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The top 17 best men’s summer cycling gloves

In this article my focus is providing you a list of the very best men’s summer cycling gloves.

I can clearly remember that when I started with road cycling in my late teens, I thought there was only one version of cycling gloves. They’re still sold today, but are definitely considered retro, with their knitted upper construction.

Road cycling gloves have definitely come a long way since. And as with all other cycling related products, cycling gloves have become much more diverse and niche-specific, catering to different needs from different riders.

Though I favor well-padded more bulky gloves, simply because I’m used to them, I understand the trend towards minimal no-feel type gloves, which have very little padding at all, if any. So you’ll find both of those on this list, as well as a couple of full finger gloves thrown in.

From summer cycling gloves made entirely from leather, to a mixture of gloves with leather palms and lightweight synthetic upper mesh, to fully synthetic versions, I’ve researched and included them here.

Up until now, picking out gloves was something of trial and error, and I simply stuck to those brands that prove themselves through the years. Since running this site, I no longer do that, and you can make sure this list of the best men’s summer cycling gloves features top-of-line picks available on the market today.

Castelli Rosso Corsa Espresso Gloves

Rosso Corsa Espresso glove
Rosso Corsa Espresso glove
Rosso Corsa Espresso glove
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The Castelli Rosso Corsa Espresso Gloves is a lightweight allround summer glove with padding.

All Castelli gloves, including this one, feature padding sitting in close proximity of the ulnar nerve. Furthermore the glove features padding with every touch point your hands make with your handlebars.

I know from personal experience that if you favor padding in your cycling gloves, the comfort in Castelli gloves is virtually unmatched. And this very well designed, allround road cycling glove is one of the best options.

Expert Experience

George Hill | Road.cc podcast host – June 03, 2019

The pads do a good job of damping bumps from the road, no doubt helped by the ‘Castelli Damping System’. This is basically one much firmer pad that sits in the middle of the bottom of your palm and protects key nerves by damping vibrations in that area of your hand most heavily in contact with the hoods. There was a noticeable difference when I was riding on bumpy north Kent roads compared with other gloves I have used.

Pros and Cons

Castelli Endurance Gloves

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The Castelli Endurance Gloves are very similar to the Rosso Corsa gloves.

The difference is in the material of the upper construction, which makes the glove a little bit lighter and cooler. Castelli calls it Endurance Evolution fabric, and this extra padded glove is meant to be used in long-distance touring in hot conditions.

The light gloves don’t have a large cuff, which could dig into your hands. This might make them just a tad more difficult to remove.

With padding covering almost the entirety of the synthetic palm, including the whole thumb, they do indeed provide comfort for those who are more quickly afflicted by hand pain.

Pros and Cons

Castelli Arenberg Gel 2 Gloves

Arenberg Gel 2 glove
Arenberg Gel 2 glove
Arenberg Gel 2 glove
Arenberg Gel 2 glove
Arenberg Gel 2 glove
Arenberg Gel 2 glove

The Italian Castelli Arenberg Gel 2 gloves are nice-looking gloves, which are being offered in a variety of colors besides your standard black. They feature the Castelli Damping System (CDS) padding, which protects part of the ulnar nerve running through your hand.

I would consider the padding to be medium, which means your grip on the handlebar remains firm and it doesn’t really feel like you’re wearing a padded glove.

As with all my gloves I buy them a size smaller to prevent creasing between palms and handlebar. The cuff is closed with a velcro strap.

The glove has an extended lip to put them on. There’s also a tiny bit of excess cloth between the middle 3 fingers, meant for removing the gloves, which I never use, since the gloves are easy enough to remove with the strap not fastened.

Overall the glove is extremely comfortable and has the right balance between grip and padding.

Expert Experience

Lex Spedding | Site Owner – April 29, 2022

I tested the Castelli Arenberg Gel gloves over several rides of varying lengths. On short, pacey rides the gloves provided excellent grip thanks to the the silicone print design. The micro-mesh on the back of the hand keep the gloves well ventilated – although the palms have less ventilation due to the large areas of gel padding.With regards to the padding, we tested the gloves on a 50 mile ride, around some not-so-even country lanes. The padding was very impressive and did a great job of dampening and road (and pothole) vibrations through the bars.

Pros and Cons

Giro Supernatural Gloves

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The Giro Supernatural Gloves use multi-density padding from the Elastic Interface Palm Technology.

Elastic Interface is a company whose core focus is on the development and production of paddings, which makes this glove the most tech-oriented one in this lineup.

This type of padding is anatomically molded with zero stitches and various layers of stiffness. The softest around the sensitive area where the ulnar nerve resides.

The result is an extremely comfortable glove, with an extraordinary fit. I’ve been using Castelli for a long time, but for those less brand-sensitive than me, this is the glove I would buy.

Expert Experience

James Huang | Contributor – May 31, 2023

The fit quality is superb, with a genuine next-to-skin feel and none of the squirming that I find so annoying with far too many other gloves (this is the reason I usually prefer to go without gloves when riding on the road). The fit around the thumb opening might actually be a little too tight, but time will tell if it loosens up a bit.

