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7 Best Women’s Cycling Gloves (And How to Choose)

Searching for a new pair of bike gloves? Read this before you buy!

While cycling gloves are often an after-thought, they’re actually pretty important. They protect your palms from serious injury in the event of a crash, absorb road vibration to make your ride more comfortable, and improve your grip on the handlebars.

best womens cycling gloves

We’ve researched and tested dozens of pairs of women’s bike gloves, and surveyed all of our favorite ladies that ride, and the gloves on this list consistently came out on top.

If you need a little extra help choosing, we’ve also included a comparison chart and some tips on what to look for when choosing a new pair of gloves.

Also note that these gloves are primarily intended for road cycling. We also have a list of women’s mountain bike gloves if that’s what you’re looking for instead.

Terry T-Glove

terry t-glove womens cycling gloves

The Terry T-Glove comes in a variety of patterns, so no matter your personal style, you’ll probably find a design you like. The palm is heavily padded, so if you have issues with numbness, this is a glove that will work well for you.

In my personal experience with these gloves, they are well-made, durable, and will last a long time. That said, I did have issues with the velcro snagging the fabric on top of the hand which made them look a little beat up.

They run a bit small, so order up a size.

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Giro Tessa Gel LF

giro tessa

The Giro Tessa is a lightweight, minimal-feeling full-finger glove that works well for road riding as well as mountain biking. We like the mesh upper that keeps your hands from getting sweaty, as well as the gel padding in the palm–it is comfy without being bulky feeling.

The gloves come in black or pink. They also run REALLY small, so keep that in mind when ordering.

Read Our Review: Giro Tessa LF glove

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(Last updated: 2023-10-25 at 20:49 – More Info)

Bontrager Velocis

trek womens bike gloves

The padding on the Bontrager Meraj offers the ultimate in comfort: memory foam AND gel. Suffer from hand pain while riding? Give the Velocis a shot.

Bontrager is also owned by Trek, so these are easier to locate at a local bike shop (Treak dealer) than most of the gloves on this list. We also like that there is no velcro at the wrist and these won’t snag on anything.

For a half-finger gloves, these are pretty expensive though.

Price: $46.99 at TrekBikes.com*

Bontrager Circuit

Bontrager Circuit Women's Full Finger Cycling Glove

Are you a no nonsense sort of gal? If so, you’ll love the Bontrager Circuit gloves.

They come in one color (black), have easy on-off capability thanks to the hook and loop wrist closures, and palms that are comfy but not bulky.

These gloves work well for cooler-weather riding and offer plenty of protection. They are also reasonably priced for a full-finger glove.

Price: $41.99 at TrekBikes.com

Pearl Izumi Women’s Elite Gel Bike Gloves

Pearl Izumi women's bike gloves

Pearl Izumi tends to make good products at an affordable price, and the Women’s Elite Gel bike gloves are no exception. These gloves have feature we’d expect to see on a more expensive glove such as gel padding and a hook-and-loop closure (yay! no velcro!).

One thing to be aware of is that the finger holes are rather slim, so if you have wider fingers you might want to skip these gloves.

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Giro Jag’ette

giro jag'ette fingerless womens cycling gloves

Hello cute gloves! We’ll admit it: our favorite thing about the Jag’ette is how darn adorable the designs are.

That said, they perform well also. These gloves are stretchy, comfortable and minimalistic. We like them for hot summer rides and anytime we don’t want a glove with too much bulk.

They are also crazy affordable, at half the price as some of the other gloves on this list.

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Giro Womens LA DND Gloves

giro la dnd womens full finger bike glove

Looking for a full-finger glove? The Giro LA DND might be just what you want.

These gloves are cute, lightweight, and comfortable. They have minimal padding but plenty of protection, and work well during the shoulder season where you want a full-finger glove but not a “winter” glove. We also like the lack of a velcro strap at the wrist.

Two things to be aware of before buying: (1) the gloves do NOT work well with cell phone screens, and (2) they run a little small. Order up a size.

Read Our Review: Giro LA DND

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(Last updated: 2023-10-10 at 05:01 – More Info)


How To Pick a Pair of Cycling Gloves

Not really sure what you should be looking for when shopping for a pair of cycling gloves? No worries, we can help! Here are a few things we recommend thinking about before picking.

Full-Finger vs Half-Finger Gloves

Whether you choose half-finger (also called “fingerless” gloves) or full-finger gloves is largely a matter of personal preference. For road cycling, half-finger gloves are all you REALLY need.

They do a good job of offering grip, absorbing vibration, and protecting your palms in an event of a crash. They are also more comfortable in warm (or hot!) weather, and allow you to easily swipe your cell phone screen without taking off your gloves.

That said, some women prefer full-finger gloves even for road riding. (I happen to be one of them!).

Full-finger gloves are a good choice for cooler weather, ultimate protection in the event of a crash, and protection from the sun. They also look slightly less goofy if you feel self-concious about wearing fingerless gloves.

Padding

Again, the amount of padding (or lack of padding) you choose is largely up to your personal preferences.

Gloves with padding are more comfortable on roads with lots of vibration and for long days in the saddle. They can also help if you get numbness or tingling in your hands while riding.

giro tessa gloves gel padding

More minimalistic gloves offer just a little bit of padding or none at all. These are good for women who like to “feel” the road or otherwise dislike the feel of padded gloves. These gloves are solely for protection and grip — not vibration absorption.

Velcro or No Velcro

Most women’s cycling gloves have a velcro closure at the wrist. This can be nice if you like a nice tight fit.

A slip-on wrist (left) and a velcro wrist closure (right)

Some women, however, prefer a wrist closure that doesn’t have any velcro. Why? Velcro is notorious for snagging the glove fabric, attracting dirt and other debris, and can add an extra step every time you want to take your gloves on or off.

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About The Author

kristen bonkoski

Kristen Bonkoski is the founder and owner of Femme Cyclist.

An avid cyclist for a few decades now, she took to cycling during her late teen years — a time when she needed something to help boost her self-esteem and confidence.

Mission accomplished, the sport has become an important part of her life.  Kristen’s favorite disciplines are mountain biking and bike commuting, although you can also find her cranking out a century on her road bike and touring with her husband and son.  If it has to do with two wheels, she enjoys doing it.

Kristen is a certified USA Cycling coach, and she runs Rascal Rides, a website about biking with kids.

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