Pared back gloves for maximum handlebar feel and grip.
Appealing to the rider wanting a stripped back, ‘barely there’ glove, the Sombrio Prodigy is the Canadian company’s staple all round glove. Aimed as much to all-day trail riders as enduro racers and dirt jumpers it has several features to increase comfort and durability.
The cuffless design means that the Prodigy is a tight squeeze to get on. Luckily Sombrio have got the sizing pretty well spot on and the knitted construction wraps comfortably around the hand without any undue tight spots.
The knitted back has a tight weave that goes someway to protect from undergrowth hits whilst still remaining fairly airy. The Prodigy uses Kevlar thread throughout to really beef up the durability.
Cuffless gloves take a bit more abuse through all the pulling on and off and stitching can be killed quite quickly. I’ve been able to kill this type of glove within weeks with a bit of careless neglect but the Prodigy is surviving with no signs of undue wear.
The thin palm is constructed of Ax Suede, and it certainly is very supple and hard wearing. Bar feel is great but the shaping allows for a little too much bunching at the base of the fingers. Ultimately this can lead to discomfort on longer rides.
The glove does have double reinforcing around the thumb and forefinger and also incorporates a minuscule nose wipe. You have to be accurate with your wiping to avoid scratching your face or glasses with the harder surrounding materials.
Silicon grippers work with the thin palm material to give great dexterity, almost like not wearing gloves at all. Bar feel and control was certainly not compromised. For the Instagrammers and riders who can’t be without their phones the lack of touchscreen compatibility can be a bit frustrating when you just want to take a quick pic on the trail.
A durable and reliable trail glove let down slightly by the palm construction.