The Altura Peloton 2 Progel mitts are a slim-fitting and comfortable design, capable of tackling road and, I was pleasantly surprised to find, lighter trail duties.
It's easy to dismiss ergo as meaningless marketing speak, but in this instance 'ergofit' refers to the use of 3D mapping technology to prevent gathering, bunching and similar discomfort.
Fit is second-skin close, which might be a culture shock coming from a more traditional crochet back, leather palm design, but even on rides of several hours I never felt constricted. Large is my default size and these proved compatible – just the right length in the fingers, with nothing hindering dexterity, although the shallow cuffs took some adjusting to. Two finger tabs ensure they're easy to pull off.
Materials boil down to nylon/polyurethane with a small silicone rubber component. In many respects they reminded me of old school skin mitts with their tactile backs and subtle patterning. A surprisingly thin faux suede palm is double stitched and perforated for improved breathability, accompanied by four ulnar nerve-defending gel sacks of varying thickness, double layer panels and generous helpings of grippy silicone.
Performance has been excellent in every context. The first 100 miles were ridden on my fixed gear winter trainer. In fairness, said bike's leather wrap offers excellent grip and cushioning, and the Altura mitts simply accentuated this, offering just the right blend of purchase and control. The gel pockets offer just the right amount of squish, alleviating fatigue after several hours and plenty of washboard surfaces.
Arguably the best pairings were the silicone bar tapes on my Univega and Holdsworth. Most of my mitts and gloves have proven agreeable with these, but with the Altura mitts this refinement was greater still – and this only improved when the heavens opened.
Depending on the rain's intensity, 20 minutes or so and the mitts were pretty well saturated, but this made negligible difference to the control side – things just felt clammy.
They also dried swiftly: get a break in the clouds, add a stiff breeze to the mix and they're 70% dry in around 15-20 minutes (and much the same story at room temperature, following a machine wash). I was surprised to discover the backs retained reasonable amounts of warmth, too.
The microfibre thumb wipe is much thinner than typical Terry types, though equally effective at taming runny noses.
Calling their bluff, I took a few rides on the wild side – think detours on the 'cross/gravel/rough stuff tourer rather than old school trailblazing. Performance was much better than I was expecting and the relatively thin materials would suggest. Given a couple of hours' forest fun on a rigid late-90s chromoly mountain bike, some numbness was beginning to make itself known, but the fabrics held up with no trace of bobbling or similar bramble-induced damage, which was surprising.
A quick scan of other glove reviews on road.cc (see link above) suggests the Alturas sit about where you'd expect in terms of price, and I'd venture that £25 is very good value for the performance.
Overall, the Peloton 2 Progel mitts have been an extremely pleasant surprise. The second-skin fit took me a few rides to acclimatise to, but palm comfort is excellent: the ulnar-defending gel offers just the right blend of damping that lasts over longer distances, and the silicone grippers ensure excellent tenure regardless of conditions or handlebar wrap.
Competitively priced mitts that are capable and comfortable on the road and off
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Altura Peloton 2 Progel Mitts
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Altura says: "Our engineered Peloton performance mitt with strapless cuff construction and easy removal finger pull tabs."
My feelings: "Thin, snug fitting but surprisingly rugged and extremely comfortable mitts."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Altura Dry™ technology enhanced breathability and wicking through perforated palm panels and flexmesh upper panels
* Altura Ergofit™ 3D patterning delivers a palm with less fabric and therefore fewer creases for a more comfortable fit
* Altura ProGel™ strategically placed gel inserts to provide enhanced comfort
* Silicon grip print: enhanced grip through silicon palm print
* Strategically positioned microfibre sweat wipe
* Easy removal finger pull tabs
Thin, but seemingly durable construction. Unless they had a major spill, I don't see most riders having any problems.
Difficult to say in the long term but, thus far, I've been pleasantly surprised these past 500 mixed terrain miles.
Second skin close.
I initially felt XL might have been a better choice, coming from more relaxed cuts. However, as the miles racked up, the large (my default) proved just right.
38g won't worry most riders.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Pop in with the household load at 30 degrees with minimal detergent and they'll emerge clean and fresh. Dry in around 15-20 minutes at room temperature.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Overall, these mitts have been a pleasant surprise. Essentially a contemporary take on the skin mitt, the second-skin fit takes a few rides to acclimatise to, but palm comfort is excellent. Ulnar-defending gel offers just the right blend of damping that lasts over longer distances and the silicone grippers ensure excellent tenure regardless of conditions or handlebar wrap.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Pretty much everything.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing when everything's taken into account. Those seeking a more relaxed fit will need to look elsewhere.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
They're very good, well-designed, close-fitting mitts with decent padding that offers lots of comfort.
About the tester
I usually ride: Rough stuff tourer based around 4130 Univega mountain bike frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)