Philippe Gilbert, 2013. Graham Watson Photo
Taylor Phinney, 2013. Graham Watson Photo
Darryl Bustamante, 2012. Helen Blum Photo
I used to be of the mind that thicker padded gloves were the way to go, however, I have completely moved away from so-called "Regular" style cycling gloves, and I now have a stable of "Aero" gloves in my drawer. I like the snuggness, excellent tactile qualities, and lack of bunching in the palms that regular gloves seem to always exhibit. And, even though the P.R.O.'s have zero padding in the palms, I have not really noticed that fact while out slaying the battlefield grade roads of Southern California.
As for the coolness factor, it was nice to see the pros take-after the amateurs for a change instead of the other way around when it comes to equipment.
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