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Grip Grab Raptor gloves review

14:00 15th November 2012 by John Stevenson
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Grip Grab Raptor gloves won’t turn you into a bird of prey, but they will keep your hands warm and the attention to detail that’s been lavished on them makes them very easy to live with.

These long-finger gloves from Danish company Grip Grab are warm down to a bit above freezing in dry conditions, thanks to a soft-shell fabric back. They’re grippy too, with lots of thin rubber printing on the palm, fingers and thumb so you don’t slip off the grips or levers even when things get damp.

Founded in 2000, Grip Grab is three Danish brothers, Kristian, Martin and Bjørn Krøyer and the company is focused on warding off the cold from your head, hands and feet. Cold hands and feet in particular make the Bikemagic crew very grumpy indeed, so anything that reduces chill-induced misery is very welcome.

A big refective swoosh helps with night-time signalling visibility.

The Raptor gloves have done an excellent job of keeping us cheerful lately, and not just because their shell material does a good job of keeping out the chill. They also have a gel patch at the base of the palm – dubbed Doctor Gel by Grip Grab – that absorbs handlebar shock and buzz, and one of the nicest wipe patches we’ve used.

It’s an unavoidable fact of winter riding that it makes your nose run. The cold aggravates your eyes, you produce more tears and they drain down the puncti (the little holes in your lower eyelids by your nose) into the sinuses and thence into your nose. Meantime, the blood vessels in your nose expand too, which makes your mucus membranes produce more moisture to protect the inside of your nose. Practical upshot: you have to be able to wipe your nose while riding. The Grip Grab Raptors have a lovely, soft fleece wipe patch on the back of the thumb, so it doesn’t irritate soft nasal skin.

Rubber printing on the fingertips for brake lever grip.

Grip is obviously important to Grip Grab, so the Raptor gloves have a patch of synthetic leather on the neoprene cuff to make it easier to pull them on, and the velcro closure has rubber ribs so you can snug it firmly around your wrist.

These little details, plus small, tight stitching on all the seams, add up to an overall feel of quality; the raptors are well made and well-thought-out.

A gel patch on the palm damps impacts.

We can only find two things to complain about. The most significant is that it’d be nice to have a clip or a pair of embedded magnets to keep them together when stored. Magnets in the wrist pull would also make it easier to hang them up to dry as you could just attach them to any steel surface.

Gripe #2 is that they’re at the high end of the price range for mid-weight winter gloves. We think the detailing and quality justify the price, just, but you’ll have your own take on that.

As Wiggle is the exclusive UK source for Grip Grab, they’re currently listed at 10 percent off RRP, and we’d expect that to continue.

Verdict

Well made, comfortable and effective winter gloves.

Pros

Warm down to around zero Celsius
Velcro closure
Soft wipe patch
Reflectives

Cons

No clip or magnets to keep them together
A shade pricy

Price: £44.95
More information: Grip Grab Raptor gloves
UK supplier: Wiggle

What Grip Grab says about the Raptor gloves

A cross-season glove that combines warmth, durability and perfect fi t, making it ideal for MTB and cyclocross. For protection on cool spring and autumn days.

Features

Rubberized palm for extra grip
Windproof
Breathable
DoctorGel™ against cyclist’s palsy
Sweat wiper

  1. jonhowardbrand

    I have a pair of these gloves and love them! Really comfortable and I think the design is pretty cool. I have found that in late autumn weather my fingers haven’t frozen and the colour stands our when indicating at junctions – I use them more for commuting that MTB now a days.

  2. Tadg

    I don’t think these should be classed as ‘winter gloves. Got a pair as a gift this Christmas – worn them today .. the temp outside was 8C .. and the gloves only just kept the cold at bay … I don’t understand how these can keep you warm down to a temp of freezing

    1. Kristian Krøyer

      Thanks for sharing your experience. These gloves are according to the product description intended for spring and autumn use. We try to make the classifications of GripGrab products according to the intended/usual use of the product. In case of the Raptor glove the intended use is for MTB and Cross and in this case our user data suggest that they should be classified as comfortable in the range from 15 – 5 degrees C.

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