Pinkbike Poll: Do You Ride With or Without Gloves?

Nov 29, 2019
by Daniel Sapp  
George Brannigans hands after his crash.


For some riders, it's not even a thought. Gloves are part of the riding kit - as much as pants. For others, gloves are optional, worn only for certain conditions or terrain There's also a faction of the sport who prefer to ride barehanded - including some high-profile DH and slopestyle athletes.

On one hand, there's no denying that gloves offer a plethora of benefits, ranging from a better grip and protection from crashes, to warding off brush, drying sweat, and simply expressing your style. On the other hand, some riders claim that gloves insulate against the feel of the handlebars and remove the sense of connection from the bikes.

While it should be clear to all that gloves could also prove useful for staying warm during inclement weather or digging, a quick scan of Pinkbike images and videos gives a clear impression that the glove/no glove camps are firmly entrenched.

Today's poll asks which camp you belong to. Do you always play it safe? Do you only ride with gloves in cold weather? Do you roll gloveless, come rain, hell, or high water? Are there any real benefits to riding gloveless?

Do you ride with or without gloves?



Do you think that riding without gloves offers a competitive advantage?




Gloveless and with style unlike anyone else Sam Blenkinsop embodies DEITY as he is set loose on home turf in the latest DEITY production Knuckleduster Filmed Edited Parallax Media Images Cam Mackenzie Music Volume by Apollo Brown
It seems that riders from the Southern hemisphere end up riding without gloves more often than not. Is there an advantage? Photo by: Cam Mackenzie


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296 Comments

  • 709 5
 I totally agree with feeling completely connected to my bike. That's why I only ride barefoot with flats. The traction pins stick way better than even fivetens.
  • 164 2
 Barefoot with SPDs if there's a lot of climbing.
  • 139 2
 That’s why I don’t bother with grips
  • 283 0
 Riding without a seat also is a example of this
  • 102 0
 And without the pesky shorts in the way, I find my buttocks can gain a bit more purchase on my seat!
  • 22 1
 @cerealkilla: and/or seatpost.
  • 37 1
 @Dlakusta: I could link some VERY interesting videos to go with this comment, but this is prob not the forum for it...
  • 8 1
 @twd953 This is gold.. I laughed so hard!
  • 17 18
 @Dlakusta: mucoff chamois creme makes it possible...
  • 2 0
 @Dlakusta: Haha, I actually did just that on a technical ascend and descend after I broke my seat. I thought I didn't need a saddle, but man, it is hard pedaling up without a saddle for a long period of time. Going down is not as bad, but when your quads are tired out already, that saddle on a lowered seatpost would've been a life saver!
  • 5 0
 That's why beartrap pedals where so popular with the early S&M crowd.
  • 1 0
 @Dlakusta: Cindy Whitehead for the win, literally.
  • 4 0
 MEATY PAWS !!!!!! Sensus !!!!
  • 20 0
 Fuck pedals, pinky toe in the crank pedal hole, a little twist, solid connection. Lose a toe, four more to go!
  • 3 0
 @Dlakusta: he took the seat off his own bike because the way that it felt...
  • 1 1
 @nurseben: Hahahhaha
  • 2 0
 @cerealkilla: Also referred to as the 3rd hand
  • 3 0
 Greatest comment on pinkbike,laugh out loud moment :-)
  • 3 0
 This site is free
  • 12 0
 Likewise. I don't even ride with bars... just pop the stem in my mouth and away I go.
  • 2 0
 @Hayek: Just a little electrical tape on the bars will be good
  • 10 0
 I only run along naked on the trail, that way I have a true connection with the ground.
  • 2 3
 This might be the best comment I've seen on PB
  • 1 0
 @Geochemistry: A truly Amazon win. Seat broke early she stayed late for the win as I recall. You must be older than dirt cause that’s way back.
  • 1 0
 @Eduardo-Blanco: I am older than dirt. First MTB ride, 1981. Finally bought a Raleigh with 650b wheels in 1983, and soon after a used 1983 Diamondback Ridge Runner with 26" tires.

