The One Industries Zero glove is thin, lightweight and fit wells but the palm lacks durability
What they say: Super lightweight and perfect for super hot days or just when you are looking for a lighter weight glove.
What it is: With the winter all but behind us, it’s time to ditch the thick winter gloves for lighter weight summer gloves. These One Industries Zero Gloves are lighter than most, with a supremely comfortable and minimalist fit providing a very direct feel.
Fit is key with gloves, and the size medium I tested was spot on. There’s no Velcro cuff opening, instead it’s slip-on cuff construction, which does offer a very good fit around the wrist, though it does make getting them on and off a bit trickier.
They’re made from a synthetic leather and nylon fabric, with stretchy panels and mesh gussets strategically placed to ensure that there’s no restriction around the fingers when you’re operating the brake levers. The thumb is reinforced, an area that is prone to more wear from the underside of the grip, and it doubles as a handy sweat wipe.
The palm is a single layer Clarino material with no padding and perforated fingers, which does provide maximum and direct feel, but does restrict comfort from vibrations passing through the handlebars. You get a lot of feedback through these gloves, a pro and a con, which some riders, myself included, prefer.
Who it’s good for: If you prefer your full-finger mountain bike gloves to be thin and lightweight, majoring on fit and feel, these are a really good choice. The lack of palm padding won’t suit everyone though, and the Clarino palm material does wear out quickly if used with particularly tacky grips.