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The top 10 best women’s padded cycling gloves

This list will cover the best women’s padded cycling gloves.

Fortunately, though women’s cycling products haven’t yet caught up with what’s available for the men, that’s not really the case for cycling gloves. So luckily for those women who love getting on their bike, there are a number of more than excellent options in the cycling glove department.

Since padding is usually reserved for summer road cycling gloves, the majority of gloves featured here are fingerless. But I did add a number of full finger options for those of you who’d want the extra protection against the elements.

Innovation has come to women’s padded cycling gloves in the form of new ways to combine a solid grip and feel of the handlebar, with added comfort of 3D shaped gel padding, foam equivalents, or both.

Traditional materials, such as leather, have become less common. This is due to price and because synthetic alternatives offer benefits that match or even surpass their organic alternatives.

So whatever you’re looking for in a glove, you’ll be bound to find it in this selection of the very best women’s padded cycling gloves.

Castelli Rosso Corsa 2 W Gloves

Rosso Corsa 2 W glove
Rosso Corsa 2 W glove
Rosso Corsa 2 W glove
Rosso Corsa 2 W glove
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The Castelli Rosso Corsa 2 W Gloves are great all-round road cycling gloves that display every characteristic necessary for a premium product.

A velcro strap closes the glove around your wrist, which can be pulled down with the lip located on the cuff.

Once fastened the glove’s palm protects its entirety with gel padding sitting beneath a synthetic leather. Silicone striping ensures you retain a sure grip on the handlebars.

Personally, I’m a fan of their little but effective piece of padding sitting at the lower palm, an area often forgotten by other brands.

Expert Experience

Charlotte Head | Contributor – June 29, 2023

During testing the CDS padding isolated my hands from road rumble effectively without impacting my grip or feel on the handlebars, while the silicone details helped prevent my hands from slipping. On +30°C rides, the breathability was somewhat lacking so I would say the 35°C max temperature is a bit too generous, though below this point they were fine.

The Castelli Rosso Corsa 2s would make a good choice for those looking to get quality shock absorption without compromising on range of movement or handlebar grip.

Pros and Cons

Castelli Roubaix Gel 2 Gloves

Roubaix Gel 2 glove
Roubaix Gel 2 glove
Roubaix Gel 2 glove
Roubaix Gel 2 glove
Roubaix Gel 2 glove
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The Castelli Roubaix Gel 2 Gloves reminds us of the grueling race taking place every year, with strips of demanding cobblestones sapping strength from the rider.

It’s a fitting name for a glove offering extra padding to deal with the jarring reality of such a course. Hence it’s a perfect option for both road cyclists and gravel riders.

If you’re an adventurous lady that often finds herself traversing less-than-optimal road conditions, or you simply are looking for a glove with more padding, this is the one for you.

Pros and Cons

Castelli Perfetto Ros Gloves

Perfetto Ros glove
Perfetto Ros glove

The Castelli Perfetto Ros Gloves are minimal cycling gloves made from GORE-TEX INFINIUM™.

This lightweight and durable material is both windproof and water resistant. The gloves are furthermore fleece-insulated. It means you get an adequate amount of heat enhancement for temperatures ranging between 43°-50°F.

This glove also has Castelli’s CDS, a small area of padding sitting in the spot of the ulnar nerve, which works exceptionally well to give you just that added bit of comfort to prevent hand numbness.

In the end, it makes for a very comfortable, lightweight, slim-fitting glove that’ll get you through all but the coldest temperatures.

Expert Experience

Josh Croxton | Tech editor – December 01, 2022

I’ve been using the Castelli Perfetto RoS gloves in all sorts of conditions, including days where the entire ride is below freezing with sideways rain and days where a chilly early start becomes a stunning Spring afternoon. The Perfetto RoS gloves have performed admirably throughout. While they will eventually wet-out in persistant rain, they do a great job of retaining warmth such that your hands remain comfortable. In fact, the only time they’ve been imperfect is when the temperatures rose to the point that best choice of gloves was no gloves at all.

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Giro Women's Supernatural Gloves

Women's Supernatural glove
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Women's Supernatural glove
Women's Supernatural glove
Women's Supernatural glove
Women's Supernatural glove

The Giro Women’s Supernatural Gloves made it on this list because of their exceptional feel.

It’s a glove which features padding made by a company Elastic Interface which specializes in it. They’ve created a multi-density foam that spreads the pressure exerted on the hands across the entire palm, reducing the risk of painful pressure points.

And they do so using a proprietary material that molds itself across your hand. The result is a truly extraordinary and innovative cycling glove that combines perfect road feel with high levels of comfort.

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Giro Women's Monica II Gel Gloves

Women's Monica II Gel glove
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Women's Monica II Gel glove
Women's Monica II Gel glove
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The Giro Women’s Monica II Gel gloves are superbly comfortable gloves in a number of female-oriented 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 her bike.

