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Old 12-07-07, 11:00 PM   #1
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A good half-finger glove?

I was wondering if anyone can suggest a good half-finger glove, or a summer glove. I live in Southern California and it really never gets cold enough for full winter gloves.

I was looking at the Pearl Izumi Gel-lite series, but most, if not all the reviews attest to it's limited durability. Can someone suggest a fairly durable, comfortable, and inexpensive cycling glove?

I don't bike that hard and my round trips are usually 5 miles, though i do like to train. I just want to get rid of the slight numbing/pain on my palms after feeling all of the bumps, etc. on the road. Thanks in advance.
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Specialized BG sport gloves. I have two pairs.
PIs gel lite gloves fell apart on me in no time.
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specialized BG gloves (sports, normal, whatever you can find)
The specialized gloves I bought are definately outlasting the pearl izumi gloves I have... and I haven't even used the PI gloves for 30 rides...
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Thanks guys, I think I'll look into the BG gloves. BTW, is there much of a difference between the sport and comp versions of the BG gloves?

And should I stay away from gel padded gloves in general?
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I hate to admit it...I bought some half finger mesh backed gloves from Walmart for $5. I went to REI and a couple cycling shops...they fit better than anything I found (though they were limited on stock) at those places for less cash.

Found them in the cycling section, their other gloves didn't fit me at all.YMMV
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I have some old Cannondale gloves that I've been wearing for about three or four years now. Mesh back, leather palm, very little padding, terry thumb. Comfortable and cheap. I don't know which model they are, but I got them at REI, and I can't imagine I paid more than $20.
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Thanks guys, I think I'll look into the BG gloves. BTW, is there much of a difference between the sport and comp versions of the BG gloves?

And should I stay away from gel padded gloves in general?
I have no idea about the first question.

I do not mind gel padded gloves. Others may disagree but they work fine for me.
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Well, I got the BG Sport gloves since my main/only problem is the numbness on my ulnar nerves. Unfortunately I haven't been able to test them because it's raining at the moment. But they feel awesome and fit great so far (seem pretty durable to boot, as well). Thanks again for all the recommendations, and hopefully my numbness will disappear.
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I hate to say it but for me gloves merely alleviate numbness.
Switching my hand positions periodically eliminates it.
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Oh that's fine. I'd done all I can so far to alleviate it (have correct posture, perfect saddle position, even constantly change hand positions, etc.) and gloves seem to be the last thing I can do. My numbness isn't horrible, but it doesn't go unnoticed as well, so hopefully I'll minimalize it at least to the point where I barely notice it.
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Specialized BG in various configurations have been my favorites ever since I started wearing cycling gloves about 1997. I can't say how they compare to other brands in durability, because the other gloves I have tried were set aside before being used much.
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I was wondering if anyone can suggest a good half-finger glove, or a summer glove. I live in Southern California and it really never gets cold enough for full winter gloves.

I was looking at the Pearl Izumi Gel-lite series, but most, if not all the reviews attest to it's limited durability. Can someone suggest a fairly durable, comfortable, and inexpensive cycling glove?

I don't bike that hard and my round trips are usually 5 miles, though i do like to train. I just want to get rid of the slight numbing/pain on my palms after feeling all of the bumps, etc. on the road. Thanks in advance.

I like the Spenco Ironman gloves. The padding in the palm is designed to relieve pressure on the nerves in your palm. I thought it was BS at first, but they work. I have carpal tunnel syndrome so numbness has always been a concern. The Ironman gloves helped a lot. Raising my bars helped as much or more, though.
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