Giro’s Bravo gloves offer generous padding for those that like that bike contact point a little on the soft side. As with Giro’s other gloves, they’ve been constructed with a three-panel palm, made from Clarino, which is a ‘synthetic leather’. There’s padding on the base and inside of the thumb, at the front of the palm below the base of the fingers and very generous cushioning on the outside of the palm, to minimise ulnar nerve pressure. The upper is made from lightweight, breathable mesh fabric for coolness and optimal mobility and there’s a highly absorbent sweat/nose wiping fabric around the outside of the entire thumb. There is a ‘sonic welded’ pull tab to pull the glove on with and a low-profile Velcro closure strap.
In general the stitching and attention to detail are of a high standard. After two months, the comfort was as good as when we first put them on, but the dayglo green colour was, understandably starting to fade (this after at least 20 washes). Most importantly, there were no signs of wear that we usually see on many gloves after a couple of months. We did find them hot at the coast and can see why short-finger gloves are so popular in KZN, but we’d opt for full-finger protection and grip over cooler hands any day (we type for a living remember!). There is a short-finger option available.
Besides the gradual colour fade, we had no gripes with the Bravo gloves – snug, grippy, soft and padded in all the right areas.
COLOURS: Green, blue, red, black
SIZES: Men – XS, S, M(tested), L, XL, XXL; women – S, M, L
*PRICE: R410.00 (RRP)
CONTACT: www.omnico.co.za; 021 691 0110
*Originally published in TREAD Issue 22, 2013 – All rights reserved