Cindy was one of the original Ross Indians. Check this from Charlie Kelly: sonic.net/~ckelly/Seekay/whitehead.htm
  • 13 0
 Riding with no gloves is awesome until it's not.
  • 1 0
 @DirtbagMatt: I bet! Lol
  • 2 0
 I accidentally gave this negative props, but just to be clear I lol'd and absolutely meant to up-vote this!
  • 1 0
 LOL
  • 2 1
 I think you all just need to harden up...
  • 1 0
 Jesus!
  • 156 2
 I sweat. Without gloves I can hold on to the bars for about 15 seconds before I start to slide around on them. Doesn't matter what grips. I need gloves.
  • 25 0
 Same here. Unless it cold out my hands are sweating too much to not use gloves. And when it’s cold I want to wear gloves because my hands get cold. So it’s basically gloves all the time.
  • 16 0
 Same, it’s borderline unsafe on aggressive downhills, my hands sweat so much. Plus my grips seem to disintegrate with bare hands and sweat. Not so with gloves. I can certainly ride if I forget them but not for long rides and not at an aggressive pace.
  • 16 2
 Clammy motherf*
  • 6 9
 Try Renthal super sticky grips. No more gloves needed. I could ride those without gloves even in 30 degree celcius weather.
  • 5 0
 It’s not even the sweat from my hands, it’s the sweat from my arms that drips down to my palms
  • 20 0
 Same I actually like riding without gloves but the sweat man.. I went looking for the best bare hand grips and thought I had it taken care of until a couple miles into the ride. No matter what grips it's like riding with 2 lubed up dildos. And before I had esi chunky and those were like holding onto icecycles.
  • 1 0
 My hands sweat in the summer so always wear gloves. Last year I tried a ride without but on a largish jump my right hand slipped off just before landing. A scary unintentional one-hander lander.
  • 8 4
 I dust my hands with climbing chalk I keep in my fanny pack on long rides. It keeps your hands really dry, I learned about it from a bmx friend in Austin, where the summers are regularly triple-digit temperatures. When that runs out/I forget it dusting my hands with some dusty soil works. I still have a pair of gloves for cold and wet weather though. If Alex Honnold trusts chalk hundreds of meters up on an exposed rock face without ropes I trust it for my grips.
  • 4 0
 i need gloves for the same reason, i sweat so much they aren't an option for me.
  • 2 1
 From about 45F to 70F if it’s not too humid I don’t wear gloves. It’s a nice 4 weeks of the year!
  • 2 0
 Yep. Same here. If I didn’t have gloves, my hands would be sliding all over. Yes, I sweat a lot. More than most people, I’d say. My street name back in the day was Dr. Sweat. So if I want to be able to hold on to the bars, I have to wear them.

Gloves do not make me any warmer. They don’t affect my comfort in the least. It’s like they are not even there. They are such a non-factor in terms of comfort, that I don’t understand why people would intentionally not wear them, given the benefits of protection.
  • 1 0
 Yep- I actually rode without gloves for a season and a bit because I did like the way it felt riding without. I enjoyed the better ventilation, more direct feel and just the ease but went back to gloves after a spring morning ride on Morning Sickness in Nelson. Lots of rock rolls and g-outs and even though my hands weren't that sweaty, I was blowing them off the grips on the g-outs. I suppose I alternatively could have tried a different grip set up- but there are so many really nice thin and breathable options for gloves that the added grip and a bit of palm protection when I crash is worth it for me. No glove no love these days.
  • 4 0
 Have you guys tried sweatbands on you wrists.

I've found sweatbands around the wrist stops 99% of my of the sweaty hands. And also DMR Deathgrips seem to provide tonnes of grip even with wet hands.
  • 6 1
 @Kiwizak: Never tried sweat bands. Because I have gloves. If that’s what you do, ok, butit seems like a nonsensical alternative to a non-issue to me.
  • 2 0
 @Kiwizak: I’ve thought trying this for a while now, will have to give it a go next year. My gloves are soaked so bad that my skin starts to prune on really humid summer rides
  • 16 0
 @stonant: I ride up gloveless and ride down gloved. Everybody’s happy.
  • 2 0
 This!!!! Anything above 15* C my hands sweat to much to ride with out gloves! But I do prefer riding with out !

For the most part now I ride with the TLD Ace gloves as they have no strap, and are as thin as can be ! So they’re barely even noticeable
  • 1 0
 @Lando406: I’ll definitely keep that in mind going forward, unfortunately doesn’t apply to a lot of the undulating trails I usually ride
  • 1 0
 @Kiwizak: never tried sweatbands for real riding because I really don’t mind the gloves. Sweatbands would definitely help though. I wear them for indoor cycling and it makes a huge difference.
  • 2 0
 Me too
  • 2 0
 @Lando406: I ride up gloved & down gloveless
  • 1 0
 same here, nothing like that feeling of pulling the front end, praying for it not to leave your hands mid air!!!
  • 1 0
 @billmclane: you're just a hot dude...its the beard
  • 2 0
 Same issue, sweaty hands, no traction on the grips. Gotta wear them.
  • 1 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: Same! Occasionally on a perfect weather day I'll ride without gloves..but I usually wish I brought them along after busting my ass to get to the top!
  • 1 0
 Same. Never used to wear gloves, but as I've gotten older my hands sweat so bad I can't even hold on the bars. On a long hard day I'll even carry a second pair of gloves to change into...
  • 1 1
 Renthal ultra tacky. Trust me, I sweat more than you Wink
  • 1 0
 @HaggeredShins: I bet you don't. And no one sweats as much as my friend Matt... I soak through two or three shirts a day a work in the summer, and I don't even have a physical job, I'm just outside a lot.
  • 1 0
 @HaggeredShins:

