The Claim: The Swedish, family-owned glove maker Hestra has been making supple and durable leather ski and work gloves since 1936. Does their craftsmanship carry over to the bike line? Hestra says yes.
The Trial: The Bike Multi gloves arrived at Mountain HQ in early spring. I use them for regular bike commuting, weekend mountain bike rides, and early morning excursions on the road bike.
The Verdict: Slip on a pair and the quality fit is self-evident, with range of motion and uninhibited sensory perception. The lack of padding makes these a lightweight, versatile option for daily use. The gloves vent well, but offer enough warmth when temps hover around 50 degrees. Look closer for the subtle details that set the Bike Multi gloves apart. Synthetic Clarino on the palm offers durable flexibility—the fabric shows no signs of wear after six months of use. Tacky grips on the tips of your pointer and middle finger add control for braking. A terry cloth panel from the tip of the thumb to the wrist comes in handy for wiping away "sweat." And the distinct lack of padding is appreciated by performance road and mountain bikers alike. $40; hestragloves.com —Olivia Dwyer