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Tenn Outdoors Vibe Gloves Review

08:55 18th October 2012 by Paul Haysom
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With each panel carefully customised to its job, the new Tenn Outdoors Vibe gloves show real thought in their design. The result is a very comfortable pair of gloves at a great price.

Tenn Outdoors Vibe gloves have plenty of mesh on the back to keep you cool.

Each panel of the Tenn Outdoors Vibe gloves has been designed to protect or cushion the particular part of your hand that it covers. Why should a glove be made out of the same material for the entire palm and fingers? They all do different jobs, so a glove should be designed to look after each part of your hand.

On the palm side of the Vibe glove, there is a piece of padded foam that’s intended to protect your ulnar nerve. That sounds like marketing magic, but this is the largest unprotected nerve in the human body. This the same nerve that causes that ‘funny bone’ feeling when you bump it, and it’s very susceptible to injury, so extra protection is welcome here. The padding also helped to reduce arm pump on longer, rockier trails.

This pad on the palm is intended to protect your ulnar nerve.

Over your fourth and fifth finger knuckles there is a stretch Airmesh panel. This is breathable and noticeably allows greater movement. These are the fingers we usually find get loose first on gloves, as they stretch from being constantly wrapped round the bar. The Airmesh should help prevent this, and that’s what we found. After the test period they were as snug as when we first pulled them on.

The third finger of the Vibe gloves has a panel of perforated material to let sweat out, and we found it seemed to work, with our hands getting less clammy than expected on a hot day.

Your braking fingers are covered by a thicker material with silicone over the fingertips to improve lever grip. Padding between the thumb and forefinger – in what glove makers amusing call the thumb crotch – cushions the part of your hand that takes a lot of the load.

With a lightweight mesh back (and a towelling panel for wiping your sweaty face), the Tenn Outdoors Vibe gloves are most suitable for summer conditions or for riders who want more feeling on the bars and brake levers.

Verdict

Comfortable and tough gloves that show real careful design thought, and a bargain at just 22 quid. A must buy at this price

Pros

Lightweight
Intrinsically well thought out design
Improved lever feel

Cons

None that I can think of!

Price: £21.99
More information: Tenn Outdoors Vibe gloves
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, men’s and women’s cut
Colours: grey/white

What Tenn Outdoors says about the Vibe gloves

Tenn Outdoors Vibe gloves

Lightweight gloves for extra sensitivity through the bars
4 way stretch ventilated Airmesh allows glove to flex with the rider and keep them cool
Soft Neoprene wrist for added comfort and glove strength
Ulnar nerve padding helps protect vulnerable area of hand
Great value for money guaranteed as always by Tenn Outdoors manufacturing

Features

The Vibe Gloves are our most versatile mountain bike glove, designed for trail riding, they are lightweight and extremely well ventilated, these gloves are ideal for trashing the singletrack, and make for an excellent downhill glove for those that like a little more feedback through the bars than is offered from a heavier weight glove.

Features that make the Vibes stand out are a 4 way stretch ventilated back to the hand, along with an aerated ring finger, giving you a better feel on the bars and preventing your hands from getting too sweaty on longer rides. We have also added some protection for your ulnar nerve which will come in handy for when the inevitable happens and you hit the deck and some silicone grips to your brake fingers.

Available in both male and female specific cuts.

Care

70% Nylon, 10% Polyester, 10% Cotton, 5% Elastane, 5% Neoprene
Hand wash cool, drip dry

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