The life of a beer in a cold cooler is short lived after a great day on the trails with Handup!
Ever wonder what a mornin' with with HandUp friend Quadsworth is like? We found out for you!
Ever wonder just how your package is prepared for take off? We carefully hand-package every glove, hand deliver it to the nearest mailbox, and then a bald eagle swoops in and takes care of the rest. It's that simple! Check out this video and watch it all come together!
There is always a use for our handkerchief sweat (or snot) cloth located on the thumbs of every pair of Handup Gloves. Whether it be for shining up those rims or taking care of some household chores, this thumb has got your back....and your nose.
Every once in a while, we like to stretch the legs and go for an adventure. This time, the need to saddle up and hit the dusty trail landed us in Terlingua, Texas. Watch as our alloy and carbon steeds faithfully haul us deep into the desolate expanse of the Texas Wilderness.
There are so many random cycling events across the country but, Dirt Rag's Dirt Fest Stands alone. It's basically the best time you'll ever have but vaguely remember. (Or not at all remember if you're Tim - see #1 spot below.)
Here are our top 10 stories from the weekend of debauchery.
10. Tent set up with Pit Viper Shades. Side Note: (Handup Gloves and Pit Viper Shades hooked up and it felt so good. More stories below too. Click the picture below to see more of what they're all about.) -- So tent set up, they first rolled up on Honda Helix Scooters in the best apparel your local thrift store could offer. After 1 hour, 4 of them, and 2 of us, trying to set up their Mint Saloon Big Agnes tent we became good friends. (But directions on the tent set up would have been solid.)
9. We spent the weekend sitting across the way from Wilson and Kurt at Pello Cycling (A kids bike company). We loved this as kids test riding their bikes led to subsequent wrecking all day, erryday, which led to great entertainment and forgetting about our daily hang over.
8. We also met Rebel Yell Bourbon and got a couple free bottles for the night, which we polished off quickly and that led to more chaos (read more below). We were going to try and save the sweet liquor for the office and cherish it as a Dirt Fest present, but nah....it tastes so good once it hits your lips!
7. Shai (pronounced "shy") Guy gave us no less than 4 hugs each, a day.
6. Vendor Parking expo tags are basically do-whatever-the-fuck-you-want tags. You don't even need to stop and explain yourself to the guards. One night though while leaving the event, Wilson - only sober one in the bunch - felt the urge to stop on the way OUT of the event to tell the guard that we were with the Expo and just leaving for the night. He really wanted to drive the point home. Or maybe the guard was blind and Wilson was being nice #staywoke.
5. Watching one of Pit Vipers guys wreck the mopeds they brought, twice, in a 5 minute span. Once off a bridge obstacle and the other time in the "slippery grass" as he claimed.
3. Now that you have seen, Shai Guy, imagine him rapping, because yes, that happened too. This was displayed at the first night's party as a beat was just playing on loop in the background. All of a sudden Shai Guy comes out of no where in the middle of a crowded tent and just spits rhymes equivalent to Kendrick Lamar. (Well, if Kendrick were in the middle-of-nowhere-Pennsylvania on a Friday night. So kinda like Kendrick we guess.) Regardless, it left everyone speechless.
2. For 2 years running, one of our own has eaten a pasta and, by nightfall, has thrown up said pasta. Both have been tomato based sauces and he will be attempting to hold down the big time next year... fettuccine Alfredo.
1. As we said before, our friend Tim may not have any memories of Dirt Fest and here is why. 2 bottles of bourbon leads to nothin' but trouble. Unfortunately most of that trouble befell (pun intended) our friend Tim as he went head first onto the side of the Bro-boat party. (To scale drawing below)
As you can see, the already sketchy jump from the tree roots to the boat would be even too much for a free-throw-line dunker from Michael Jordan, let alone our friend Tim. Needless to say he didn't make it and his body landed between the boat and the bank with his head breaking the fall. Sorry about your concussion Tim. You'll get'em next time!
