The DoctorGel™ system is developed in collaboration with active athletes and doctors. GripGrab gloves with DoctorGel™ are designed to reduce the feeling of pins and needles in the fingers secondary to compression of the nerves innervating the hand.
We use three different padding thicknesses in our range of gloves so that every riding style and comfort preference can be met with a pair of GripGrab gloves.
Our 4 mm padding will be suitable for most riders opting for a good balance between comfort and control. The majority of our gloves feature the 4 mm padding. Riders who go for the long rides will get maximum strain relief with our 6 mm padding which is used in our SuperGel model. For the more competition oriented cyclist or anyone who prefers a more minimalistic padding, the 2 mm option will be a good choice.
Both mountain bike and road bike riders, regardless of level of experience, may suffer temporarily from nerve compression. A prospective clinical study has shown that 70% of long-distance riders experience symptoms related to nerve compression 1.
The symptoms can present as light tingling in the fingers but can progress to more severe numbness and paresthesias. The condition is described in the literature as “Cyclist’s palsy” and the problem arises when a nerve to the hand is compressed between the handlebars and the underlying bone.
1 Ulnar and Median Nerve Palsy in Long-distance Cyclists: A Prospective Study Patterson et al.
Am J Sports Med.2003; 31: 585-589