The lighter colored fabric may be a bit dingier than it once was, but the Index Air gloves have withstood a serious thrashing.
|I've pretty much given up trying to predict the lifespan of a new pair of gloves. The paper thin ones I think won't last through a ride end up surviving a whole season, and the supposedly super-tough, apocalypse proof ones end up self destructing before I even have a chance to reach for my brake levers. Luckily, POC's Index Air gloves have passed the durability test, and even after countless long rides I have yet to blow a seam or rip the palm. Even the little silicone brake grippers have stayed on, and those are usually the first thing to go. But more important than durability is comfort, since it doesn't matter how long a glove lasts if wearing them is like sticking your hand into a bag lined with sandpaper. The material POC uses is the polar opposite of sandpaper, with an impressive softness on the back of the hand that makes the Index Air one of the most comfortable gloves I've worn. Is there room for improvement? Well, it would be nice to see a swatch of material on the thumb for a snot wipe, and the wrist opening could be a little tighter, but other than that the Index Air is just about perfect, which it should be given the rather high asking price. - Mike Kazimer|
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