Louis Garneau Mondo Cycling Gloves

Manufacturer Description

The Mondo Gloves have a vented gel padding that is engineered to relieve pressure of the median and ulnar nerves, reduce shock, and offer superior ventilation. A seamless upper hand prevents irritation, relieves pressure points, and allows no bulge. Edges of the fingers are laser cut for minimal bulk.

Features

  • Upper hand fabric – Lycra Power & Mesh
  • Palm fabric – Digitalized Amara
  • Seamless back with Air Zone vent
  • Progressive and perforated gel padding
  • Lightweight microfiber thumb made of open cell foam
  • Laser cut fingers
  • Integrated silicone finger puller
  • Ergonomic Velcro fastener
  • Low profile cuff pull tab
  • Reflective fingers
  • Ergo Air Zone
  • Pre-shaped
  • Weight (medium) – 17 g each (0.6 oz)
  • Retail – $50

YMMV Review

I have been able to work with Louis Garneau on several reviews for the site now. This summer I tested a jersey, bib shorts, and gloves for summer riding. Louis Garneau continues to be a large player in the cycling world, I was excited to test some of their cycling gear. Up to this point I had not had the opportunity to do so. Thank you to Louis Garneau for giving me this opportunity.

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Testing

I tested the Mondo Gloves on road rides of varying lengths this summer. Since they are a summer weight glove, I used them in mainly warmer conditions ranging from 50 – 95 degrees. For the colder temps, it was only in the morning before it warmed up. I used the gloves on rides ranging from 20 – 50 miles.

Design ★★★☆☆

Appearance (30%) ★★★☆☆

Construction (60%) ★★★½☆

Sustainability (10%) ☆☆☆☆☆

The Mondo Cycling Gloves are part of the Louis Garneau Road Elite Collection. The focuses of this collection are a second skin fit, new era styling, versatile materials, and focused technology. These items are pro-level quality for riders whose passion knows no bounds. The Mondo Gloves have a lot of features and fabrics in a small package. The gloves are made with a mixture of different fabrics. The palm of the hand is made of Amara, a synthetic suede-like fabric. This fabric is very resistant and able to be washed in cold water. It is a mixture of 40% polyurethane and 60% polyester/nylon. The Amara fabric has been perforated in key spots for increased breathability. At the center of the palm is the Ergo Air Zone, a triangle-shaped zone of mesh that allows the glove to breath better. Above and below this zone are the gel pads that vary in thickness based on the location. These gel pads have been strategically placed not to put pressure on key points in the hand but still provide sufficient padding. They have also been perforated for increased breathability.

Palm View

As a side note I did look up the different materials used in the making of these gloves and was not able to find any information on them being green or sustainable. Furthermore, looking around the Louis Garneau website, I was not able to find any sustainability initiatives. For this reason, I game these a zero for sustainability.

The top of the hand is made of a different mix of materials. The back of the hand is made of a combination of Lycra Power and Mesh for a second skin fit and good breathability. The materials are welded together for a seamless construction and improved fit. On the outside of the thumb, there is a fleece patch for wiping your nose or eyes. The Velcro closure for the gloves is located under the wrist and is low profile. The rest of the wrist cuff has been finished with a soft and stretchy trim for clean lines and better comfort. The fingers have a soft fabric material between them with laser-cut fingers for a cleaner finish and less bulk. On top of two of the fingers are reflective accents for better visibility. On the bottom of two of the fingers are integrated silicone finger pulls. These are strategically located to help get the gloves on and off. The Mondo Gloves have a lot of things going for them from the material mix to the pre-shaped design. The question now is, how do they ride?

