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Bicycle gloves: why do medium and large seem to fit me the same?

Old 07-15-16, 10:16 PM
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Bicycle gloves: why do medium and large seem to fit me the same?

I bought new gloves today (Giro Bravo Gel, on sale @ REI, if you'll take red; apparently others don't). As near as I could tell both the medium and the large went on and came off with similar effort and fit equally snugly. I've owned many brands of gloves and had the same experience with them. Extra large were loose; I couldn't get the small on. Sometimes my hands swell on a hard ride; sometimes they get stiff with cold making gloves hard to remove, but as near as I can tell large gloves don't work any better that way either.

Am I a freak?
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Old 07-15-16, 11:39 PM
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That's not too unusual. My hands are right on the borderline between medium and large, so I never know about fit until I try 'em. I prefer to try on full fingered gloves in person, because my hands are narrow with long fingers and thumbs, but only average length little fingers. If the thumb is long enough, the little finger is too long and flops over. If the little finger is the right length, the thumb binds. So I need either stretchy fabric or custom made gloves for full finger gloves.

Half finger summerweight gloves are much easier. I just go with medium. Usually these don't feel too snug unless my hands are swelling from heat or allergies. I like the current crop of leatherette and micro-mesh fabric -- they stretch more than the older style leather and crocheted fabric, while returning to shape later.
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When you try gloves on, spread your fingers as far as you can. If it's too small you won't be able to do it without feeling like you'll break the glove.

I've learned by buying gloves too small and breaking the seam between the thumb and pointer finger.
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