Last year, Specialized released an unassuming new glove, something that apparently took three years in the making with the help of hand-specialist orthopedic surgeon Dr Kyle Bickel M.D. Where it’s common to see glove-padding increase to help overcome hand numbness, Bickel’s Grail glove design went the opposite way.

The ‘Equalizer’ gel pad – the key feature of the glove – is simply designed to fill in the concave shape of your hand, therefore providing a constant surface across your palm. With this, it’s claimed the more even load distribution helps to fix the loss of circulation that commonly leads to numb or sore hands.

We’ve been testing the short finger Grail gloves since the product’s launch and have come away with a completely different outlook on glove padding.  

Like everyone else, we were used to gel

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