Fabric Close Up

Fit ★★★½☆

Cuff (15%) ★★★★☆

Ease of Movement (25%) ★★★★☆

Fabric Comfort (20%) ★★★½☆

Finger Sizing (20%) ★★☆☆☆

Hand Sizing (20%) ★★★★☆

When first putting them on, the Louis Garneau Mondo Gloves have an outstanding fit. The material on the back of the hand is very soft and comfortable. You cannot feel any seams, which only makes the fit even better.  Of course, you do not just put them on as they have to be ridden to see how they truly perform. The gloves have an excellent stretch to them, which helps them move with your hand both on and off the bike. The gloves feel really supple. I really like the clasp underneath the wrist as it is low profile and when Velcroed it stays out of the way. It seems to have a lower stack height than other glove’s clasps. The fit through the palm of the hand fits me just right. I am normally a medium in gloves, and that is what I tested from Louis Garneau. In the palm that seemed to be about prefect. In the fingers when first putting the gloves on, they felt great. The sizing of the fingers hugged them well but was not tight. Now where my issue with the fit came in is that after about 30 miles or so on the bike, the material between the fingers started to cause pain on the webbing between my fingers. I am not sure f this is a sizing issue, extra fabric, or just sensitivity on my part but this is why I did not do any rides over 50 miles as my hands just started to hurt, and I have other options in the drawer. For reference, I measured my palm circumference to be 8 ¾ inches, which is on the higher side of a size medium.

Fleece Thumb Wipe

Performance ★★★½☆

Breathability (30%) ★★★★½

Cushioning (35%) ★★★½☆

Durability (20%) ★★★☆☆

Reflectivity (15%) ★★★☆☆

The Mondo Gloves do feel like a pro-level glove. The feel of the fabric and the features of the glove are both top notch. The gloves breathe really well with the mesh on the back of the hand and the Ergo Air Zone in the palm. The materials chosen in these gloves were carefully thought out, they all work well for their intended benefit. As with most well fitting gloves, the Mondo’s can be a bit more difficult to get off. The silicone finger pulls help but even with those they are still a bit of a challenge to remove. The Mondo Gloves have some small reflective accents that might not seem like much, but they are in a great location. When you grip the bars, these small accents face forward and while minor will help you be seen, especially when you move your hands.  The other thing I like about the gloves is the fleece material on the thumb. I generally need to wipe my nose or sweat during my rides and having this is a must. I also use the back of the hand on occasion but since the fabric is so thin it does not do much.

Tore Open from Crash

The most important feature of the gloves, in my opinion, has to do with the palm. There are two aspects that make this important, and I unfortunately have been able to test both. The first is the padding as your hands are two of five contact points between you and the bike. The padding helps soften some of the impact and can increase your comfort over the course of a long ride. As far as padding goes, I must say the Mondo Gloves have some of the best I have tested. They are not so thick that they get in the way or are bulky, but they still give lots of comfort. The pads also still allow for good blood flow without any pressure points, which is important. I really like the padding on these gloves. The second important aspect of the palm area is protection in the case of a fall. When crashing you have a tendency to put your hand down and gloves help limit the road rash to your hands. If you have not ever had road rash then you are missing out, not really. On my last ride before writing this review I happened to go down due to a slowly leaking front tire and a 90 degree turn shortly thereafter. I can definitely tell that my hands hit the ground by the scuffing in the palms, but my hand came out in good shape. The Amara fabric protected my hands from the impact. The only casualty from the crash is the mesh palm insert ripped from the impact. Fortunately, this does not prevent the gloves from being wearable; I am just annoyed that I crashed. Other than this the gloves have been durable and even look pretty good post crash.

Overall ★★★☆☆

Overall, I pretty much like all aspects of these gloves. The fabrics are great and fell nice against the skin. Even the Velcro straps and trim around the wrist is some of the best I have seen. The Mondo Gloves also do a good job padding your hands for long rides. I never hand numb hands and even through a crash my hands were good. My one issue is unfortunately a tough one to get over. On rides over 30 miles (1 ½ hours or so) the gloves start causing pain between my fingers on the webbing. After a while, this gets to become very annoying, and I have therefore limited these to my shorter rides because of this discomfort. I realize that this might just be my experience, but I am kind of bummer about it. According to measurements, I should be a medium, and that is what I tested. I still would recommend these gloves as I feel like this might just be an issue with me. Other than this they are really solid and worth your attention, especially for warm weather riding. The Louis Garneau Mondo Gloves retail for $50. This is on the higher side for gloves, but these are on the higher-end side of gloves. As always, your mileage may vary.

Pros [field name=iFrame]

  • Breathe really well
  • Gel padding is low-profile but works well
  • Ergonomic Velcro clasp is low-profile
  • Seamless fabric at the back of the hand
  • Durable Amara fabric even in a crash

Cons

  • Good gloves cost more
  • Hurt my fingers on longer rides

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About the author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

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