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  1. Ventruck

    Ventruck Oakley Expert

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    Oakley Factory Road Gloves 2.0 in JET BLACK | Oakley

    I believe these are relatively new as they're not stocked in my local O-Store. Had a hard time figuring out how I'd use my F&F (without knowing about the R2 date yet), until I saw these. I've always been a bare-handed rider, but lately with cold seasons, I just don't want to take that gamble of combining dry knuckles with wind burn. Gloves therefore have been a recent foray. I have experience with Giro's LX LF and Shimano's Advanced gloves going into this review.

    Comparing pics, these are largely the same design as the original Factory Road Glove. Prominent differences are branding, finger accents, red accents, and perforations on the palm side.

    Original version:
    Review: Factory Road Glove 2.0 - 41SRGwc%2BV7L.jpg
    (via Amazon)

    Current version
    Review: Factory Road Glove 2.0 - main_94275-01k_factory-road-glove-2-0_jet-black_001_92672_png_heroxlsq.jpg
    (via Oakley)

    So it's a little underwhelming given we were to expect an upsurge/overhaul in the clothing department. This is essentially the same glove; but whatever, I have it. Normally priced at $50, this is on the high end of the pricing scale for short finger cycling gloves. Hopefully this review serves useful for any cyclist looking to add more Oakley gear in their kit.

    *gonna note that I'm experimenting with a different review format with the goal to make these posts look cleaner. Would appreciate input for future reference

    Materials, Construction and Finish:
    Review: Factory Road Glove 2.0 - 20160322_163827.jpg Review: Factory Road Glove 2.0 - 20160322_164114.jpg

    Fit and Comfort
    Review: Factory Road Glove 2.0 - 20160322_163835.jpg Review: Factory Road Glove 2.0 - 20160322_163943.jpg Review: Factory Road Glove 2.0 - 20160322_163925.jpg

    Other aspects of functionality
    Review: Factory Road Glove 2.0 - 20160322_163952.jpg Review: Factory Road Glove 2.0 - 20160322_163851.jpg
    Overall Opinion
    The Factory Road Glove 2.0 is....nice. Materials and feel are there. They feel like they were designed to last without seeming too overbuilt, and created with the focus of cycling. Padding is forgettable, but the fit and articulation are pretty good. Grip is nonexistent, and the collar and closure area are what I found to be the real low points of this pair.

    For $50 MSRP, I'd recommend trying on other gloves to be honest — though these do feel like a decent buy at F&F pricing.

    These would have the edge in the interest of having some more Oakley in your kit, but I can't say they'd be the best for the money because of their downsides. These don't feel all that premium, but they do feel well-constructed.

    I can't say this should leave an impression on Oakley's increasing focus on clothing just yet as they essentially re-hashed the original. It's possible that this "2.0" is a placeholder for something in the works next year.
     
    Last edited: 3/22/16
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  2. OakleyFrankFMJ

    OakleyFrankFMJ The Legend - - Vlad the Impaler Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    Thank you once again for a great review.
     
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  3. del518

    del518 I have a few pair.....

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    Thanks for the write up. Please give a follow up review after you have worn them for a while to see how they hold up and/or if any of your above observations change.
     
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  4. Ventruck

    Ventruck Oakley Expert

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    Yeah I plan to do so, and it will be edited in the original post (with a thread bump to note it). Believe that's what happened with the Jawbreaker review as I got a better handle of the swap setup. In this case, I am looking for the best closure manipulation. Part of the issue is that the velcro hook ends are chafing the wrist, so I'm finding some angles working.
     
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    vcattete Oakley Beginner

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    great review!!!
     
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  6. Ventruck

    Ventruck Oakley Expert

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    Been sleeping on an update because there's really little to say. Just a few things:

    • Took quite a while for the color bleeding to stop. Probably had two weeks of Illuminati prints on my hands after rides.
    • Only real sign of wear is on the fingers where you see minor fray in the picture below. Seems like a break-in at most. Doesn't seem to get noticeably worse with time.
    • Never got my way with the wrist irritation. It's just a case of the hook side of the Velcro closure that's applied a bit sloppily. Still running these a but loose+angled. Fit predictably got looser with wear, but eh.
    Right now these are still the main gloves in my rotation. I just like the heavy feel of them, and the mesh palm does wonders with articulation despite the perceived bulk. Also seems to not wear down easily.
    Review: Factory Road Glove 2.0 - 20160418_135950.jpg Review: Factory Road Glove 2.0 - 20160418_140009.jpg

    I still would say, though, that these aren't that great for the money.
     
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  7. Greatestalltime

    Greatestalltime Oakley Enthusiast

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    So for 30$ what is your thought on good value and quality compared to other gloves?
     
  8. Ventruck

    Ventruck Oakley Expert

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    You'd be getting a nicely-finished glove for less money, but arguably not a better functioning one. If you want some form of functional benefit, you're better off with some dedicated cycling brands in general, even if they have lower starting price points.

    If you mean high end like the top race gloves, the price gap from your example $30 to their retail is so minimal to really say there's much in the Oakley FR2.0's favor. When you mix it up with stuff like Assos and POC....the price gap starts to widen and maybe those aren't worth it in comparison.

    But if you mean high end like other leather "luxury" offerings, it's pair-by-pair. The Giro LX LF I have is so much better of a glove in terms of fit, material usage, closure, and padding. Another one in the mix is the Specialized 74, which has gotten decent reception and I may try myself sometime. On the other hand, I've read Capo's leather set has poor construction, and DeMarchi's price point was too far up there ($150). In this area you just have to determine which brands have a substantial R&D behind them, and which ones made gloves just to round out their selection.

    So basically:
    • Fit is a prevailing factor. If you can try all your options at pricepoint on, and the FR2.0 is that much better on your hand, I guess the $30 is most ideally spent there
    • If not, you're just buying a logo and nice materials/construction
    • I'd rather spend more money on a premium glove if I know it fits and has generally decent reception.
     
  9. Greatestalltime

    Greatestalltime Oakley Enthusiast

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    Thank you very much. I'll stick with dedicated cycling gloves, even though I want Oakley. I'm sure you're right.

    I saw that winner from stage 7 and thought I needed some Oakley gloves. He had some. Quite sure they're different.
     
    Last edited: 7/9/16
  10. cyclerdoug

    cyclerdoug Oakley Expert Premium Member

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    @Ventruck Once again a stellar review my friend. But after reading your initial post and holding off until your follow up I will stick with my initial impression. No thanks.

    I will stick to Giro. I wear gloves on every ride, every time, and I rotate my gloves like the rest of my kit to keep everything clean and lasting longer. My current Giro glove inventory is at 12 pair, 8 short and 4 long finger. And I didn't pay $30 for any of them, and I have 3 of their models. I buy 2 or 3 new pair a year and toss the oldest or most worn. To drop that much or more just for the Oakley gear doesn't wash with me, even as the brand-whore I am.

    I also like your new review format!

    ;)
     
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