Biking or cycling gloves are crucial for helping you stay comfortable on longer rides. When it’s chilly out, they keep your hands from getting too cold; during the warmer months, a good pair will wick away sweat and enhance your grip. They should also be durable and have an optimal amount of palm cushioning. To ensure you find the right gloves, FN did some research and rounded up a few of our favorite options for men and women. Each style we included is designed to support, protect and deliver an ideal fit.
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1. Inbike Cycling Gloves
These half-finger gloves feature thick gel palm pads to reduce shock. The pad surface also has an anti-slip coating.
Pros: They’re made with breathable mesh and high-elastic Lycra. The thumbs have a terry cloth exterior for wiping away sweat. Each finger also has an absorbent, moisture-wicking terry cloth interior. They come in blue and red.
Cons: Some may find the velcro closure tabs to be a bit cumbersome.
2. Gearonic Bike Gloves
The gloves have a lightweight mesh construction, nonslip design pattern and feature elasticized microfiber to allow for full range of motion.
Pros: The palms are cushioned with foam padding and have holes for improved airflow. They come in several colors and are offered in full-finger options for added coverage.
Cons: They may run slightly small.
3. Moreok Cycling Gloves
The fingerless design of Moreok’s cycling gloves allows for easy on-off and natural grip.
Pros: These gloves feature a terrycloth design to wipe away sweat without irritating your skin. The breathable microfiber material helps wick away moisture as do perforations in the palm. With an anti-vibration system in the included padding, these gloves create a more stable, shock-absorbing feel.
Cons: These may not be reflective enough for early morning or late night rides.
4. LuxoBike Cycling Gloves
The breathable fabric and quick-drying lining of these fingerless gloves let the hands stay dry, even on long trails.
Pros: With layered padding to minimize numbness, LuxoBike’s gloves include four specified shock-absorbing zones on the palm to target higher impact areas. Smart finger loops at the tips of the fingers help you pull the pair off while the space around the thumb is looser for maximum mobility.
Cons: These may run small.
5. Seibertron Cycling Gloves
With a hook and loop closure on the wrist, Seibertron has you covered with a secure fit.
Pros: The full-finger silhouette helps protect the tips of the fingers from abrasion or irritation more than a fingerless glove. Rubber layers on the knuckles and back of hand add a protective seal while silicone grips on the palm and fingers help you hold onto the bike.
Cons: The covered fingers reduces the amount of natural grip you can have on your handles.
6. Htzploo Cycling Vloes
Added finger loops on the top of Htzploo’s gloves help you take them off without turning them inside out.
Pros: The patterned treadlike silicone grip design on the palm creates the ultimate grip on handles. Intensive padding reduces hand fatigue and road vibration. There also use a towel cloth on the thumb to wipe away sweat from your face.
Cons: The hook and loop strap at the bottom may not be the widest area for keeping the glove secure in comparison to that on other pairs.
7. Ozero Cycling Gloves
Ozero makes its gloves with a full finger design and elastic cuffs for a comfortable fit.
Pros: These gloves are both windproof and water-resistant, keeping hands cool and dry while touchscreen sensitive pads on the fingertips let you use your phone with ease between rides. Gel particles on the palm and fingers create a grippier feel, too.
Cons: The brand advises that the gloves are water-resistant not waterproof; additionally, these gloves are not as padded as other pairs and may be better suited for more casual cycling.