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Carnac Windblock gloves review

Carnac’s Wind Block gloves promise spring/autumn weather protection at an excellent price but do they deliver?

Carnac Windblock gloves
(Image: © Guy Kesteven)

Our Verdict

Versatile, top value gloves that shrug off a fair amount of weather without compromising bike feel

For

  • Versatile windproof warmth
  • Great price
  • Dry fast
  • Long draught beating cuffs
  • Reinforced thumbs

Against

  • Digitally dumb
  • No snot wipe

Bike Perfect Verdict

Versatile, top value gloves that shrug off a fair amount of weather without compromising bike feel

Pros

  • +

    Versatile windproof warmth

  • +

    Great price

  • +

    Dry fast

  • +

    Long draught beating cuffs

  • +

    Reinforced thumbs

Cons

  • -

    Digitally dumb

  • -

    No snot wipe

Carnac is now more of a bargain brand than it was when Chris Boardman took the hour record in its aero shoes, but that makes them a great source of decent kit at a discount price. The Windblock gloves fit that profile exactly with a great balance of tactile feel and intermediate weather protection for those that aren’t always on their phones.

Performance

The multi-panel cut is definitely on the long and thin side so fat palms might feel slightly squeezed and/or short fingers might have some spare room in the ends. The extended gauntlet cuffs mean excellent wrist coverage and draught-proofing which keeps your whole hand warmer. The thin soft-shell fabric keeps windchill at bay and shrugs off light showers and drizzle well. They dry fast too so we’ve been comfortable wearing them in mixed weather from a windy 5 degrees into double figures.

There’s enough stretch to make them mobile without tight spots cramping circulation and box fingers are a blood flow bonus, too. The thumb junction gets leatherette reinforcement panels and there’s a pull-on tab in the same fabric. There’s printed and piping reflectivity, light palm padding and silicon grip detailing, too. It’s hard rather than sticky though so while it lasts well it’s still a bit slippery when wet. There’s no touch screen connectivity in the fingertips or snot wipe on the thumb either. 

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Carnac Windblock gloves

There is light padding and added grippers on the palm (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)
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Carnac Windblock gloves

Leatherette reinforcement around the thumb (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Verdict

Not for wipers or swipers and not everyone likes a padded palm either but cuff length and fabric are all great for spring/autumn riding. Can’t argue with a sub £20 price either.

Tech Specs: Carnac Windblock gloves

  • Price: $TBC / £19.99
  • Sizes: XS-XL
  • Colors: Black
Guy Kesteven

Guy Kesteven is Bike Perfect and Cyclingnews’ contributing tech editor. Hatched in Yorkshire he's been hardened by riding round it in all weathers since he was a kid. He got an archaeology degree out of Exeter University, spent a few years digging about in medieval cattle markets, working in bike shops and warehouses before starting writing and testing for bike mags in 1996. Since then he’s written several million words about several thousand test bikes and a ridiculous amount of riding gear. To make sure he rarely sleeps and to fund his custom tandem habit he’s also coughed out a handful of bike-related books and talks to a GoPro for YouTube, too. We trust Guy's opinion and think you should, too.


Rides: Pace RC295, Cotic FlareMax, Specialized Chisel Ltd MTBs, Vielo V+1 gravel bike, Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura-Ace Di2 Disc road bike, Nicolai FS Enduro, Landescape custom gravel tandem

Height: 180cm

Weight: 69kg