Dainese Guanto Rock Solid-C Gloves - Review

Nov 21, 2014
by Mike Kazimer  
Dainese glove review

Dainese Guanto Rock Solid-C Gloves

In addition to their protective gear, Dainese also makes a full line of mountain bike clothing, which includes the Guanto Rock Solid-C gloves. Aimed at riders who prefer their gloves to be thin and low profile, the Guanto is constructed with a stretch synthetic fabric on the top of the hand, and a synthetic leather-like fabric for the palm. The cuff is made from Airprene, with a Velcro closure located on the underside of the wrist. Silicone strips are in place at the base of each finger, as well as on the tip of the index and middle fingers for improved grip. Colors: black/red, white/green, white/black, black/flouro yellow. Available in sizes XS-XXL. MSRP: $39.99 USD. www.dainese.com

Dainese Guanto Rock Solid C glove review

Simple, comfortable, and durable, the Guanto gloves have held up to months of abuse.



Pinkbike’s Take
bigquotesI'm hard on gloves, and by the end of a season I usually lose count of how many pairs of I've gone through. Part of this has to do with my preference for gloves that are as thin as possible, which often leads to them having a fairly brief lifespan. I figured that would be the case with the Guanto, but they proved me wrong, somehow surviving over four months of hard riding. The silicone grippers have worn off of the index finger, but that seems to be par for the course with any glove, and although the palm fabric has pilled up it's still holding strong. A seam is beginning to come apart on one of the thumbs, but this was likely due to a crash or a branch poking through it rather than any fault in workmanship. Even the Velcro wrist closure is still functioning perfectly, despite repeated cycles through the washing machine. Other than the fact that they're lacking any sort of snot wipe on the thumbs, the only real downside to the Guanto gloves is their price. At nearly $40 USD they sit on the high end of the spectrum, especially for such a simple glove. Granted, they fit well, and far exceeded my expectations in the durability department, but even with those facts in mind the price is still a touch steep. - Mike Kazimer



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61 Comments

  • + 14
 I must admit that the look of these gloves is bang on save for one element. In my experience, and I have no idea why, mtb gloves with a velcro closure invariably end up hanging open at the wrist after the trail gets gnarly. Gloves with a cuff seem to be way more comfortable and reliable. Is it just me, or is the velcro more of a distraction than a necessary feature?
  • + 1
 yeah i know what u mean. i have to say, i like my 661 rajis because there is no velcro. that and i found em for like 8 bucks
  • + 5
 Never had any issue with any gloves with Velcro closure and I like the extra adjustability you get.
  • + 1
 I agree with having the adjustablity, but i have had the same issue with velcro. I think part of the problem is when u try to wash the gloves in soap and water the velcro slowly wares away. Im not big on specialized stuff but they make a really nice slip on glove, i cant remember the name of them, but they fit well on my hands, no OJ simpson going on at all.
  • + 4
 Am i the only person who cuts the velcro tabs off gloves? Easier to slip on and they work just fine without em
  • + 1
 I have come to learn that I much prefer a velcro closure. For me gloves tend to bunch and fold on my palm causing rubbing and blisters after long days. I also wear my gloves fairly snug to help avoid that problem but it is still noticeable for me without a velcro strap.
  • + 1
 I like the adjustability that comes with veclro, but sometimes it does end up hanging open which can get a little annoying.
  • + 1
 THANK YOU.....velcro flaps in the laundry or sticking to yer elbow pads and face.......ew. I adore all my gloves that have no closure after all it is not necessary and it's only purpose is to hang like a flag with a colourful logo we don't want.
  • + 1
 thanks for the tip @BryceBorlick
  • + 3
 Gotta say I haven't had the same experience... I've had the same gloves with velcro closure for over 4 years, and they are still going strong. I've never even had to think about it when riding.
  • + 3
 Some one please make nice thin durable gloves like these (with the Velcro) with protection for the knuckles of the pinky finger and the one beside it. My little fingers suffer every spring when they get whipped by the fresh new growth of branches and plants that have grown into the trail.
  • + 2
 where the f do the braniacs come up with these shitty names? I would fire him/her immediately after suggesting this crappy name for a glove.

