Biking in rubber gloves? Not quite. The Chronos are made from super stretchy and extremely grippy ‘ventiprene’, which looks and feels very like neoprene, but the brand say is more breathable. I use neoprene in my boating kit and while the difference is marginal, I’d agree with them that this is a touch more breathable. It still feels fairly rubbery to the touch, but while the fabric isn’t insulated at all, it didn’t get any cooler once they are wet or covered in snow (as they have been much of the test period!) I’d say these work well for UK autumn, winter (with additional protection if needed) and spring conditions, but would be too warm for summer riding. The sizing is true, and the grip is great and keeps my hands on the bars at all times. The thumb and forefinger are coated so you can check a smartphone (and the coating works, unlike some!) and the cuffs are close fitting, sit easily under a jacket and lend some extra warmth.
These gloves are part of Vaude’s ‘green shape’ range so their eco credentials are fairly industry leading. The only way in which I would improve them is to add some padding on the palm for more mountain bike specific protection.
► Verdict: Stretchy, comfortable and protective neoprene type gloves.
► Best for: Road biking into easier MTB. Would also work well for cold weather paddling.
Review by David Lintern @davidjlintern