The reasons for wearing summer cycling gloves (mitts) are numerous: from protection, to improved grip and greater comfort. The extensive range of short finger cycling gloves can make it difficult to choose the right pair for you though. In this guide, we look at the unique features and designs of the GripGrab summer cycling glove range.
To make things simple, we have split the range into five subcategories to show you what sets one pair of short finger gloves apart from the rest.
The primary reason that most cyclists wear gloves in the summer is to increase comfort; through a combination of improved grip, and additional padding on the palm of the gloves to reduce the chance of numbness in the hands on long rides.
The GripGrab Comfort / Endurance summer cycling gloves range includes the ProGel and SuperGel models, which as the names suggest both feature our specialist DoctorGel Padding.
GripGrab SuperGel Gloves — The GripGrab SuperGel Short Finger Gloves are the most shock-absorbing glove in the fingerless summer cycling gloves range. They feature high-end materials and maximum (6 mm) DoctorGel® padding for supreme comfort. Designed to help protect you against fatigue and numbness; these endurance summer cycling gloves will keep you riding all day long. Available in a selection of brilliant colours.
GripGrab ProGel Gloves — The GripGrab ProGel Short Finger Gloves are similar in many ways to the SuperGel, and one of the most comfortable pairs of summer cycling gloves available. Constructed from lightweight high performance materials; they feature highly padded (4 mm) DoctorGel® palms to provide comfort, grip and control. When your ride comes to an end, the pull-off tabs make taking the gloves off much easier, and the gMagnets™ lock them together for storage. Also available in a selection of great colours.
The summer gloves that you choose for racing are likely to have a slightly different focus, with the emphasis on lightweight, aerodynamics, and maximum 'feel' for how your bike is responding. In this category, we have the Aerolite InsideGrip Gloves, Aero TT Raceday Gloves, the WorldCup gloves, and the Solara Tan Through Gloves.
Aerolite InsideGrip Summer Gloves — Minimal bulk. Exceptional grip. Maximum feel and control - the GripGrab Aerolite InsideGrip™ Gloves are aerodynamic non-padded super-light road cycling gloves, which utilise GripGrab's award winning InsideGrip™ technology. The silicone grippers on the inside of these gloves mean they fit and feel like a second skin. With zero padding and minimal seams on the palms, the soft suede material allows you to firmly grip the handlebars, and put down the power.
Aero TT Raceday Summer Gloves — The Aero TT Raceday Gloves were designed in collaboration with some of the world's top male and female race teams—they are super slim-fitting, and designed for speed. The long cuff helps to smooth airflow around your wrists, and the padding in the palms is specifically placed to provide comfort when on the aero-bars of a time-trial bike. Ride FAST.
Solara Padded Tan-Through Gloves — The Solara Padded Tan Through Gloves are the perfect summer cycling glove for the hottest conditions. They provide improved comfort and grip, but without those annoying tan lines. The gloves feature a DoctorGel® pad to give comfort for long summer miles, and lightweight soft suede palms to help keep a firm grip on the bars. The mesh backing with no straps or Velcro, allows your hands to breathe and even tan as you ride. These can handle the heat.
WorldCup Summer Race Gloves — For longer road races, and endurance cycling events, there is the GripGrab WorldCup glove. These short finger cycling gloves are the pinnacle of quality, and provide unmatched style, comfort, and class. With 4mm of DoctorGel padding, they will let you ride far in great comfort, whilst the pull-on cuff provides a low-bulk connection with your wrist. Incredible comfort, beautifully designed.
We realise that we need to consider all price points within the market, and that whilst the likes of the World Cup gloves and SuperGel gloves provide phenomenal comfort and performance; their price isn't reachable by all. To accommodate this, we have the EasyRider, Ride, and Rouleur gloves - three fantastic value offerings that provide great performance, but at a lower price point.
EasyRider Padded Summer Gloves — The Easy Rider summer gloves are similar to the ProGel gloves, as they feature the same super comfortable 4 mm of DoctorGel padding. Unlike the ProGel though, they have just a simple slip-on cuff, and no G-Magnets; this helps to reduce the cost of production.
Rouleur Padded Summer Gloves — The Rouleur is an all-rounder glove that is suitable for beginner cyclists taking on shorter rides. It features a Velcro closure like those found on the SuperGel and ProGel gloves, but rather than DoctorGel padding it uses a simple foam pad on the palm, to help to keep costs down.
Ride Lightweight Padded Gloves — The GripGrab Ride Glove is a starter glove, and features a slip-on cuff, with foam padding in the palms. It is a 'no-frills' design, but still provides good comfort and added grip and protection.
We realize that women's hands are not the same as men's; they are smaller, slighter, and less bulky around the palms. That is why we have designed three of our gloves specifically for women.
The Women's ProGel and Women's Rouleur Gloves are female-specific versions of the male models, with a fit specific to the female hand. They also come in great female-orientated colour schemes.
The Women's Solara gloves are a super lightweight and breathable set of gloves, for the perfect balance between control and comfort. They offer maximum freedom of movement along with excellent grip, and their unique design means that you can still tan through the back panel of the glove!
Finally, don't forget the kids! The X-Trainer Junior is a simple cycling glove that is made for smaller hands. Providing super protection, and added comfort, it is ideal for biking, skateboarding, and any other activity that is tough on the hands of little ones.
We hope our guide has provided you with an insight into all the summer cycling gloves within the GripGrab range, and that it will mean you can clearly identify which glove is best for you. Whatever your choice this summer, get out and ride.