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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 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 all 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

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.

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Giro Women's Supernatural Gloves

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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

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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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Hirzl Gripp Tour SF 2.0 Gloves

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
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.

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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 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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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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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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Specifications women's summer 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
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
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 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
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

Charlotte Head, Castelli Rosso Corsa 2 women’s cycling mitts review, Cyclist, June 29, 2023
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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