The Fasthouse Blitz is a very simplistic glove which provides plenty of grip and bit of protection. In this Fasthouse Blitz MTB glove review, we look into the details as to whether these gloves are right for you.
- Exceptional grip
- Minimalist glove
- Touchscreen fingertips
- Pricey for what they offer
The aim of a good glove is to not notice it is there. It doesn’t cause discomfort, doesn’t get too warm, and it doesn’t prevent you from doing normal activities such as using your phone or gps. But… it should protect your skin from an encounter with the ground or the elements, provide increased grip. The Fasthouse Blitz is certainly a well performing glove in this respect.
The Blitz glove is made of two panels. The top panel is a breathable mesh, and the underside is a lightweight, durable Clarino leather panel, with small ventilation holes. The perforated clarino palm provides increased grip, but doesn’t let your palms get all sweaty. The thumb and index finger have a double layer of Clarino leather to provide a little extra durability and grip.
The minimalist glove design means it doesn’t have any padding on the palms, and knuckle protection, and really is just a simple yet high performance glove.
The Fasthouse Blitz is a slip on glove, with a compression molded elastic airprene cuff. Essentially, it is a tight fitting cuff that won’t let too much slip down into the glove. However, it does make hard to slip the glove on and off. For those with wider hands and shorter fingers, this might be a struggle. Those with slender hands will be better off here!
The touchscreen capability – on the thumb, index and middle finger – works reasonably well. Not amazing like the Fox Rangers, but will do the job for a quick photo or check of the map.
While we haven’t had these gloves for too long, the seams, the cuff and the palm all seem to be holding up well (these are the areas you would typically see gloves fail) and showing little to no signs of wear.
So how does it compare price wise? The gloves aren’t all that different from the Giro Trixter and the POC essential mesh gloves, which are also lightweight, minimalist gloves. The TLD Fasthouse Blitz costs a reasonable amount more than the Trixter, and the only reason I can see is the branding and style of the glove. The Trixter (see our review here) even has a microfibre sweat wipe on the thumb, which the Blitz is missing. The Fasthouse Blitz does come in below the price of the POC Essential Mesh glove though (see our review here), again for no good reason other than branding.
For the price of the Blitz, you could get the Fox Flexair Pro. This has D3O material on the knuckles to reduce impact from knocks, super breathable top panel, and excellent touch screen capability. It is a wee bit bulkier though, so sacrifice weight for protection with the Flexair Pro.
It is a good glove for someone wanting a ‘barely there’ glove. One that is well ventilated, comfortable and durable. For its price, you could get something with a bit more fabric and protection, but if minimalist is the route you want to take, the Fasthouse Blitz glove is hard to beat.
If you want to check out more, have a look at our top gloves on the market at the moment here.