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Every mountain biker knows the importance of a good pair of gloves, and those new to mountain biking will soon enough find out. The best mountain biking gloves first and foremost protect your hands from scratches, lost skin, and abrasions in the unfortunate event you take a tumble off the bike, or some unruly trees or branches scrape your hands.

Gloves will also help to dampen vibrations – reducing hand fatigue and helping to wick sweat from your hands, ensuring you have plenty of grip and control and providing extra comfort for long days on the trail. A good pair of mountain biking gloves is essential when hitting the trails and with so many on the market, it can be tough to know which ones to choose. That’s why our MTB experts have shortlisted the 10 best mountain biking gloves so no matter whether you’re racing, riding in hot or cold weather, or shredding gnarly trails, you’ll be sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.

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Quick Answer - The Best MTB Gloves

  1. Royal Victory
  2. Dakine Covert
  3. HANDUP Merica
  4. Fox Ranger Gel
  5. Giro Strada Dure Supergel LF
  6. Dakine Sentinel
  7. POC Resistance Enduro ADJ
  8. Sealskinz Waterproof All-Weather
  9. Castelli Tempesta 2
  10. 45NRTH Sturmfist 4

 

Comparison Table - Best MTB Gloves

PictureNameTypeTouch Screen CapabilitySeasonPriceRating
Royal VictoryFull FingerYesSummer$4.7
Dakine CovertFull FingerYesSummer, Spring, Autumn$4.9
HANDUP MericaFull FingerNoSummer, Spring, Autumn$4.2
Fox Ranger GelFull FingerYesSummer, Spring, Autumn$4.0
Giro Strada Dure Supergel LFFull FingerNoSummer, Spring, Autumn$4.6
Dakine SentinelFull FingerYesSummer, Spring, Autumn$$5.0
POC Resistance Enduro ADJFull FingerYesSummer, Spring, Autumn$$4.6
Sealskinz Waterproof All-WeatherFull FingerYesWinter$$$4.2
Castelli Tempesta 2Full FingerYesWinter$$$4.4
45NRTH Sturmfist 4Full FingerYes-$$$4.7
PictureNameTypeTouch Screen CapabilitySeasonPriceRating
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Reviews - The Best Gloves for Mountain Biking

Royal Victory

Specs
  • Best For: Cross Country And Light Trail Riding
  • Material: Nylon, Synthetic Leather, Polyester
  • Padding: None
  • Season: Summer
  • Size: S - XXL
  • Touch Screen Capability: Yes
  • Type: Full Finger
Features
  • Perforated Palm For Ventilation
  • Crease-Free Design For Added Comfort
  • Touch Screen Compatible

BEST FOR: BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

If you’re in the market for a lightweight and low cost mountain biking glove, the Royal Victory Mountain Bike Gloves are an excellent option.

These are a super lightweight and slimline glove that is suitable for cross country and light trail riding. Featuring a perforated palm with no padding, it allows for plenty of ventilation when the weather is really heating up. Designed to fit a curved hand, it makes for a crease free grip on the handle bar, which heightens the hand to bar sensation that will inspire confidence when you’re riding out on the gnarliest of trails.

Dakine Covert

Specs
  • Best For: Cross Country
  • Material: Nylon, Spandex, Polyester
  • Padding: None
  • Season: Summer, Spring, Autumn
  • Size: S - XL
  • Touch Screen Capability: Yes
  • Type: Full Finger
Features
  • 4-Way Stretch Shell For Comfort
  • Odor Control Technology
  • Mesh Material Wicks Moisture

BEST FOR: CROSS COUNTRY SIMPLICITY

This is a simple and straightforward glove that ticks a lot of boxes. The ventilated, mesh material used on the top not only provides great airflow, it also wicks moisture away from your hand to keep you cool in the summer heat. The synthetic suede palm is super durable and provides extra grip on the handle bars. The slip-on cuff makes these gloves super easy to slip on and off, without the need for a velcro tab to keep them in place.

These gloves get an extra plus in our book for the smart-phone silicone that is applied to the index finger and thumb which allows you to use your phone screen to ensure you capture those one of a kind track-side Instagram shots.

HANDUP Merica

Specs
  • Best For: Trail Riding
  • Material: Synthetic Leather, Polyester
  • Padding: None
  • Season: Summer, Spring, Autumn
  • Size: S - XL
  • Touch Screen Capability: No
  • Type: Full Finger
Features
  • Stretch Cuff Makes Putting On Gloves Easy
  • Silicone Print On Palm For Extra Grip
  • Ventilated Palm

BEST FOR: MOUNTAIN BIKERS WITH PERSONALITY

These MTB gloves wont go unnoticed out on the trails with their recognizable American flag print. Sporting the stars and stripes printed on a ventilated and lightweight mesh back that helps maintain airflow, the Handup Merica gloves will be your best friend on the trail for years to come. An American Eagle silicon print on the palm provides extra grip on your handlebars and allows you to hold a cold beverage at the end of a big ride in comfort and style. 

