Therefore should we not put gloves in any "Riding style" bracket, just simply list them as to the protection levels they provide, maybe?
O.K that's the politics and PR out of the way, or did you want to know that all the gloves you are about to see are designed in Santa Cruz, California and then made in China?
Back to my task at hand:
Giro is probably best known for its helmets, how good are they? Well they sponsor some little Spanish bloke called Alberto Contador who I think won a little known race in France the other week but I may be wrong?
Officer, I think it was the middle one who did it
Several nice touches on the Giro range of gloves include the injected rubber pull tab, super strong, the size of a guitar plectrum to help slide the gloves on.
Looking to dab your forehead sweat for all those sun seekers out there? Or for the rest of us to wipe our running, snotty noses on in mid winter, we welcome the super soft and absorbent microfibre wiping surface on the side of the thumb sections. Not sure how much of my snot it will hold before full saturation is achieved.
To keep your paws dry and cool, they all have vented leather palms with multiple pin holes in the Pittards or Clarino leather.
Giro Remedy Glove
These are the jewel in the crown of the Giro range, available in Black, Olive/Khaki and White/Black @ £34.99rrp.
D30 is that funny orange hexagonal looking stuff that we will be seeing a lot of in the future. Soft and plyable to wear, under impact it goes rigid/hard to offer maximum protection.
I put these on to try out and thought where the hell is the D30? Foolishly I presumed like the 661 gloves it would be on the knuckles but that was the usual rubber molded stuff. It was only until I turned my paws over did I see the the orange D30 tag. Almost impossible to identify is the D30 padding that covers the pad of the hand opposite your thumb pads. Underneath of which sit your Hypothenar Muscles and Carpal Bones. Wikipedia has it's uses.
Think about it...When you crash hard, arms out stretched, how many times have you touched down bruising or even cutting on the gravel or rocks that part of your hand? This is where the D30 comes in a treat to offer you, the rider, maximum protection.
Giro Xen Gloves
Available in Black, Grey Tree Camo, Olive Tree Camo and White Klein Smith @ £29.99rrp.
Listed as an all mountain and slopestyle glove? How many slopestyle riders are there out there? Surely the main market for these will be the trail center junkies of the 7Staines and Welsh trail centers and rightly so. Might as well throw Downhill and 4x in there as well.
You will really like the 2mm thick padding or "Techno Gel" as Giro call it that is in the same place as the D30 above on the Remedy. Light padding over your first three knuckles but not the last one? Surely that outside knuckle that pivots your pinky is the one to protect if any? Even without the growth in wider bars is this a trick missed?
Super trick is the little rubber Giro logos on the thumb, index and middle fingers that will give you extra grip on the brake levers, gear shifters and your handlebar grip yourself.
Giro Monaco Glove
Available in Blue/Black, Charcoal/Black and Red/Black @ £34.99
Now this may initially seem highly priced to both you and me for a lightweight looking glove, it is not until you turn them over is the real and valid reasons why. Listed as a road glove, these tick many a box whether it be any discipline, even BMX. Light weight on the outside they are super comfy, just note there is zero protection. Yet when you turn them over there are heaps of padding, 3mm of that technogel stuff which would of been a dream come laps five and six at the Mountain Mayhem this year.
Giro Rivet Glove
Available in Black/Charcoal, Black/Olive, Blue/Black and Red/Black @ £24.99rrp.
First up note all the above gloves were a medium and fitted my hands perfectly. These were also a medium yet they felt super tight, almost like a rubber glove constraint wise. As always it's worth trying any gloves on before you buy. No Velcro wrist strap on this one, simple elastic does the job very well thank you. Not really padding, just another layer of material over the fleshy pad opposite your thumb pad area proves these are the XC/Marathon racers gloves of choice. Don't forget the extra rubber grips at the end of your thumb and first two digits for extra grip is a nice touch again.
Giro Loma Women's Glove
Available in Black/Charcoal and Sky Blue Charcoal @ £24.99rrp
Exactly the same as the Rivets above, these would be an awesome present for her indoors. Imagine her delight on her birthday or even better, Christmas! She opens her presents and amongst the washing up gloves, new hoover, mop and bucket you have brought her, she gets a pair of these treats. Guaranteed she will never ask you for a handbag or new shoes ever again!
You like? Then this is where to get them from:Giro.com
Many thanks to Albert at Madison
, the UK disty for Giro for sending these through.
How to get the correct glove size?
Giro Gloves are available in unisex and women’s/Jordan's sizes.
To determine your glove size, wrap a measuring tape around your dominant hand just below your knuckles (excluding your thumb), and make a fist. This measurement is your “hand width” glove size. Since every hand is unique, use the chart below as a guide, but allow for some variance. Also note that some Giro glove models, like the Remedy, have a slightly more “snug” fit, so you may need to size up from the size you usually wear.GIRO UNISEX GLOVE SIZES
7-8" / 178-203 mm = S
8-9" / 203-229 mm = M
9-9.75" / 229-248 mm = L
9.75-10.5" / 248-267 mm = XL
10.5" / 267 < mm = XXL
GIRO WOMEN’S GLOVE SIZES
6.5-7.25" / 165-184 mm = S
7.25-8" / 184-203 mm = M
8-8.75" / 203-222 mm = L
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