The Kitchel started with a need for a functionally simple, minimal feeling glove especially for hot weather. It evolved to become a glove with maximum feel for the handlebar, but “fade away” once underway, with no binding, no hot spots, almost as if it weren’t there. The Kitchel inspires confidence and control.
Our customers told us that it needed to be tough and literally handle the stress of hard use, staying put on the wrist and protecting from abrasion from trees and brush on the trail. The close-fit wrist cuff provides security and keeps in place, but isn’t noticeable when you start to ride. Vent holes provide aeration; a flash of Kitsbleu marks these as Kitsbow gear.
Mechanix Wear tapped their huge expertise in professional work gloves to strike the balance we specified.
Nice glove made with high end materials. I followed the sizing chart and ordered a medium, and the glove is tight. In fact, I can barely get my palm through the wrist of the glove as the wrist is incredibly narrow. But once on, it feels pretty good yet snug. I don't think I would want a larger size, as the palm padding would end up in the wrong place. Even on the medium which fits on the small side, the palm padding is too large and encoraches up towards my pinkie finger somewhat limiting my ability to bend my palm off the bike. On the plus side, the glove works perfectly on my phone touch screen. Not sure if I would purchase again
The Kitchel Gloves get it done. I've worn them on the bike, and straight into a mountain run, using them to scramble over rocks and tough terrain. Ventilation could be a touch better - they seem to retain moisture, but this is due to the tough natural materials, so you win big on durability. The light blue accents and K patch differentiate these from the standard black glove, which is nice.
The wide variety of sizes is nice to get the fit dialed. Once on the gloves really disappear and I don’t think about ‘em til the come off at the end of the ride. No annoying seams, loose running areas and so forth.
My first pair ripped after a few uses. These are a replacement pair. Still love the glove.
Used them for two days straight, right out of the box, riding at Keystone, Colorado. Light and durable. You do not even notice you have them on. A little tight getting on, but once on - great glove.