While these Handup gloves are certainly bright, they feature everything you would expect in a good all around trail glove – breathable materials to stay cool, stretch mesh for comfort, and a simple stretch cuff to make it easy to slip them on and off.

Fox Ranger Gel

Specs
  • Best For: Trail Riding
  • Material: Nylon, Spandex
  • Padding: Gel
  • Season: Summer, Spring, Autumn
  • Size: M - XL
  • Touch Screen Capability: Yes
  • Type: Full Finger
Features
  • Velcro Closure At Cuff
  • Gel Palm For Added Comfort
  • Micro Suede Thumb To Wipe Away Sweat

BEST FOR: LONG BUMPY RIDES

If sore hands are a problem for you when mountain biking, it’s worth checking out the Fox Ranger Gel Gloves. These gloves feature strategically placed gel panels on the palm to reduce impact on the hands when riding on rough terrain or for long periods of time. Touch screen compatible thread is woven into the fingers so you can check your phone or GPS without having to remove your gloves. These also feature a velcro closure which allows you to perfectly tighten the cuff to your liking.

Giro Strada Dure Supergel LF

Specs
  • Best For: Gravel Riding
  • Material: Techno Gel, Rebound Foam, ASX Suede
  • Padding: Gel
  • Season: Summer, Spring, Autumn
  • Size: M - XL
  • Touch Screen Capability: No
  • Type: Full Finger
Features
  • 3 Panel Design For Optimal Comfort
  • Gel Palm For A Plush Ride Feel
  • Durable Suede Palm

BEST FOR: GRAVEL RIDES

Got a long gravel adventure in mind? Then the Giro Strada Dura Gloves are a good choice for you! Featuring super soft, yet durable suede palms and strategically placed dual layer gel padding, your hands will feel like they are holding fluffy pillows.

Made with high quality materials including breathable and 4-way stretch mesh, alongside a molded cuff with velcro tab closure, these are a really high quality glove. Compared to other padded gloves, the Giro Stradas were designed to eliminate any bulky or excess materials, leaving you with a glove that is super comfortable and lightweight.

Dakine Sentinel

Specs
  • Best For: Gravity And Enduro Riding
  • Material: Silicone, Nylon, ASX Suede
  • Padding: DK Shock Absorbing Palm
  • Season: Summer, Spring, Autumn
  • Size: S - XL
  • Touch Screen Capability: Yes
  • Type: Full Finger
Features
  • Rubber Printed Outer For Hand Protection
  • Velcro Closure For Secure Fit
  • Air Mesh Shell To Wick Moisture

BEST FOR: ENDURO RIDING

If you like to ride hard and fast downhill, you need a glove that can stand up to the task. Made from durable yet lightweight and breathable materials, these Dakine Sentinel Gloves are the perfect partner for heavy duty riding.

These gloves feature Dakine impact protection on the knuckles to reduce damage if your hand skims a tree and on the palm to reduce hand fatigue on rough terrain. The synthetic suede palm adds extra comfort and grip when riding. Pair that with a silicone print on the index and thumb for touch screen compatibility, and you’ll see that these gloves have everything you need to get out there and shred.

POC Resistance Enduro ADJ

Specs
  • Best For: Enduro Riding
  • Material: Silicone, Nylon, Suede
  • Padding: None
  • Season: Summer, Spring, Autumn
  • Size: XS - XL
  • Touch Screen Capability: Yes
  • Type: Full Finger
Features
  • Ventilated Palm To Keep Cool
  • Silicone Print On Index Finger For Grip
  • Moisture Wicking Back

BEST FOR: ALL DAY ENDURO COMFORT

Designed with enduro riding in mind, these high performance gloves come with all the features you would expect and more. Including a ventilated palm and moisture wicking back to keep you cool when the riding heats up and a supple suede palm for comfort and grip. The construction of the glove has all day comfort in mind with a slim line fit, meaning no creasing or bunching of materials.

POC even included a silicone gripper on the index finger for improved contact with the brake lever, a terry cloth panel on the side of the glove so you can wipe your glasses if mud flicks up, and a touch screen compatible thumb panel. What more could you want?

Sealskinz Waterproof All-Weather

Specs
  • Best For: All Riding
  • Material: Polyester, Nylon, Spandex
  • Padding: Foam
  • Season: Winter
  • Size: S - XL
  • Touch Screen Capability: Yes
  • Type: Full Finger
Features
  • 3 Layer Waterproof Construction
  • Foam Padding On Palm For Comfort
  • Knuckle Protection

BEST FOR: WINTER MOUNTAIN BIKING

These gloves provide an excellent balance between warmth and breathability so your hands stay comfortable out on the trails. Designed with a 3 layer waterproof construction including a special waterproof removable insert, your hands will stay dry even if it’s raining cats and dogs or you’re in the midst of a blizzard.

