In this article I’m going to give a couple of the best budget MTB gloves.
If anything, mountain biking hasn’t become cheaper through the years. To get your bike in solid riding condition and still be able to buy a pair of high-quality gloves, usually means digging deep into your wallet. That’s why I’ve chosen to round up a number of the best budget MTB gloves from my favorite cycling apparel brands.
Usually the biggest premium exists with products that are supposed to be the latest and greatest. The gloves mentioned here have been around for a couple of years and have proved to be excellent entry-level staples when it comes to cycling gloves.
I’ve already written an article about the best budget road bike gloves, and the similarity between that article and this one, is that they both feature multiple entries from Giro. I know there are a lot of cheap cycling gloves to be found on Amazon, but I have a hard time buying something from a cycling brand I’ve literally never heard of and used myself.
And though I’m not afraid to spend money on something I love dearly, I don’t shy away from the sensible habit of not overspending on something that has proven itself to be more than adequate. And these gloves are.
With that being said, let’s go over to the list of the very best budget MTB gloves.
100% Ridecamp Gloves
The 100% Ridecamp Gloves are hard-wearing summer gloves with an exceptional fit.
The upper construction made from stretchy Nylon is very soft to the touch and the synthetic palm with pull-on cuff provides excellent levels of traction and grip.
The price for this high-end mountain bike with touchscreen compatibility is reasonable enough.
The gloves feel seamless because they are basically seamless. With such a perfect fit and no seams to speak of, the gloves score very high in the comfort category. And as such, make for a great MTB summer cycling glove for all-round trail riding.
Giro Trixter Gloves
That good MTB summer gloves don’t have to be ridiculously expensive is exemplified in the Giro Trixter Gloves.
The pre-curved microfiber AX Suede™ synthetic leather palm is cut in such a way that it fits your hand perfectly. With the absence of any padding whatsoever, this is the minimal glove for those trail riders who prefer to have as much handlebar feedback as possible, but still wear some protection.
I’m familiar and have used a lot of material used in cycling apparel, but this is the first time I heard of the AX® Bolt fabric for the fourchettes (material between fingers). Giro claims this aids in keeping your hands cooler than average on hot summer riding and I believe I have to agree, because these are exceptionally airy gloves.
In my experience, touchscreen functionality improves as you ride, and I have a general habit of licking my gloved thumb before trying to use my mobile phone. But even with sucking my thumb like a 4-year old I couldn’t get these gloves to get a consistent feel with my phone.
Even with that minor issue, I’m hard-pressed to do anything but praise these excellent MTB summer gloves. Especially considering the super-friendly sub-20 USD price. I challenge you to find a better glove in the same price category, you won’t be able to.
Giro DND Gloves
The Giro DND Gloves are another exceptional pair of MTB summer gloves.
This time around the AX Suede™ synthetic leather palm features gel padding, whereas the Trixter gloves did not.
I especially like the reinforced fingers, because that’s exactly the place where my gloves always start to fray. Even though these gloves don’t feature a velcro strap which wears out the delicate mesh even faster.
The cuff features are reinforced pull-on parts, which makes slipping them on your hands a lot easier. And there’s a 2-inch slit on the side of the palm, which makes pulling them off easier as well, without detracting from the snug feel.
They are the best-selling MTB gloves from Giro on Amazon and I understand why. There allround nature, durability, comfort and fit for a reasonable enough price is hard to resist, especially when compared to alternatives which cost twice as much.
On top of that there are a huge number of color options, so there’s bound to be one that color-matches the rest of your outfit.
Giro Women's LA DND Gloves
The Giro Women’s LA DND Gloves offer an extra level of comfort in a palm that sits just above the barely-there feel.
Overall it’s a very minimal MTB summer clove with a nicely dotted design. Besides a palm made from durable AX Suede™ synthetic leather, there’s a bit of gel padding to provide protection from jarring trail-riding and in case of a wipe-out. Even with the seams to cover the padding, there’s absolutely no bunching at all, and you don’t feel them with the hands on the bar.
Because of the side-opening the gloves are easy to pull on or get off, without the need of turning them totally inside out in case of sweaty hands.
Another great all-round trail riding option that’ll last you a long time.
Specifications budget MTB gloves
Buy at Amazon
100% Ridecamp Gloves
Clarino™ synthetic leather
Giro Trixter Gloves
Giro DND Gloves
4-way stretch mesh
Giro Women’s LA DND Gloves
3MM Technogel Padding
Johan van Seijen
Johan van Seijen is the founder of restoration.bike. His passion for cycling in general, and restoring older bikes turned into a website to share his knowledge with a broader audience. Starting out on his father’s road bike and riding classics as the Amstel Gold Race and Liege Bastogne Liege he has shifted his attention to trail, XC, and gravel riding since. No matter how much he loves writing about everything related to cycling, nothing beats actually using his ever-expanding bicycle collection.
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