I’m a commuter who likes to bike to work, when time permits,. It’s about 9 miles over gently rolling, mostly even and well-planned bike paths, but a long trip all the same both ways. When I bought my bike, there were a few essentials I knew I couldn’t live without right away- a helmet, of course, is a requirement. From previous excursions, I also knew I wasn’t going to get far without cycling gloves. Well, not very far without some major blisters.
Let’s review three sets of bike gloves for men, starting with the pair sitting on my desk.
Bell Pro-Gel Gloves – Black
These have served me well thus far. They come in basic black on the outside, grey on the inside where the strategically-placed gel meets your hands pressure points. With velcro straps on the back of the wrist, I haven’t encountered any slipping, blistering, or discomfort. As with any set of gloves, they get a little sweaty and I have been able to wash them without any problems.
Giro Monaco Bike Gloves – Men’s
If you’re looking for something a little more durable and upscale, the Giro Monaco brand has a lot to offer. Breathable, gel-padded, and water resistant (but not waterproof) they are both stylish and very functional. Were I to step up, this would likely be my first choice in a set of men’s bike gloves.
Novara Sprint Bike Gloves – Men’s
Another set of very breathable gloves, they offer the advantage of easy palm removal. They could use a bit more padding, but would be more comfortable in races than the previous sets described. The white reflective stripes are a nice extra feature as well, making them ideal for night rides. I’ve been told by salespeople it wicks sweat well, but can’t attest to that from personal use.