Hoy Vulpine have done an excellent job with the Sportive Mitts. They provide a sensible level of padding without taking away too much feel, while also being well made and comfortable.
These mitts are designed for ‘long distance road cycling’ and tick the box in that regard by getting on with the job in hand with little fuss.
The uppers are made from a lycra fabric with no perforations. I initially thought this may hinder breathability, but the material used is very light – similar to what you’d find on a summer jersey – so it’s more than breathable enough without the need for additional ventilation. It also has a good level of stretch and fits snugly around the hand without much in the way of creases or folds.