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Biking & Accessories

Best Cycling Gloves

Cycling gloves aren't just for looks. Yes, they do make even the beginning rider look like they know what they are doing, however a great pair of riding gloves is so much more. Gloves are a necessary part of almost any ride. The right gloves can dampen road vibration, offer better grip, and keep your hands drier as you start to sweat. If you take a spill, they can save you from some painful road abrasions.

One glove does not fit all. There are gloves for every riding style and every rider. You need to look for gloves that fit both you and your style. The gloves on this list were chosen for fit, function, and features.

Louis Garneau Mondo Glove

It's all in the details. The Garneau Mondo definitely took care of the details on this glove. They have laser cut fingers at just the right angle to keep them from bunching. They are ventilated, front and back to help keep your hands cooler. They have multiple thickness gel padding to put the cushioning at the critical points and not where you don't need it. If you are a night rider, they have reflective tape on the fingers. They are easy on, easy off and have a micro fiber thumb that works for more than just protection. This is a great all-around professional style glove.

Giro Bravo Cycling Gloves

The Giro Bravo is available in several great colors. The back of the glove is mesh and breathable, however there is no ventilation on the palm side of the glove, for that you need to check out the number one pick on this list. The palm is padded more like a traditional, short-fingered glove. It is designed with Giro ergonomic Super Fit technology. This is a great glove at a decent price point.

Pearl iZUMi PRO Pittards Gel Cycling Gloves

The Pearl iZUMi Pro Pittards features a padded palm, easy-off glove removal tab, and no velcro strap. They don't need a velcro strap, they fit so well you won't even miss it. The water resistant leather palm is soft and durable. They have an easy pull on design and low profile thumb wiping surface. They are available in several color options and sizes.

Giro Hoxton SF Gloves

The new Giro Hoxton line is the perfect glove for the urban commuter. They are available in both short and long finger styles and two color choices. They are a non-padded glove meant to protect your hands while commuting to work, the gym, or when you are just out for a short ride. They have a unique style and are constructed with merino wool in the same ergonomic fit as all the Giro gloves. They would not be a great option for longer, more intense riding due to the lack of padding.

Pearl iZUMi Cyclone Gel Gloves

There are days when nothing but a full fingered glove will do. Whether it is an early morning ride or a cool fall day, the Cyclone Gel has you covered. This is the one glove on the list that is featured as a unisex glove. Pearl iZumi has a size guide so women will know what size to buy. The gel padding in the palm offers great protection for longer rides. The gauntlet styling keeps your wrists warm and the thumb has a soft fleece wiping surface.

I've been a cyclist since I was a child. I've owned as many as 5 bicycles at a time and all served a different purpose. I had a mountain bike for rough trails, a hybrid for on and off rail trails, a light weight racing bike for road riding, a modified mountain bike for longer distance riding, and a touring bike. I currently own the most compact folding bike available on the market. It's great for commuting and travel. I do the basic maintenance on them and I use a bike for travel purposes. I have had the folding bike down the east coast and from California to Maryland. I'm currently a staff writer for a NYC bike shop and enjoy seeing all the new equipment as it hits the store.
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