The manufacturer of my favorite cycling gloves recently downgraded the quality of their gloves, so I’ve tried to find a suitable replacement. This past week I rode 140 miles with the Spenco Ironman T.2 Cycling Gloves and have been very impressed.
Nearly every glove manufacturer offers some sort of gel glove, but most of the ones I’ve tried are too thin to be of any value. The Spenco Ironman T.2 Elite gloves have five gel-pads (6 mm thick) in each palm to reduce road shock, fatigue and numbness in the hands and they actually work as advertised.
These gloves have two other features I really like. First, they are the easiest gloves to take off I’ve ever used due to their patented “Rip-It” closure system. Second, the terry wipe on these gloves is the largest I’ve ever seen on a cycling glove—this will come in handy on hot and humid summer days.
The Spenco gloves also come with a “one-year unconditional guarantee.” The packaging attached to the gloves says they offer: “A money back guarantee if not completely satisfied with our gloves for any reason.” These gloves are really well-made, so I doubt if they have many people trying to take them up on their offer.
The Spenco Ironman T.2 Elite gloves are not cheap. The retail price is $50, but the local bike shop I use had them on the rack for $40.