You’re thinking about long cycling trips this summer, switching to a bicycle to commute to and from work, or perhaps you’re a racer. Either way, you need bicycle gloves to help you get the job done. The best cycling gloves help you retain your grip, reduce hand irritation, and allow you to use less pressure on your joints. Bike gloves are required for serious riders that go the distance, and there’s no way around it. We’ve broken down the top ten best cycling gloves for winter, and the top ten for summer, so you can wear those tires down with function and flair on your fingertips.
The Best Cycling Gloves
It’s time to grind your wheels on the pavement. Summer can be hell on your tires, but it doesn’t have to be rough on your hands. Scott Sports ensures you’ll be riding with a breathable back panel in your gloves, promoting airflow and a cool internal temperature throughout your entire ride. The simple pull-on loop and comfortable netted construction make these easy to slip on, pull off, and comfortable from start to finish. Scott Sports did a bang-up job at creating a stellar pair of cycling gloves that you’ll actually feel comfortable wearing, and perform like you’re being sponsored for the Tour de France.
Strategic netting stretches and contours to your hand
Back panel pushes air in and out to remain breathable
Padded thumb slot
- BrandScott Scott
- Weight7 ounces
Are you ready to get serious? InBike is all about quality, which you’ll find in every single stretch of these fantastic summertime cycling gloves. If you’re a fan of mountain biking through the trails, encompassing through paved roads and back again, you need cycling gloves that are as versatile as your wild spirit. InBike made these with simple pull-on target loops to enclose your hand in the V-shaped design. Easy on, easy off. You’ll be able to adjust your fit while feeling the full power of the palm padding to protect your hands. You shouldn’t have to turn tail and head back up the trail just because your hands hurt. With InBike, that’ll be the last thing on your mind.
Elastic lycra construction
Velcro top panel creates the perfect grip
Padded palm interior
Pull-on loop and comfortable V-shaped design
Built for a warm spring day, ZOOKKI’s rendition of lightweight cycling gloves will have you encased in comfort. Full-finger length and created out of mesh and lycra, these stretchy gloves include an elastic compound throughout the materials, promising a comfortable fit no matter what. If that isn’t enough, you’ll be able to use the velcro strap to get that perfect fit. The main drawback of full-finger gloves is breathability, which is why ZOOKKI gloves are made with strategic air holes in the palms, accompanied by tactile gel pads to reduce stress on your hands from contact with your handlebar. Find more great products like this by checking out our guide to the best hiking gloves.
Synthetics imbued with elastic material for a comfortable fit
Mesh and lycra construction is durable and easy to clean
Silica gel padding along the palm
Breathable precision air holes throughout your palms
Designed for comfort, and breathable as can be. Full-finger gloves usually aren’t your go-to for summer cycling, but Fox Racing makes Ranger Mountain one of the most versatile pairs of gloves you’ll ever own. First and foremost, everything is crafted of a unique blend of nylon, polyvinyl and polyester, giving it an ultra-stretchy feeling that contours to your hand shape, without providing too much pressure. You get silicone finger grips to maintain your balance on your bike, while the thumb on each glove is crafted of suede, designated to help absorb moisture and keep your hands nice and dry during your ride.
Primary synthetic and nylon construction
Silicone finger grips
Suede thumb cap helps absorb moisture
Stretch to fit
- BrandFox Racing
- ModelFox Racing
- Weight2.7 ounces
Ten styles to choose from, and a catalog if sizes that fit just about any rider, all built out of a synthetic leather. Don’t worry, they’re not like normal leather gloves. You’d have a puddle of sweat inside of them before you made the second mile on your cycling ride. Giro Bravo Gloves are lined with microfiber to provide a more breathable environment for your hands, and aid in wicking away sweat as it happens. You’ll also be met with mesh components throughout this design, allowing for proper breathability, while your padded palms help reduce shock and stress from your hands while you’re out blazing a trail. A perfect pair to always keep in your cycling backpack.
Primary synthetic leather construction
Microfiber interior helps wick away sweat
Palm padding for a smooth ride
Breathable mesh components help keep your hands dry
- Weight11.2 ounces
Leave the nonsense at home: FireLion put the pedal to the metal on quality and left the aesthetics to simple black with their lion logo on the top of the palm. Effective and inexpensive, FireLion created these touchscreen responsive gloves with strategic gel padding throughout the palm, which help reduce shock and absorb impacts while mountain biking. You Could use these for BMX, race cycling, just about anything under the sun. FIreLion ensured a breathable mesh interior that promotes airflow, while the cuff is still adjustable to promise a tight fit.
