Test: Mavic Essential Short Gloves
Although Mavic reached its splendour and maximum visibility in the bicycle industry thanks to its world-famous wheels, the French started many years ago a no less recognized line of textiles and accessories to dress the cyclist. From this collection come the short Essential gloves that we tested. These gloves are apparently simple, oriented to road cycling or mountain biking in cross country mode and especially interesting to use when pedalling in hot weather.
If anything stands out about these gloves is the high level of quality they have, as a garment. This short version, there is also a long version, is made in such a way that it is very soft and comfortable to the touch on the inside. Without prominent seams or areas that could cause friction or rubbing against the skin.
The glove has two very different types of fabric, the one that is intended to always contact the handlebars, the one that covers the palm of our hand. This area, in black, is made of synthetic leather and is perforated to provide some ventilation in this area of the hand. In addition, it is the part of the glove that has three distinct parts of padding, based on gel and EVA foam. The most prominent one is located on the outer edge of our palm. The other two padded panels are strategically placed right at the base of the four fingers, index, middle, ring and little finger. These cushions have the function of absorbing part of the vibrations that the handlebars can transmit and also part of the pressure that falls on our palm when we rest our weight on it with our hands.
The area of the back of the hand is made of a very breathable mesh that allows ventilation and temperature evacuation of the hand. A mesh that is also quite elastic, which is not always the case with other gloves. This means that in addition to being breathable, the glove has an extraordinary capacity to adapt to any hand morphology.
On the move
These Essential gloves from Mavic are sensational for their intended use. They are cool, something that in summer is greatly appreciated. Specifically these white ones that we have tested, because as we all know, light fabrics absorb less temperature than dark ones. On mountain passes, where you ride at low speeds and on very hot days, perhaps the most critical conditions for testing the coolness of a pair of gloves, they don’t add extra heat to the hand. What’s more, the white mesh offers a certain amount of sun protection that we wouldn’t have, of course, if we went without gloves, a frequent but not recommended habit when riding a road bike.
Their elasticity provides a feeling of constant comfort, no matter how much you gesture, move your hand or operate the levers of your bike with your fingers. There is no tightness or rubbing felt inside the glove.
Last but not least, the comfort of their gel panels on the palm. In this sense, it is true that some touch and feel with the handlebars is lost, due to the thickness of the panels, but, on the other hand, provide an extra comfort very grateful for those who are prone to feel numbness of the fingers or hands on the handlebars.
We love the loops at the bottom of the fingers that allow you to remove the glove quickly and without having to turn it inside out, as happens when these practical elements are not available. In our opinion, this is something that all gloves on the market should have, but it is not always the case.
Elasticity on the back of the hand
Easy to remove thanks to fabric loops.
The padding may detract from the feel of the handlebars.
Specific short glove for road or mountain bike cross country. With mesh on the back of the hand and perforated synthetic leather on the palm. Includes three panels of gel padding and EVA foam for extra vibration absorption. Loops for easy glove removal.
White, yellow, maroon, blue, black, essential blue and green.
XS to XXL
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