Gloved or gloveless? That is the question. Some riders prefer a direct connection between their hands and the grips, as it allows for a high degree of feedback, while others prefer the added layer of protection that gloves offer when the inevitable slide through the dirt happens.
Giro looks to split the difference with the reintroduction of its minimalist full-fingered glove, now known as the Rivet II.
The palm of the Rivet II is constructed from a thin yet surprisingly durable micro-vented synthetic leather material called Cool Skin, while the upper is fashioned from a mesh fabric. Unlike the DND, the no-frills Rivet II does away with the flex zones at the knuckles – a feature made superfluous by the stretchy mesh upper. Thankfully, a microfiber nose wipe on the thumbs are still present. In lieu of a Velcro closure, the Rivet II uses a snug-fitting neoprene cuff keep them in place.
Fit was spot-on for my size medium pair. The seams are well-placed and never caused discomfort during multi-hour rides. Ventilation is outstanding; the combination of perforated palms and the honeycomb-like mesh used for the sides of the fingers makes them feel quite airy.
What the Rivet II lacks in features it makes up for in tactile feedback.If there’s a downside to the Rivet II it’s that it costs more than Giro’s more robust, yet still quite minimal DND. If you’re looking for a pair of gloves with a next-to-skin feel that won’t fall apart after few rides, the Rivet II delivers.