Gel palm padding for superior comfort
Adjustable straps for a fitted feel
Breathable enough to use for street cycling or mountain biking
Pearl iZUMi knows what gets you up in the morning: that open road, nothing but you, two tires and a chain guiding you on your way. They created these versatile cycling gloves to work well with commuters, BMX riders, mountain bikers, just about anything you can think of. That’s all thanks to their unique blend of half polyester, and five other fabrics, creating a snug fit while remaining breathable. You’ll also receive a synthetic leather palm, prime for shock absorption and a comfortable grip on your handlebars.
50% polyester, 50% blend of other trace materials
Soft thumb hole w/ sweat wicking technology
Synthetic leather palm provides shock absorption
Available in three other colors
- BrandPearl iZUMi
- ModelPearl Izumi
- Weight8.3 ounces
I don’t know about you, but I always have some tunes playing while I’m on my bike. I love having gloves, but I hate not being able to properly scroll through my collection. Fox Head made Ranger Gel Racing Gloves touchscreen-compatible (which is a lifesaver), while still providing excellent silicone grips on each fingertip to maintain proper traction with your handlebar. They’ve also created these from a compression mold design, meaning you’ll promote proper blood circulation just by wearing them. Make your selection from eight different colors, and get back out on the road. If you are a sporty type, check out our guide to the best running gloves as well.
Compression molded for proper blood circulation
Silicone grips for an ironclad latch on your handlebar
Compatible with touchscreens
Available in eight different designs
- BrandFox Racing
- ModelFox Racing
- Weight4 ounces
A fan of the simple design, without all those added bells and whistles? Castelli’s got the fix for you. They focused first on function and included some of our favorite features while still keeping Arenberg Gel Bike Gloves fingerless. You get proper gel padding along your palms to aid in absorbing shock, and relieving tension on your palms. A suede thumb hole helps to wick away sweat from the most commonplace that it tends to pool up, and lastly, you’ll get a simple velcro strap at the cuff to ensure this fits exactly as you imagined. They make a perfect gift for cyclists.
Primary lycra construction for a stretch fit
Suede palm helps wick away sweat
Gel padded palm prevents abrasions and absorbs shock
Available in seven different styles
- Weight2.88 ounces
Last but not least on our summer set, Gearonic produces a simple pair of cycling gloves that sit at the same price as an hour’s work at minimum wage. Foam padded and designed through a compression mold, Geronic made Shockproof Cycling Fingerless Gloves with durability in mind. You’re grinding your palms against the handlebar for dozens of hours per week; it’s time to reduce the friction and aggravation on your hands. Foam padding lines your palm, while a comfortable yet snug fit allows you to maneuver flawlessly on your bike.
Foam padded palms
Compression molded to promote circulation
Available in six different styles
Washing machine safe
- BrandGEARONIC TM
First up in our winter lineup is Kingsbom and their relatively inexpensive winter Waterproof Thermal Cycling Gloves. When we say relatively, we mean that for this cost, you shouldn’t be able to get all these features. You’re reinforced for temperatures as low as -40 F, while still being compatible with thermal touchscreen phones. Between the grip padding along the palm and the extra long cuff to tuck into your winter jacket sleeve, Kingsbom simply gives you the best value for the money spent. You can expect to have these gloves for ten or more years with a bit of TLC.
Thermal resistance up to -40 F
Triple layer fabric houses body heat effectively
Long cuff to discreetly slip into your winter jacket sleeves
Thermal touchscreen compatible
- Weight6.1 ounces
The first time I heard about lobster gloves, I thought they were for, you know, fishing. (Don’t worry, the rest of the Gear Hungry staff has already laughed at me). Designed to keep you warm throughout the winter, Pearl Pro Lobster Gloves have a two-way finger hole system to retain heat and give you the perfect grip over your handlebar. Thanks to the nylon and polyester construction, these winter cycling gloves are durable as low as -20 F, while remaining breathable enough to keep sweat at bay. If that isn’t enough, the thumb cap is fleece-lined, aiding in wicking away sweat to keep you nice and dry.
