Galibier’s Contact glove is billed as their lightweight, high performance glove that offers full control and feel for mountain bike riders. Meave Baxter tried a pair on for size and put them to the test…
Nestled in the heart of the Cooley Mountains in Louth, Galibier is an Irish-owned cycling clothing company. Renowned for their wide range of road cycling wear, they have also recently branched out into off-road with the introduction of their Contact gloves, Enduro jerseys and multi-functional gilets and jackets.
Galibier Contact: Technical Description
Designed for the demands of any cycling where your hand positions and pressures change constantly. The Gripmax palm material is a brushed, tightly woven, thin fabric, which will protect through every trails and race your legs can cope with.
It will withstand tarmac crashes and 40 degree washes. Heat applied silicone printed graphics deliver plenty of grip without losing the feeling of a direct connection to your bike, in all conditions.
The four materials used are durable and thin with rider conscious construction and bomb-proof, double stitching to last. The lightweight stretch-mesh upper has a snug fit, but a low cuff does not inhibit dexterity.
Absorbent micro wipe thumb for brushing away sweat is extended all the way to the cuff. Vented finger sides to keep temperature regulated and an extended front cuff helps with getting them on and protects the wrist.
Galibier Contact: Meave’s Review Impressions
When picking up my box fresh, tried and tested Galibier Tourmalet Jacket and Mistral Gilet, Myles suggested I try their Contact glove. They are a lightweight, high-performance glove designed for the demands of off-road cycling where your hand position changes a lot.
So I’ve had them for about four weeks now and it’s been mainly wet and mucky. My average ride has been at the three-hour plus mark.
What I can say is that they live up to their promise. These gloves are not fussy. These are a snug fitting, minimal fuss glove. They have the right amount of material and just where you need it.
The palm is thick enough to give you confidence in a crash, but yet thin enough to allow plenty of feeling from the controls.
So far the palm hasn’t stretched, bunched or ripped. The silicon grips have survived a few 40-degree washes (and I’ll not lie, a few trips through the drier!) and show no signs of lifting.
The mesh upper is lightweight as promised, but sturdy enough to have survived a full-tilt impact with a tree.
Finally, the low cuff is a really nice aspect of the design. For someone who suffers from carpal tunnel, having that freedom at my wrist is superb. All told I have to say, I am impressed, especially considering their budget-conscious £18.75/€21.38 price tag.
+No palm bunching
+Silicon grips that last
-Not really a con, but on the size chart, I should be a medium. I was wearing a small and it was perfect.
Red/White/Blue – with ‘galibier’ palm text
Yellow & Red – with ‘FULL GAS” palm text