The Stella F-Lite’s are a women’s specific mountain bike glove designed to be close fitting, lightweight and breathable. The gloves are comprised of just five segments of material, one piece for the back of the hand, one for the palm, a small snot wipe at the thumb articulation, stretchy lycra between the fingers and finally a small elastic insert at the wrist. There is also the expected silicone strips on fingers for extra grip
The upper hand material is spandex which is nice and stretchy, the one piece design meaning there are no seams lying across the hand either which serves to increase comfort levels substantially. The palm is constructed from perforated synthetic suede, which although in the first few rides did rough up and leave a fair amount of fluff on the grips, hasn’t lost any grip or impacted upon the performance at all. It’s grippy and makes for a nice contact patch through from hands to bars. Fingers are able to move easily, the lycra finger side walls are soft to the touch with pleasingly soft seams and tapered to a point at the finger, allowing a good deal of dexterity.
Other features include a small terry cloth snot wipe on the thumb, its placement meaning you will need a well aimed swipe towards the nose in order to contact it. I’d prefer a larger wipe extending down to the wrist but this would break the clean look of the cuff and add long seam so I can see why this might have been omitted.
The minimalistic theme is carried on through to the wrist where are no fastenings, just an elastic insert to ensure the glove fits close to the skin. The wrist portion of the glove extends to just over the knobbly bone on the outer wrist, something I really like, it means the glove tucks neatly up under sleeves without either a Velcro fastener to get caught or a drafty gap left between sleeve and glove.
I wore a size Small and found it to size up well, it did feel a little small when first worn but it has stretched a little and now fits perfectly. The Stella F-Lite is a glove that it easy to move the fingers in and has no unwanted seams or pressure points. It features a well designed cuff that whilst it does make the gloves a little bit of a wiggle to get into, is well fitting once on and doesn’t gape or become saggy after multiple rides and washes.
Wearing the Stella F-Lite gloves is neither a very warm or a sweaty affair, the Spandex upper isn’t that thick and once hands are off the bars, use can be made of the perforated palm. It’s a glove for the summer and shoulder seasons also if you don't mind starting off chilly. I found I can wear mine on milder winter days too but once I get going on a bike I tend to get really hot hands so maybe I’m an anomaly. At £25, the Alpinestars Stella F-Lites are well priced too, there is lots to like about this stylish glove, and guys, you’ll be keen to hear there’s a men's version too, it’s simply called the F-Lite and is identical in every way aside from colour and sizing.
Lightweight, breathable glove for warmer cycling days
Product construction extra:
Generally good quality, palm has 'roughed' up slightly with use but there has been no detrimental impact on performance from this at this time
Product performance extra:
The gloves provide a great feel through to the bars, feedback is good and they are both cool and lightweight
Product durability extra:
No issues seen thus far, review will be updated if any arise
Product comfort extra:
Super comfy, I like a 'pull on, pull off' glove, this one is executed very well using soft and flat seams. Seams are also kept to a minimum by the one piece design which prevents any rubbing or pressure points.
Product value extra:
These are well priced compared to lightweight competitors
Rachael is happiest on two wheels, she's been riding bikes for a good few years now after horses got too expensive! Partial to a race or two Rachael also likes getting out into the hills with a big bunch of mates. She's been writing - for publications such as Mountain Biking UK and Flow magazine - for as long as she's been riding and is equally happy getting stuck into a kit review as she is creating stories.