SQLAB ONE OX Gloves
The SQlab ONE OX gloves are designed to be fairly minimalistic and “barely there” in their feel, without compromising in protection and control. SQlab adds their ergonomic approach in the form of a slim and wide fit option for each size, separating the overall length of the hand and fingers from its width and thickness to tailor the fit and allow for an elasticated cuff design without reduced comfort or security. The palm is made from AX-Suede material, a synthetic suede that’s designed to be thin and flexible without reducing durability. The palm is stitched externally to ensure comfort on your hands, and there’s a generous slanted elastic cuff to keep the gloves in place.
Thanks to SQlab’s fit system, and the choice of both a slim and wide fit in these gloves, my chunky hands were met with a slip-on glove that didn’t feel like it was going to burst and didn’t add any resistance when clenching my fists. Instead, the fit was…like a glove – it still required considerable effort and patience to get my hands into the elasticated cuff, but once inside there was no pressure. That’s not to say they were baggy though, far from it. I typically wear a size large but have frequent issues with stretching the material – this usually gives me a nice and tight fit for the first ride or two, before the gloves inevitably “bag out” and leave me with excess material that reduces the comfort of the fit. Because the SQlab gloves don’t have to stretch so much initially, they’re able to retain their shape and size and have been one of the few gloves that I don’t feel the need to wash frequently simply to shrink them back down to a comfortable size.
The AX Suede palm on these gloves is nicely tactile, and offers plentiful grip on both dry and wet grips. It never bunched, avoiding any discomfort between my palms and the grips, and managed to shake off a couple of spills onto softer terrain without showing any signs of damage. I haven’t managed to get any testing done in sweltering heat, for which I’d expect they’ll feel a little hot, but in mild temperatures they’ve been extremely comfortable. The extended cuffs give a nice level of security to the feeling, and help to close up some of the gap that typically shows with my long arms, benefitting looks and increasing protection from a crash or shrubbery.
All in all, aside from their relatively high price, the SQlab One OX gloves are an excellent offering, and one that I’m looking forward to riding in more throughout the year.