Gee wiz guys lets call the new gloves assto hattsos
  • + 8
 In all seriousness, I'd buy a pair of Assto hattsos
  • + 2
 If I an idiotic dirtbag like me can come up with an acceptable name in 7 seconds..............
  • + 0
 Guano Gloves...been there done that.
  • + 2
 try mechancixwear gloves available at o'reilly auto parts. they are work gloves that are half the price of biking gloves and are usually on sale too. l just got some insulated ones that should work great this winter!
  • + 1
 mechanix are not good bike gloves. they are hot, the palms suck, and the consistency of fit is terrible. buy a pack of three and none fit the same. I'd rather spend the extra $15 for 'mtb' gloves, but would spend way more for 'enduro' gloves.
  • + 2
 I'm a firm believer in Mechanix Gloves. I rock the Vent. Most breathable glove I've used. When I stray from them and go to "mtb" gloves, I regret it.
  • + 1
 deadtime. gotta disagree with you. been wearing them for YEARS. and always bought on sale for 15 - 20$. best deal around
  • + 1
 Nobody can recommend mechanic without mentioning the price, I get it; 3 pairs for the price of one pair of 'MTB' gloves. But you can't deny they aren't hot, and that the palm and fingers are twice as thick as normal riding gloves. I have not tried the "vent" version but I bet you can't get those for 3 for $15.
  • + 1
 well, stick what works for you…so will l. peace
  • + 1
 Since there are some many DH riders here and I enjoy watching your videos I need to know... Why do many DH riders do not use gloves? Better grip? I have seen some of the most amazing DH videos here but I have noticed gloves is not part of riders gear.
  • + 2
 More direct contact with the bike, some think it feels better to have the grip directly touching your hand.
  • + 1
 until you crash palms down!
  • + 5
 TLD AIR GLOVES PERIOD.
  • + 1
 Prefer the TLD XC myself, both are excellent.
  • + 0
 I prefer thin gloves also. I seem to get numb hands and sometimes slip grip with thicker or padded gloves. I have found nothing is better than the Specialized XC Lite. The durability of this glove is simply amazing. I am on my second pair, which has lasted more than a year and the palm is still in top shape, after the first pair lasted more than a year before a hole developed. I use them for every kind of riding. I think they are $30.
  • + 1
 I've found that Northwave Raptors have been the best and longest lasting all weather gloves for hard trail riding for me.. I don't think they make them anymore, which is a shame, as my second pair are beginning to wear out.
  • + 4
 this is guanto be a nice glove for riding
  • - 2
 I'm starting to get a hand on how those gloves perform
  • - 8
flag keystonebikes (Nov 20, 2014 at 22:32) (Below Threshold)
 oh i C what u did there. a nice SOLID pun
  • - 2
 i just fingered this out
  • - 4
flag rickaybobbay (Nov 20, 2014 at 23:36) (Below Threshold)
 don't you guys glove how good these are?
  • - 3
 Dainese puns ever get old?
  • - 4
flag flipoffthemonkeys (Nov 21, 2014 at 5:51) (Below Threshold)
 we are dainese, if you please...that's from the original 101 dalmatians. i'm here all week, tip your waitress.
  • - 6
flag Patrick9-32 (Nov 21, 2014 at 6:37) (Below Threshold)
 There doesn't have to be a pun thread in every comments section. If you can't think of something funny don't just comment any old bullshit. C'mon guys, we are better than this.
  • + 7
 no we're not. it's winter, people are crying, didn't you read the poll?
  • + 3
 is there an enduro version ? ...
  • + 1
 I use the Dainese Berm Gloves (they are way cheaper in Italy...) and I love them. Very good built and the protector on the knuckles allows thru-branch-riding.
  • + 1
 The burr is genious. It is located at the bottom and has the long strap. The rest is like Dakine Ventilator. Too fragile for me.
  • + 2
 are these enGuanto specific?
  • + 1
 Conspiracy alert: New Life on Wheels episode goes up, Dainese glove review goes up.....
  • + 1
 "Simple, comfortable, and durable, the Guanto gloves have held up to months of abuse."

Blenki wasn't that happy with them
  • + 1
 Fishing gloves. 3$. Silicon palm and fingers on heavy duty nylon. Fingers are curved for holding rod.
  • + 1
 If you are going to wear gloves get deft family.....by far the best fitting gloves
  • + 2
 Props to pinkbike for reviewing something that is affordable for a change
  • + 0
 ....reviewer....."At nearly $40 USD they sit on the high end of the spectrum, especially for such a simple glove."
  • + 0
 Retail sir
  • + 2
 The new Fox Reflex Pro are doing me pretty well at the moment.
  • + 1
 They look similar to the Dakine Exodus gloves.
  • + 1
 I have owned a few Dainese gloves over the years and they all pooped out within weeks.
  • + 3
 look like a session
  • + 3
 @richierocket-you pooped them out within weeks? dude, you're not supposed to eat them!
  • + 1
 Kakakaka^. Guess I did it wrong eh?
  • + 1
 Solid gloves. I luv mine!!
  • + 1
 @satn69 who sells their stuff round here?
  • + 1
 I ordered it online
  • + 2
 Wash gloves?
  • + 1
 yes. and your helmet and socks and... all of it. there are some people whose sweat smells bad. they should wash everything, and often, please.
  • + 1
 Is it guano proof?

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