And that is what we like to call "Dirt Fested"!
We pulled up to a small park and no one was there except a huge family that were all dressed to the 9's and drove Benz's. Also this is like 7:45am. Weird stuff. So we called Jason Campbell, the sexiest cyclist in Nashville (who ran this series) and he guided us to the other side of the park. SO... we'll have to give it a 4/10 on directions which is a definite need for improvement..
Then we got there and the directions issue was soon behind us with immediate beers in our hands and positive vibes all around. Jason is a hard worker and already had the whole course set up (leaving us utterly worthless for race setup) so we simply got the party rolling!
Now if you didn't go, it was a super rad course of both fun flow and rocky knar knar. The 11 mile TT had people ripping through sections and carrying their bike through others. Jason also made us a spot to heckle! Therefore, in very Handup fashion, we took our Donger MFG bell, beer, and best insults out to the race course to "give'em hell". All riders went through with smiles across their face which leads us to believe the race was indeed very VERY fun.
Finally, all of the riders came in to what seemed to be one metric ton of free BBQ!!!!! Don't miss free BBQ.... It was Free.... Free.
Anyway, it was an 8/10 event. We just have to give a 1 point deduction for the Nashville folks that did not show up to an absolutely AMAZING event. People even came from Huntsville, AL for it... And another point for the lack of Handups actually taken during a race.
Thanks Nashvegas!! You guys do racing right, let's just party harder together next year!
I-24 has an 8 mile stretch of road that is completely missing. I know this for sure because every time we go to an event, our navigation lady (I’d say SIRI but our driver has an android*) tells us to bypass it for some reason. We’ve decided that it can only be one of a few things… 1) Aliens took it to study our overwhelmingly poor road making skills. 2) an earthquake dropped it into a giant sink hole or 3) there was a wreck. The only positive here is that there is a DQ about half way through. And quite frankly, I don’t think we can pass up a Dairy queen any more on the account of us being 100% American.
Now the Dairy Queen stop has its moments too. Of course the ice cream is glorious. There’s almost nothing better than ice cream. In fact, if I were on death row, my last meal would be a gallon of Blue Bell’s Coookie’s n Cream with a side of Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate chip cookie dough (I like cookies). But what completely thwarts the Handup Team is the drink machine. The one that when used should also dispense a certificate that qualifies you to fly a space shuttle. First you click coke. Then you click a special coke out of all the different cokes. Then you can add a flavor to that coke but then when you go to dispense said coke, you forget you haven’t added Ice yet cause that’s hard too. You know what machine I’m talking about. Let’s just say, we miss the days when you just walked up and pressed your cup.
After DQ we hopped in the car, looked at some corn fields, and next thing you know, we are in Coralville, Iowa. Home of the beautiful hostesses of 30Hop Restaurant. I mean just strikingly pretty for no reason at all. I digress. I could give you detail after detail of the hotel and all that but lets just say we got to Jinglecross. AND we stayed for 3 AWESOME days. Then we watched everyone race in the absolute mud hole of a course.* We made a friend named Ben who brought us beer and kept us company. Only con here was the flys. Those tiny devils bit us no more than 1 million times and no less than 990’000 times. So to keep it simple, we definitely got bit 996’435 times. Just an absurd amount. Figure it out Iowa.
There was so much more we could share but you know how races go. We saw some crashes, ate a pizza, watched world class athletes race, watched someone lose a shoe in the mud, filmed Ellen Noble and set it to a song with her name in it, and then we ate another pizza. Just a typical/wonderful/itchy cycling event. Oh! And I got sick day two and spent the night in the hotel room!
I’d like to take this time to welcome you to our blog. I can assure you that this will never be about a race for the majority of it’s existence. You can read that shit at Velo News. We are here to bring you the good stuff about our personal adventures at Handup Gloves.
* Iphones have always been and will always be.. better
* Iowa said their weather was going go sunny - kinda sunny - rainy on those respective days. It actually went pouring rain - totally sunny - and not really sunny but not rainy. So i'll let you guess which glove company event team was completely unprepared. Iowa, figure this shit out too while you figure out the flies.
