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The top 5 best budget road bike gloves

In this article I’m going to cover a number of options for the best budget road bike gloves.

As with everything nowadays, road bike gloves can be a pretty expensive piece of kit, with prices ranging from 30 USD for simple summer gloves over a 100 for expensive insulated winter gloves.

For this list I’ve focused on a number of solid options for summer road cycling below 25 USD, which is about half what I normally pay for this type of product.

The difference in price is achieved by offering simpler, but not necessarily less effective gloves, made with less pricey materials. And, if I’m honest, branding probably does play a part in this as well. So unfortunately, no Castelli offerings could make the list, which is my favorite brand for cycling gloves.

But enough talk, let’s get to the best budget road bike gloves.

Giro Zero CS Gloves

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Zero CS glove
Zero CS glove
Zero CS glove
Zero CS glove

The Giro Zero CS Gloves are non-padded minimal road cycling gloves with a friendly price.

For people who want to experiment with highly breathable lightweight non-padded gloves, the Zero CS are a good starting point because they don’t break the bank.

Offered in a number of colors they are simple and effective gloves. With a Coolskin microfiber palm and four-stretch mesh as the upper construction.

The pull-on cuff has a reinforced lip to prevent tearing, and the entire glove fits snugly, but is still easy to pull off.

They come in a variety of colors.

Expert Experience

Stu Kerton | Senior Product Reviewer – August 21, 2018

Now this is my kind of glove. A pair of mitts that are so thin you lose nothing from the ride through thick gel padding, with such a good cut and fit that there is no bunching of any material or irritation from Velcro cuff fasteners. If you’ve read some of my other glove reviews you’ll know that I often ride with bare hands because I like as close a connection to the bike as I can get, and these are about the best I’ve found.

Pros and Cons

Giro Bravo Gel Gloves

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Bravo Gel glove
Bravo Gel glove
Bravo Gel glove
Bravo Gel glove

If you’re used to padding but don’t want to dig too deep into your wallet, the Giro Bravo Gel Gloves are a perfect solution for your summer rides.

The gloves feature a durable AX Suede® synthetic leather palm. This material is highly durable, so the price notwithstanding, these gloves will last you a long time.

The design is simple and nice, with a plethora of colors to choose from.

The gloves with perfectly, don’t bunch with the hands on the bar, and have a velcro closure on the cuff.

Two finger tabs are made from reflective material.

Not as minimal as the Zero CS and with padding, but if that’s more your kind of thing, these gloves will prove to be worth your money.

Pros and Cons

Pearl Izumi Select Gloves

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Select glove
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The Pearl Izumi Select Gloves is a simple, lightweight summer road cycling glove with gel foam padding on top of a synthetic leather palm.

They are comfortable but superb-fitting gloves for a decent price, and are made in a number of colors. The padding covers almost the entire palm, supplying ample levels of protection against road buzz.

The short cuff has a velcro strap to close it tightly around the wrist. The velcro closure makes removing them easier, even with sweaty hands,

Pros and Cons

SupaGaz Clarino Short Finger Gloves

Clarino Short Finger glove
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Clarino Short Finger glove
Clarino Short Finger glove
Clarino Short Finger glove
Clarino Short Finger glove

The SupaGaz SupaG Short Gloves Gloves definitely score points from a design perspective if you ask me. There are many brightly-colored options to choose from. And personally, I don’t shy away from wearing black-gold gloves.

As for the glove itself, they are more narrow-oriented than the other allround summer road gloves on this list. For starters, they don’t have any padding whatsoever. So either this slack should be taken up by your bar tape, you like to do shorter rides, or you simply don’t need as much padding as the average cyclist, preferring bar feel above protection.

Another thing is the one-piece mesh upper doesn’t feature a snot-wipe, let’s call it for what it is. So you wipe your runny nose on a synthetic upper or the long sleeve of your jersey, if it has one.

And these gloves are not meant for people with big hands. They are very tight-fitting gloves. That makes for more than an excellent bar feel, that is if you get your hands in them in the first place. Difficult to get on, also means difficult to get out of.

I don’t mind any of the possible objections I mentioned here and I don’t have big hands. So expect to see me riding in black and gold.

Expert Experience

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Pros and Cons

SupaGaz Clarino Long Finger Gloves

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Clarino Long Finger glove
Clarino Long Finger glove
Clarino Long Finger glove
Clarino Long Finger glove

The SupaGaz SupaG Long Gloves Gloves are the long fingered version, exactly as the name suggests.

They come in a set of different color options, but just as many and colorful.

A pro of such minimalistic long fingered gloves is that they do work great with touchscreens.

Expert Experience

Shaun Audane | Technical writer – May 10, 2019

I’ve been impressed by the fit, comfort and grip afforded by the Supacaz SupaG Long Gloves. They’re versatile in the sense that they perform well on their own, with mitts, when the temperature fluctuates, or beneath winter weight gloves when things turn seriously chill. However, they’re not as universally good as the blurb cites. It’s very likely that you are still going to want mitts or gloves, probably with padded palms, when venturing off-road for any distance.

Pros and Cons

Specifications budget road bike gloves

Name
Sex
Type
Back
Palm
Padding
Insulation
Season
Giro Zero CS Gloves
men
fingerless
woven stretch fabric
Cool Skin™
none
none
summer
Giro Bravo Gel Gloves
men
fingerless
four-way-stretch mesh
AX Suede™
gel padding
none
summer
Pearl Izumi Select Gloves
men
fingerless
Nylon stretcch
synthetic leather
gel foam padding
none
summer
SupaGaz Clarino Short Finger Gloves
unisex
fingerless
Lycra
Clarino™
none
none
summer
SupaGaz Clarino Long Finger Gloves
unisex
full finger
Lycra
Clarino™
none
none
summer

Sources

Stu Kerton, Giro Zero CS Mitts, Road.cc, August 21, 2018
Shaun Audane, Supacaz SupaG Long Gloves, Road.cc, May 10, 2019
bio vanseijen

Johan van Seijen

Founder Restoration.bike

Johan van Seijen is the founder of restoration.bike. His cycling career has seen him at the starting line of classics such as the Amstel Gold Race and Liege Bastogne Liege. Realizing his racing capacity would fall short of what was needed he obtained a MS from the University of Amsterdam in engineering. His love for cycling changed into riding in an amateur capacity with his local cycling club TFC Weesp as a roadie and supporting MTB Noordwest as a mountain biker. He repairs, restores, and builds bicycles and shares his knowledge on YouTube, Facebook and this website. 

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