way.
Other These are extremely well constructedvery robust. One of the best features, in my opinion, is the pull-tabs for removing the gloves. They are built into the underside of the middle and ring fingers, but don't protrude and get in the way like some other brandsmodels.
Overall, these are an exceptional item and I will definitely be buying more of these in the future.
Ive tried virtually every brand and model of fingerless gel padded gloves and have settled on these as my favorites. They have ample padding to soak up road buzz, great breathability in the summer heat, a solid Velcro closure and are durable for many rides. Of course the sevice and price at bike tires direct was excellent as usual.
I like the fit and amount of padding and ventilation provided, but would prefer a similar glove with full finger coverage and a more dense material covering the back of the hand, all for the purpose of reducing UV exposure to the skin there.
In addition, the Velcro closure tab should be longer to ensure a more secure attachment, as is provided on my other Pearl Izumi full-fingered glove.
Pearl Izumi has always made great cycling gloves. Their latest version of the cycling glove fits true to size and fits snugly. The velcro closure system holds the glove in place. The glove is ventilated to cool your hands and the grip on the palm is very useful to maintain control of the bike.
so happy the Velcro closure strap is back on the backside of my hand. This is so much better than having it on the front of your wrist where it irritates your wrist. Love the just the right amount of gel padding in all the right places.
This latest version of Elite Gel gloves seems to stretch less with use than did earlier models. Good damping, ventilation and the perforated back allows enough light to pass to minimize tan lines - an unexpected plus!