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The top 14 best women’s summer cycling gloves

In this list I’m going to cover one of my favorite subjects: the best women’s summer cycling gloves.

Unlike some of my more hardcore (and dare I say masochistic) female friends, I don’t especially like to ride in the cold. Among other things, chilly temperatures are also often accompanied with wet road conditions. And if there’s one thing I dislike more than a riding with a wet bum, is the necessity of almost spending more time cleaning a bike than riding it.

No, I prefer sunny summer rides all day of the week, hence my affection for lightweight summer road cycling gloves. Looking at my gloved hands on the bars they’re a pleasant reminder of good weather.

And as my experience dictates, there are summer cycling gloves and summer cycling gloves. Through the years I’ve tried al sorts of summer gloves. From your standard padded ones, to minimal non-padded versions. From leather gloves, to the latest and greatest synthetic moisture-wicking pre-curved synthetic ones.

Those choices are reflected in this list of the best women’s summer cycling gloves. But one thing stands above all, no matter which glove you choose, they will aid you in enjoying your summer rides to come. May there be plenty of them.

Castelli Rosso Corsa 2 W Gloves

Castelli Rosso Corsa 2 W Gloves
Castelli Rosso Corsa 2 W Gloves

The Castelli Rosso Corsa 2 W Gloves are great allround 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.

Castelli Roubaix Gel 2 Gloves

Castelli Roubaix Gel 2 Gloves
Castelli Roubaix Gel 2 Gloves

The Castelli Roubaix Gel 2 Gloves reminds us of the gruelling 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 cyclist 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.

Giro Women’s Supernatural Gloves

Giro Women's Supernatural Gloves

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

It’s the glove which feature 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.

Giro Women’s Monica II Gel Gloves

Giro Women's Monica II Gel Gloves

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 perspiraton 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.

Giro Women’s Strada Massa Supergel Gloves

Giro Women's Strada Massa Supergel Gloves

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

Quite a name for a glove, which 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 breatheable 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 occassional bumpy ride.

Hirzl Gripp Tour SF 2.0 Gloves

Hirzl Gripp Tour SF 2.0 Gloves
Hirzl Gripp Tour SF 2.0 Gloves

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.

Schwiss 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.

Hirzl Gripp Tour FF 2.0 Gloves

Hirzl Gripp Tour FF 2.0 Gloves
Hirzl Gripp Tour FF 2.0 Gloves

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.

Hirzl Gripp Light SF Gloves

Hirzl Gripp Light SF Gloves
Hirzl Gripp Light SF Gloves

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 maximise 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.

Hirzl Gripp Light FF Gloves

Hirzl Gripp Light FF Gloves
Hirzl Gripp Light FF Gloves

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.

Pearl Izumi Women’s Elite Gel Gloves

Pearl Izumi Women's Elite Gel Gloves
Pearl Izumi Women's Elite Gel Gloves

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.

Pearl Izumi Women’s Elite Gel Full Finger Gloves

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

The Pearl Izumi Elite Gel Full Finger Gloves is a full-fingered 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.

Pearl Izumi Women’s Pro Gel Gloves

Pearl Izumi Women's Pro Gel Gloves
Pearl Izumi Women's Pro Gel Gloves

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 gloves 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.

SupaGaz Clarino Short Finger Gloves

SupaGaz Clarino Short Finger Gloves

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 avarage 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 to 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 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.

SupaGaz Clarino Long Finger Gloves

SupaGaz Clarino Long Finger Gloves

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.

Specifications best women’s summer cycling gloves

NameSexTypeBackPalmPaddingInsulationSeasonBuy at Amazon
Castelli Rosso Corsa 2 W Gloveswomenfingerlessmeshsyntheticgel paddingnonesummerlink
Castelli Roubaix Gel 2 Gloveswomenfingerlessmeshsyntheticextra gel paddingnonesummerlink
Giro Women’s Supernatural GloveswomenfingerlessmeshElastic Interfacemulti-density paddingnonesummerlink
Giro Women’s Monica II Gel GloveswomenfingerlessmeshPittards leather3MM technogel paddingnonesummerlink
Giro Women’s Strada Massa Supergel GloveswomenfingerlessmeshAX Suede3MM technogel padding / 4MM rebound foam paddingsummerlink
Hirzl Gripp Tour SF 2.0 Glovesunisexfingerlesslycrakangaroo leathergel paddingnonesummerlink
Hirzl Gripp Tour FF 2.0 Glovesunisexfull fingerlycrakangaroo leathergel paddingnonesummerlink
Hirzl Gripp Light SF GlovesunisexfingerlessAirtech mesh, lycrakangaroo leathernonenonesummerlink
Hirzl Gripp Light FF Glovesunisexfull fingerAirtech mesh, lycrakangaroo leathernonenonesummerlink
Pearl Izumi Women’s Elite Gel Gloveswomenfingerlesspolyester stretchAX Suede Unogel paddingnonesummerlink
Pearl Izumi Women’s Elite Gel Full Finger Gloveswomenfull fingerpolyester stretchAX Suede Unogel paddingnonesummerlink
Pearl Izumi Women’s Pro Gel GloveswomenfingerlessNylon stretchAx Suede Laredogel paddingnonesummerlink
SupaGaz Clarino Short Finger GlovesunisexfingerlessLycraClarinononenonesummerlink
SupaGaz Clarino Long Finger Glovesunisexfull fingerLycraClarinononenonesummerlink