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The top 4 best full finger leather cycling gloves

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

There are not that many leather cycling gloves on the market, let alone full finger leather cycling gloves. But leather is still an excellent material to use because of its durable nature. Various forms of leather exist and the most durable are Hirzl’s kangaroo leather cycling gloves.

Besides being a very durable material to produce cycling gloves, the nature of leather is also moisture wicking and breathable. All summer gloves except for the Giro LX glove have a synthetic upper for cooling purposes. That means you get the strength where you need it and the additional cooling factor where durability matters less, because it doesn’t connect with your handlebars.

At the end of the list you’ll also find a number of leather winter gloves. Leather used in winter gloves adds a high water resistance factor to the glove. And because of the rougher conditions the fact that you can actively maintain your leather gloves with the help of leather conditioner will ensure you can enjoy your cycling gloves for many rides.

So without further ado, here’s my list of the best full finger leather cycling gloves.

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.

Pros and Cons

Hirzl Gripp Light FF Gloves

Gripp Light FF glove
Gripp Light FF glove
Gripp Light FF glove
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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.

Pros and Cons

POC Thermal Gloves

Thermal glove
Thermal glove
Thermal glove
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The POC thermal gloves are high-tech gloves for winter riding. The thin leather palm ensures maximum grip on your handlebars, while the entirety of the glove’s palm has a PrimaLoft Gold liner.

The back has a PrimaLoft Aerogel liner, which offers the ultimate in insulation versus weight ratio. This liner is covered with a water resistant and windproof stretch fabric. Just as the Hirzl Gripp Thermo 2.0, these gloves are made for above freezing cold temperatures and prioritize grip above insulation.

The gloves feature a touchscreen strip on both the thumb and index finger.

Expert Experience

Suvi Loponen | Technical writer – March 20, 2023

The leather palm offers a very secure grip on any bar tape I have ridden with in both dry and wet conditions. The sizing has been spot on (I’ve tested size small) and although there is plenty of insulation on these, they don’t feel bulky. That said, I felt that on mountain bike brakes the slightly more padded fingers are not necessarily the most ideal – but really, it’s either that or cold fingers and I know which one I choose.

Pros and Cons

Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control

Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control glove
Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control glove
Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control glove
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For deep winter rides the Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control offer a 100 percent waterproof product.

By combining goatskin leather with a waterproof but highly breathable inner membrane and Merino wool liner, the glove combines the aspects of warmth, with moisture-wicking features and water resistance.

Whereas the entire palm is made up of leather the back combines leather and softshell to aid in the gloves flexibility. Besides the fact that goatskin is already extremely durable, you can further increase the gloves lifespan by maintaining the leather.

If you expect to ride not only in the cold but also in wet conditions, you can’t go wrong with a pair of these gloves.

Expert Experience

Maria David | Contributor – February 15, 2022

I found the Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves very comfortable and snug, the inner layer stays put and they protect against rain and wind though they’re not warm enough to cater for those near freezing days of deep winter. The price tag is not insignificant, and ruling out machine washing isn’t ideal in a winter glove – but these are well made, stylish and the goatskin palm provides good grip.

Pros and Cons

Specifications full finger leather cycling gloves

Name
Sex
Type
Back
Palm
Padding
Insulation
Season
Hirzl Gripp Tour FF 2.0 Gloves
unisex
full finger
lycra
kangaroo leather
gel padding
none
summer
Hirzl Gripp Light FF Gloves
unisex
full finger
Airtech mesh, lycra
kangaroo leather
none
none
summer
POC Thermal Gloves
unisex
full finger
windproof stretch fabric
leather
none
PrimaLoft® Gold
winter
Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control
unisex
full finger
leather, softshell
goatskin Leather
none
Fusion Control
winter

Sources

George Hill, Hirzl Grippp Tour FF 2.0, Road.cc, September 25, 2019
Mike Blewitt, Hirzl Gripp Light FF gloves, Australian Mountain Bike, July 31, 2017
Suvi Loponen, POC Thermal Glove review, Off.road.cc, March 20, 2023
Maria David, Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Gloves with Fusion Control review, Cycling Weekly, February 15, 2022
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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