Review: The Best Cycling Gloves of 2016
Bontrager Classique$64 1 of 11
The retro styling of Bontrager's natural leather Classique glove will certainly attract attention, but it isn't just a fashion statement. The gel and memory foam inserted into the palm makes the Classique one of the best at dampening road vibration and eliminating discomfort without feeling bulky. While the leather details won't be a big hit in extreme heat, for mild weather it's just about perfect--and plenty durable, too.
Rapha Merino$100 2 of 11
When fall weather dips to a temperature that's a bit too chilly for fingerless gloves, the Rapha Merino should be your go-to option. The Merino-Elastane blended fabric keeps your fingers from going numb while letting out any excess heat that could build up during high-intensity efforts. To keep the wool from wearing out, Rapha uses a Pittards goatskin in the palm and a reinforced gripper on the fingers and thumb--two details that make this glove suitable for heavy use across multiple seasons.
Assos SummerGloves_S7$69 3 of 11
While there's no doubt that going gloveless is a cooler option, it isn't always a good idea. During those long training rides or races when you'll want to protect your hands in case of a spill, the S7 from Assos is the next best thing to wearing nothing at all. Stretchy back panels breathe exceptionally well and conform to your hand to provide a less restrictive fit. The padding in the palm is only incorporated in essential areas to keep the weight down and your hands as cool as possible.
Giro Zero II$35 4 of 11
For cyclists looking for a true racing glove, the Zero II from Giro is an option that deserves consideration. The sleek, aerodynamic Super Fit design breathes well and fits like a second skin to provide a supreme level of comfort on the bike. While the palm is pretty minimal, the leather and synthetic material improve the grip and durability over similar racing gloves in the minimalist category.
Louis Garneau Vorttice$40 5 of 11
There are racing gloves, and then there's the Vorttice, which can be categorized as the time trial helmet of cycling gloves. The dimpled SpeedTech fabric incorporated on the back of the hand uses the same technology as speed suits, which are known for being incredibly thin and faster than leaving your skin bare. The Ergo Air palm helps to evaporate moisture from sweat and improve ventilation to keep your hands as cool as possible during any race against the clock.
Castelli Leggenda$45 6 of 11
Designed to be the winter glove you wear most often, the Castelli Leggenda is warm enough for rides dipping down into the low 40s. They're also waterproof, windproof and use PolarTec Power technology to keep your hands toasty while wicking away any sweat during hard efforts. The lack of bulk improves your feel for the bars and makes shifting much easier than what you'll find with most other winter options.
Lizard Skins Monitor 2.0$40 7 of 11
Like their bar tape, the Monitor 2.0 glove from Lizard Skins is tough and durable, and won't tear should you happen to take a spill out on the trail. The extra padding across the back of the hand, knuckles and pinky provides even more protection where you'll need it most if things take a wrong turn. The index finger is touch-screen compatible, and the palm is minimized to increase the feel for the bars.
Pearl Izumi P.R.O. AmFib Lobster$75 8 of 11
For the most extreme winter conditions, the AmFib Lobster is just about as warm a glove as you can find. A fleece-lined inner and a water and windproof outer shell give you all the warmth and protection you'd expect in a glove designed for temperatures down into the teens. Despite all the insulation, the AmFib lacks bulk--which allows for a high-level of finger dexterity that you won't often find in a split finger glove built for harsh winter conditions.
POC AVIP Softshell$60 9 of 11
With highly visible color pallets and aggressive stylings, the AVIP Softshell fits right in with POC's fashion consciousness on the bike. But that doesn't mean their products aren't extremely functional, too. Featuring a reflective logo, silicone prints for extra grip and a long neoprene wrist that fits extremely well under long-sleeve jerseys, this is a glove that's perfect for mild fall and spring weather.
Capo MSR Pittards SF$54 10 of 11
Most all-leather cycling gloves get too hot in warmer temperatures, which makes them an unattractive option if you're looking for a performance-driven glove. While leather is used on the palm of the Capo MSR, the technical fabrics used along the back of the hand make for a much more breathable glove without losing the durability and classic styling you get with other all-leather options. And while it is highly subjective, we found the fit to be among the best in the group.