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.
Expertly made, and perfect as the weather gets warmer.
My favorite gloves for spring through fall. Lightweight, breathable materials and quality stitching. Just the right amount of grip and without the unnecessary excess padding or materials of competing gloves. Highly recommend and order a size up. I wear Medium in most Kitsbow items. So went with Large.
I had the old version of Kitsbow gloves and loved them. They died after several years of hard use and I bought the Kitchel Lightweight Gloves as a warm weather replacement. As noted in other reviews, these require some pull to get your hand past the snug wrist. Once on they fit perfectly and offer great protection and bar feel. They're said to have good phone/touchscreen functionality, but I found them to be just OK in this department. I've ridden about 100 miles with these through a variety conditions and temps from 50 to 80F. I would lobby for some sort of wrist opening. Once I get these on, I don't take them off mid-ride.
Super comfy, and the build quality is top notch. The sizing is a bit odd. The cuff is really tight, making it difficult to get on. Once they’re on, it’s all dreamy.
First off I have give huge props to Kitsbow CSR that I talked with. I had ordered the heavy weight gloves while they z zzz were on sale. Ordered what I thought would have been my right size by measurements but they were too large. Contacted CS about an exchange and they said no problem. But then realized they were sold out. I asked about switching to the Kitchel Gloves. They said no problem and shipped them that day. And picked up the shipping of the new one and the return shipment. Just wow. Now the gloves. Of course they are awesome. They were a little on the tight side when first pulling them on but after one ride they fee perfect. I normally don’t like a pad on the palm but it disappears while wearing these. The terry cloth on the index finger and and back of the hand is great for sweat. The thick cuff catches sweat without soaking the rest of the glove. The thin leather like material has terrific feel for controls. I have yet to crash with them but I respect they will hold up just fine.