Pearl Izumi Izumi Gloves Gloves

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Pearl Izumi Gel Gloves

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[Mar 10, 2011]
dolifewell
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Good in snow, sleet, wind, have kind of tyvek type liner. Last me about 20k miles/pair before get relegated to slightly less harsh days and new pair gets the coldest of the cold. Also, suggest using saran wrap over toes of shoes before covering all with neoprene bootie such as performance brand now discontinued model or Rapha looks good, also, toastitoes on feet are a must below 25 degrees!

Weakness:

like new version's fleece snot wipe area, old version's pleather bit eventually succumbed to frequent salt snot mix and washing and cracked and got scratchy :) I wash snot area with washcloth, rarely wash glove (when smelly).

Pearl AM Fib and latest re-incarnation are awesome, best all round, all weather glove out there. Ridden in 10-15 degree early am (no warming sun) for 1.5-2.5 hours without much pain (or insert toast-ti-toes foot warmers! (.99/pr or less on amazon by the box). Get the lobster version (don't get the P.R.O. stuff that just came out with the cover and crap, worthless gimics), get a size larger than your normal size as this is a winter glove and a little extra room equals extra padding/less packing from squishing padding by having minimal room in glove.

Similar Products Used:

Louis Garneau junk, others, all junk, my hands stay warm and I'm a wimp (although ride/commute 10-22 hours/week all year in PA for past several years).

[Nov 22, 2005]
bills
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

none, well, might be ok for a short walk in the cold

Weakness:

take your pick

AmFIB Gloves - Overpriced and do not work well! In addition to racing, I commute every day in all kinds of weather. I gave the gloves a fair shot and should have returned them - they're still sitting in my drawer. The main problem was that they do not handle/wick moisture at all. So, when my hands perspire or there is a little rain the gloves get wet, and STAY wet. The result is cold hands. Further, they take forever to dry by themselves. So, on a cold morning commute they work fine for a short while, then get wet and cold, and then do not dry for the commute home. I was also not that impressed with the fit. It did not lend itself to very much dexterity for shifting and braking. I ended up using a pair of mitten-gloves I bought for less than $20 at REI. These are half finger gloves with a mitten pullover that is attached to the glove.

Similar Products Used:

dish mits, latex gloves, hands submerged in blocks of ice

[Jun 07, 2003]
Cole
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

excellent fit, comfort, and ventilation

Weakness:

A little pricey, but still money well spent.

I was so impressed with my last pair of gel lites that there was no question what to buy when they wore out after two seasons. I found it hard to believe, but the 2003 line is even more comfortable and cooler than the 2001 line.

Similar Products Used:

2001 gel lites

[May 02, 2003]
mvnbykes
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Fit, padding, reflective logos.

Weakness:

May get too warm in the summer, not sure yet. I will review them again in about a month, though. Here in La., the temps. and humidity in the summer get downright torturous.

This is for the 2003 Pittards. I bought these along with another brand I reviewed yesterday. I got these on sale, too from Performance. I think gloves, along with most other accessories cost too much when compared to the durability of a lot of items. I usually look for deals or sales. I have to say these are really comfy, much more so than the old White Line II's I have. I went through two pairs of White Line II's in about 10 months. I used these for half of a ride I did yesterday and the other brand for the other half. I got these because of several recommendations on the Forum board. The fit is great, and the padding is wonderful. It may be too much for some, but I want a little more than the norm for longer rides. I've heard that Pittards breathes well, but they got pretty wet just for the time I had them on (about 45 minutes). As to durability, I can't say yet. I just hope these last longer than the White Lines I retired. For value, I'll give them a 4 (PI stuff is too expensive), overall I'll give them a 5 (good reviews and they fit well and are super comfy so far).

Similar Products Used:

PI White Line II (didn't last long), Trek Moby Gel, Specialized BG Comp and Pro ('01, '02, & '03), and Chiba (didn't last long).

[Mar 16, 2003]
Dan
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Fit perfectly. Seem to hold up well during the useful lifespan.

Weakness:

Padding becomes hard quick and the stitching may lead to pain. They have had the worst grip of any bike gloves I have used.

I bought the White Line gloves because they were the only thing that fit right (with what the store had). For the first two months they were decent gloves. They did not grip the handlebars as well as other gloves I have used, but it was never an issue. They held up to the washing machine and never had stitching issues. Not too much later, the padding became rock hard and my hands would become num even on short rides. I got on my trainier and found out that between the rock hard padding and stitches on the palm, pressure points were created on top of the nerves. At this point, they were thrown away.

Similar Products Used:

Louis Garneau ErgoAir (Well worth the price). Cheap Cannondales.

[Sep 09, 2002]
Fred the Cross Poser
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Comfortable, break-in nicely, materials

Weakness:

Construction - Stitching is unravelling. Price - worth it if they were more durable

A few years ago, PI redesigned their glove line. Gone were my old favorites, replaced by the whiteline gloves. Idecided to try the the Pearl Izumi Leather Pittards half fingered gloves - they looked the most like the old style PI gloves. I have had them for about a year (around 2,000 miles). I like them very much but I am disappointed by their durability. Major review points: - At first, they have too much padding (XL size). The padding tends to flatten with use and gets comfortable quickly. - Great terry cloth patches for those cold spring and autumn rides (yuk!) - Do not ever wash these gloves in the wash machine. I had been hand washing them but they found their way into the washer once - the stitching unraveled. - Materials are high quality. - Pricey.

Similar Products Used:

Older, more durable but cheaper PI gloves.

[Feb 28, 2002]
handlebar326
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great fit and more than enough padding without being cumbersome.

Weakness:

none so far

The Pittards are great. The fit like a jewel and absorb all the road shock they can take. I haven''t had any hand numbness or discomfort yet. Can hold any position on the bar that I take. Don''t know how they will do in warm weather and sweaty conditions yet as I have been riding only this winter.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Body Comp (can''t stand them for biking but make good weight training gloves)

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