Pros and Cons

Giro Zero CS Gloves

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Zero CS glove
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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
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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.

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Giro LX Gloves

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The gorgeous Giro LX bicycle gloves come in three colors: black, white, and tan. And the punctured upper gives them a retro look. Especially when choosing the tan version, it would perfectly complement a vintage road or touring bike.

These full gloves are made of high-quality Pittards leather and offer thick padding to relieve pressure from the ulnar nerve and the inside of the thumb for brake levers used on road bikes.

It’s one of the very few summer gloves that are almost entirely made out of leather, which explains the price tag. And it’s one of the best-looking and most comfortable padded leather gloves money can buy.

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Giro Monaco II Gel Gloves

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Monaco II Gel glove
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The Giro Monaco II Gel gloves are superbly comfortable gloves in a number of great-looking colors.

The entire palm of the glove is made of high-quality Pittards leather. This type of leather combines all the necessary characteristics you need in a premium cycling glove. Comfort, grip, durability and breathability.

The fingerless Monica II Gel glove is the perfect companion for your summer rides. The Pittards leather ensures perspiration has the ability to escape, while the mesh upper creates both a snug fit that’s still airy and comfortable.

Giro’s Technogel provides added comfort that takes out road buzz and adds comfort as well, without the rider losing feel with the bike.

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Hirzl Gripp Tour SF 2.0 Gloves

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Gripp Tour SF 2.0 glove
Gripp Tour SF 2.0 glove
Gripp Tour SF 2.0 glove
Gripp Tour SF 2.0 glove
Gripp Tour SF 2.0 glove

The Hirzl Gripp Tour SF 2.0 gloves are a more minimalistic fingerless option for summer cycling.

Unlike Pittards leather, which comes from sheep, Hirzl uses Kangaroo leather, exploiting its natural strength to create a pure road-feel glove with minimal padding.

Swiss based Hirzl is an expert in the field of glove fabrication and it shows in all their cycling gloves, which exudes a premium quality wrapped in an understated yet gorgeous design.

Small quality details are integrated into the gloves’ design, like the enforced pull-on aid cuff and wrap around kangaroo leather pull-off-flaps. As a true summer glove the upper is made of breathable light lycra.

Expert Experience

Stu Kerton | Senior Product Reviewer – September 25, 2019

The palm is made from kangaroo leather, often praised for its suppleness, and it really is a great material for glove use. I’ve owned cow leather mitts in the past and after wet or sweaty rides the palms can harden and need softening up again on your next ride, but you don’t get any of that here.

The finish to the palm has a slightly sticky feel to it, which comes from the Grippp polymer that is added. This gives excellent grip levels on either the bar tape or the hoods. I wore these on some seriously wet rides and no matter how many bumps or whatever you hit, they aren’t going to slip.

Off-road on the gravel bike I’m testing, hitting tree roots and potholes never saw me lose grip on the hoods or drops even in the wet; the grip levels are really impressive.

Pros and Cons

Hirzl Gripp Tour FF 2.0 Gloves

Gripp Tour FF 2.0 glove
Gripp Tour FF 2.0 glove
Gripp Tour FF 2.0 glove
Gripp Tour FF 2.0 glove
Gripp Tour FF 2.0 glove
Gripp Tour FF 2.0 glove

The Hirzl Gripp Tour FF 2.0 Gloves are the full-finger version with the exact same characteristics as the SF version.

The fingers are made of the same kangaroo leather used in the palm, whereas the index finger uses natural leather to aid in the usage of touchscreens.

Expert Experience

George Hill | Road.cc podcast host – September 25, 2019

Padding is minimal, with some across the bottom of the fingers and on the outside of the palm. There isn’t a huge amount of it, but Hirzl has put it in the right places and it is a comfortable glove, although perhaps not the most effective on rougher surfaces.

It is worth noting that this minimalist padding does have the benefit of making the gloves considerably more supple than others with more padding. The kangaroo leather can sit closer to the palm and allows for a really good fit. Hirzl has also included ‘cutouts’ beside the thumb and on the outside of the palm beneath the fingers to reduce bunching when you have a clenched fist.

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Hirzl Gripp Light SF Gloves

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Whereas the Gripp Tour offers some added comfort with the help of padding, The Hirzl Gripp Light SF gloves forgo any kind of padding to maximize grip and feel.

The entire back is made of airtech mesh, enhancing the minimalist approach of a summer glove for those who want to feel as little on their hands as possible.

A true gloveless feel with all the benefits of comfort, breathability and durability that a leather cycling glove has to offer.

Expert Experience

Liam Cahill | Contributor – September 25, 2019

As the name suggests, the main feature is the grip, provided by that very supple kangaroo leather. This Light version goes without padding which is a feature I really like, so you get a nice natural feel for the bars. Hirzl does also make these in a Comfort version with some thin padding, if that’s what you prefer.

Overall, even though these are getting towards the top end of the price range for gloves, I’d highly recommend them. It’s higher than many others we’ve tested this year on road.cc, including some very good ones, but the performance, fit and construction are easily worth it for me.

