Gloves are a very personal choice and there is a host of uncomfortable and badly cut ones out there, along with overly bulky or unreliable options. For me, comfort comes before protection and these lightweight RC Pro LF (Long Finger - there is also a short fingered option) from Scott's road and cross-country range promise to put fit and feel above all else. The palm is constructed from Coolskin and the super thin, stretchy, perforated back is mostly polyester mixed with other materials, including elastane. Microfibre fabric on the thumbs keep your nose snot free, and the silicone Scott logo on the palm should help you hold on to the grips. There are six sizes and five colours to suit every shape and colour requirement. MSRP: €40 / $39.99 USD
RC Pro LF Glove Details:
• Top Hand: 62% Polyester, 18% Nylon, 12% Polyurethane, 8%Elastane
• Palm: 65% Polyamide, 35% Polyurethane
• Coolskin palm base to improve flexibility
• Grip icon on palm
• Ventilated and stretch mesh on the top of the hand
• Microfiber nose wipe
• Five colours
• Sizes: XS - XXL
• MSRP: €40 EUR / $39.99 USD
The RC glove offers a superb fit, and there is no extra bulk or padding. The wrist is almost seamless, using a stretch material instead of a velcro strap. The silicone logo didn't help with grip and hardened after a few months, but this wasn't an issue as the palm material provides plenty of traction.
If you're looking for a glove to glance off trees and protect your palm, the RC isn't for you. But something is better than nothing - uncomfortable but ultimate protection that gets left at home won't help anybody. If you need additional protection, the more expensive ProTec version of this glove uses 'Schoeller® ITD ProTec' material, which Scott feature in some of their road bike clothes to prevent tearing when a rider is sliding across the pavement during a crash. It consists of carbon fibres woven into the material to give what Scott claims is unparalleled abrasion resistance when sliding along asphalt and I'm sure things wouldn't go amiss when hitting hard packed dirt and rock. Pinkbike's Take
|The RC Pro is a dream glove to many a dirt jumper, downhiller or trail rider who looks for comfort above all else, and it's far and away the best fitting and coolest glove I have used to date. The grippy palm and lack of bulk easily outweigh the fact that the styling isn't up my street. It's also sensibly priced and there's sizing to fit everybody. - Paul Aston|
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