An important place in the apparel hall of fame of every rider is occupied by the gloves. They play several key roles, among which safety and comfort are the two leading ones.
Safety comes first
Hiting the ground once in a while just shows you are an avid rider, but the palms of your hands have a harder time facing the reality. Wearing a good pair of gloves reduces shock and rashes, and this things improve if the products are specifically-designed for gravitational sport. However, even the simplest pair of gloves makes a difference, so do wear them all the time.
Gloves improve riding comfort a lot. Manufacturers carefully studied the points where the hands meet the handlebar and where most of the pressure occurs. Gel inserts, foam or other anatomical features can be found there and they help alleviate any pain that could be inflicted.
For superior handling of the bike, you need your hands to firmly hold the handlebar, and gloves can improve this thanks to their grip. Having a lot of effort put into developing the optimal shape and finding the most suitable material, this property can make a big difference. It also facilitates shifting and braking.
Of course, we couldn’t skip insulation, since low temperatures can occur even in summer, while riding at high altitudes. Basically, you can find nowadays gloves that cover the entire spectrum of temperatures and weather conditions.
Bike gloves can be short (without fingers) or regular (fully covering the hand)
Besides lower weight, the first type doesn’t bring any significant advantages. Still, you can find using a touchscreen phone easier wearing them, but long-fingered gloves with special inserts at the top of the fingers also appeared.
An important aspect you have to take into account when chosing a pair of gloves is their intended usage. When comparing mountain biking with road cycling, one can see that the hand’s position radically differs, and so do the pressure points/zones. This influences the design of the gloves, and although they cannot be worlds apart, it will prove useful to wear the pair with the proper destination.
When picking the gloves you need, you have to take into account all these aspects, in order to end up with a pleasant product, that makes bike riding more fun. Considering the above-mentioned facts, we can split the glove world into several parts:
Fingerless summer gloves – they suit recreational rides and persons that want to feel the air between their fingers. They virtually have no insulation and the protection offered is minimum.
Light full finger gloves – summer is for them too the only season of usage. They are manufactured out of breathable fabrics, which eliminate moisture and ensure proper ventilation, and offer good protection in the case of accidents. You should have a pair if you’re riding cross-country or road for fun.
Extra protection gloves – these products include durable fabrics that prevent tearing when falling and also provide cushioning on impact. Targeted towards gravity disciplines, you should wear them if you ride anything from trail to downhill. Sluggish over extended use, they don’t mix well with cross-country riders or roadies.
Also, since the nature of these product doesn’t lead to sky-high prices, buying a quality pair from a fabled manufacturer would be a wise choice. It’s not only about the durability of the garment, but also about the features that really add value to riding. Cheap models tend to wear-out faster and fail in providing the properties needed, especially comfort.
Last but not least, a good glove is a glove that fits your hand properly. They should closely follow the line of your hands, still the main point of discussion is that they shouldn’t prevent your fingers from moving willingly.