If you wanna know what the HANBORGHINI is, watch our Instagram. I can't give you all the goods.
A month or two back I started the glove discussion. I took the stance of gloves being a "consumable" and was looking for a quality low cost new pair. Nothing is worse then buying a new glove or bibs and after one crash they are done. The gloves I ended up purchasing were from Handup Gloves ,at $26 dollars they are super affordable. I would call them a medium weight glove. So far they have been durable and the silicon design printed on the palm side provides an extremely good grip. Now I must point out I absolutely love these when I'm on the MTB, but I found them to be way too hot to be comfortable during the summer on gravel, especially if it's over 90 degrees. Now that the weather has cooled a bit they are perfect for all conditions. I would absolutely recommend these for the price as long as it's not summer. My only real gripe is the sublimation printing on the back. If there is any stretch it distorts the print to a faded white, this is common with everything printed in this style, but it still bugs me. I would rather have a solid color and a design on the palm side. But that's only a matter of aesthetics. Some day I might try a more premium glove but for now these are doing the trick. My question for you now is, with the weather getting cooler again what is your go to winter glove?
TESTED: HANDUP GLOVES
Words by: Jason Lorch
Pics: ©Jason Lorch
I have something to admit to you all. My name is Jason, and I have a glove fetish. There I said it.
It’s always been gloves or helmets for me. I just can’t help myself. I’m like a bloody magpie for them. Constantly getting side tracked when I’m supposed to be researching something else. Those pesky sale pop ups at (add favourite bike shop) offering tantalising discounts…stop, please just STOP!
So lately I’ve put a block on any new helmets or gloves….Ha! So I thought. Then one day literally out of nowhere, I stumbled upon HANDUP GLOVES. I think it was via Instagram, you know, just going from one feed to the next until Whoahh!!!! Back up right now! Oh yes sireee. It was love at first sight. I quickly got on the dog and bone (that’s a phone, for all you non-Cockney slangers out there) and made contact with their Australian distributor, being Full Beam Australia, who very kindly agreed to send a pair across to me. Which was very nice of them, and pleased me considerably considering my whole affinity with all things gloved. Don’t worry, I didn’t tell them about my little problem, that’s just between you and me.
The gloves arrived a couple of days later and I dutifully teared the living shreds out of the packaging like a six year old on Christmas day. Straight out of the packaging my initial reaction was “Wow, these look really nice!” with their unique graphics and quality materials I was impressed right off the bat. But looks are not everything so I tried to remain calm.
I was hesitant with the fit as I seem to have rather large hands. Often referred to by my other half as garden shovels. Well, I don’t think that’s quite fair but hey, we all know what big hands mean?…..yes, that’s right, big hands. Hold your breath….YES! They fit! Just like they said they would with the online size chart.
I really like the humour that these guys put into their packaging. The small things make the difference for me. The little reminder on the packaging for example…Best for Grabbin’ Bars & Beers! Well yes, of course.
Straight out of the packet they felt, snug, supple yet had a certain strength about them. If you wear Troy Lee Designs, then they are a very similar fit. Some gloves when I make a fist, feel like they could explode apart any second. These felt like they were made of sterner stuff, so no glove exploding going on here.
So, initial fist pump test done, all that was needed was to take them out for a spin at the local trails to see if they would perform. Yeeeew!
On The Trails
On the trails, the bar grip felt good, with enough feedback due to the soft leather palm which reduced any material bunching. I don’t like gloves that bunch up, it tends to cause blistering on longer rides, but there was no such issue with these. I particularly liked the sticky silicone printed graphics on the palm of the gloves, which added some extra grip. I was concerned that they may heat up on longer rides because the material feels quite substantial, but I had no issues at all with overheating, which I put down to the laser cut ventilation holes on the palm, helping the breathability of the glove.
