Gloves without annoying seams

Viewing 18 reply threads
  • Author
    • #291102

      I just bought a pair of new Fox full-finger MTB gloves, and the seams along the thumbs are driving me nuts. They leave deep marks in my hands by the end of the ride and I can feel them digging into my skin when I’m gripping the bars.

      Anyone have any recommendations for brands that have very flat seams on the insides of their gloves? I don’t think a seamless glove is possible, but if it is, I’d love to hear about that, too!

    • #291119

      I have heard others also complain about Fox finger stitching. I have never owned a pair of Fox gloves for this reason. There are many good gloves out there for between $10 and $20. It took me a few years of experimenting to find the right glove pattern for me that also provide reasonable wear but, I still prefer to ride without gloves when the conditions are suitable.

    • #291148

      I’ve been very happy with my Tasco gloves.

      comfortable and well made.

      • #310816

        I just use my Fox motocross gloves for my MTB riding. Good quality gloves, but make sure you get some quality grips to match.

    • #291177


      I like the Giro DND’s a lot. Also have a pair of 100%’s that feel great. Although I’ve never had an issue with my Fox Rangers digging into my fingers, maybe you got a bad batch?

    • #291224

      I can’t speak to the issue of stitching.   However, I stopped buying bike gloves years ago.  I now get my gloves at the Home Depot.   You can buy work gloves that are identical to bike gloves for very little money.  Currently,  one particularly good deal is that you can get 3 pairs of gloves for $10.  I’ve used these budget gloves and suprisingly they last a very long time.  One pair might last a few years and they look just like bike gloves.

      Home Depot is also a great place to buy insulated winter gloves.  You can get some great winter gloves for about $20.  Which sure beats paying $60 for some overpriced insulated bike specific gloves.

      • #292041

        I usually only wear gloves during the winter. Generally bare hands during the summer.

        So, winter gloves are ski gloves. I snagged a pair of Goretex ski gloves the other day, and whew, that made quite a difference in the rain

        I have a pair of rubber/plastic grip, knit back yellow reflective work gloves… somewhere. But, they were only marginal at keeping the hands warm and had a bit of a plasticky feeling.

        One of the big issues here in the PNW is rain protection, so whatever I choose has to not degrade in rain, and best if they are water-resistant.

        I think I’ve tried work gloves in the early fall and late spring. All in all, you can look here and pick gloves for bikes.

    • #291288

      I’m a big fan of Fox Ranger gloves. Never noticed any seam irritation, they’re economical, and have held up really well for me including occasionally throwing them in the washing machine.

    • #291291

      I’ve been enjoying Hand Up gloves. Not super into the sayings on the palms, I think that’s kinda corny, but they’re comfy and they make good gloves for warmer and colder temps that will last a while, for not too expensive. Usually around $25-$30.

    • #291325

      Thanks for your input, everyone! This is a pair of Fox Rangers, and maybe it’s a bad batch. It seems unlikely that they would intentionally make the seams as big as they are. But who knows?

      Matt, I was actually looking at the HandUps. Maybe I’ll give them a shot. The palm text is a bit corny . . . but I can’t help but like the Send It one. 🙂

      I’ll look into the DNDs, too!

      Any particular recommendation on Home Depot gloves? Huskies, maybe?

    • #291598

      I just picked up a couple pairs of these for warm weather:

      mechanix vent gloves

    • #291631

      Love my Troy Lee Design full finger gloves,  got them on sale for $15….

    • #291632

      I like hand up gloves for everyday riding              handup


    • #291649

      Just hang in there a couple rides, the seems on Fox gloves are so cheap that they will rip in a couple rides and then you can buy some Dakines, which feel bulletproof in comparison.

    • #292042


    • #292563

      One old school trick for plain leather gloves is to wear them inside out.

      Tillman makes excellent welding gloves that work for cycling and can be found for around ten dollars on sale. The TIG gloves are so thin you can pick up a dime off concrete.

      I also will get gloves from motorcycle stores. They are a lot cheaper and seem better made. My last pair lasted years and several thousand miles of riding before wearing out.

    • #292567

      Don’t spend more money – take the gloves back for an exchange. I use Pearl Izumi, 100%, Troy Lee, and Fox Ranger’s. They’re all really comfortable. You just got a defective pair. It happens.

    • #292569

      Just bought these at Home Depot for $9… really good knuckle protection and no seams.

      • #310889

        Hey, those look pretty good, except they would probably be too hot for Florida riding.

    • #311014

      Thanks for all the great advice, everyone! I kept riding my Rangers, and they did get a little more comfortable. But I was gifted a pair of Dakine Syncline Gel gloves a few days ago, and they might be my new hands-down (ha!) favorite. The seams are minimal, and the gel is actually really great. If you’re looking for something with a bit of padding, I highly recommend them. The non-gel version might be good too, but I haven’t tried them yet.

    • #511033

      I’m a big fan of Vgo gloves. They fit me well and very comfortable.

    • #511061

      I used to use the Fly Racing Kinetic gloves. They were super slim in the fingers, and the seams were not noticable. I wore them so long that I wore holes in the fingers. I went to buy some more a few months ago, and it looks like they’ve changed them, they’re not as minimalistic as they used to be. I went with the Fox Rangers, and I’m not totally happy with them. Nice gloves, but after wearing the Kinetics, they feel really bulky. They may be a good Fall/Winter glove (moderate temp) but they were really hot for summer riding.

      Gloves are one of those things that you really need to try before you buy. Fit and comfort are very subjective, what one person likes, may not be another persons cup of tea.

Viewing 18 reply threads

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.