French leather manufacturer Furygan have been firm favourites with racers such as Isle of Man TT extraordinaire Michael Dunlop and two-time Moto2 World Champion Johan Zarco who have worn their race bred suits for some time. In recent years though the company has also turned its hand to creating textile rider clothing for the everyday commute and more adventurous ride.
The firms’ origins are glove-related with ‘gant’ being the French term for ‘glove’. The company was known as ‘Furygant’ when launched in 1969.
For the past two months I have been using a pair of Furygans’ Sparrow winter gloves for my 55-mile commute to the office. And I must say they have a high-quality appearance and feel. The first thing to notice when slipping your hand in for the first time was how soft and plush the interior is, they have a faux fur lining that wraps around your wrist making them snug and comfortable to wear. Thankfully, the sizing for the gloves is spot on, I went by the sizing chart on the Furygan website and the gloves are perfect. They have a tiny amount of room at the end of the finger but not so much that using the bikes controls is clumsy.
This is the third set of winter gloves I have used and I have always found the bulky nature of them normally inhibits my movement making me feel like I could lose grip of the bars. Thankfully the Sparrow gloves only felt insecure in this way for about 10 miles. I think the palm area (a mixture of suede, neoprene and leather) needed to bed in. Now the gloves are as steadfast on the bars as a set of full leather summer gloves.
In terms of warmth I found the gloves good enough for about an hour and a half of riding before the cold began to cause a little numbness. My commute takes me along rural B-roads averaging 40mph. When you consider that at 3° the wind chill can make it feel more like -6° that’s good going for a glove that has no internal heating! The gloves are noted as being 100% water proof and I can vouch for this claim. Through some truly awful winter storms my hands remained completely dry right the way up to where the gloves ended.
The Furygan Sparrows have some handy (pardon the pun) features, the visor wipe on the left hand thumb is great and works really well, better than any other I’ve tried. The whole of the inside of the wrist is elasticated and its extra-long meaning that even the bulkiest of winter coats can be covered and secured. The gloves also feature a special insert on the fore finger to allow you to use your phone or satnav, this worked okay but tended to select the wrong button on my Garmin as the fingertip area is quite large.
All things told these gloves are extremely well suited to my needs. If you need a glove for a 5000-mile Nordic tour through winter, a heated glove is what you want, but for an hour or so commute you can’t go wrong with these Furygan’s.
The Furygan sparrow gloves retail for around £89.99 - available in sizes S-3XL
for more information on Furygan's full winter glove range click here.