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Bicycle gloves help prevent hand fatigue for safer riding control, by cushioning shock absorption. They shouldn’t compromise your grip and control over biking. Gloves should also protect you from road rash. Many bicyclists previously ridiculed safety gear, before experiencing injuries like those of a crashed motorcyclist. Mountain bikers and BMX riders are most at risk. Slow riding won’t protect you from negligent motorists. You can choose to ridicule safety gear, because it’s an inconvenient hassle or to save money. But no matter how skilled you are, people and animals are sometimes unpredictable. They could send you grazing along the road.
It has been said that after a bike helmet, gloves are the next most important protective accessory for road rash. That’s because your hands are designed for precise movements. The large, rugged legs and arms are more likely to function normally after recovery from road rash. But finger damage, chronic pain or even just scarred skin, can make movements difficult and less precise. The need for such versatile movements, is more important with the hands than the feet. When falling off a bike, you instinctively use your hands to mitigate the fall, so protect the hands that protect the body.
Andyshi Men’s Cycling Glove Touchscreen
These comfortable gloves are stretchy taslon nylon, so they’re breathable to reduce perspiration, while protecting your hands from some cold winds. You can choose your size based on palm width, and length of your index finger. The palms have good grip, helping to prevent things from slipping out of your hands. But there’s no palm padding. They have some bulk, making it difficult to use your hands for much, besides grabbing things like drinks and handlebars, or touching things like gear levers and touchscreens. Many people found these gloves inappropriate for freezing winters, while others insisted they were very warm.
Many customers were unhappy about zipper problems, and stitches becoming undone, even within the first days of use. The zipper for the wrists is actually a special feature, because the common alternative is velcro. Velcro wrists can be a hindrance for agile movements, if the pads are wide. The rough pad from a velcro pair, can stick to some glove fabrics, causing flared damage. These gloves have completely done away with velcro. They have reasonably long wrist coverage. But there’s no insulation, and the touchscreen material is not reliable for performance. These gloves can’t protect you much from road rash.
Giro Bravo Gloves
These pairs of fingerless artificial leather gloves, have fabric that can stretch in all directions. The fabric is breathable and moisture is channeled away from the gloves, rather than soaking into the gloves. It has palm gel padding, which is designed for your comfort. But the padding can become less effective over time. There’s no wrist protection. The small, poorly-secured velcro is hidden and unnoticeable. The rough contact point on the velcro is susceptible to sticking to the glove’s fabric. This causes flaring over time and terrible damage. The glove’s stitching can be unreliable, if you received an unlucky pair.
The grip is good when holding onto wet handlebars, and moving control levers. The gloves go through laundry quite well, looking as good as new. They are not durable for frequent cyclists. There’s a tab at the wrists, to help put the gloves on without damaging them. But the fingers don’t have tabs, which can cause them to be damaged when taking the gloves off. Between the thumb and index finger, the seam is terribly irritating for some people. Strangely this part of your hands is exactly where a lot of pressure from bike handlebars is exerted upon your hands.
Vbiger Touch Screen Cycling Gloves
These unisex gloves have generous wrist coverage. They are slim, lightweight, and let you use your fingers for common outdoors tasks, like buttoning yourself up. But there’s still some things that can’t be done, while wearing the gloves. They can keep your hands a bit warm, but it would have been better if the finger seams weren’t so bulky. This bulk causes the warm lining to part with a gap of air between the fabric and your skin. You can’t just avoid it by downsizing, unless you want bulky seams pressing into your skin. These gloves are not high quality.
These gloves are great with touchscreens, despite the low cost. They aren’t good for freezing cold weather, but can be helpful on somewhat cold days. The palm grip makes it a bit easier to hold your handlebars, without the need to apply so much tiring, grasping tension on the bars. Such is the case with poor gripping gloves. These gloves can’t protect your hands from road rash. But they don’t take long to dry, so you can go out often with freshly washed gloves. It might have something to do with the fabric being breathable, yet windproof and moderately waterproof.
Zookki Bicycle Gloves Full Finger
A lot of gloves like these are designed for you to conveniently wipe away perspiration, like a squeegee. These unisex gloves have three layers of breathable fabric, which reduce sweat by ventilating your hands. The fabric stretches in all directions, and should be handwashed to avoid laundry damage. The thumb and index fingers can be used for touchscreens, but only with fingers pressed flat, not by fingertips. The touchscreen material is not so durable, compared with the rest of the glove. The silica gel padding can become less cushioned after many uses, but maybe all bicycle gloves are like that.
If you like attention, these gloves might help you stand out as someone different. But if you like to just blend in, then you might have a problem. These aren’t those thin, easy to tear type of gloves. The fabric is suitable for hot or cool weather, but not freezing winters. You shouldn’t do tasks like sewing with these, but should be fine with less tedious tasks like changing gears, or buckling your helmet. These gloves don’t follow common glove sizes, so you might want to consider sizing up. People with long or short fingers, might have a fitting problem.
Zookki Half Finger Biking Gloves
Unlike the fingerless Giro gloves reviewed above, these unisex gloves have two loops between the fingers to help you get them off. Fingerless gloves commonly have problems with taking them off at the finger sleeves. These gloves have many of the same features as the fingered Zookki gloves, which were reviewed just one rank above the current pair. Such include the breathable, three-layered, stretchable fabric. The thumb fabric is intended as a squeegee, for removing limited amounts of the most annoying sweat on your face. That might seem a bit “eww,” but it’s really useful for a lot of cyclists.
These gloves have small, thin amounts of gel padding for the palms, but there’s other gloves on the market with better padding. The gel padding is on the inside for your comfort, while rubber-grip padding is on the outside. They are uniquely fab, to help you avoid blending in with a crowd. You better handwash them, if you don’t want negative attention. They can provide some warmth in cool weather. Zookki has unusual sizing measures, and poor fitting seems to be the biggest complaint about these gloves. If you can get a good fit, you might really like this pair.
What to Look For
Armor should include a pad in the middle of the back of each hand, tough finger-length wrist fabric, hard knuckles, and finger padding for each joint and finger tip. Palm grip is important because gloves without it, require a tighter grasp on the handlebars. This could cause accidents if you loosen your grip from fatigue. Palm padding should protect against road rash, and prevent blistering and numbness caused by lack of shock absorbing suspension on your bicycle, when grabbing the handlebars tightly for so long. Some touchscreen pads aren’t reliable, or don’t touch conveniently, even if they cost a lot.
Palm size is often used to measure gloves, but reality is more complicated. If your fingers are short and your palms are wide, having floppy finger-tipped gloves will be a problem. Downsizing might be tighter on your palms. On the other end of the spectrum, long fingers in short fingered gloves, cause uncomfortable fingertip tension. Going up a size leads to loose palms. Looseness compromises on control and safety. In such cases, if they don’t have your size then find different gloves, or consider a pair tailor made to understand what it really means to: “fit you like a glove.”
Even if you buy expensive bicycle gloves, sadly it might seem they don’t make them like they used to. They’ve become like a disposable commodity that needs replacing within months, or if you’re lucky, a few years. So why pay more when a cheap pair of quality gloves like Zookki, are a competitive alternative?
None of the gloves reviewed had knuckle armor, although such gloves do exist. The reality is, a lot of cyclists have experienced terrible road rash, even broken bones. But most folk don’t care to wear bulky, sweaty, inconvenient safety gear. Manufacturers ought to address these problems.