Royal Racing's Signature glove provides a minimalist approach with their thin mesh upper and lightweight neoprene cuff. They are, however, not the most durable option out there.
|While riding gloveless certainly makes for a close connection with the bike, I am not prepared to risk having my knuckles or palms shredded to bits just because I don't want anything between the grips and my paws. Sweat is also an issue, especially now that we're heading into some warmer weather, and gloves help to keep your hands from slipping off of the grips on such days. It's for this reason that I've always been fond of minimalist gloves, with them doing just enough to protect my hands and keep the sweat from causing any slip ups. The Signature glove is barely noticeable once you've pulled them on, with a light feel that anyone who prefers barely-there-gloves is sure to be a fan of, and they have ended up being my go-to option when the temps go from long sleeve to short sleeve conditions. The downside to such a design is the lack of protection - they won't be saving your skin the next time you miscalculate the distance between two trees - and that the lightweight fabric material is more prone to being damaged should you have to do a bit of bushwhacking. This means that they likely aren't for anyone who is already going through gloves at a high rate, regardless of how hot your local riding spot gets. - Jordan Carr|
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