To my enjoyment, the gloves turned a few heads on the trails with their unique styling. I have to admit, it makes a change to see some new products on the trails and I was more than happy to chat to fellow riders about them.
Although these didn’t come with wrist clasps or straps, I never felt like they needed them. They certainly never felt as if they were going to slip off at any point. They were easy to pull on and off with a neat little pull tab on the wrist and the lightweight mesh on the back of the hand was stretchy enough to avoid any tearing.
During the ride, I bashed my hands a couple of times on trees going through some of the tighter sections, but no tearing or any significant damage was done. I’ve done the same thing with some very well known brands and they’ve literally ripped open. I appreciate not every tree bashing is the same every time, but these just seem to cope better than some other gloves out there.
At the end of the ride my hands were feeling pretty damn good. No hot spots or blistering and the construction was still in tact even with a few tree bashes and overall bar feedback and sensitivity was good. I was really impressed with the huge sweat cloth section on the thumb in wiping the stream of sweat coming down my face. I can’t think of another glove that has one this efficient.
It’s early days, so I’ll report back after a few more months of riding and washing machine sessions. But all in all, a bloody great set of gloves for a smidgen under $40 and do exactly what they say on the packet… best for grabbing’ bars n beers!
- 4-way stretch, lightweight mesh on the back of the hand
- Stretch cuff to easily pull on and off gloves without fumbling for a strap
- Durable, single layer Clarino leather palm for maximum bike feel and no extra material bunching up
- Laser cut ventilation holes on palm for breathability
- Silicone printed graphics on the palms for extra grip so you’ll never drop that frosty beverage or muddy handlebars
- HUGE towel sweat cloth on the thumb for wiping away your dirt-stache or foamy upper lip
Where to get them: FullBeam Australia
You can almost see the mud on the ground, feel your tires sliding out, hear the cowbells ring, and taste the beer on your lips. Tis the season for cyclocross racing and handups! We're preparing for the upcoming Cyclocross season by perfecting the Handup, are you? Be sure to check out more videos on our YouTube Channel. #CrossIsComing #HandupsAreNotACrime
We recently teamed up with 8lumens and Oddity Cycles to create a special edition, New Belgium designed, glove for one of the greatest race/parties that mountain biking has to offer. These are some pictures we took at the race. If you really like one but can't click and drag it to your desktop, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll gladly send you the beautiful picture of your choice.
Here's what you missed if you didn't go:
- 2 full grown men in a speedos
- someone eating 4 Carolina Reaper Peppers at one time (a hellishly hot hybrid of the ghost pepper)
- 30 miles of perfectly maintained single track
- warm mid-lap wine handups with captain morgan shots to follow
- more beer
- the painfully best time ever had on dirt
Nothing quite says ‘Merica like some good old camouflage. Making a name for themselves with bold colors and wild designs, Handup Gloves is continuing on the path to manual domination with additional designs rather than completely new models. According to company owner Cody Wallis, Handup was started to combat the rising cost and complexity of most mountain bike gloves.
Harnessing design inspiration from his motocross racing days, Handup gloves are meant to be simple with no padding and a slip on design. That results in a glove that will protect your hand, provide adequate grip on the bike, and won’t slip on the post ride beverages either – all at an affordable price.
Since the basic design of the glove remains unchanged, Handup is free to concentrate on fun new designs that may or may not include camouflage…
Joining the ranks of camouflage offerings from Handup, the new Green/Orange Camo ‘Merican Will be sold alongside the Grey Digi Camo gloves. All Handup gloves use a four way stretch, light weight mesh on the back of the hand which is mated to a single layer Clarino leather palm. Along with laser cut ventilation holes, the palms include huge silicone printed graphics which form a single image when the two hands are placed together à la College football.
The gloves use a stretch cuff for Velcro-less security and offer a large absorbent sweat cloth on the thumb to help keep things dry. Like every pair of Handup gloves, the camo ‘Merican models sell for $26 in small through extra large.
