Cycling gloves are useful for a number of reasons, especially on long rides. They cushion your hands to prevent them becoming sore (especially important when they are exposed to vibrations from your bike as you cycle). Cycling gloves also keep your hands warm in cold weather in the same way that any pair of gloves would. During a long bike ride, it is normal for your hands to sweat. Cycling gloves are designed to soak up this sweat, to prevent your hands from slipping on the handlebars. These in depth reviews of the best cycling gloves for long rides will enable you to choose the perfect pair of gloves for your needs.
What makes good gloves for long rides?
The best cycling gloves for long rides will be:
- Adjustable so that they fit perfectly on your hands
- Durable so that they can be worn time and time again
- Perfectly cushioning for good shock absorption
For many cyclists, it is also important that their gloves are:
- Colourful (e.g. they fit in with their cycling team’s colours)
The Top 5 Cycling Gloves for Long Rides
See below for our reviews of the top 5 cycling gloves:
Zookki Cycling Gloves
Designed especially for mountain bikes, these gloves offer excellent cushioning. The designers have incorporated gel padding into the gloves on especially sensitive areas (such as the top of the palms) to provide extra high quality shock absorption. Though they are not waterproof, these accessories by Zookki are full finger gloves, so they provide extra warmth in chilly conditions. Though they are originally priced at around £20, it is possible to get these gloves for just under £7 at sale price at the time of writing this. This makes them the best value for money out of all of the items on this list.
Elite Cycling Project Men’s Road Racer Gel Fingerless Gloves
These gloves have a half finger style, so they will not get your hands too hot in the summer (unlike the full finger gloves reviewed above). They will, however, provide protection for the whole hand and along part of the length of the fingers. Gel technology is also used in these gloves to provide them with extra padding. The velcro straps at the wrists make it easy to adjust them and ensure that they fit snugly. Made from a material called Amara which neither hardens when dry nor gets slippery when wet, they have a clear advantage over traditional fabric and leather gloves. Finally, the fact that they are machine washable makes these gloves so convenient.
Zookki Cycling Gloves
This is another product from Zookki that is nice and cheap – just under £6 at present. The standout feature of these gloves is the fact that they are made using ‘three dimensional tailoring’. Constructed from a ‘sandwich’ of mesh cloth and lycra, they are elastic, skid proof and very comfortable. Silicone gel pads are inserted to provide extra padding where they are most needed.
FDX Cycling Gloves
Highly padded, and with a full finger design, these adjustable gloves are designed specifically for winter. They are also windproof which makes them perfect for long rides in challenging conditions. Unlike the other full finger gloves reviewed on this list, they are touchscreen compatible. Perfect for those that need to use their phone. Costing just under £9 at sale price, they are in the middle of the price range for gloves of this type.
FREETOO Cycling Gloves
A third pair of full finger gloves. As they are highly breathable and designed to absorb sweat these gloves (unlike the FDX gloves reviewed above) can be worn in summer and winter alike. Like many of the gloves on this list, silicone pads are used to improve the shock resistance (though just two fingertips are provided with pads, unlike the fuller coverage provided by other gloves). The use of synthetic leather and spandex makes the gloves extra comfortable thanks to their high elasticity. Finally, fluorescent details mean that these gloves make it just that little bit safer to cycle at night.
Whether you need extra weatherproof gloves for winter weather, or some accessories that will provide your hand with the ultimate protection from a bumpy, rough terrain, the list of products above will have something that suits you. The range of materials and the variety of designs (from finger-less to half finger to full finger) means that there is something to suit every biker – and every type of bike ride – here.