While perusing the stalls of Interbike, looking for anything bikepacking related, I came across the grand Giro booth/club house/Rapha-esque hangout featuring all of the latest and greatest from Giro. Some of their newer mountain shoes piqued my interest with the new Vibram soles instead of the hard plastic of years past, but this review is about the sweet D’Wool gloves I saw there.
First, these gloves are super comfortable.
I’ve been using them for a solid 2 months with about 700ish miles on them. They’ve seen use on singletrack, gravel roads and roads all over central California. They’re light, no padding just protection, they breath well and they’re soft. They don’t have a snot wipe or sweat wipe, but the wool itself works pretty well. I really like the elastic, no velcro design that keeps the gloves on your hand. It’s snug, but not constrictive and has an even snugness over the whole hand instead of localized like a velcro strap. They’re definitely a little chilly below 40* Fahrenheit (5ish*C) but keep your hands at a comfortable temperature when you’re riding hard. Riding in warmer conditions, your hands will sweat and the wool will keep them fairly cool. Being that It’s winter in California, I haven’t had much of an opportunity to try them in warm weather, but riding in the 70*F (21*C) Santa Cruz mountains with them, I never felt like they were too warm. As long as a breeze was flowing over them, they were comfortable. I think the D’Wool gloves are pretty great in the rain. They are not waterproof, or even water resistant, but the wool doesn’t feel wet under light rain while you’re riding. Even when it does feel wet, the gloves still stay fairly warm because wool is neat like that. I do like how easy it is to operate my cell phone to take navigate and take pictures with these gloves. They are smartphone compatible but I have found that the threads that make this possible wear out just as quickly as the seams. These gloves will protect your hands from gravel, dirt, and pavement when you abort your bike for one reason or another. They won’t protect your knuckles from spiky brush or mosquitoes. I think they can best be described as a light winter glove for medium cool rides.
Now, a little of what I don’t like about these gloves.
The seams. Those poor seams. The thumb and index finger are already falling apart after 2 months of relatively light use. The wool has worn away leaving a few strands of material holding the finger fabric together. The seams are on the edge of where you grip in a pinching movement so every time you grab something, you wear away at the seams. I think the design could easily be improved upon without having to lose the good qualities of the gloves. If the soft, thin leather palm lining continued not just on the underside of the fingers but partially around them and made the seams higher on the fingers, they would be much better. I don’t think they would deteriorate at the rate that they have.
Still, they’re not bad gloves for $30.
I wish they would last better and for longer than two months of light riding. They’re very comfortable, light, fit well, look great, and manage temperature well. They do wear out fairly quickly and have left me slightly disappointed. It would be so easy to make them exponentially better and last longer, just by changing the cut of the material proportions, but I don’t know if I can recommend these gloves until that happens.