Also new to the range is the Reeb model which should be popular with anyone who likes good beer. With Oskar Blues on the palms and their Reeb bike brand on the tops, the Reeb gloves take things an extra step with a tiny little rider in silicone on the index finger for added grip. Like the other gloves in the line, you can put on a pair of Reebs for $26. Distributed through Torcano Industries.
With a slogan like ‘Best for grabbin bars & beers’, how could you go wrong? These lightweight full finger gloves have a Clarino leather palm with silicone printed stars and bars as well as a soaring bald eagle.
Honourable mention goes the their Stars and Bars gloves… because ‘Merica.
Every now and then a product comes along that does things a bit differently. Sealskinz made socks waterproof,Stan’s sealant eliminated the inner tube and now Handup Gloves has created a glove that makes the common hand-up nearly foolproof. The gloves have become quite popular thanks in part to the company’s savvy social media presence. So we wanted to see what Handup Gloves were all about, aside from the slick style.
Perhaps designing a glove that simplifies the hand-up is not as big of a game changer as the introduction of tubeless. However, anyone who’s been to a local cyclocross race and seen fumbled red cups and beer cans can attest that there was room for improvement. The underlying problem–apart from one’s own hand-eye coordination–is getting a grip on slippery, iced-down cups and cans.
Handup addresses this problem with silicone. All of their gloves feature a tacky silicone layer printed across the upper-half of the palm and fingers, which achieves a Velcro-like grip on handlebars and hand-ups alike. Handup only makes gloves in one basic style, so you must figure, “they’d better get it right.” In short course, they do. The gloves are minimalist, snug, true to size and fit like a glove!
In reviewing Handup Glove’s offerings everything from frosty cans to wet bars of soap were put to the test. The cold cans fared very well. During a drop test, the can stayed in hand with even the smallest amount of pressure applied, and it was only with a near-limp hand that the can went tumbling across the pavement. Money grabbers will be happy to know that the silicone provides extraordinary grip on the green goodies. It wasn’t until the the bar of soap that the grip failed. But who’s doing soap handups anyways? Admittedly a hamburger was not part of the test.
But the fun doesn’t stop at hand-ups. The silicone palm also features a printed design revealing a message when the two gloves are held side-by-side. The messages on one test pair read “mud sweat and beers” written across a cartoon depiction of a frothy beer mug. There is also a “‘Merican” design, patriotic in a tongue-in-cheek way, with the stars and stripes across the back of the hand and a finish-line palmprint that spells out ‘Merica in two halves so your victory salute will reveal your allegiance in case anyone needed to know. Ironically they’re made in China, though to exacting specifications we’re sure.
There’s also one that reads “EPIC” for the enthusiastic mountain biker, and one that spells out “ride dirty” for the aging Chamillionaire fan. While it’s hard to imagine these messages being thrown up with regularity on a ‘cross course, they could be used to add some fun to a post race photo-op.
The gloves are constructed from several materials. The underside is Clarino leather, with laser-cut holes aimed to ward off sweaty palms. The back of the glove features 4-way stretch mesh, which never felt constricting, and provided the right balance of ventilation and wind stopping. The cuff forgoes a strap in favor of an elastic band for easy slip-on, and the same elastic material makes its way onto the sides and webbing of the fingers. A small pull tab at the base of the glove eliminates any issues with slipping the glove on.
However, all of these materials are trumped–both in thickness and convenience–by the snot wipe. Off all of the gloves that have come and gone, few, if any, featured a “sweat cloth” as large and absorbent as that found on Handup Glove’s. The Handup glove provided never-ending absorption, serving like a thumb mounted roll of Bounty paper towels…yuck.
But what good is a glove that doesn’t fit? Thankfully, the fit is actually quite good. Save for what felt like a bit of extra material on the backside of the hand, no other complaints could be made.
