Padded, thin, fingerless, gel, smartphone compatible – mountain bike gloves come in a million shapes and sizes.
We picked out 6 of the best mountain bike gloves that excelled while testing XC/Trail riding trails in and around Jackson Hole, WY :
Best Mountain Bike Gloves
- Hestra Ergo Grip – $69.95
- Dakine Half Finger Sailing Glove – $32
- Hestra Bike Short SR Glove – $30
- Tripple8 Exoskin Glove – $29.89
- Fox Racing Reflex Gel Glove – $32.95
- Dakine Concept Glove – $29.95
1. Hestra Ergo Grip Enduro.
For the committed downhill mtb rider, Hestra, yes the company that makes ski gloves have entered the mountain bike world with a couple solid gloves for mountain biking. The Hestra Ergo Grip Glove comes with a padded palm, reinforced fingernail tips that are touchscreen compatible and a breathable mesh material on the backside of the glove that helps to wick moisture away from your hands. This is one of the best fitting mountain gloves out there.
Pros: Noepreme Velcro Closure, Touchscreen compatible.
Cons: Sizing runs large.
Retail Price: $69.95
2. Dakine Half Finger Sailing Gloves.
Now technically these gloves from Dakine are made for being on the water, however, they work just as well on the trail too. The Dakine Half Finger Sailing Gloves offer extra padding at the knuckles along with a breathable mesh material throughout the glove. This Glove does not have padding in the palm however, it is made with a non-slip material, if it works for boating, it will work for biking…
Pros: Multi-Sport versatility.
Retail Price: $32
3. Hestra Bike Short SR.
Next up in this roundup is the Hestra Bike Short SR. Glove. Leather bike gloves = comfort on the trail. These are the perfect gloves to wear for long distance xc rides as they have just enough padding in the palm.
Pros: Soft leather, super soft terry nose wipe.
Cons: Can be hard to take off.
Retail Price: $30
4. Triple 8 Exoskin Glove.
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 closely 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.
Pros: Slight reinforced padding in the palms.
Retail Price: $29.89
5. Fox Reflex Gel Glove.
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
Pros: Lightweight flexible material, Velcro wrist closures, wear throughout the entire bike season (all temps).
Retail Price: $32.95
6. Dakine Concept Glove.
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 a minimalist glove that is light as a feather, there is truly nothing like it on the market in terms of weight or lack thereof. For cross-country (XC) riding the Dakine Concept, the glove was an instant favorite amongst our testers.
Pros: Moisture wicking mesh, small enough to pack as a backup pair of gloves.
Cons: Lack of padding.
Retail Price: $29.95