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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

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 has been riding mountain bikes since before they were mountain bikes and is right handy on an offroad tandem (of course he is).