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The top 12 best men’s summer MTB gloves

In this article I’m going to cover the best options for men’s summer MTB gloves.

From lightweight no-feel MTB gloves, to padded and protected downhill MTB gloves, the entire range of possible gloves are featured.

Personal preference aside, a high-quality MTB summer glove needs to have a number of features, no matter what discipline of mountain biking you prefer; XC, downhill, enduro, or all round trail riding.

It should have a good fit, without any excess material getting in the way of you and your handlebars. And you also don’t want the glove bursting at the seams, because you hardly get into them.

The materials used should be durable and breathable at the same time, especially important for summer gloves. And you will see all major brands using the same kind of tried-and-true materials to achieve this desired effect. Whether it’s AX Suede, Clarino, or some other synthetic product.

If you prefer lightweight gloves the upper construction should feature lightweight mesh fabric. In the case of protection, you’ve got D30, Airflex, EVA foam, and TPR rubber.

Some gloves come in a variety of colors, others, especially the most expensive ones, might not have any. The prices range from below 20 USD upwards to 80 for pro-level downhill MTB gloves.

So without further ado, here’s my list for the best men’s summer MTB gloves.

100% Cognito Gloves

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Cognito glove
Cognito glove
Cognito glove
Cognito glove
Cognito glove

The 100% Cognito Gloves are lightweight MTB summer gloves with knuckle protectors.

Like a number of other gloves featuring added protection, these gloves use D30 material, which is a multi-density foam meant to harden with impact.

Furthermore the gloves have a Clarino™ synthetic leather palm with silicone on the index and ring finger.

The cuff is closed using a velcro strap. Naturally the gloves are touchscreen compatible.

A simple enough set of gloves in a number of attractive colors to protect you against a quick whip of a branch across the knuckles. Don’t expect them to save you from crashing into a rock though (no glove will).

Pros and Cons

100% Ridecamp Gloves

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Ridecamp glove
Ridecamp glove
Ridecamp glove

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.

Expert Experience

Guy Stevenson | Technical-Editor-at-Large – November 05, 2021

100%’s Ride Camp gloves look deceptively simple at first, but material choice and a host of subtle ‘real rider’ informed details make them brilliant for maximum bike control and fine feedback. Digital communication is decent too, and they’re a great price for a tough glove. They come in loads of designs and sizes from youth upwards, but even though they stretch we’d definitely go up a size from normal when buying. However they’re obviously not the right choice if you prefer some padding between you and the bike.

Pros and Cons

100% Geomatic Gloves

Geomatic glove
Geomatic glove
Geomatic glove
Geomatic glove
Geomatic glove
Geomatic glove

The 100% Geomatic Gloves feature protection in the form of small TPR pyramids embedded in the upper construction. This design looks like the gloves Jean-Claude van Damme wore in Kickboxer, so it’s a plus in the design department for me.

TPR is a soft kind of rubber, and the fact that they dot a large area, means a larger area is protected while the glove can still flex easily enough. The TPR also extends towards all fingers (except the thumb).

It features the same Clarino™ synthetic palm as the Cognito gloves but rather has a slip-on cuff versus one using velcro.

100% makes well-designed gloves. Coming in many great color options this slim-fitting glove is for the fashion-minded. And to be honest, who doesn’t want to make a statement on their bikes. I know I do.

Pros and Cons

Giro Trixter Gloves

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Trixter glove
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Trixter glove

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.

Expert Experience

Guy Stevenson | Technical-Editor-at-Large – November 08, 2021

While it costs less than twenty quid, Giro has kept pretty much every feature I love about its glove range. The one-piece, AX Suede synthetic palm is cleverly cut for minimum bunching and the super-thin, perforated fabric stops sweating – and they come in women’s and men’s cuts too. Even without any silicon detailing grip is excellent wet or dry and the totally unpadded Trixter will be an instant hit with maximum feedback fans. Lightweight stretch backing in five different designs from vibrant to stealth keeps them light and apparently feature ‘InstaChill’ technology to cool your skin when it becomes wet. Whatever the reason, they’re impressively sweat-free and mesh fourchettes between the fingers keep things fresh and breezy even on summer grind climbs.

Pros and Cons

Giro DND Gloves

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DND glove

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.

Expert Experience

Ryan Cleek | Contributor – January 20, 2017

The combination of a subtly reinforced palm and very flexible material on the back of the hand create a simplistic, yet reliable and comfortable feel at the handlebar. A 2-mil-thick pad helps protect the heel of the hand during a ground impact or while repeatedly banging against metal, lock-on grip clamps. As found on many gloves, the soft, absorbent cloth material on the thumb is helpful for wiping away sweat or snot rocket residue. Unlike my original pair of DNDs, the new version boasts silicone fingertips for improved brake lever and shifter control. They’re claimed to have touchscreen compatibility, but I’ve had spotty results with this feature.

