Cycling Gloves Reviews and Recommendations

This will help you decide which bike gloves are right for you

Mountain biker riding downhill
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Below are reviews of different pairs of bike gloves from a range of brands. But first, one has to ask: what’s the point of cycling gloves at all? Are bike gloves are one of those accessories that are more about image than substance? Do you really need gloves for riding a bike?

Many cyclists find that gloves are an important part of their gear and wouldn’t be found on the bike without them. If you are a mountain biker who needs an extra grip or someone who commutes by bike in the winter, you need biking gloves! To find the right pair of gloves for you, check out the reviews below. Beyond that, take a look at the seven main functions that bike gloves perform.

The Pearl Izumi Lobster Glove is all about warmth. The “lobster” design is a cross between mittens and gloves, which really helps keep hands toasty on cold days. There are two versions: the PRO AmFIB Lobster Glove and the PRO Softshell Lobster Glove. 

Although the shape of the glove looks a bit strange, your hand gets used to the comfortable design quickly. The index and middle fingers go to one side, while the ring and pinky fingers go to another. Inside the glove are individual finger slots, so you don’t feel like you’re doing the Vulcan salute.

To avoid sweaty hands and overly stinky gloves, don’t ride in these gloves in temperatures above freezing or else you're hand will get overheated. If these gloves, or any gloves, do get stinky, here are some simple tricks to ​beat down the stink in your bike gloves.

Garneau has done a nice job with these Air Gel +RTR Cycling Gloves. The $29.99 list price means that you're getting a solid pair of gloves without breaking the bank.

The light material makes for great ventilation while the suede on the fingers gives you a good grip. The reflective spandex is great for visibility so that drivers can spot you on evening rides.

Smartly designed with lots of features, these gloves will help improve your comfort on longer rides on hot days.

The Dakine White Knuckle Gloves are perfect for cool-weather biking. Dakine builds these gloves tough, but they are comfortable. The insulating material adds just the right amount of warmth and wind protection when the temperature starts to drop. On top of that, the gloves have a cool and sleek moto-style look.

Besides equipping yourself with good winter biking gloves, here are some more ​tips for staying warm in cool weather riding

The Dakine Ventilator gloves are well-built and well-ventilated full fingered gloves. Though generally intended for mountain biking, these gloves are certainly functional for all types of riding.

The gloves feature gel palm padding to dampen vibrations, moisture-wicking mesh on the back of the hand for breathability, and vented silicone mesh on the palm for grip, 

If there is a knock on this glove, some people may think the Dakine Ventilator gloves are a little short on padding. In our tester's experience, however, they provide all the protection a cyclist really needs, and the low-profile pads help with grip and handlebar feel.