Madison has done a great job with the fit and feel of the Alpine gloves. The thin, feedback rich perforated palm is shaped well and doesn’t bunch when gripping the bar, remaining comfortable on long days in the hills.
There’s some sturdy reinforcement around the thumb to help improve durability and both the middle and index fingers get wraparound tips as well as grippy silicone print for a bit of extra purchase on your brake levers.
The stretchy backing is incredibly comfortable and thick enough to keep a chill off your hands now the temperature has dropped, but won’t overheat in the summer months. It’s also tough enough to avoid getting easily snagged when you involuntarily zip through the undergrowth.
Though we like the length of the cuff, our one niggle is with the Velcro closures – we found them a touch too big and could be more refined. That said, with such an appealing price, it’s easy to overlook that.