With the holidays approaching we like to spend some time looking back at 2021 and give some of our favorite products a shout-out. In this post, we look at John’s personal favorite products of the year. Some are cycling-related, others are just solid staples John’s enjoyed using this year, so let’s get to it!
We’ve been fans of DeFeet’s wool gloves for that window in time when it’s not cold enough to break out the thick gloves but the summer weight gloves won’t cut it anymore. DeFeet has improved upon its classic glove design with these ET Wool Blend Adventure gloves. These gloves are made from 52% Nylon, 20% Merino Wool, 20% Recycled Polyester, 7% Lycra, 1% Silver Ag, with the Silver Ag making the gloves smartphone compatible as the silver is in the finger tips, allowing you to use your smartphone. The Duraglove ET are designed to be used in temps ranging from 40º to 60º (4C to 16C) and they have an elaborate no-slip grip pattern.
Available in three colors; grey, blue, and red. In stock now for $24.99 at DeFeet.
Giro always loves to play with various concepts each season and create capsule collections based on an artist or a theme. This summer that theme is sardines. Inspired by the laid-back vibes of Portugal’s seaside villages, the Sardine Collection taps into the rich Portuguese seafaring tradition and passion for handcrafted arts, like block printing and ceramics. Included in this collection is a jersey, socks, gloves, a bottle, and a cap. See the full spread at Giro.
Handup Gloves just announced their Spring 2020 lineup filled with fun designs on their signature gloves, socks, and jerseys. Looking to the loud and vibrant colors of the 1980’s and beyond. Head on over to Handup Gloves check out their offerings.
Some riders prefer to ride with no gloves, especially in the summer months when it’s hot out, avoiding the extra heat added by a thick, padded glove. 100% new minimally-designed Sling gloves look to offer protection from abrasion without extra padding and velcro. At $39 a pop, the Sling comes in three colors and is in stock now at your local dealers, head to 100% for more specs.
There’s something very Dario Argento about this product photo for Brancale’s new winter cycling gloves and I like it. These gloves are made in England, come with a fleece liner and a cognac-colored finish. I’ve used similar gloves in cold weather and love them. Plus, they look great off the bike. They’ll set you back $200, and are in stock now. Head to Brancale‘s site for sizing information and ordering.
I’m the kind of rider that wears full finger gloves year-round. In dirt at least. So I’m always keen on seeing what companies put out in terms of a lightweight, smartphone-friendly, minimal glove. Cadence has always made solid options and the Establish gloves are the newest to their catalog. The best part is the price: $46. Head to Cadence for more information.
Ultra Romance and Ultra Tradition love their cycling mitts. So much that they worked on a design with Portland’s the Athletic to conceive of the most romantic mitts ever. $30 in sizes S – XL and in stock now. Check out more at the Athletic.
The gloves that will never get lost because you’ll never take your hands out of them.
I’m sorry old gloves. You were my favorites for so long. I wore you every day on the trails and while you’re perfectly fine, there are these new gloves in town. They’re just. So. Pretty. So pretty that I want to go over my bars into limestone with them just to see how they look a bit beaten up. So pretty that they match two, no three of my bikes. So pretty that I might just have to put you back in the drawer for when I inevitably lose one of them in the near future.
See just how pretty the new Kitsbow All Mountain Gloves are for yourself.
Minneapolis is home to some amazing people and solid companies. One of which being Cars R Coffins. Just in are these Giro DND – or down n dirty – gloves. Head over to CrC’s web shop for some bicycle punk-rock action!
Mash and TCB Courier’s Chas Christiansen teamed up with Giro to design a pair of their DND Gloves. Named “Shredder” these limited edition gloves are now at the Winged Store.
One of the lightest insulators on Earth, Aerogel has made its way into one of the most practical uses for cyclists: gloves. 45NRTH’s new STURMFIST models utilize this technology that was first formed in the 1930s by Dr. Samuel Stephens Kistler, an American chemist.
It’s taken almost 50 years for companies to adopt this insulation to warm weather clothing and what better piece of clothing to insulate than gloves for cold-weather riding. The very material that was used by NASA will keep your digits warm.
Continuing on from their No 7 Keirin-inspired DND gloves, Red Hook Crit and Giro have produced a run of commemorative Barcelona DND gloves. Available tomorrow at Barceloneta Bikes and at the RHC Barcelona. See more information at the RHC Facebook.
Vegan cyclists often miss out on a lot of great riding gear. From saddles to sneakers. Galtani, a glove manufacturer addressed the issue head-on with these 100% vegan classic cycling gloves.
Don’t fret for those who aren’t vegan. They’ve also got a whole range of products made with various leathers. Head over to Galtani for more. I particularly like the Cannibal! Thanks for sharing this product Jean!
Each year, the Red Hook Crit rolls out some pretty great products to coincide with their races. The newest being these No 7 Keirin-inspired gloves by Giro. Pick up a pair at Red Hook Crit.
Photo by Kyle Kelley
Design fads come and go in cycling, but one thing’s for sure: camo ain’t going anywhere.
SoCal-based, bad boyz / bad girlz of cycling, Ritte have teamed up with POC, one of the most unique cycling helmet and apparel companies to form a whole line of collaborative products. Coming soon are POC + Ritte gloves, bibs, jersey and yes, a scarf. The whole collection looks great and I can’t wait to see photos of the team wearing this line.
See more at POC and check your local dealer for availability. This release is slated for mid-April.