Primary polyester and nylon design
The softshell exterior retains heat and is mildly waterproof
Synthetic leather palm absorbs shock and provides comfort
Fleece thumb wicks away sweat
- BrandPearl Izumi – Ride
- Weight1 pounds
Wind chill factor is a major problem with winter cycling. That’s when it’s time to bust out the goggles and balaclava and grab a better pair of gloves. InBike created the all-winter gloves, regardless of the conditions outside. You’ll be able to resist harsh winds, cripplingly low temperatures, all while upgrading your safety. Snowbanks are a big cause for accidents during the winter, primarily because motorists come around and don’t see you right away. That’s why InBike made Windproof Thermal Cycling Gloves with a reflective layer on top. You’ll still get all of the same great features that they use in their gloves brand-wide: comfortable cuff, adjustable fit, and their same great customer service. Be sure to check out our guide to the best bike seats for more great cycling equipment.
Comfort grip padding along your palm
Reflective surface for visibility from motorists in the snow
Touch screen compatible
Silicone grips along each finger
Thermal interior maintains temperatures through -20 F conditions
SLB designed a truly unique and inexpensive winter cycling glove. You’ll not only get to adjust your size thanks to the zipper on the top of the cuff, but you’ll also get to use your touchscreen without sacrificing any insulation. Between the innovative design of the full palm and finger grip coverage and the unique blend of synthetic materials, SLB ensures proper heat retention while still interacting with your thermal touchscreen devices. SLB Waterproof Winter Cycling Gloves are also naturally waterproof and windproof, giving you no holds barred on every type of weather condition. Rain, sleet or shine, it’s time to ride. Don’t forget to also check our guide to the best work gloves.
No-slip grip along the entire glove interior
Waterproof and windproof design
Adjustable zipper for sizing
- Weight2.72 ounces
Nothing feels as excellent on your skin as leather. Call us biased, but leather gloves have a regal feel, even when you’re on your bicycle. Castelli’s leather gloves are equipped with a textured top and palm, providing superior grip on your handlebar. While leather isn’t the most heat-retaining material out there, they’ve engineered it with a neoprene lining to make these safe to use in temperatures as low as -10 F. With the extra long cuff and rugged exterior, these will last you a lifetime and help protect against wind chill and melted snow. Our handy guide to the best bike locks features more great products for cyclists.
Full leather construction w/ neoprene lining
Long cuff closure
Textured exterior for superior grip on your handlebar
Viable down to -10 F
- Weight7.2 ounces
We’ve never tried on such a simple, yet effective pair of gloves before. Giro made a three-finger design, giving you the perfect grip on your handlebar, and sustaining your body heat in outside temperatures as low as -30 F. Crafted out of durable nylon, fleece and trace percentages of other materials, these gloves are practically indestructible, as well as windproof and waterproof. Giro is so certain that you’ll be protected by and adore everything about 100 Proof Gloves, from the extended cuffs right down to the comfortable stitching, but for some peace of mind, they included a one-year warranty anyway. Put these through their paces, and you won’t be disappointed.
Nylon, fleece and multiple other materials make these indestructible
One-year manufacturer warranty
- Weight3.52 ounces
Andyshi wanted to keep it cheap. No, this price isn’t a sale, they just wanted to create something fantastic, and they’ve done just that. Their winter gloves are excellent for temperatures as low as 10 F and include a slew of other features as well. You’ll get a textured lining covering the center of the palm area, granting you fantastic grip for mountain biking and BMX tricks alike. You’ll be able to adjust the snug fit via the short zipper on the extended cuff, which you can then tuck into your sleeves. Andyshi is the budget-friendly alternative to the rest of our list, allowing you to hit the winter streets without having to kiss your wallet goodbye. Make sure you also check our guide to the best tactical gloves for more great items like this.
Nylon taslon construction for durability and a stretch fit
Thorough wind protection
Textured palm interior and finger starts
Adjustable fit through a cuff zipper
Designed for multiple winter sports, the Siberian Glow gloves offer a reflective element to alert traffic to your presence while biking through the city streets. This Swedish sportswear company offers you excellent heat retention, thanks to the fleece lining and primary polyester exterior. Among that exterior, you’ll get a silicone layer along the palm, promising superior traction and grip on your handles. These are wind resistant, water resistant, and designed to keep you warm as can be through -40 F weather.
