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Hoy Vulpine Sportive Mitts – review

Comfortable, lightweight, high-end mitts from Sir Chris Hoy and Vulpine

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.

The mitts are made from a light lycra fabric on the front and a robust leather-like material on the palms

The upper itself is made up of three panels, which helps achieve that snug fit, and there’s also a microfibre patch on the thumb, good for either wiping snot or sweat, and it can also be used to clean glasses (perhaps not after you’ve used it to wipe away snot or sweat…).

On the other side there’s a series of pads across the palm and thumb. These pads are pretty firm, with only a little give in them, but work well on the bike by protecting your hands without dampening the feel of the handlebar.

  • Specification

  • Price: £39
  • Sizes: XS-XL
  • Size tested: M
  • Colours: black; red; white
  • Website: Hoy Vulpine

While the uppers have no perforations, the palms do, and it’s most obviously in the wrist area and on the two outer fingers. These perforations, combined with the fabric itself, ensure a good level of breathability and I never felt my hands getting especially sweaty.

The quality of the construction is also good, with strong stitching throughout and no fraying or loose stitching on the main areas of the mitts through use. The palms are made from robust but still soft leather-like material which is hardy and likely to last for many miles. I did notice a little of the stitching fluffing up at the ends of the fingers, although I have seen this frequently enough to realise that it is a hard thing to avoid, even on high-end mitts.

The level of padding provides a sensible balance between protection and feel

In terms of other features, the tabs at the top of the two first fingers, along with the pull tab on the bottom of the palm, are particularly useful for pulling the mitts on or off – something which is often overlooked but which really makes the different, especially at the end of a long ride and given the close fit. The cuff is also elasticated – so there’s no velcro to catch on the edge of a jersey or arm warmers – and this also helps getting the gloves on.

If you want to add a little more colour, the mitts are also available in red or white, as well as the black option tested. Oh, and they’re available in five sizes, from XL to XL.

Conclusion

Hoy Vulpine’s Sportive Mitts are comfortable to wear and have a close fit while remaining easy to put on and take off. They’re breathable enough for summer use on long ride and the pads, while firm, mould well to your hands to strike a balance between protection and feel. At £39, these mitts are certainly towards the more expensive end of the spectrum, but they perform well enough to help justify the outlay.

Pros

  • Breathable fabric on both the upper and palm
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to put on and take off
  • Padding strikes a balance between protection and feel

Cons

  • Top-end performance comes at a cost

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