One can never have too many pairs of good cycling gloves. We’ve accrued a sizable collection, but amongst our recent favorites are the ‘Merican Gray Digi Camo gloves from a company out of Chattanooga called Handup Gloves.
The Merican is a basic, low frills, light weight minimalist cycling glove offered at a very reasonable $26 bucks. The company offers a line of solid trail riding glove offerings with a variety of graphic styles with a very appealing MSRP.
- 4-way stretch, lightweight mesh on the back of the hand
- Stretch cuff to easily pull on and off gloves without fumbling for a strap
- Durable, single layer Clarino leather palm for maximum bike feel
- Laser cut ventilation holes on palm
- Silicone printed graphics on the palms for extra grip
- Towel sweat cloth on the thumb
On the trail
I’m not always a fan of stretch cuffs on gloves. That said, these fit my digits really, really good. Pull on gloves don’t always fit this well. Admittedly, gloves are a bit like helmets, once you find a fit that works for you, its often easiest to stick with it. I have in my possession a few pairs stretch cuff gloves (and other types too) that sit in my glove box, almost new.
The point I quite leisurely took my time in getting to? Handup got it right with the Merican; not only is it easy to pull them on, the fit is snug — they fit like a glove, pun intended — and have a great feel.
They’ve been a go-to spring/summer/fall riding glove suitable for short sleeve jersey temperatures. The sweat cloth material on the thumb is handy for wiping away remnants of snot from that mis-fired snot rocket or eye brow sweat, and the single layer palm offers a great feel on the grips.
To date, my pair have been holding up well without any failed seams, or callous/blister causing bunching.
Our recommendation: buy a pair and try them, they’re great. At $26.00, these things are a bargin. And if you like them, I’d recommend buying two, because if you’re like me, you’ll wear them a bunch, get them dirty and then wash and misplace them and wonder where you left them. And because after fresh grips and tires, and next best thing is rolling with a new set of gloves.
Check them out at HandUpgloves.com