Pros and Cons

Hestra All Mountain Sr. Gloves

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The Hestra All Mountain Sr. Gloves is a seriously well-made dedicated mountain bike glove from this Swedish family-run company.

The knuckle protection is achieved by a hard insert. The front of the fingers have some added material as well. Where it matters the glove is reinforced with Clarino™ synthetic leather.

Although not water resistant or equipped with windblocker fabric, the glove offers good protection in various chillier temperatures, especially when your body has warmed up itself.

As for the design, you either hate or love the high contrast black-beige paneling. There’s no other design to choose from. Whatever your preference, the fact this is a high-quality mountain bike glove is unmistakable.

Pros and Cons

Leatt 4.0 Lite Gloves

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The Leatt 4.0 Lite Gloves are gloves that feature Airflex impact gel across a large top section of the gloves and the outer two fingers.

The grid-like structure is meant to absorb and disperse the energy of a possible impact, lowering the risk of injury, which has earned them an official certification for protective equipment.

It won’t mean you can prevent a boxer fracture when slamming into something immovable. No glove can. But it does mean that Leatt has taken the subject of protection seriously, with these gloves as a result.

The rest of the glove is anything but bulky with a virtually seamless Nanogrip palm for excellent bar feel and grip. So these gloves are excellent for maintaining maximum control in combination with protection for downhill riding.

Pros and Cons

POC Resistance Enduro Gloves

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Resistance Enduro glove
Resistance Enduro glove
Resistance Enduro glove
Resistance Enduro glove
Resistance Enduro glove

The POC Resistance Enduro Gloves are meant for long rides in the saddle and offer stronger, more durable fabric than the companions on this list.

Even with enduro sitting in the name, any form of protection is missing from these gloves. So I would almost argue, they are just as well suited for XC or all-round trail riding.

I’ve chosen to feature the glove with the slip-on cuff, but should you prefer there’s also a version with a velcro strap.

These are not cheap gloves, but for a price that’s almost twice as much you’d normally pay for the average glove, you do get a piece of equipment that’ll survive your next crash (probably).

Expert Experience

David Arthur | Freelance tester – August 24, 2021

They’re not the cheapest gloves but they are well made and deliver the durability you want and expect when lining up for an enduro race, but equally at home on less intimidating trail and cross-country riding. Despite the slightly tight fingers on my hands, they are comfortable gloves that strike a nice balance between being lightweight and breathable but tough and rugged enough for riding that might push your limits. They do lack reinforcement of other similarly labeled gloves, however, but the materials appear to make up for that.

Pros and Cons

POC Essential DH Gloves

Essential DH glove
Essential DH glove

The POC Essential DH Gloves are pure-bred downhill mountain bike gloves with EVA foam impact protection covered by four-stretch lycra.

A seamless vented palm with virtually no cuff ensures maximum grip and dexterity because that’s what you’d want flying downhill.

Touchscreen compatibility and silicone strips on ring- and index finger come with the territory of being a summer cycling glove for mountain biking.

With only black to choose from and a hefty price tag for this functional glove, it means you prefer function above form for your downhill adventures.

Expert Experience

David Arthur | Freelance tester – August 26, 2021

They’re no bargain but they are made to be nearly everything you want in a downhill-orientated glove. Thicker and harder-wearing materials, double stitching in key places and useful impact padding in strategic places make them undeniably appealing for gravity riding over a lighter weight, and potentially flimsier, glove. They are extremely well made and comfort is generally good and the one color option looks understated and smart. I’d personally like a bit more armor across the fingers and padding on the palm to improve protection and comfort on long downhill runs.

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POC Resistance Pro DH Gloves

Resistance Pro DH glove
Resistance Pro DH glove

The POC Resistance Pro DH Gloves are padded gloves for downhill mountain biking. Every mountain biker has had sudden crashes that come out of nowhere, leaving you wondering what just happened.

The EVA foam padding is sturdy enough on impact to protect your hands in these cases, but still offer flexibility so you don’t get the feeling you’re using a winter glove. The padding sits underneath a highly abrasion-resistant ceramic fabric covering the knuckles and outer three fingers.

The thin seamless vented palm offers silicone padding to take out the sting of jarring downhill sections, or for longer trail rides, which provides a perfect combination of grip and comfort.

It’s not my favorite design-wise. But design-preference notwithstanding, the quality and comfort of the glove is undeniable.

