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The top 4 best kangaroo leather cycling gloves

In this article I’m going to give you my list for the best kangaroo leather cycling gloves.

If you’ve stumbled upon this article you’re probably already familiar with the reasoning behind choosing kangaroo leather cycling gloves over more traditional leather, or synthetic cycling gloves.
If that’s correct you know that kangaroo leather is far more durable than leather obtained from cows, goats and sheep. This has to do with the inherent structure of kangaroo leather and, strangely enough, the lack of sweat glands.

And of course, because leather is a natural product, it also retains other favorable aspects associated with this material. So besides being extremely durable, the very nature of leather also makes it a highly breathable material, that’s very grippy as well.

Even though all of the aforementioned characteristics make it a formidable choice for a cycling glove, I only know of one company which actually uses it in their lineup. And that company is Hirzl. Their offering of kangaroo leather cycling gloves is of an extreme high-quality, and they offer a range which is suitable for both men and women, and for winter and summer cycling.

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

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 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 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.

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

Specifications kangaroo leather cycling gloves

Name
Sex
Type
Back
Palm
Padding
Insulation
Season
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

Sources

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
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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