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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:27 pm 
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Any of you out there use Rapha gloves, either the Grand Tour gloves or the Crotchet gloves? I have a bundle of insurance money that I am making use of and am thinking a really nice pair of gloves may be nice, but mind you I still find that the Grand Tour gloves being $180 is still really really steep, but the Crotchet gloves are $80;
so, when its all said and done are these gloves really $80-180 nice?


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:40 pm 
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The Gore ones are very similar, just as good, and about 30% cheaper.

As someone said, Rapha is for guys who do 30 miles on a Sunday morning and then sit outside the cafe talking about 'doing the Etape this year'... Although of course there are exceptions.


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no.

They really are nice, and I can find a way to constantly justify spending too much money on stupid things...

I can appreciate true bespoke / artisan work that drives bike and gear prices to levels people think are insane... but their price for gloves borders on comical.


Though no way do I make generalizations about "the people who buy Rapha"...

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No. Not worth it. Unless it is an uber comfortable custom fitted glove that was designed by urologists, tested by MIT in a wind tunnel and hand woven by tibetan sherpas, there is no way a pair of gloves (short fingered) should be worth any more than $60.

Pearl Izumi, damnit, bring back the summer race glove. I've still got a pair that looks worn to hell, but it is still the nicest summer glove I've ever worn.

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way I look at it is, if you have to ask on here if somethings worth the money its too expensive.


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The grand tour gloves are very nice but I find two problems with them; black the dye comes off on your handle bar tape (which is white of course). Might stop after a number of washes though. White just gets too dirty and you can't get them clean. The great thing about leather gloves is how long they last and that they really do wear in to fit perfectly. The gloves are very comfortable and it really doesn't feel like you wearing them.

My advise is wait a few weeks as they are going to release a new version of the criterium gloves. These are a lot (relative) cheaper and are great. I've had mine for over three years now.

BTW, I wear Rapha (at the weekend ends) and I commute 40km every day and put in some serious rides at the weekend when I can and I don't stop a coffee shops - ever :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 1:05 am 
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The whole Rapha brand concept leaves me a bit confused. It is quite ridiculous if you ask me. That and the "Rouleur" magazine make me feel like I have entered the twilight zone. They try way too hard to be connoisseur if you ask me.


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No. Not worth it. Unless it is an uber comfortable custom fitted glove that was designed by urologists, tested by MIT in a wind tunnel and hand woven by tibetan sherpas, there is no way a pair of gloves (short fingered) should be worth any more than $60.

Pearl Izumi, damnit, bring back the summer race glove. I've still got a pair that looks worn to hell, but it is still the nicest summer glove I've ever worn.


Uggh I have the same torn and worn pair, I wish they still made them!


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I picked up their softshell jacket last year for $100 and it's a great jacket quality wise. I probably wouldn't pay $300 or $400 for it but I like it just as much as my Assos jacket.


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Stay away from their gloves. Even when cared for properly, they break down quickly and start to litterally fall apart. I did send a pair back for repair which they declined to do, however they did offer a discount on a new and different glove set, I declined. I ended up taking the gloves to a local seamstress. Stay away, far, far away!!!!!!!!!!


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I've got a pair for sale. Somehow tapped in the wrong button and got a medium when I can't even get them over my fingers. They are in white. I bought them because they reminded me of the ones they had in the 60's and 70's.

Best pair of gloves I have are a pair Raleigh's with loads of padding. Love them even they are fraying a bit now. They cost about 15 quid.


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Can you get a deal on these gloves? Whats the cheapest you can get them for?

And a top tip: Anything with 'ulnar nerve protection gel' is a massive con.

It actually puts pressure on this particular area.


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not sure I'd be happy wiping snot and energy gel (messy eater... :) ) all over a pair of those... bit pricey and leather would just smear it everywhere surely...?!

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bobbyOCR wrote:
No. Not worth it. Unless it is an uber comfortable custom fitted glove that was designed by urologists, tested by MIT in a wind tunnel and hand woven by tibetan sherpas, there is no way a pair of gloves (short fingered) should be worth any more than $60.

Pearl Izumi, damnit, bring back the summer race glove. I've still got a pair that looks worn to hell, but it is still the nicest summer glove I've ever worn.


Uggh I have the same torn and worn pair, I wish they still made them!


+1 for the Izumis I have three or more newer pairs from other brands lying around just because they aren´t as good as my very worn izumis

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nothing from rapha is 'worth' the money. Even the quality has gone down recently. If you want quality cycling gear buy Assos.


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