Today, we’re going to take a look at the Giro Bravo Road Cycling Gloves for men. These gloves retail for 24.99, which puts them squarely in the middle of the pack of Giro’s offerings. The Bravo’s are fingerless and feature a details that you might not expect on a lower priced glove.
Giro is based in Scotts Valley, Californian and is a part of the Easton-Bell Sports company. Easton-Bell has a number of other product lines focused on cycling and other outdoor sports. In addition to the gloves we review today, Giro is well known for their helmets and shoes.
About the Giro Bravo Men’s Gloves:
As we mentioned above, the Giro Bravo Gloves are priced at a entry to mid level point and are widely available online or in local retail stores. The Giro Bravo gloves are available in five colors to suit most people’s preferences. The gloves are available in men’s sizes from small to XXL.
These gloves use what Giro calls the Super Fit design. This design features a three panel palm to ensure a tailored fit. The palm of the glove is made from Clarino synthetic leather which provides durability at a reasonable cost. In addition to the synthetic leather, you’ll find additional padding under the leather to make the gloves more comfortable.
The uppers are made of a stretchy and breathable mesh. There is a patch of microfiber that is highly absorbent for wiping sweat or other things… The closure on the gloves is a small tab of Velcro.
Testing the Giro Bravo Gloves:
We picked these gloves just before our Ironman training peaked when our old cycling gloves finally bit the dust. We purchased these gloves online at the retail price of 24.99.
We used these gloves during the last two months of our Ironman training program and during Beach2Battleship race. We used these gloves during our longest and toughest rides, in excess of 6 hours and 100 miles, and also on our 6:22 112 mile IM distance ride in Wilmington, NC.
The peak of our training was during some of the hottest days in a long South Carolina summer. The mercury hit 95 at least twice during our long training rides. During these hot rides, we appreciated the wicking abilities of the Giro Bravo gloves. It would have been impossible for the gloves to keep our hands completely dry, but the wicking properties of the Bravo gloves were noticeable.
We also appreciated the padding and the synthetic leather in the palm of the glove. The combination of the padding and the thick faux-leather provided enough padding to keep our hands in good shape for most of the rides. By the time you hit 100 miles, your hands are going to be sore, no matter what glove you’re wearing. However, the Bravo gloves did a great job mitigating the soreness and pain that always arises on these long rides.
Our tester was pleased with these gloves. At this price point, you generally don’t expect too much in terms of design and padding. These gloves look good, fit well, and wick moisture. If you’re currently using a $50+ pair of gloves, you’ll probably be disappointed with the performance of these gloves. However, at the under $25 price point, you’ll have to search a bit for a pair of gloves that combine a reasonable fit, well-padded palms, and a good design. The Giro Bravo Cycling Gloves are the best gloves we’ve tested at this price point and we have no hesitation in recommending them to our readers.