Expert Experience

Julian Mat | Contributor – February 12, 2022

After having used countless different pairs of MTB gloves, I decided to buy the POC Resistance Pro DH Gloves for both downhill mountain biking and trail riding. And I’m glad I invested in a quality pair, as for me, they offer unmatched quality and durability.

Their protection is made up of a VPD knuckle and finger sections, and padding on the palm while remaining lightweight. I’ve been really happy with them for the last 2 years and will get another pair when they finally need a replacement, since there is nothing like them on the market right now. They cost a little more but are totally worth it in my opinion considering how long they last.

Pros and Cons

POC Savant MTB Gloves

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Savant MTB glove
Savant MTB glove
Savant MTB glove
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The POC Savant MTB Gloves are the opposite of the Enduro gloves from the same brand in terms of durability.

The extremely lightweight MTB summer glove sacrifices everything to be as minimal and non-obtrusive on your hands as possible.

They are truly gorgeous gloves in their simplicity, but you do have to wonder whether or not this extra light construction can stand the test of time or a crash.

But if you are a person who takes care of their products, doesn’t mind the premium price, and prefers safety above speed, this is the glove for you.

Expert Experience

Emlyn Lewis | Contributor – May 25, 2022

At $40, it’s twice the price of the Giro Trixter, so you could reasonably ask, “Would I be better off with two pairs of the Trixter or one pair of the Savants,” and I would say they are equivalent. I get more wears out of the Savant before I wash it. Probably twice as many. If the Trixter is just too almost-not-there for you, then the Savant is a good bet.

The Savant also adds value by allowing you to squeeze a thin liner under it and wearing it in the shoulder seasons. I wouldn’t do that with the Trixter (which is still, I am maintaining, a great glove). Shoulder season use gives the Savant the sort of versatility I appreciate in all my favorite stuff.

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Troy Lee Designs Gambit Gloves

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Gambit glove
Gambit glove
Gambit glove
Gambit glove
Gambit glove

Don’t be fooled by all the motocross pictures. The Troy Lee Designs Gambit Gloves are perfect fleece-lined soft-shell cold-weather gloves with D30 knuckle protection.

Though not designated water-resistant they can be perfectly used on chillier rides. I’m not the biggest fan of all the pieces of plastic on the fingers, but it seems both Fox And Troy Lee Designs have a penchant for these kinds of things. And I guess they offer some extra protection, for what it’s worth.

The palm is made from Clarino™ with a touchscreen compatible area on the tip of the index finger.

There are very few cold-weather gloves with knuckle protection like this one, so if you fall within that particular niche, these gloves are your best bet in providing warmth and protection.

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Specifications men's summer MTB gloves

Name
Sex
Type
Back
Palm
Padding
Insulation
Season
100% Cognito Gloves
men
full finger
D30 knuckle protector
Clarino™
none
none
summer
100% Ridecamp Gloves
men/youth
full finger
Nylon spandex
Clarino™ synthetic leather
none
none
summer
100% Geomatic Gloves
men
full finger
TPR knuckle protector
Clarino™
none
none
summer
Giro Trixter Gloves
men
full finger
AX® Bolt
AX Suede™
none
none
summer
Giro DND Gloves
men
full finger
4-way stretch mesh
AX Suede™
none
none
summer
Hestra All Mountain Sr. Gloves
unisex
full finger
Clarino™
none
none
summer
Leatt 4.0 Lite Gloves
men
full finger
Airflex impact gel knuckle protector
NanoGrip
none
none
summer
POC Resistance Enduro Gloves
unisex
full finger
none
none
summer
POC Essential DH Gloves
unisex
full finger
Lycra w. EVA foam knuckle protector
none
none
summer
POC Resistance Pro DH Gloves
unisex
full finger
Ceramic fabric w. VPD knuckle protector
silicone
none
summer
POC Savant MTB Gloves
unisex
full finger
messh
none
none
summer
Troy Lee Designs Gambit Gloves
men
full finger
softshell w. D30 knuckle protector
Clarino™
none
fleece
summer

Sources

Guy Stevenson, 100% Ride Camp gloves review, Bike Perfect, November 05, 2021
Guy Stevenson, Giro Trixter glove review, Bike Perfect, November 08, 2021
Ryan Cleek, Review: Giro DND Glove, Bike Mag, January 20, 2017
David Arthur, POC Resistance Enduro Adjustable gloves review, Bike Perfect, August 24, 2021
David Arthur, POC Essential DH gloves review, Bike Perfect, August 26, 2021
Julian Mat, POC Resistance Pro DH Gloves [Long-term Review], Suspension Traveler, February 12, 2022
Emlyn Lewis, A Useful Review – The POC Savant MTB Glove, The Cycling Independant, May 25, 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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