2008 Interbike Briefs - Part 7
Giro cycling gloves and eyewear.
good line and we’re really proud of it.
DO: The next thing I see new for Giro is a glove line.
Eric: Just here at the Interbike show we are launching a new product line of cycling gloves. We have ten models in total. Five are road, two are women’s, and three are mountain bike.
Eric: At the high end we have the Lusso which is based on a vintage all leather cycling glove. We’ve updated it with Technogel padding. It is exclusive to Giro. It’s more durable and up to 300% better at distributing pressure than materials in other gloves. It really out performs traditional gel and foam padded gloves. It doesn’t break down over time so we can be very strategic about how much of it we use both in terms of the thickness of the pad and where it is placed.
DO: Obviously our readers can’t see this but as I look at it, you don’t see the thickness a rider might be accustomed to. So as a word of caution, don’t judge the thickness of the pad as to whether or not it will work for you.
Eric: Like with saddles, a glove is all about a shape that fits you and provides padding where you need it. Even though these pads are only 2-3 mm thick, Technogel is so good you don’t need anymore than that.
Eric: The fit we’ve developed is a three piece palm which is unique in the industry. We tailor the fit of the glove in the same way a nice jacket is tailored. We attach the pieces to the heart of the glove in a way to fit your hand’s natural articulation. It reduces and in some cases eliminates bunching. You have really great handle bar feel with just the right amount of padding.
Eric: Next up is the glove we call Monaco. It is available in short and long finger versions. Like the Lusso it has the pittards leather palm with a nice micro vented center so it breathes. Instead of the leather upper, we’ve gone to a more performance, traditional racing, four way stretch mesh. With a superb fit, the whole idea is the glove will disappear when you put it on. This is a great glove for a high mileage enthusiast or someone who races and likes a padded glove.
DO: Next to that is the full fingered version of the Monaco. It has the same characteristics with a little more coverage.
Eric: I wouldn’t say it’s a true winter glove. The idea was to give people the option.
Eric: The next glove in the road line is called Zero. It’s inspired by elite racers who want little to no padding. The theory here is really like a slipper. There’s no Velcro. It’s a slide on glove with lightweight air mesh. A feature we’ve integrated is low profile pulls in the fingers. You hook your fingertips into them to pull your gloves off.
Eric: The last two pieces are the Bravo and the Tessa. The Bravo is unisex and