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The 5 Best Mountain Bike Gloves of 2021

When it comes to bike gear, there’s plenty of big, sexy upgrades you can make: new wheels, or a 12 speed drivetrain, flashy purchases that are easy to justify. But often, it’s the smaller, less exciting purchases that actually make the biggest impact in the comfort and enjoyment of your day to day rides. Gloves are definitely one of those products. No one has ever held a dramatic release party for a new pair of gloves, but, they’re part of one of the most important interfaces between your bike and your body. It doesn’t matter how fancy your mountain bike is if your hands are constantly slipping off the grips - getting the best bike gloves matters.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best mountain bike gloves out there. These are the ones that really stood out to us, the ones that kept us comfortable and protected through long rides, and also stayed durable after hundreds of miles gripping the bike and warding off stray bushes. To help you choose, we’ve broken them down, with comparisons and recommendations for what types of riders will benefit from which features, along with a quick chart of the important details on each pair. So make a minor investment in a pair of new bike gloves, and get ready for a major reward on the trail.


Troy Lee Designs Air Gloves

Best mountain bike gloves of 2020
 
 

Troy Lee Designs has been making some of the best bike gloves and accessories for years, and their Air gloves are their lightest and most breathable option yet. They’re super lightweight, with an airy spandex/polyester back that wicks any moisture away from your hands. That doesn’t mean they’re short on protection though, TLD built in knuckle padding on the pointer and middle finger to keep them protected.

A minimalist velcro strap keeps the Air gloves from shifting around on your hands, and silicon grippers on the palm and fingers mean you’re locked into the controls no matter how sweaty or rainy it gets. If you’re looking for a comfortable, minimalist glove that still checks all the feature boxes, TLD had you in mind when they made the Air gloves.

PaddingTouchscreen Compatible Original Price
NoneYes$32

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Pearl Izumi Divide Gloves

Best mountain bike gloves of 2021
 
 

For riders who want the protection of the glove, but hate having that feeling of something between their hand and the grip, the Pearl Izumi Divide is the answer. The Divide uses a special four-way stretch synthetic leather palm that allows it to move like a second skin. No sweaty rolls of material building up in your finger joints, just seamless comfort. It can be frustrating to have to take your gloves off to use a tool, or get your phone out. The Divide’s slim fit and minimal materials mean you won’t have any trouble doing any of that, even with them on. If you want the most fitted, dextrous gloves we’ve found, the Pearl Izumi Divide is your ticket to success.

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NoneYes$30

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Giro DND Gloves

Best mountain bike gloves of 2020
 
 

If you’re looking for a glove with a little more protection, both on the palm, and the back of the hand, the DND fits the bill. Giro has spent a lot of time perfecting the fit of their gloves, so that they can use more durable palm materials without compromising dexterity. The DND uses their special three-piece palm design to keep the palm from getting in the way or bunching up.

They also feature an easy to use slip-on design, silicon gripper areas on the fingers, and absorbent thumbs. If you want a little more protection for your hands, but don’t want to give up bar feel, the DND is a great choice. For riders that want a touch more protection than the ultralight options above, these are some of the best mountain bike gloves.

 

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2mm EVA Crash PadYes$25

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Hestra Long Sr.

Best mountain bike gloves of 2021
 
 

If you ski or snowboard, you’ve probably heard of Hestra gloves. They’re the best out there, bar none. That’s because Hestra has gone to great pains to study the anatomy of the hand, and build gloves that fit as comfortably as possible and offer great dexterity. Now, with the Long Sr. they’ve applied that knowledge to a bike glove. It’s got all the features you’d expect from a top-end bike glove, from a breathable backing material to silicon finger grippers, all coupled with Hestra’s legendary fit.

Unlike most glove manufacturers, who just offer a “small, medium, or large” fit option, Hestra runs different sizes, similar to how shoes are sized. So there’s no more falling “just between” sizes. Instead you can find something that fits your hand perfectly. If you’re looking for the best in comfort and dexterity, with the premium materials to match, Hestra has a pair of Long Sr. gloves with your name on it.

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NoneYes$45

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DHaRCO Bike Gloves

Best mountain bike gloves of 2021
 
 

DHaRCO’s bike gloves take things back to basics with a streamlined design and fit that offers everything you need with no extra fuss. Their synthetic leather palm, paired with an ultra-breathable upper offers plenty of protection, while also keeping your hands cool and dry. And DhaRCO knows how much of a pain it is to take your glove off every time you want to check your route or take a picture, so their gloves have a touchscreen compatible section on the pointer finger.

The DHaRCO bike gloves don’t offer as much protection as bulkier options, instead they’re focused on streamlined comfort. You won’t notice that you have them on, even on long pedaly rides, until they save your hands in a crash. And that’s really the whole point of riding in gloves. So, check out DHaRCO for some of the best minimalist mountain bike gloves out there.

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NoneYes$29.95

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