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The 8 Best Mountain Bike Gloves of 2022

By: Jon Kennedy: Bike Buyer | May 25, 2022
 

It seems almost basic: good mountain bike gloves make riding your mountain bike more comfortable. After all, your hands are your primary contact point with your bike, so it’s worth making sure they’re protected and comfortable. But with so many options on the market, it can be hard to find the best mountain bike gloves for you, and your riding style. That’s why we’ve put together this list, it encompases the best gloves we’ve found, for everyone from minimalists, to those looking for maximum protection. All of the gloves on this list are designed specifically for the challenges and demands of mountain biking, and every pair goes about addressing those demands a little differently, so there’s sure to be a glove here that works for you.

In the old days, mountain bike gloves were often hot and clunky, you had to take them off to get into your pack or pockets. But modern technology means that glove manufacturers can design more dexterous gloves that still keep your hands protected. So there’s no longer a weird barrier between your hands and your grips, and instead you can have the best of both worlds. And most of the gloves on this list work with touchscreens and have vented backs so that you can use your phone without taking your gloves off, and your hands don’t get too swampy while riding on hot days. So treat your hands to a new pair of mountain bike gloves, they deserve it.

Troy Lee Designs Air Bike

Troy Lee Designs Air

Troy Lee Designs Air Bike Gloves differ from actual air in that they're mostly advanced synthetics, not nitrogen and oxygen gas. But they deserve their title, as they're lightweight, cooling, and heavily associated with breathing. Catch some. These are some of the most lightweight and comfortable gloves on the market, perfect for warm rides and sweaty hands.
 

Palm MaterialSpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
Silicon Graphic PalmLaser Hole Perforation$32.00

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Fox Ranger 2

Fox Ranger 2

The Fox Ranger Bike Gloves are a staple in the world of mountain biking for good reason. They're lightweight, grippy, breathable, and touchscreen compatible. If you want a great do-it-all glove that’s very comfortable, the Ranger 2 is your one stop shop.

Palm MaterialSpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
SyntheticConductive touch screen compatiable fingertips$27.95

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Dakine Cross X

Dakine Cross X

Lead the charge with the bombproof Dakine Cross-X Bike Gloves. Featuring rubber knuckle guards and foam palm padding to dampen vibrations, these are great allies from cross country treks to some serious downhill. The Dakine Cross-X Bike Gloves cover all the bases. The Cross-X is perfect for riders looking for more finger and knuckle protection against trees and bushes.

 
Palm MaterialSpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
Synthetic SuedePolygiene Odor Control$39.95

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DHaRCO Bike

DHaRCO Bike

The DHaRCO Bike Gloves are perfect for summer shred sessions. The palms are made of comfortable, durable synthetic leather and the tops are super breathable nylon for cool hands all day. As an added bonus, the index fingers are touch screen responsive, so you don't let those crucial seconds of fumbling with gloves get in between you and your spot on the Strava leaderboard. This is a no-nonsense glove that gets the job done, day in and day out.

Palm MaterialSpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
Synthetic LeatherReinforced Seams$30.00

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Giro Trixster

Giro Trixster

The Giro Trixster Bike Gloves are super breathable gloves for hot weather riding. The InstaChill fabric cools your hands down when it gets wet, and the perforated palms have great airflow while still giving you good grip on the bars and protection from minor scrapes. If you tend to run hot, or are planning a riding trip to somewhere sunny, the Trixter is your best friend.

 
Palm MaterialSpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
MicrofiberFully perforated ventilation$20.00

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Wild Rye Galena Gel

Wild Rye Galena Gel

Get that gorilla grip paired with quality comfort in the Wild Rye Galena Gel Bike Gloves. They're made for the trail and built to last! Their gel palms are perfect for riders who have been dealing with discomfort of blisters and want a little extra cushion on the trail.

Palm MaterialSpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
Synthetic SuedeGel Palm Pad$34.00

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DHaRCO Women's

DHaRCO Women's

The DHaRCO Bike Gloves are a fun way to protect your hands while riding. The soft synthetic pad prevents uncomfortable friction and the nylon upper is thin and breathable enough for hot summer days. Their women’s specific fit means they’ll work with most female hands well, and their smart design will hold up for season after season.

 
Palm MaterialSpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
Synthetic LeatherTouch screen friendly fingers$30.00

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Leatt MTB 10 Gripr

Leatt MTB 1.0 GripR

The Leatt MTB 1.0 GripR Bike Gloves are lightweight, non-impact protecting gloves for everyday riding. They feature a stretchy and breathable upper to pair with the excellent MicronGrip palm, which keeps you locked in, Spiderman-like, to your bars and levers and has touch screen compatibility for seamless use with smartphones and bike computers. The MTB 1.0 is a solid do-it-all glove that’s affordable and very comfortable.

Palm MaterialSpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
Micron GripSilicon Grip Print$29.99

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The Selection Process:

Our bike buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things bike stemming from years of experience in the bike industry in tandem with their countless hours out on the dirt, gravel, and tarmac. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jon Kennedy

Jon is a Bike Buyer and joined evo in 2015 to help launch the category. He has a long tenure in the bike industry bringing over 20 years of experience.

Jon was formerly the Marketing Manager for Diamondback bikes and was the Executive Director for the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance prior to that. His broad experience in the bike industry from the brand, advocacy and retail side has contributed to a well-rounded understanding of trends, needs and opportunities.

Jon grew up in the Seattle area and currently resides there with his wife Ilana, kids Erez and Lilah, and his Boston Terrier Marley. He is a daily rider packing countless miles in every year, loves all disciplines, and simply considers himself a cyclist… a title he embraces with great passion.