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The top 7 best women’s leather cycling gloves

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

Because of its price and quite possibly, the way leather is obtained, there aren’t that many options when it comes to leather cycling gloves, let alone for women.

Nonetheless, leather has got a number of characteristics that make it perfectly suitable for cycling gloves. It’s very durable, has excellent breathability characteristics and makes for a grippy feel on the handlebars.

None of the cycling gloves listed here are purely made of leather. But by either combining it with a mesh upper or some form of insulated liner, you get to create high-quality summer or winter cycling gloves respectively.

So without further ado, here are the very best womens leather cycling gloves on the market today.

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.

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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

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Specifications women's leather cycling gloves

Name
Sex
Type
Back
Palm
Padding
Insulation
Season
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 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
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

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
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

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