We all know Assos for their award winning shorts, well made jerseys and a full range of road cycling clothing. They are now increasing their line in the mountain bike world and these gloves apparently cover both genres of the sport.
With a claimed temperature rating of -4 to 8 degrees and an all weather badge, will they deliver through a Welsh winter? What about durability when used for off road riding, bike packing and general camp life? Maybe I am asking a lot from a pair of gloves but if your paying a high price tag you want to know they will deliver and last the test of time don’t you!
I am a firm believer that first impressions count and Assos always deliver on this front. Their packaging is a pleasure to open and when your spending your hard earned cash it certainly helps soften the blow. I also like the fact that all materials are recyclable with no cellophane wrapping or bags inside.
As you would expect the gloves feel well made, the materials feel strong and stitching is tight and neat. There are reflective elements on the outside of the little fingers which will help visibility when signalling or from the side at night. Theres a soft material on the inside finger to wipe your nose or sweaty brow and a generous soft pull tab below the wrist to help pull the gloves on or off.
The Bonka Evo 7 gloves are made from three layers, each providing an important role in bring together a glove that is warm, comfortable and weatherproof. The outer layer is the Assos Air block fabric which has a water repellent treatment and helps to keep the wind out. Then there’s the middle layer which is a thin rubber membrane to ensure if any water does penetrate the outer it will keep your hands dry. Finally, there is the inner and maybe the most important layer, as this is the layer you will feel when ever you wear the gloves. A polyamide fabric which replicates merino wool is soft to the touch and warm, it helps move sweat away from the skin thanks to its brilliant moisture management. The combination of these three layers provides a glove that feels super comfy, very warm and as far as I can tell, very waterproof. There is a fairly high cuff that helps to keep out any draughts and because of the tight fit it allows jackets and jerseys to fit nicely over the glove, helping to keep the elements at bay. The palm and under side of the fingers are very hard wearing and with a recurring Assos logo printed on to the fabric in a super grippy material, I found they didn’t slip in any position on any handle bar.