The Best Mountain Bike Gloves, According to Singletracks Readers

Best Gloves for Mountain Biking

Mountain bike gloves are your sole interface between your upper body and the bike. As one of two key contact points, subtle changes in materials, padding, and more can make a big difference to some riders. But other riders just want a pair of gloves that provide a little protection and look cool without breaking the bank. You’ll find all types of mountain bike gloves on our readers’ choice list below–as long as you want a full-finger glove.

Not one half-finger mountain bike glove broke the top 10 list for 2017, yet even on this list, you’ll find gloves designed for XC with minimal padding and heft, others for gravity riding with significant knuckle padding, and many in between

This list also further highlights Fox’s dominance in the apparel and protectives market, with 5 Fox gloves in the top 10 highest-voted models.

10. Giro Xen

  • MSRP: $35
  • Palm Padding: Heel of hand
  • Closure: Velcro
  • Knuckle Protection: Outside knuckles and back of hand
  • Special Features: Touchscreen compatible
  • Colors: 4
  • Website

9. Troy Lee Designs XC

  • MSRP: $15-30
  • Palm Padding: None
  • Closure: Velcro
  • Knuckle Protection: None
  • Colors: 8
  • Website

8. Fox Sidewinder

  • MSRP: $32
  • Palm Padding: None
  • Closure: Velcro
  • Knuckle Protection: Low profile
  • Special Features: Silicone grip fingertip
  • Colors: 3
  • Website

7. Specialized Enduro

  • MSRP: $40
  • Palm Padding: Reinforced padding panel
  • Closure: Neoprene cuff
  • Knuckle Protection: Yes
  • Special Features: Pre-curved fingers and silicone textured fingertips for brake grip
  • Colors: 3
  • Website

6. Fox Bomber

  • MSRP: $55
  • Palm Padding: Yes
  • Closure: Velcro
  • Knuckle Protection: Substantial: molded plastic knuckle and finger guards.
  • Special Features: Extended wrist guard and leather gusset on pinky.
  • Colors: 4
  • Website

5. Fox Reflex Gel

  • MSRP: $26-$33
  • Palm Padding: Gel cushioning
  • Closure: Velcro
  • Knuckle Protection: No
  • Special Features: Silicone grip fingertip
  • Colors: 3
  • Website

4. Troy Lee Designs Air

  • MSRP: $14.50-$29
  • Palm Padding: None
  • Closure: Velcro
  • Knuckle Protection: None
  • Colors: 6
  • Website

3. Giro DND

  • MSRP: $25
  • Palm Padding: Small reinforcement at heel of hand
  • Closure: Elastic
  • Knuckle Protection: None
  • Special Features: Silicone fingertip is touchscreen compatible
  • Colors: 10
  • Website

2. Fox Ranger

  • MSRP: $25
  • Palm Padding: None
  • Closure: Velcro
  • Knuckle Protection: None
  • Special Features: Thumb and index finger are touchscreen compatible
  • Colors: 4
  • Website

1. Fox Dirtpaw Race

  • MSRP: $25
  • Palm Padding: Minimal 
  • Closure: Velcro
  • Knuckle Protection: Yes
  • Special Features: Silicone print fingertip for brake grip
  • Colors: 7
  • Website

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