Reflective properties to alert oncoming traffic
Silicone print in the palm interior
Wind and water resistant
Primary polyester construction
Fleece lined for maximum heat retention
- BrandCraft Sportswear
- Weight4.5 ounces
Gore-Tex designs some of the best waterproof aspects of any outdoor gear, including ski pants and work boots. Not only are these the most waterproof winter bike gloves you’ll ever own, but they’re also comfortable. No harsh rubber, no coating, just naturally waterproof thanks to their award-winning Gore-Tex design. Designed to withstand the wind and the cold, you’ll be primed to cruise through just about anywhere, in any conditions. With silicone grips along the interior palm padding and an extra long cuff, with Gore-Tex Road Cycling Gloves you’ll never want for another pair of winter cycling gloves as long as you live.
Primary polyamide construction
Adjustable velcro comfort strap
Reflective back print
Completely waterproof and windproof
- BrandGore Bike Wear
- Weight1 pounds
Last but not least, to really beat the frigid winds, Cool Charge is an inexpensive option. Compatible with touch screens and breathable as can be, these lightweight winter wear gloves will keep you warm in temperatures as low as 5 F. They’ve equipped these gloves with padding along the palms, as well as one-way air passages. Air comes out but doesn’t go in, so you can stay sweat-free throughout the rest of your ride. Because these are made of microfiber, you can toss them right into the washing machine with no worry. Don’t forget to also check our guide to the best ski gloves.
Compatible with touch screens
Breathable palm and finger holes let air out, not in
Primary microfiber construction
Gel padding along the palm
- BrandCool Change
Cycling Gloves Buying Guide and FAQ
A glove can fit, but it doesn’t mean it fits. We’ve compiled the top twenty gloves, so now it’s time to show you what makes them tick. From describing the insulation and fit in your cycling gloves to answer your burning questions, everything you need to make an informed decision is right below.
Features to Look for in Cycling Gloves
Type of Gloves - We’ll discuss each glove type in-depth later on in this guide. The glove type dictates mobility, insulation, and how powerful the grips are. Depending on what you’re doing (mountain biking, street bicycle racing), you’ll need a different type of gloves for each occasion.
Fit - These shouldn’t be white-knuckle tight. They need to be fitted, leave little room to move around, but still be mobile. That’s where the real secrets of a good-fitting glove company come out. We describe the perfect way to measure your hands for gloves further on in this guide.
Padding - There’s a lot of traction between your hands, the grips, and everything that causes them to bounce around. Your padding determines how sore your hands are going to be when your cycling trip is done, but if you aren’t careful, it can also limit your movement and grip.
Fabrics - You’re going to see a lot of spandex, lycra, nylon and synthetic, possibly some textiles commonly used in shoe construction. Some gloves use a blend of five or more different materials to fortify stretchiness and produce a mildly insulated interior, while still remaining breathable.
Grip - Whether there are silicone grips on the ends of each finger, gel padding or another form of grip strengthening augmentation, you’re nothing without a good hold on your handlebar. Don’t sacrifice comfort for a lack of grip, and vice versa: there are plenty of cycling gloves out there that hit both of these notes in unison.
Breathability - It’s a physical activity; you’re going to sweat, and it’s going to hinder your performance and comfort. Your gloves need to be breathable to prevent sweat buildup, whether it’s summer or winter.
Waterproofing - You’ll find this more in winter gloves than others. Waterproofing is essential if you’re going out in the snow, or if a minor bit of rain isn’t enough to prevent you from going out on your ride. Waterproofing helps retain traction, even in slippery conditions.
Insulation - This applies to winter cycling gloves. If you aren’t insulated to at least ten degrees or lower, then they aren’t worth your time. We often look at clothing with excellent insulation, and it works for us, but our extremities are far more susceptible to the cold. It’s not overkill to get gloves that can withstand -40 F, even if you're only going out in 25 F weather.
Touchscreen Compatibility - We all have our phone with us wherever we go. For some of us, it’s used for music during the trek. You don’t want to have to stop and pull off one glove just to select a new song. Gloves that are compatible with touch screens are a lifesaver.
Types of Cycling Gloves
Track Mitts - As you might expect, they’re what you’d wear to a bike race. They’re usually fingerless, lined with padding on the palms with adjustable wrist straps. Between the lack of materials and the lightweight build, they’re perfect to accompany you during professional or hardcore training regimens.
