7iDP Transition Gloves

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First Look: 7iDP Transition Glove

Words by Johan Hjord // Photos by Nils Hjord, Johan Hjord, and Tal Rozow

We were introduced to gloves from 7iDP at Eurobike in 2015, and the bright yellow Transition caught our eye in more than one way: with 7iDP focusing on the protection side of the apparel business and sister company Royal dedicated to clothing, gloves are an interesting area of overlap. In this case, the 7iDP Transition is a lightweight glove that still aims to not skimp on protection. We’ve just had a pair show up in the mail, and here are our first impressions.

7iDP Transition Glove Highlights

  • Palm: Nylon 65%/Polyester 2%/Polyurethane 33%
  • Back: Nylon 80%/Elastin 20%
  • Perforated palm with debossed logos
  • Silicone grip on index finger and thumb
  • Pre-curved for perfect fit
  • Microsuede thumb wipe panel
  • 4 way stretch mesh back with screen printed logos
  • Pull on design with low profile cuff
  • Sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • MSRP: $19.99 USD

Initial Impressions

We’re long standing fans of Royal’s gloves, so we were pleased to discover that favorite features like the pre-curved fit and thumb-wipes have carried over into 7iDP’s line-up. The Transition glove is the lightest, thinnest glove on offer from 7iDP, but in line with the company’s protection ethos, it employs slightly thicker and sturdier material for the palm area than the thinnest offerings from Royal.

The Transition is a minimalistic glove that does away with frills but does not skimp on the essentials. The palm area is confidence inspiring and has a very high-quality feel to it, thanks to the subtle, debossed print effect and the choice of materials.

The palm wraps around the outer edge of the hand to make sure the outer lockring of your grips won’t eat away at the glove in this area. On the other side, a generous thumb-wipe offers hope of keeping your face somewhat presentable in the heat of battle. Silicone grippers are present both on the index finger as well as the thumb (for shifting/dropper post activation).

The back of the glove has one job only here, and that is to hold the glove together. It does not offer much beyond very basic abrasion protection, but on the flip side, it’s made to be ventilated and light.

On The Trail

The Transition glove is a stretch cuff design, and as such, it’s a bit of a tight squeeze to slip on. It runs true to standard sizing however, and once on the hand, it is very comfortable to wear. Thanks to the pre-curved fit, there is no unnecessary bunching up going on in the palm area, and the grip provided on the bars is very direct.

After a handful of rides in particularly hot and humid weather, the Transition glove has delivered consistent performance so far. We especially appreciate the fact that it does not really stretch or go soggy when things get sweaty, and it also continues to grip well even when soaked. Additionally, because of that tight cuff we mentioned earlier, the Transition stays put even when you yank on the bars and does not "ride up" on the hand towards the palm, a common shortcoming in gloves that are too loose in this area.

We’d need more trail time to deliver a verdict on durability, but we can already affirm that the Transition glove delivers a well-thought out design and features that lets it punch well above its weight – especially impressive in light of the low asking price. Add in a very confidence-inspiring feeling on the bars, and this glove should easily make it onto your summer season short list.

More information at www.7protection.com.


About The Reviewer

Johan Hjord loves bikes, which strangely doesn’t make him any better at riding them. After many years spent practicing falling off cliffs with his snowboard, he took up mountain biking in 2005. Ever since, he’s mostly been riding bikes with too much suspension travel to cover up his many flaws as a rider. His 200-pound body weight coupled with unique skill for poor line choice and clumsy landings make him an expert on durability - if parts survive Johan, they’re pretty much okay for anybody. Johan rides flat pedals with a riding style that he describes as "none" (when in actuality he rips!). Having found most trail features to be not to his liking, Johan uses much of his spare time building his own. Johan’s other accomplishments include surviving this far and helping keep the Vital Media Machine’s stoke dial firmly on 11.


No fuss glove that performs

Rating: Featured Member Review
The Good:

Lightweight, comfortable, tight fit, durable but vented palms

The Bad:

Logo, lack of knuckle protection

Overall Review:

I have been a huge fan of Royal Racing (sister company of 7iDP) and 7iDP for a while and have used their kneepads and apparel for years. When I was looking for a new glove option that was lightweight, comfortable and cheap, these seemed to tick the boxes for what I was looking for. The super thin cuff was a huge attractor, I wanted a glove that made it feel like I wasn’t wearing gloves, but protected my hands. What surprised me was how thick the palms on these gloves were, they feel substantial and durable and the venting holes are a nice touch. The mesh portion on the other hand is very comfortable and lightweight, and the cuff still fits snug. I found the logo on the top (I got the blue gloves with the highlighter green logo) to feel a bit cheap, and I assumed it would peel off easily, but that has yet to be the case.

One of the best qualities of these gloves in my opinion is that they fit so snug and are thin enough that you can easily complete tasks without taking your gloves off, working on the bike, getting things out of your pack, and even texting is all doable (from my experience) with the gloves on. The only major downside that I have found is that they offer little to no protection on the top of the hand to protect against rocks and branches, but I would much rather have cooler more comfortable gloves with less protection rather than large knuckle protection. It really comes down to personal preference, where you ride, and your affinity for hitting trees.

Overall if you want a cheap glove that still offers solid palm protection while being lightweight and cool on the top of the hand, these are a good option and come in some cool colors.

Specifications

Product 7iDP Transition Gloves
Rider Unisex
Material
Size S, M, L, XL, XXL (yellow/black only)
Color Lime/Navy, Graphite/Electric Blue, and Yellow/Black
Miscellaneous - Perforated palm with debossed logos and silicone grip on index finger and thumb - Pre-curved for perfect fit - Microsuede thumb wipe panel - 4 way stretch mesh back with screen printed logos - Pull on design with bonded low profile cuff
Price $19.99
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