Refer back to my earlier Point of Contact post for some context on my continuing search for the perfect long fingered glove. Well, I'm here to report I think I've found it. Of course some caveats apply: I've not worn the gloves for a thousand miles yet and they're probably best suited for moderate temperatures in the 50-70F range, but I'm prepared to go on record and declare the Giro LX LF glove is the best, long fingered cycling glove, period.
The LX is a premium leather glove (Pittards WR100X leather palm and uppers) with sleek styling that convinces me that someone in the Giro design department has an Italian mistress or two. Bellissima. The glove retails for $70 making it considerably more expensive than my go-to favorites like the Oakley Pilot ($20) and Specialized Gel ($40). Back when I was doing the glove summary someone asked me if I'd tried them, and I admitted I hadn't... I reached out to Giro and one thing led to another... culminating in a review series that began with the Prolight helmet last week.
All the Right Features
The LX is close enough to a second skin for me to type this sentence wearing them. And before you start worrying about me, I'm not wearing them around the house... much. Giro's trademark 3-panel palm reduces bunching as advertised. Finger seams and stitching are nearly undetectable, and overall finish, inside and out, is what you'd expect of a premium glove at this price point. I wear Medium in most cycling gloves, but a Small in the LX fits me perfectly (the LX is available in S, M, L, XL and XXL)
There's an integrated pull tab at the wrist to help get these beauties on; two strategically placed pads of 3mm Technogel in the heel and outer edge of the palm to cushion those sensitive areas without diminishing the fantastic feel when glove meets handlebar; the back of the glove features wool-blend stretch panels and a velcro closure along with a super-soft microfiber nose wipe on the thumb.
I can't find fault with them. They feel as good as they look and there's nothing above or below them on the price scale that's better. And if that wasn't enough, the little red "Giro tabs even match my Rapha red lighweight softshell jacket. If solid black isn't your style, the glove is also available in a Black (palm)/White(back) version. When things warm up a bit more I'll have a review of the equally impressive fingerless LX.
Giro may be best known for helmets, but they've got some spectacular stuff to complement the lids. Sunglasses are up next.