The Hydromatic from 100% is a thin waterproof glove that’s built to be light and dextrous. It does its job very well, but the fit is a bit iffy and it can absorb water.
With the 100% Hydromatic, you get a single layer PU palm, a mesh-mock fabric at the top of the hand, and a waterproof membrane secured to the outer layer. There’s also an extended, pull-on cuff and touchscreen-happy fingertips.
The fit isn’t quite right, though. The pinky and ring fingers aren’t quite long enough for my hands, and on longer descents I noticed considerably more arm pump because of it.
The cuff is a bit tight too, but this helps stop water from finding its way in. It’s also worth noting that the cuff isn’t totally waterproof, but more water-resistant. If you’re not a madman and wear a jacket in the rain, this shouldn’t be an issue however. It’s certainly not something I found a problem with.
Niggles aside, the Hydromatic does its job impressively well. Out in the rain and cold they've kept me warm and dry; yes, there's a small cost in bar feel, but it’s minimal and very understandable for a glove of this kind. I’d much rather sacrifice a summer-like bar feel for warm and dry hands that are still capable of, you know, feeling anything at all.
The membrane is very effective – I even shoved my hand under a tap just to test it, and it kept everything out. The cuff let through a few drips, but again, when actually riding and paired with a jacket, the Hydromatic has no issues there.
Though it doesn't let any through, the glove absorbs quite a lot of water so after a while they can get a bit weighty. Realistically though, you'll have to be riding during a heavy and consistent storm for it to even begin to become an issue.
If you’re looking for a waterproof glove that's great for the winter months without being super bulky, the 100% Hydromatic is an affordable and effective option that keeps you warm and dry. Just be wary of the finger fit – it’s definitely worth trying them on before you buy.
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