After several months of riding (and crashing) the Handup gloves have proven resilient. There is slight wear on the leather at the base of the palm, and a couple of small nicks in the mesh. This is nothing to shake a stick at considering some gloves would be in far worse shape after the same amount of use. The ‘Merican style glove is mostly white and gets dirty quickly, but cleans up decently in the wash. Overall, the gloves are very minimalist. They offer good bar feel and some crash protection, but won’t absorb any shock on your 100 mile gravel ride. They also offer a bit of warmth, but clearly aren’t winter gloves. They aren’t the most ventilated glove either, but work just fine for spring, summer and fall riding.
Handup Gloves has taken the tried n’ true bike glove and given it a bit of that “fun and flare” that we all love about grassroots ‘cross. It’s a bonus that these changes also improved the functionality of the gloves, albeit for hand-ups. Now all we have to do is be ready on the sideline with a cold one and a couple of fresh bills.
A pair of Handup Gloves runs $26.00 USD for full finger and 25.00 USD for short finger
Minimalistic gloves are all the rage right now, and for good reason. Outside of a high-speed and treacherous downhill setting, they provide plenty of protection in the event you decide to go from riding your bike to doing a handstand down the trail. Handup gloves are lightweight, yet still have a Clarino leather palm and silicone printed graphics to deliver plenty of grip without losing the feeling of a direct connection to your bike. They have a stretch cuff that eliminates the need for a bulky strap, while a sweat-wicking fabric is attached to the thumb for wiping sweat and gunk away on the toughest of days. They’re available in six different colors at $26 per pair.
HANDUP ‘Merican Short Finger Gloves
If you are looking for a set minimalist with a bit of American theme, Handup’s ‘Merican gloves would be a perfect fit. Four-way stretch fabric backing with a durable, silicone-layered, leather palm. Laser cut holes in the palm provide breathability, while two loops on each glove give easy removal of the gloves. These Handup gloves are great for those riders that want a durable glove, without the padding, for the added protection from the ground.
Here at BWN, we love grabbin’ bars and beers, and we’ve already praised Handup Gloves for making some rad gloves. Since our that article, they have brought out some new colors, some new hats, and now some limited edition gloves.
As far as the design goes, nothing has changed here. They are the same great gloves with soft and grippy palms, breathable backs, and sweat wiping towel on the thumb. Handup has added colors with the Epic Trail, Prizm, and ‘Merican lines.
The Epic Trail line celebrates some of their favorite trails in North Carolina. The olive green/yellow and black/yellow gloves feature a topographic map on the backs with the topography theme transferring to the palms as well. Put your hands together as you celebrate the epic run you just finished.
With the Prizm gloves, things get a little more colorful. The teal/yellow color way is almost a full rainbow across the backs, while the pink/red keeps things more in the red and blue family. They’ll see you rollin’, the haters be hatin’, so put your hands together and show them you “ride dirty.”
For the ‘Merican line, Handup brought back the blazing orange from their woodland camo/blaze orange glove from last year, but added a blaze orange/black/grey camo on the back. Bambi might not see you coming, but hunters will. The Stars N Bars has also been updated with red palm graphics in their V2.
Finally, a candidate I can agree with!
So unless you use Layrite Super Hold like me, and have that fresh from the barber styling, even after a few hours on the bike with a helmet on, you’ll want a hat to cover up that mop when you are jumping onto the podium. For that, Handup has some hats (I hope Bill Strickland isn’t reading this) to match your ‘Merican gloves. You don’t have ‘Merican gloves yet? Well, pick up the combo and save yourself enough to buy 6-pack of Bell’s Oberon.
Finally, the newest edition to the line is the first of the Small Batch. The Rocky Top Small Batch gloves will be offered in limited quantities and shouldn’t last long, like a good bottle of bourbon. Handup logos on the palms and pointer and middle fingers provide the grip the brand is known for.
I can be picky about somethings. Free pizza and beer are generally not on that list. Cookies? Yes. I can pass on a lot of store bought options. Home made? I hope you brought enough for everyone... unless you're terrible at following a recipe.
As far as bike stuff goes? Of course.
