Updated: MacWet Climatec gloves review£29.99

Grippy cycling gloves

BikeRadar score4/5

MacWet are well known in the water-skiing, equestrian and shooting worlds but are new to the cycling market. Their slogan is ‘all grip, no slip’.

The Climatec gloves are quite thin and have no padding, but whatever the conditions they claim to offer a lot of grip – and they do too.

MacWet say their proprietary fabric increases grip as the gloves absorb moisture; we were pleasantly surprised when they did just that, improving hold in humid or rainy weather above already impressive dry weather performance.

The thin, unpadded palm is ideal for those who prize control over cushioning. The water-resistant Climatec backing does an adequate job of keeping fingers warm for use as a spring-weight glove, especially with the wide, secure Velcro cuff to keep drafts at bay.

They dry very quickly too. They’re not warm enough for extremely cold days, but if you’re looking for gloves with minimal padding and lots of grip, these are well worth considering.

They come in no fewer than 11 sizes. Simply by measuring the width of your palm just below the knuckles, it is easy to select the right size from the 14 on offer giving a snug-fitting palm. However the finger fit seems to be a little wider than average.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 53
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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