You’re about ready to drop into a rowdy single track line, this is no time to be getting sweaty palms. As it turns out, no matter how old we are, we get nervous about first dates and the same can be said for riding mountain bikes over rocky, rutted terrain. Your new 275 bike is dialed, your shoes are locked into their happy place, now all that’s left to do is grab hold of your handlebars and let gravity do the rest.
Padded, thin, fingerless, gel, smart phone compatible – bike gloves come in a million shapes and sizes.
We picked out 3 of the best mountain bike gloves that excelled while testing XC/Trail riding trails in and around Jackson Hole, WY :
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The Reflex Gel glove from Fox Racing offered the most padding out of the gloves we tested thanks in part to the four strategically placed gel inserts located on the palm of the glove. While silicone fingertips on the index and middle fingers offered a tacky feel that gave our testers added confidence on the down. When the trails were demanding the Fox Reflex was always the glove our testers preferred to wear.
-lightweight flexible material
-Velcro wrist closures
-wear throughout the entire bike season (all temps)
-touch screen compatible
Dakine’s Concept glove is being marketed as “the world’s thinnest, lightest, most comfortable glove“, and we have to agree with most of that statement. The Concept glove is as minimalist glove that is light as a feather, there is truly nothing like it on the market in terms of weight, or lack there of. For cross-country (XC) riding the Dakine Concept glove was an instant favorite amongst our testers.
-moisture whicking mesh
-small enough to pack as a backup pair of gloves
-touch screen compatible
-lack of padding
Introducing the Exoskin glove from Triple 8 a perfect go everywhere bike glove. Ventilated mesh on the back of the hand kept our testers dry even in rainy weather. However the feature that had everyone talking was the Sweatsaver brow-wipe that felt like you were sliding into a fresh pair of cotton sheets, obviously Triple 8 worked close with their pro team on that feature. When your not sure what type of riding you’ll be doing grab the Triple 8 EXOSKIN as it will work in all conditions.
-slight reinforced padding in the palms
-companies logo shows when making a peace sign!!
Those are my current best mtb gloves picks for the season. Check back later on for our coverage of the best mtb bike helmets.