GORE TRAILKPR GLOVE REVIEW – EXTRAORDINARY COMFORT, QUESTIONABLE DURABILITY

Minimalist mountain bike gloves with above-average bar and control feel.

GORE TRAILKPR GLOVE REVIEW

Tech features:

Gorewear designed these mountain bike gloves to be lightweight yet protective. They are built with thin Cordura backs; mesh finger side panels; a thin, Clarino-style, single-layer palm; and an elastic cuff. Other details include a silicone gripper on the index finger and touchscreen panels. The thumb back is made with a soft, brushed material. These gloves are offered in black, Orbit Blue, and Utility Green.

Field test results:

Gorewear’s mountain bike gloves are for the minimalist who wants a hardly-there feel. Protection is minimal. These are not gloves you want to ride brushy trails with, but they make up for it with extraordinary comfort. Riders appreciated the soft backing on the thumb for wiping sweat or noses. Breathability is good in hot weather.

The touchscreen function is very good. Dexterity and control are well above average, even compared to other lightweight gloves. How good is it? Good enough that we were able to type this entire review while wearing the TrailKPR gloves; however, after a dozen or so rides, the seam at the thumb and palm junction failed, so long-term durability may not be as good as the ride feel. Fit is on the snug side, so this may have contributed to the issue.

HITS:

• Hardly-there feel

• Ultra-lightweight

• Excellent feel for controls

MISSES:

Seam failed quickly

STAR RATING: ★★½

Price: $40

Contact: www.gorewear.com

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