Full-Finger Gloves - They look a bit like winter gloves, but with a twist. You’ll find that standard full-finger gloves have a slender appearance with very little fabric. This allows for a full grip over your handlebar, and usually includes silicone grips lining the palm interior or small pads on each fingertip accompanied by the presence of gel padding.
Winter Gloves - This is a broad term, but so long as they can withstand low temperatures and come windproof, they’re what we would consider winter gloves. Manufacturers have the difficult job of making these maneuverable, while still padding them to retain your body heat.
Mittens - Bicycle mittens sometimes come with three-finger designs, sometimes just a thumb and mit design. These aren’t as maneuverable, but help to insulate your fingers from the cold and wind far better than any other type of gloves. You’ll find extremely low-temperature ranges on these.
Mountain Bike Gloves - Mountain bike gloves usually have a textured palm, giving you maximum traction. You’ll also find excellent gel padding and shock absorption capabilities, keeping you in control throughout your entire ride.
Should I Get Different Pairs of Cycling Gloves for Summer and Winter?
In short: yes. They’re going to behave differently depending on what season it is. You need summer cycling gloves to stay breathable and thin, allowing excellent maneuverability, while also resisting the heat and not melting to your rubber handlebar grips. A good example is a simple pair of mountain bike gloves, which are usually fingerless and designed to be used in summer.
When it comes to winter, your bicycle riding gloves should have excellent thermal protection, while still being as maneuverable as possible. This is where you’ll find a lot of pairs that have multiple fabrics. We’ve even seen (and reviews some here) that has six or more fabrics, all in an attempt to create a hybrid of breathable, insulating and maneuverable gloves. The point is that you need to keep your digits extra warm during these months.
If you’re serious about cycling year-round, designate a spot to keep your gloves when not in use. It’s very easy to forget that those ninety-dollar winter gloves are sitting in the back of the closet. Those of you who have a specific spot where they keep their bike should consider making a locker or trunk filled with alternate season gear. No more losing off-season gear, or watching it get destroyed because it was within reach of pets or children.
Cycling Gloves FAQ
Q: How do I Wash my Cycling Gloves?
A: Most road cycling gloves are fairly easy to clean. When you have a pair made of microfiber or polyester, they can usually be thrown into the washing machine, and sometimes even tumble dried. You’ll obviously want to keep an eye out for tags on your gloves that give the A-okay. When you run into cycling gloves that have more areas that are easy to damage (such as fingerless cycling gloves) or use a blend of materials that aren’t exactly common, you’ll need to refer to the sales page or any included materials that you received with the shipment.
For some, you might have to hand-wash. For this, we recommend getting a designated tool, such as a soft bristle brush to clear out dirt before spot cleaning. You’ll want to use a mild soapy solution, and avoid harsh chemicals at all costs. Simply use an applicator like a rag to dampen your gloves with the solution, brush in circles with your bristle brush, and leave to air dry.
Q: How do You Measure for Cycling Gloves?
A: Full finger cycling gloves offer some of the most amazing coverage, but sadly, some of us have been disappointed when trying them on, only to find that they don’t quite cut it around the cuff. There’s a simple way that you can determine your ideal glove size, and you can do it right now, without ever having to get up from your desk.
If you have a tailor’s measuring tape nearby, that would be best. If not, you can download a measurement app and hold your phone screen next to your hand.
First, place your hand flat on the desk, and measure the circumference of your entire hand. This is a bit trickier to do with a phone app, but you’ll find that you fit into one of five standard glove size brackets. A little estimation here won’t kill you.
Next, you want to get the exact amount of inches from your wrist, all the way up to the peak of your middle finger. This is going to be the glove’s overall length, and dictate how it’s going to fit on you. If it’s too snug, you’ll feel the cuff pull up, and the glove shrink across your hand. That lets moisture and cold air in, which is not what we’re going for.
As one last tidbit of advice, if you find your measurements between sizes, always opt for the larger. It won’t be so large that you’ll be swimming in it, just a tiny bit of extra fabric to cling to your hands.
As a heads-up, gel cycling gloves with palm padding don’t require a different size chart or method of measurement. They’re designed this way to coincide with your normal sizing. Unless you find a pair that’s not on this list that state they “run small” in the reviews, you’ll be A-okay to use your standard glove size.