Chunky winter gloves can be known to cause loss of feeling between the hands and handlebars. However, Sealskinz have eliminated this through the use of a sewn-in liner that doesn’t move, silicone grippers on the thumb and index finger to increase control, and pre-shaped finger panels for a better fit when holding handlebars. This is a really solid winter glove option if you ride all year round.

Castelli Tempesta 2

Specs
  • Best For: All Riding
  • Material: Polyester, Nylon, Spandex, Microsuede
  • Padding: Foam
  • Season: Winter
  • Size: M - XL
  • Touch Screen Capability: Yes
  • Type: Full Finger
Features
  • Fleece Liner For Warmth
  • Waterproof Construction
  • High Stretch Cuff For Ease Of Putting On

BEST FOR: COLD WEATHER

When less bulk and more warmth is required, the Castelli Tempesta 2 Gloves come to the rescue. This is a streamlined and sleek glove with a waterproof internal membrane and fleece liner to keep your hands dry and warm even in the coldest or wettest conditions.

The palm has an all over silicone grip pattern for maximum control on the handlebars and brake levers. A large reflective panel on the back provides extra visibility when riding in low-light conditions and the index finger and thumb feature a touch screen insert so you can check your phone and keep your hands warm at the same time.

45NRTH Sturmfist 4

Specs
  • Best For: All Riding
  • Material: Polartec NeoShell, Leather, Aerogel, Merino Wool
  • Padding: Gel
  • Size: M - XL
  • Touch Screen Capability: Yes
  • Type: Full Finger
Features
  • Water And Wind Resistant Shell
  • Merino Wool Liner
  • Supple Leather Palm For Comfort

BEST FOR: TOUGH WINTER RIDERS

If a little bit of freezing cold weather isn’t enough to stop you riding your mountain bike, then you’re going to need a glove that is as tough as you are!

These gloves are designed to protect you from cold weather ranging from 0°F to 15°F. How do they do it? A water and wind resistant shell to keep weather out combined with a merino wool liner that insulates and breathes to keep your hands warm and dry. A leather palm for extra grip that features a proprietary gel pad to insulate against cold. Plus a 4 finger design that keeps your outer fingers together for extra warmth. Need warmth? 45NRTH have your hands covered.

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING MOUNTAIN BIKING GLOVES

FIT AND FEEL

The best mountain biking gloves fit your hand like a second skin. They should feel firm, but not restrictive. The finger length should not feel like it is putting pressure on your fingertips or they will be uncomfortable when wearing them for long periods of time. Excess material can cause irritation and rubbing which may result in blisters.

 

PROTECTION

There are various thicknesses and protective components on mountain biking gloves. Some gloves are designed specifically for more rugged riding terrain and will feature gel in the palms to prevent hand fatigue on bumpy rides. Make sure to match the level of protection you’ll need with the type of riding you do most often. And you can learn more about MTB protection here.

 

MATERIALS

Most summer mountain biking gloves will feature perforated or mesh materials that allow for ventilation and have cooling properties to keep your hands cool. Many also feature sweat wicking material to pull sweat away from your skin.

Winter gloves will have added layers to keep your hands warm, so they will be made with a more substantial material, making them thicker gloves. Many mountain biking gloves feature breathable material which is important to keep your hands warm but also stop them from overheating and causing them to sweat in warm weather.

 

CONDITIONS

If you ride rough and gnarly terrain, it is worthwhile choosing a glove that features extra protection on the knuckles. If you are riding in cold weather, a winter glove is essential as there is nothing worse than frozen fingers. You can also lose movement and feeling in your fingers if they’re exposed to the cold for too long, which will cause you to lose some control in your braking and handling capability – something you want to avoid, especially when biking on the slippery slopes in winter!

 

 

FEATURES EXPLAINED

GEL PAD

This is a special padding that is sewn into the palm of the glove in specific places to add extra comfort.

4-WAY MESH

A special material designed to allow ventilation and to wick sweat away. This will often be featured on the backside of a warm weather glove.

STRETCH CUFF

A flexible opening to the glove. Gloves with a stretch cuff employ stretchy material to make it easy to slide your hand in and out of the glove and ensure they stay firm on your wrist when riding.

VELCRO CLOSURE

A velcro tab that is used to secure the cuff of the glove.

MOISTURE WICKING

A material that is designed to pull sweat away from the skin, which helps you to stay cool.

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About The Author

Fiona Morris is a writer, marketing consultant, cyclist and coffee addict, based in Bright, Victoria. Living in the cycling mecca of Australia, she is a keen mountain biker, road rider and loves hitting the gravel roads too. Fiona regularly travels the world competing in cyclocross, exploring new places and trying her best to #livethedream.

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