I sat down to write this FDX cycling gloves review, I realised that a) I own two different pairs of FDX gloves and b.) a significant chunk of my cycle gear is in fact FDX cycle clothing (and that I have owned it for two plus years). Which should hopefully tell you two things – the first being that you can get inexpensive or cheap cycle clothing that will last you a decent amount of time; and secondly, that FDX fits that mould. Anyway onto the review…
FDX cycle clothing offers two different glove styles – a fingerless glove and a long fingered, windproof and touchscreen compatible glove. I own both – fingerless for the summer, windproof for the winter (obviously). The gloves are available from Amazon and both pairs cost between £7 – £8.
Like most of the FDX cycle clothing range, the FDX fingerless gloves come in three colours – red, blue or yellow. Design wise, the brand appears to be between two different seasons and so there are actually two different looks you can get (I have last year’s design, in the red). Looking at spec and materials etc, there is no difference apart from the design, so really, your choice in this regards would be on which design you like most.
I’ve owned the fingerless gloves for about two years and they have been fine. The upper of the glove is standard lycra and even after two years of frequent use there are no tears or holes caused by stretching. The inner part of the glove that sits between handlebar and hand is a thicker cotton towelling with additional gel padding for the pressure points in the hand.
There are some negatives, if you want to look at that them in this way. The colours have faded in the gloves after rain and washing, but I feel that’s to be expected. Aside from that, I was slightly disappointed when after a week, one of the pull loops between the fingers came away from the glove. There are two pull loops on each hand and they are there to make taking the the gloves off easier. One of them broke, but the other three are still all intact and it has never been a problem. I removed the broken loop and carried on. Slightly annoying but that annoyance faded in minutes.
All in all a good glove at a price that is ludicrously inexpensive.
I get cold hands at the best of times, even when the rest of me is hot. I’ve never been to the Caribbean, but I am pretty sure that if I ever go, I will be wearing gloves. In this regard, post-summer riding takes its toll on my hands. The slightest drop in temperature or breeze and I am in pain.
In my search to find a solution, I started researching windproof gloves.I knew that FDX offered the windproof glove but was slightly sceptical, despite having a good experience with all of their other clothing. When the usual major retailers were pricing windproof gloves at £20 – £30 upwards I was concerned that a glove one third the price would not cut it. I’m on a perpetual budget and whilst I can’t justify £30 on a pair of gloves, I didn’t want to end up buying a cheap pair of cycling gloves, only to later have to buy the more expensive pair anyway. But I took the risk and I am glad I did.
The FDX fingerless gloves made an immediate difference for me. They come in a thick material that doesn’t feel too stiff or bulky and have gel padding across all the pressure points. Fingers have padding with a textured grip and, very usefully, the index finger has a touch screen compatible pad, which means you don’t need to take the gloves off to operate your phone. Most of us use some sort of app to track our rides these days, so this is a good enhancement, although don’t expect to be texting or playing games. The touchscreen pad works fine for general tasks but it is a ad and so not accurate for the likes of texting etc.
In terms of the main function of keeping my hands warm, they do the job of keeping my hands from being cold. My hands aren’t toasty, but then I don’t want them to be. That would result in clammy hands.
My one word of caution would be to order a size bigger than you normally would. I ordered for my hand size, but my fingers are right up to the ends of the gloves. I feel like a size bigger would have been a better choice. This is something a number of Amazon reviewers have said too.
I’ve owned the FDX windproof gloves from some two years and there has been no fading, tearing or stretching. I’ve even worn them on some very cold rides like this one, and they haven’t let me down. I highly recommend them.