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Race Face Agent winter gloves review

Race Face Agent gloves add useful features to a well-proven recipe but are they tough enough?

Race Face Agent
(Image: © Guy Kesteven)

Our Verdict

Versatile all-weather gloves which offer a controlled hand to handlebar connection

For

  • Excellent palm grip
  • Decent weatherproofing
  • Accurate pre-curved fit
  • Snot wipe and smart finger

Against

  • Slightly expensive
  • Smart tabs can rip

Bike Perfect Verdict

Versatile all-weather gloves which offer a controlled hand to handlebar connection

Pros

  • +

    Excellent palm grip

  • +

    Decent weatherproofing

  • +

    Accurate pre-curved fit

  • +

    Snot wipe and smart finger

Cons

  • -

    Slightly expensive

  • -

    Smart tabs can rip

Neoprene-style softshell gloves are becoming the dominant solution to variable weather winter riding for good reason and that’s the direction Race Face has gone with the comfortable, versatile Agent glove. The palm grip is excellent too, but ‘smart’ durability potentially lets them down.

The Agents use a reasonably thick DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treated neoprene with a Terry toweling backing for extra warmth and to spread out the sweat for faster drying. Two more pieces of the same material make up the sculpted wrist-hugging cuff with Velcro tightening tab and rubber plug for easy pulling on. The hem is lycra bound and the pre-curved fingers have lycra sides for stretch and mobility despite quite a stiff feel. 

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Race Face Agent

There is plenty of silicon pads added to the palm for added grip (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)
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Race Face Agent

Unfortunately the smart finger became torn during testing (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)
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Race Face Agent

There is plenty of nose wiping terry cloth on the thumb (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

As well as the back shrugging off showers and keeping you cozy well down into single figures, the synthetic suede palm and fingers are completely covered in a silicone gripper print for excellent grip and control feedback however wet they get. There’s a Terry toweling snot wipe on the thumbs which also gets a reinforcing patch across their base. There’s a metalled smart touch panel on each index fingertip as well but that tore on one glove early in the test schedule which was a shame. Durability has been good otherwise though.

Verdict

Slightly expensive but a versatile, comfortable all-weather glove with a particularly good grip. Smart too as long as the tip tabs last.

Tech Specs: Race Face Agent winter gloves

  • Price: $35.99 / £36.95
  • Colors: Black
  • Sizes: S-XL
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