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.
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.
They’re perfect. Just the right weight, just enough padding. I forget I’m wearing them, until I notice I am and then it makes me happy! I ordered on the smaller end, aiming to fit the length of my hand closer than the width. The gloves were very tight to put on the first time, just right for every use after.
Overall, the gloves are very breathable and grip the handlebars nicely. I hate ordering gloves online, nearly as much as I dislike replacing my riding gloves every 6 months. I’m hoping these live up to the usual Kitsbow quality. The fit is small and snug. The cuff is almost impossible to get my hand into. These gloves would greatly benefit from either a looser opening, or a Velcro style closure. It should be noted that I typically fall somewhere between a medium and large glove size. I ordered the medium. These fit a little on the smaller side and I’m hoping for some stretching.
Personally I prefer the thicker glove, which is no longer available due to color bleeding issues. These are a replacement, and adequate, but not outstanding IMO. They run a bit small, resulting in a tight fit, and are definitely thin. They do seem like good quality, based on the minimal use they've had so far.
I picked up these gloves for my daily commuter rides and mtn biking. The glove is well built and the heel pad is low profile while providing a nice cushion. I usually wear a size 9 glove (medium or large) and opted for larges on these. The glove is a little larger than I'd choose if I was trying on in the shop, but the cuff is very tight and tricky to don/doff quickly since it does not have a velcro. So for me, I probably would not have been able to squeeze my hand into mediums, even though the fingers would have been right. Also for a lightweight glove they are pretty warm on a hot day. I think they'll hold up to abuse of daily riding, so far two months in and riding 4-5 days a week with very little wear showing. The leather is breaking in nicely, but the neoprene cuff is still pretty stiff.
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