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The top 5 best fingerless leather cycling gloves

In this article I’m going to give you the best fingerless leather cycling gloves.

As the cycling season starts and the temperature increases, we might exchange our full finger gloves for fingerless ones, which provide a more natural feel with the handlebars.

The point of fingerless gloves is that they still provide some warmth during chilly rides, and the added comfort of padding should the particular glove indeed have such a thing. This list holds a number of excellent fingerless leather cycling gloves for you to choose from.

Not only are they well crafted, they offer protection and the natural ability of leather to enhance grip, while remaining breathable and durable at the same time. Variants are offered using high-quality Pittards leather or Hirzl’s extremely strong kangaroo leather version.

So without further ado, here are my top picks for the best fingerless leather cycling gloves.

Giro LX Gloves

LX glove
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LX glove
LX glove
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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.

Pros and Cons

Giro Monaco II Gel Gloves

Monaco II Gel glove
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Monaco II Gel glove
Monaco II Gel glove
Monaco II Gel glove
Monaco II Gel glove

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.

Pros and Cons

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.

Pros and Cons

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.

Pros and Cons

Hirzl Gripp Light SF Gloves

Gripp Light SF glove
Gripp Light SF glove
Gripp Light SF glove
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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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Specifications fingerless leather cycling gloves

Name
Sex
Type
Back
Palm
Padding
Insulation
Season
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
Giro Women’s Monica II Gel Gloves
women
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 Light SF Gloves
unisex
fingerless
Airtech mesh, lycra
kangaroo leather
none
none
summer

Sources

Stu Kerton, Hirzl Grippp Tour SF, Road.cc, September 25, 2019
Liam Cahill, Hirzl Grippp Light SF gloves, Road.cc, September 25, 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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