POC Index Flow Glove

Words Pete Roggeman
Photos Kaz Yamamura
Date Nov 2, 2014

Sometimes a piece of gear provokes an unexpected response. The POC Index Flow glove’s unassuming looks don’t hint at much, but after using them heavily since Spring, the jury is in: they are the best gloves I’ve ever used.

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Perforated uppers breathe well and fit without complaint. Thin silicone padding has your outer knuckles covered – 800mm bars make that a little more important than it used to be.

Like all things POC, the Index Flow follows a simple design aesthetic which is the furthest thing from moto-inspired. If you like it clean and understated, these will be up your alley. The fit is as low-profile as their looks. A thin, slightly elasticized cuff is snug but easy to pull on and off and that sums up the fit: close but comfortable. These gloves are easy to leave on when pulling out a tool to make a quick adjustment or fishing for something in your pack.

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Thin palms with minimal reinforcement or padding which is nevertheless thoughtfully placed and effective. That cross-hatched stitching is so you can text home and let ’em know you’ll be late for dinner – again.

Minimal silicone padding covering the outer two knuckles as well as the heel of the palm and thumb are the only extras as far as material goes. Gripper silicone is also added to the first digit of the index and middle finger as well as at the wrist to help pull them on. Terry cloth covers the thumb so you can wipe your nose (don’t wipe your glasses afterwards) and the thumbs also get cross-hatched stitching that adds touchscreen compatibility.

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The fit of the Index Flows is terrific. None of the seams or stitching are noticeable, nor are any of them showing signs of coming apart.

The palm feels like clarino but is listed as a nylon/poly blend – at any rate it is thin and feels great on the grips. Perforations make sure they breathe well, which helps explain the lack of funk even if I wore them for two weeks straight without giving them a wash. The uppers are a polyamide/elastane blend that is light, also perforated, and stretchy enough to fit smoothly without wrinkles or tight spots.

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You don’t need a velcro strap for good fit at the wrist. The POC Index Flow fits my hand perfectly. Based on their design, it’s likely they’ll fit you well, too.

Despite the fact that they are usually not the freshest gloves in the drawer, I reach for the POC Flows almost every time. And that speaks to their durability as well: after at least 30 uses and about six washings, they still come out of the machine looking new, without worn spots on the palm, frayed stitching, or stretching. I thought I’d lost them about a month ago, and almost bought more to replace them, despite having lots of other gloves to wear. It felt irrational and I never thought I’d be so fond of a glove, but for me these are the perfect blend of fit, comfort, and very minimal reinforcement.

The POC Index Flow retails for $57.75 USD and is available in Uranium Black, Sulfur Pink, and Krypton Blue.


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vhsenterprises
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vhsenterprises  - July 8, 2015, 7:55 a.m.

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rexroth
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Rexroth  - Nov. 4, 2014, 10:48 a.m.

You wash your gloves every 2 weeks?? I just washed my pair for the first time, and I've had these suckers for like 5 years

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Nov. 5, 2014, 5:45 p.m.

That's nasty. I'm impressed you got 5 years out of some gloves, though.

In the Summer, mine start to stink because I often use them to wipe sweat off my face, or they're dirty from grease or grime from leaving my gloves on to do something. Or tubeless sealant from a tire change with gloves on. Etc… In the FallWinterSpring (and sometimes Summer) when it rains, they often get muddy. I wouldn't say I always wash them that frequently, but I'm not shy about chucking them in the wash with other bike stuff.

I usually judge how good my last week/two weeks have been based on how much bike clothing there is to wash compared to street clothing. If it's 50/50 or more in favour of jerseys and shammy, life's good.

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troy
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Troy  - Nov. 3, 2014, 12:22 p.m.

I have these too and they are my go to even when they stink. Super comfortable. Although I'm not sure mine has the touch screen stitching on the thumb.

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Nov. 3, 2014, 12:27 p.m.

Troy, I believe the cross-hatched stitching on all Index Flows works with touchscreens. What colour are yours/how long have you had them?

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troy
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Troy  - Nov. 3, 2014, 12:34 p.m.

Bright blue, bought them this spring/early summer.

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Nov. 3, 2014, 12:50 p.m.

They should work. Test 'em out.

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jonathan-harris
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Jonathan Harris  - Nov. 3, 2014, 4:02 p.m.

I've been wearing my pair of POC Index DH a lot since the spring too. Totally agree with Pete on the fit and quality of the gloves. Mine have seen the wash a lot and the gloves still look fresh. The DH version of the glove is a little more heavy duty but don't feel overly hot so have been worn even on the hottest summer days. The fit is great for me, I have long fingers but often to get the length I need I have to get a larger glove at the cost of it being a little too big through the palm. No such issues with the POC for me. Definitely a favourite glove in my collection.

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