A record of my cycling trips in Britain and abroad



So, I ordered some new gloves the other day. I’ve been after some new gloves for a while; ones that I can use for spring and autumn, really. My hands get cold quickly it seems! I have a pair of windproof, somewhat water-resistant gloves that I’ve used for a long time now; I bought them back before I did my Alpine cycling holiday, from Ben Hayward on Trinity Street, and they’ve served very well. However, after several years of spring/autumn riding, and winter running, they’re starting to stretch around the cuff and let in the draughts. I’ve heard mixed things about neoprene gloves (basically, they keep your hands warm enough, but fairly obviously don’t let out any sweat; whether or not you like them seems to be entirely down to personal preference). Well, Sealskinz are a popular brand amongst rowers, at least for socks, so I when I saw a pair of Sealskinz neoprene gloves on sale at Tredz I thought I’d give them a try.


Unfortunately, the quality of the gloves really lets them down: the stitching on the inside is unbearably uncomfortable, even just wearing the gloves without riding in them. I can feel it digging into the ends of my fingers even just clenching my fists with the gloves on - honestly, it’s so bad it feels like I’d get blisters on my fingers if I tried riding in them. That took all of five minutes to decide, but after giving them another couple of goes over the next couple of days my opinion didn’t change, and it’s back in the post they go!