For gloves, I've almost always liked minimal features over bells and whistles. I'm old enough to remember when all gloves were generally unpadded, save for an extra layer of faux leather in critical wear areas. I've seen the rise of padded mountain bike gloves from its infancy. All manner of gel/foam/marshmallow fluff being inserted in various places I never asked for...
Nothing against Pearl Izumi as a brand in particular. These were just the best example I could find with thirty seconds of searching.
These inserts did little for me in terms of relief, reduced fatigue or increased grip. They were nothing more than annoying hindrances that kept me isolated from the feel of the bars. I've owned many pairs, and more of them than I can remember met the business end of a seam ripper (if I didn't just end up giving them away).
Some time long ago, I took to riding Mechanix gloves, not just because they are endorsed by the likes of Bill The Thrill Cleveland.
Back in the late '90s/early '00s, Mechanix gloves were the shit. No padding, just a super smooth palm and a simple closure.
But like all good things, it didn't last. I don't know what to blame it on in particular, but Mechanix expanded their lines and offerings, had much better product saturation in so many more markets (specific gloves for tough opening peanut butter jars?), and the quality went way down. They didn't last as long before holes and tears started showing up, the Velcro wore out prematurely, and the standard model went through unnecessary and unwanted design changes.
The closest thing I would get to perfection were these:
Some Giro glove... they don't make them anymore. Thankfully, Thad "I haven't blogged in seven months" Marsupial helped me corner the market on them. I have one pair on its last legs, another pair with more than a few rides left in them, another that's going strong, and this pair with 100 kilometers of Wilkesboro on them. Decent gloves, the best I could find at the time, still an unnecessary seam across the distal palmar crease... across THE pipelines of nerves and vessels going to the fingers.
So what do I want in a mountain bike glove?
Summer weight back. I have a pair of gloves from Answer that are supposed to be summer weight, but I wear them on my commute to/from work down to about 35° or so. That's not summer weight. Gloves should make it easier to grip the bars when you're sweaty WHILE CONTRIBUTING TO THE SWEAT FACTOR AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE.
Low on the wrist fit. I don't need wrist protection anymore than I need ankle protection. Less glove, less heat. Less need for... closures.
No closure at the wrist. What's the point? Make a glove that fits like a glove... problem solved.
No knuckle armor. Unless you're wearing those tragic crabon knuckled disasters from Oakley, that rubber padding ain't gonna make much difference when you hit a tree.
No padding. Even when I'm riding rigid, I don't want padding on the palm. As much contact as I can get with the grips with the pressure spread as evenly as possible across my palm. It seems counter-intuitive to pad certain areas only to reduce the amount of contact, thus putting even more pressure on those areas.
To get to the point of all this, I'm happy about these:
Handup Gloves. Relatively new to the market, they are "light weight, minimalist, long finger cycling gloves best used for grabbing bars and beers."
What features make them winners?
* 4-way stretch, lightweight mesh on the back of the hand
* Stretch cuff to easily pull on and off gloves without fumbling for a strap
* Durable, single layer Clarino leather palm for maximum bike feel and no extra material bunching up
If you weren't paying attention, those are the things I was bitching about earlier.
And let me say it is with much stoke that they have agreed to sponsor Faster Mustache: CLT for 2015.
I got my pair yesterday at work. Wore them on the commute home... I know, not much of a real world test. Such a nice feel on the bars though. As close to not wearing gloves as it gets without taking off your gloves.
Disclaimer. I have one pair of Handup Gloves and a zillion pairs of other brands. When they release some other colors (they change the available colorways from time to time), I will order more. Until then, yes you might see me out riding in other gloves from time to time to save these from wear and tear. Also when I do stage races, I might have to mix it up due to cleanliness factors.
BTW: Here's a tip for gentle washing of your gloves (at home or at a stage race). Wear them in the shower and use them as a wash rag. You'd be surprised how clean you can get them with bath soap and some scrubbing of your body... and you won't rag your gloves out in the washing machine or accidentally toss them in the dryer.