It’s one of the mysteries of the cycling world why bike clothing has never really made the crossover into mainstream fashion. Branded clothing from cycling brands therefore tends to be worn by brand-fans and sponsored riders, showing their loyalty. While Cube is a huge manufacturer of bikes, its value packed builds and local bike shop presence perhaps appeal more to the person who is buying with their head than their heart, so proclamations of brand love and loyalty are a little less likely.
However, Cube does produce a huge array of clothing and accessories. With many items at a competitive price point like their bikes, you could well find yourself picking up a bobble hat or suchlike on a day when you left yours at home. Alternatively, you may well be offered a bundle deal from your local bike shop, as a sweetener to a new bike purchase. ‘Buying a whole new bike? Why yes, over here we have a range of clothing and accessories, buy that bike and you can choose £200 worth of goodies from these rails’. New bike buyers may well find themselves walking away with waterproofs, shoes, helmet, shorts – all they need to get riding their new toy.
Winter gloves for cyclists
And gloves – I should have included gloves in that list of all you need. I have not worn gloves to ride my bike on two occasions. On both occasions I fell off and put a sizeable hole in my hand. I’m not saying there’s a causative effect there – just that had I been wearing gloves, I probably wouldn’t have hurt myself so badly. Come winter, even the hardiest of ‘I like to feel the grips with the bare palms of my hands’ rider (Hello! – Chipps) is likely to be reaching for something to keep the cold and wet at bay. Winter gloves for cycling are an essential item. However, waterproof warm gloves that really work seem surprisingly hard to come by, so when these ones were offered up by Cube, I figured I might as well give them a go.
And the point of all that preamble? Well, I admit that had I been shopping for winter gloves, ones by Cube would probably not have been on my list of potentials. I’d have looked to a specialist maker of gloves, or waterproofs, or winter wear. So how do these gloves by one of the ultimate generalists of the bike industry stack up?
Cube X-Shell Long Finger X NF Glove Features
- Long finger winter gloves
- Breathable membrane
- Warming liner material
- Reflective detailing
- Natural Fit gel foam padding
- Size tested: Medium (unisex)
The rest of this review is for Premier Members only.
|Product:||X-Shell Natural Fit Gloves|
|Tested:||by Hannah for 1 month|