Lightning Review: Adidas Adistar Gloves

While I’m not the kind of guy to sweat buckets at the slightest signs of effort, I definitely run hot. Hot to the point where I’ll get heat rashes on the palms of my hands using traditional leather or synthetic cycling gloves come mid summer.

Enter the Adidas Adistar glove: it’s almost 100% mesh with a few strips of padding where it’s needed and terry where it’s useful.

After getting burned by the discontinuation of Bianchi’s 3-D mesh-palmed gloves in the 1990’s I made  sure to stock up on these when I found them. Good thing, too, as these seem to have also been discontinued within the last year.

They offer a nice, snug fit despite not having a strap. If you’re used to a glove that cinches these will feel light as air at first, after which point you’ll never be able to turn back.


  • highly breathable!
  • feels light as air
  • handles washing better thanks to synthetic materials


  • not as “stable” feeling as a glove with a cinching strap
  • no longer made

Bottom Line: 4 stars

At the time of writing these are the only gloves I know of that bring the light weight and breathability of elastic mesh to the bottom side of your hands which makes for a huge increase in comfort in the late summer months.

Breathable palms are a Godsend when you run hot

Breathable palms are a Godsend when you run hot

3 Years of white Adistar Gloves: new on top, last year lower left, year prior on lower right

All whites eventually soil; 3 Years of Adistar Gloves: new on top, last year lower left, year prior on lower right

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Aaron Deutsch

About Aaron Deutsch

Aaron has always felt a passion for, if not a gravitational pull from, racing. Since being lured from the basketball court onto the track in 1993 he set 7 track & field records and medaled six times at the state level of competition.

He moved to the mountain bike in the late 1990s and won the Penn Cycle Buck Hill race series in 2000 in the sport class. He also placed 4th in the Subaru Cup XC race that year.

After moving to New York Aaron took up road racing and rode unattached for the first year and medaled in 2 races including a 1st place finish in the Kissena Race Series in 2007. In 2008 the Brooklyn Arches Cycling Club was formed and the results were immediate and consistent including winning the Cadence Cup Race Series in Brooklyn. He currently races with the Major Taylor Iron Riders Development Team

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