Our hands are one of only three contact points we have with our bicycle, making gloves one of the most important, yet most overlooked pieces of bike gear we have.
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.
Review In A Nutshell
- Affordable, has the feel of a more expensive glove
- Easy slip-on design
- Cute designs
- Run a bit small
- Touch-screen compatibility doesn’t always work
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Affordable Price Tag
I’ve learned that no matter how well made a glove is, I’ll manage to destroy them within a season of hard riding. That’s why I liked the fact that the Giro LA DND gloves are cheaper than many comparable gloves. At $25, you won’t be too sad when you get a hole in the thumb or one gets left behind and the trailhead.
Slip-On Design Allows For Quick On and Off
While wrist closure is largely a personal preference, I found that I really liked the slip-on nature of the Giro LA DND. By not having to fasten the wrist, I could quickly slip my gloves on and off for bathroom breaks, snack breaks, and photo breaks.
There’s also a helpful tab on the back of the wrist to help you pull the gloves on.
Smaller Fit Means You Should Order Up a Size From Unisex Gloves
These gloves run a bit on the small size. I have small hands and the size small gloves are pretty snug. In retrospect, I would probably order up a size.
If you are accustomed to buying unisex gloves, be aware that these women’s-specific gloves run a size smaller than you are used to. That said, they are not as crazy teeny-tiny as many other women’s-specific gloves.
So Comfortable You’ll Forget Your Wearing Them
The Giro LA DND gloves are some of the most comfortable gloves I’ve worn. They don’t have any weird seams to rub (I have REALLY sensitive skin), and they’re not bulky or hot.
The padding on the palm will keep your hands comfy even on hour four of riding but aren’t so bulky that you lose the feeling of the trail. There are several ventilation holes in the palms as well, and I never felt my hands getting sweaty on the bars.
One thing I really appreciate, is the expanding fabric at the middle joint. This allows your fingers to easily curve and grip the bars without any uncomfortable pressure. Many gloves don’t have this feature, which can make the gloves feel tight around the middle joint.
Great For 3-Season Trail and Road Riding
The Giro LA DND gloves are not warm enough for true cold-weather riding, nor do they have enough top-of-hand protection for aggressive downhill riding. But for spring, summer, and fall trail rides, they are just about perfect.
I’ve also been happy using these gloves on the road bike. Although they’re advertised as mountain bike gloves, for women (like me!) that prefer a full-finger glove on the road bike rather than a half-finger glove, these are perfect.
“Touchy” Touch-Screen Compatibility
Like many gloves themselves as touch-screen compatible, the Giro LA DND gloves work with screens most of the time, but not 100% of the time. I found that if I wanted to make sure I got the picture, I would take the gloves off to make sure that it worked.
If you are a frequent iphone photo taker or use Trailforks a bunch, and don’t want to take off your gloves, you might want to look for a different pair of gloves.
Bottom-Line: A Comfortable, Affordable Full Finger Glove For Road And Trail
If you’re picky about the way your gloves feel, give the Giro LA DND gloves a try. (Just remember to size up a bit so that they’re not too small).
I’ve been happy with these gloves on both the road and the trail, and will use them summer, spring, and fall. The only application we wouldn’t recommend them for is downhill riding or freeriding where you need more protection than these gloves offer.
For everybody else, you probably won’t find a better glove at this price point.
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