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Hirzl Gripp Light FF Gloves

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The Hirzl Gripp Light FF gloves are the full-finger version with the same characteristics as the SF version.

To keep the glove as light and comfortable temperature-wise as possible, Hirzl has extended the airtech mesh to cover the fingers.

The fingers are made of the same kangaroo leather used in the palm, whereas the index finger uses natural leather to aid in the usage of touchscreens.

Expert Experience

Mike Blewitt | Contributor – July 31, 2017

In terms of fit I found the XL to be spot on, although I normally stretch into a medium in something like a Troy Lee XC. Hirzl claim it’s as close to a glove free feeling as possible. And I would agree. Even in warm Queensland conditions they didn’t feel sweaty, and they are wearing quite well – although the white mesh between the fingers isn’t as crisp as it used to be. There’s a tab to help pull them on and off but otherwise the cuff less design is very comfortable – there is a nose wipe, but really this glove is pared back to the essentials.

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Pearl Izumi Select Gloves

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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,

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Pearl Izumi Pro Gel Gloves

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The Pearl Izumi Pro Gel Gloves is a tight-fit road cycling glove for high-temperature summer rides.

Pearl Izumi favors padding everywhere but the grease between thumb and palm. And they do so onto a durable AX Suede synthetic leather palm.

Black is what you get when you go for these very lightweight and breathable summer gloves.

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Pearl Izumi Elite Gel Full Finger Gloves

Elite Gel Full Finger glove
Elite Gel Full Finger glove

The Pearl Izumi Elite Gel Full Finger Gloves is a full-finger summer glove with similar padding as the Pro Gel (and fingerless Elite) model.

Since the padding on that model offers a solid amount of comfort, there’s no reason why not to add a full finger to the list as well. Especially if you’re looking for a glove that could also perfectly be used for either gravel riding or mountain biking.

I would like to have seen some other colors as well. But we’ll have to make do with a black one that does have some reflective material in the upper construction. and a velcro strap on a slightly longer than average cuff.

The glove is touchscreen compatible.

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SupaGaz Clarino Long Finger Gloves

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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.

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SupaGaz Clarino Short Finger Gloves

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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.

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Specifications men's summer cycling gloves

Name
Sex
Type
Back
Palm
Padding
Insulation
Season
Castelli Rosso Corsa Espresso Gloves
men
fingerless
mesh
synthetic
gel padding
none
summer
Castelli Endurance Gloves
men
fingerless
Endurance Evolution
synthetic suede
extra gel padding
none
summer
Castelli Arenberg Gel 2 Gloves
men
fingerless
mesh
synthetic
gel padding
none
summer
Giro Supernatural Gloves
men
fingerless
mesh
Elastic Interface®
multi-density padding
none
summer
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
Giro LX Gloves
men
fingerless
Pittards leather
Pittards leather
3MM technogel padding
none
summer
Giro Monaco II Gel Gloves
men
fingerless
mesh
Pittards leather
3MM technogel padding
none
summer
Hirzl Gripp Tour SF 2.0 Gloves
unisex
fingerless
lycra
kangaroo leather
gel padding
none
summer
Hirzl Gripp Tour FF 2.0 Gloves
unisex
full finger
lycra
kangaroo leather
gel padding
none
summer
Hirzl Gripp Light SF Gloves
unisex
fingerless
Airtech mesh, lycra
kangaroo leather
none
none
summer
Hirzl Gripp Light FF Gloves
unisex
full finger
Airtech mesh, lycra
kangaroo leather
none
none
summer
Pearl Izumi Select Gloves
men
fingerless
Nylon stretcch
synthetic leather
gel foam padding
none
summer
Pearl Izumi Pro Gel Gloves
men
fingerless
Ax Suede Laredo
gel padding
none
summer
Pearl Izumi Elite Gel Full Finger Gloves
men
full finger
AX Suede™
gel padding
none
summer
SupaGaz Clarino Long Finger Gloves
unisex
full finger
Lycra
Clarino™
none
none
summer
SupaGaz Clarino Short Finger Gloves
unisex
fingerless
Lycra
Clarino™
none
none
summer

Sources

George Hill, Castelli Rosso Corsa Espresso Gloves, Road.cc, June 03, 2019
Lex Spedding, Castelli Arenberg Gel Gloves Review, All About the Ride, April 29, 2022
James Huang, Spotlight: Giro Supernatural road gloves, Outside Magazine, May 31, 2023
Stu Kerton, Giro Zero CS Mitts, Road.cc, August 21, 2018
Stu Kerton, Hirzl Grippp Tour SF, Road.cc, September 25, 2019
George Hill, Hirzl Grippp Tour FF 2.0, Road.cc, September 25, 2019
Liam Cahill, Hirzl Grippp Light SF gloves, Road.cc, September 25, 2019
Mike Blewitt, Hirzl Gripp Light FF gloves, Australian Mountain Bike, July 31, 2017
Shaun Audane, Supacaz SupaG Long Gloves, Road.cc, May 10, 2019
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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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