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Giro Women's Strada Massa Supergel Gloves

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Women's Strada Massa Supergel glove
Women's Strada Massa Supergel glove
Women's Strada Massa Supergel glove
Women's Strada Massa Supergel glove

Just like Castelli has its extra-padded Roubaix glove, there are also the Giro Women’s Strada Massa Supergel Gloves.

Quite a name for a glove, whose premise is clear: extra padding for demanding rides. And to achieve extra levels of protection against a jarring course, Giro added a thick extra layer of foam onto 3MM technogel padding. This sits underneath highly-durable and breathable AX Suede™ synthetic leather.

Sometimes solutions to problems are simply doing more of what’s already working. And Giro has created the perfect solution for women who don’t mind the occasional bumpy ride.

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Hestra Ergo Grip Enduro Gloves

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Ergo Grip Enduro glove
Ergo Grip Enduro glove
Ergo Grip Enduro glove
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The Hestra Ergo Grip Enduro Gloves are well-padded, well-designed full-fingered gloves.

Although the glove is made up of a number of panels and are covered in seams, this actually enhances the sublime pre-curved fit they offer. And none of that paneling and those myriad seams can be felt inside the glove.

I can appreciate the fact that you have a number of options besides the standard black, and am especially smitten by the blue-white one. Although I admit that white gloves aren’t the smartest color choice when trying to keep them that way.

If you want a touchscreen compatible, padded lightweight cool-weather glove that’s very durable and flexible enough to be used in a variety of temperatures, this gorgeously designed glove is a very good option indeed.

Expert Experience

Jonathan Weber | Contributor – April 8, 2020

Hot, yes, a little bulky in the closure, yes. But I’ll accept those compromises for gloves that feel like they’re made by people who spend their professional lives thinking about gloves, who respect the materials they use and, most importantly, the world that provides them. These are rare mountain bike gloves that are actually meant to last and in fact are, actively, lasting. Just don’t lose them.

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Pearl Izumi Women's Elite Gel Gloves

Women's Elite Gel glove
Women's Elite Gel glove
Women's Elite Gel glove
Women's Elite Gel glove
Women's Elite Gel glove
Women's Elite Gel glove

The Pearl Izumi Women’s Elite Gel Gloves are the brand’s premium all-round offering for summer cycling.

This means the glove features ample amounts of padding for a number of road conditions, sitting underneath a vented AX Suede™ Uno palm.

A velcro strap closes the short cuff, which sits underneath an almost seamless upper mesh, with only a minimal extra strip of reflective material to aid in lower light riding conditions.

A high-quality, solid no-worries summer glove for the avid female cyclist.

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Pearl Izumi Women's Elite Gel Full Finger Gloves

Women's Elite Gel Full Finger glove
Women's 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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Pearl Izumi Women's Pro Gel Gloves

Women's Pro Gel glove
Women's Pro Gel glove

The Pearl Izumi Women’s Pro Gel Gloves is a minimalistic summer glove with a slip-on cuff and a lightweight almost seamless upper.

Instead of the original AX Suede™, this glove is outfitted with a vented Ax Suede™ Laredo palm, which mimics the properties of natural leather, and achieves an incredibly snug and comfortable fit.

One of the best gloves in Pearl Izumi’s lineup for women who’re willing to pay the price for it.

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Specifications women's padded cycling gloves

Name
Sex
Type
Back
Palm
Padding
Insulation
Season
Castelli Rosso Corsa 2 W Gloves
women
fingerless
mesh
synthetic
gel padding
none
summer
Castelli Roubaix Gel 2 Gloves
women
fingerless
mesh
synthetic
extra gel padding
none
summer
Castelli Perfetto Ros Gloves
women
full finger
GORE-TEX INFINIUM™
synthetic
gel padding
fleece
winter
Giro Women’s Supernatural Gloves
women
fingerless
mesh
Elastic Interface®
multi-density padding
none
summer
Giro Women’s Monica II Gel Gloves
women
fingerless
mesh
Pittards leather
3MM technogel padding
none
summer
Giro Women’s Strada Massa Supergel Gloves
women
fingerless
mesh
AX Suede™
3MM technogel padding / 4MM rebound foam padding
summer
Hestra Ergo Grip Enduro Gloves
unisex
full finger
polyester stretch
Polyester
gel padding
none
summer
Pearl Izumi Women’s Elite Gel Gloves
women
fingerless
polyester stretch
AX Suede™ Uno
gel padding
none
summer
Pearl Izumi Women’s Elite Gel Full Finger Gloves
women
full finger
polyester stretch
AX Suede™ Uno
gel padding
none
summer
Pearl Izumi Women’s Pro Gel Gloves
women
fingerless
Nylon™ stretch
Ax Suede™ Laredo
gel padding
none
summer

Sources

Charlotte Head, Castelli Rosso Corsa 2 women’s cycling mitts review, Cyclist, June 29, 2023
Josh Croxton, Castelli Perfetto RoS gloves review, Cycling News, December 01, 2022
Jonathan Weber, Tested: Hestra Ergo Grip Enduro Gloves, Bike Mag, April 8, 2020

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