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The top 9 best women’s summer MTB gloves

In this list I’m going to cover the best women’s summer MTB gloves.

As of this writing we’ve just started spring and temperatures are rising. A great time to swap out that old pair of gloves and see what the market has to offer in terms of lightweight summer gloves.

Depending on your favorite style of riding, downhill, enduro, cross-country, or trail riding, you might prefer one glove over the other. This list includes distinct offerings for a specific discipline or a solid all-round option.

From airy minimal options without extra protection, to more durable hard-wearing options with knuckle protection and gel padding, that can take a beating.

So enough talk, let’s get on with the list of the very best women’s summer MTB gloves.

100% Ridecamp Women's Gloves

Ridecamp Women's glove
Ridecamp Women's glove
Ridecamp Women's glove
Ridecamp Women's glove
Ridecamp Women's glove
Ridecamp Women's glove

The 100% Ridecamp Women’s 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

Jeremy Benson | Product reviewer – May 3, 2018

The 100% Ridecamp Women’s Glove is a reliable glove with a top-notch fit. Where many lady’s gloves feature inconsistent finger fit, the Ridecamp is spot-on. The ultra-soft feel on both the top and palm of the hand is quite pleasant. The palm sports silicone printed palm and finger patches provide solid amounts of traction and a great handlebar feel. Ventilation throughout the palm regulates hand temperature which can be critical on warmer days. A full-sized high-quality terry cloth thumb patch is useful for addressing a runny nose or wiping a sweaty forehead. The wrist closure system features a velcro strap and seems largely unnecessary and adds a bit of bulk. A contoured wrist cutout on the top of the glove makes the Ridecamp easy to wear with a training or wristwatch. The armored patch on the knuckle adds an element of protection. A $29.50 MSRP is a middle of the road price point for a high-quality glove.

Pros and Cons

Giro Women's LA DND Gloves

Women's LA DND glove
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Women's LA DND glove
Women's LA DND glove
Women's LA DND glove
Women's LA DND glove

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.

Expert Experience

Kristen Bonkoski | Site Owner – March 29, 2020

A glove needs to be comfortable enough that we don’t mind wearing it, protective enough that our hands won’t get shredded in the event of a crash, and thin enough that we can get feedback from the trail or road.

The Giro LA DND women’s full-finger glove manages to meet all of these criteria. I’ve been happy with the glove on both the trail and the road. It also happens to be cuter and more affordable than many other gloves on the market, so there’s not much not to love.

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 1.0 Women's GripR V22 Gloves

1.0 Women's GripR V22 glove
1.0 Women's GripR V22 glove
1.0 Women's GripR V22 glove
1.0 Women's GripR V22 glove
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The Leatt 1.0 Women’s GripR V22 Gloves is quite a name for this excellent pair of lightweight summer gloves.

Leatt makes excellent MTB gloves and they can add these near-perfect women’s MTB summer gloves to their already impressive roster.

The barely-there feel applies to these gloves as they have an impressive snug fit aided by a specific method of stitching that follows the natural lines your hand makes when gripping the bars.

They don’t offer any form of protection. That means no padding, either on top or in the palm. But some women like their gloves to protect their hands in the case of a fall and the worst abrasions, which this glove will do.

Expert Experience

Guy Stevenson | Bike tester – August 09, 2022

Leatt deserve credit for doing something different with the design of their MTB 1.0 V22 gloves and finger grip, screen swipe and XS to XXL sizing are all positives. You need to take into account those sizes are smaller than average though. The big palm pads and thick finger tip seams provoked a love/hate (mostly the latter) reaction in our testers, so that means trying before you buy is crucial even if the price seems good.

Pros and Cons

Pearl Izumi Women's Divide Gloves

Women's Divide glove
Women's Divide glove

The Pearl Izumi Women’s Divide Gloves is another option in an already great lineup of women’s MTB summer gloves.

The Ax Suede Uno leather palm offers a durable and ventilated grip on the handlebars. Whereas the upper construction is made from a single piece of lightweight 4-way stretch mesh fabric.

The touchscreen functionality works excellent and the slip-on cuff fits snugly around the wrist.

Whether or not the minimalistic design with gray-blueish bars on top resonates with you is up to you, but this is a great glove for hot summer trail riding.

Pros and Cons

POC Resistance Enduro Gloves

Resistance Enduro glove
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 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

Savant MTB glove
Savant MTB glove
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.

Pros and Cons

Troy Lee Designs Women's Ace 2.0 Gloves

Women's Ace 2.0 glove
Women's Ace 2.0 glove
Women's Ace 2.0 glove
Women's Ace 2.0 glove
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The Troy Lee Designs Women’s Ace 2.0 Gloves are excellent fitting gloves that provide a seamless fit between your hands and the bars.

This year the gloves come with an added D30 knuckle protector, making them a good choice for hot weather downhill and enduro riding as well. And this protection will also come in handy on tight trails where the chance of your hands getting whipped by a branch is high.

Furthermore they tick all of the other boxes for women’s MTB summer gloves. These are ventilated palms, mesh upper construction for extra breathability, tight-fitting slip-on cuff and a bunch of colors to choose from.

Expert Experience

Jon Woodhouse | Editor – September 6, 2018

I like the pull-on design, which has a stretch cuff that’s comfortable and easy enough to get on and off, despite the lack of a pull tab. You also get a snot wipe on the thumb which, though not as absorbent (grim!) as terry-cloth style designs, does the job well enough.

The price roughly is on a par with quality rivals, they look good and there are a whole load of colours available for those that insist on matching their cuffs to anything else. All in all, if you want a glove that feels as close to not wearing a glove as possible, these will be right up your street.

Pros and Cons

Specifications women's summer MTB gloves

Name
Sex
Type
Back
Palm
Padding
Insulation
Season
100% Ridecamp Women’s Gloves
women
full finger
Nylon spandex
Clarino™
none
none
summer
Giro Women’s LA DND Gloves
women
full finger
mesh
AX Suede™
3MM Technogel Padding
none
summer
Hestra All Mountain Sr. Gloves
unisex
full finger
Clarino™
none
none
summer
Leatt 1.0 Women’s GripR V22 Gloves
women
full finger
MicronGrip
none
none
summer
Pearl Izumi Women’s Divide Gloves
women
full finger
mesh
Ax Suede Uno
none
none
summer
POC Resistance Enduro Gloves
unisex
full finger
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 Women’s Ace 2.0 Gloves
women
full finger
D30 knuckle protector
none
none
summer

Sources

Jeremy Benson, 100% Ridecamp – Women’s Review, Outdoorgearlab, May 3, 2018
Kristen Bonkoski, Giro LA DND Women’s Bike Glove Review, Femme Cyclist, March 29, 2020
David Arthur, POC Resistance Enduro Adjustable gloves review, Bike Perfect, August 24, 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
Jon Woodhouse, Troy Lee Designs Ace 2.0 gloves review, Off.road.cc, September 6, 2018

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