I've used them. They don't do much for me at all. Best I've found is the odi longneck or the similar sensus grips.
  • 1 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: I can't rock climb because my hands sweat too much. I've tried the climbing hand creme that supposed to dry your hands out before climbing that has the warning "use a small amount of your hands may crack and bleed.". Nope. Didn't work. 3 hand holds in, and I've sweated through the chalk. Gloves for me.
  • 3 0
 Handful of dirts the only glove you ever need
  • 2 0
 @TheR: fair play. I just prefer riding without gloves.
  • 2 0
 @jts429: that just makes mud.
  • 1 0
 @Kiwizak: All good, man. It just seems to me gloves are all advantage and few to zero drawbacks. I’ll give the sweatbands a go this winter on the trainer. By the end of those rides, I’m sliding all over the place, too. I just never think of bringing them to the trainer indoors.
  • 1 0
 That’s because you’re a tough mudder #noglovesforever @Kiwizak:
  • 1 0
 Yup this is me. I not only need gloves. But I need the right gloves and the right grips to not sweat through and still end up slipping.
  • 94 0
 One with, one without

Cha'mone Motherf**ker
  • 6 0
 Good plan Michael
  • 4 4
 the young ones like it without gloves
  • 1 1
 Michael and I are from the same hometown. Ch’mon is how we say it there.
  • 4 1
 Only the Brits will really get this one.....OWWW!
  • 1 0
 @JiminOz: yaa bastaaads
  • 75 0
 I have all my fingers because of gloves. No joke. When a finger got ripped off in a crash, the glove held onto the loose digit... Straight to the hospital to be reattached. I ALWAYS wear gloves.
  • 20 0
 For real? That's insane
  • 9 0
 holy hell.
  • 8 0
 That's nuts, how did the crash happen?
  • 5 0
 Shit, this sounds scary as f
  • 11 0
 How did your finger rip off but the glove stay intact?
  • 1 0
 Happened to a friend of mine on a motorcycle !
  • 3 0
 I want to know so much more about this... any pics of it? Sounds like a crazy experience.
  • 2 0
 @snl1200: no pics but it happened while he was trail riding, lost the front end, went down on his left side, hit a downed log, and the clutch lever actually pinched his finger off at the knuckle. It looks UGLY !!!!!!! LOL
  • 1 1
 @ATV25: Ye, crashed at an enduro this summer and caught my finger between the bike and a rock, pressure caused the skin to blow out at the joint, only halfway through though.
  • 3 0
 @Johnoble: OUCH !!!
  • 5 1
 Damn I know how you feel. I split my sack open when my seat busted on impact causing the seat post to rip through the sidewall of my nether regions and it was only because I was wearing compression shorts did everything stay intact. PM for pics
  • 2 0
 @Johnoble: Dang. That sounds like the stuff of nightmares. Hope the recovery was okay and things returned to full function. I've broken a few fingers and I always go into the injury thinking it's light...cause it's just a finger... but in the end they always cause more discomfort and take longer to heal than I predict.
  • 64 2
 I prefer to dip my hands into hummus before riding.
  • 72 0
 Hummus be kidding me!
  • 3 0
 @DirtbagMatt: Loled for real here Smile ))))))))
  • 2 0
 Hummus is made from chickpea....
  • 7 0
 @kubaner: And chickpoo?
  • 3 0
 Like that opening scene from hot shots 2...
  • 1 0
 @kubaner: whats the difference between a chickpea and a lentil...
  • 2 0
 @JBaker99: I DONT KNOW, WHAT?!
  • 2 0
 @DirtbagMatt:



I’ve never had a Lentil on my face!
  • 2 0
 @endlessblockades: Holy ballz- that’s pretty dam funny!!! :-)
  • 2 0
 @DirtbagMatt:

Give @jbaker99 credit not me
  • 27 1
 I have never understood people who ride mountain bikes without gloves and will be interested to read the comments on here about why. I do not crash a lot, but when I do, I am always very happy to have gloves on. I can ride with ripped up legs and arms, but I cannot ride with ripped up hands.
  • 19 15
 It's all about the feeling. The same reason why people ride clipless pedals. Because they prefer the connection they have with the bike. I grew up never being able to afford gloves, and now am so used to riding gloveless, that when I have gloves on I don't have the same connection with my bike. Torn up hands has never really been an issue for me, as an ex dirt jumper and soccer player, I have taught myself how to crash/slide out in a way that protects my hands, as well as the rest of my body better than a lot of other gloveless riders.
  • 16 2
 Tables and certain tricks are much easier when the gloves don't wrap themselves around the grips limiting movement.
  • 8 4
 Put your hand through a cactus at 30mph with gloves on...getting that glove off your hand is one of the worst experiences ever.
I’ve been gloveless for 3-4 years now, and have never been unable to ride from a hand injury due to crash without them. Only had a couple of instances where I would have benefited from them in that time. Now the comfort and connected feeling is more preferred than the minor feeling of safety they provide
  • 5 0
 I just use gloves during cold weather to keep my hands warm. No reason for riding gloveless just never get used to wear gloves. Nevertheless I agree it might protect a little during a crash.
  • 6 0
 For me, the added safety of gloves isn't really there, as I feel limited by riding with gloves, as tricks like tables and no handers are more difficult. Also the loam on Vancouver Island has never been very tough on hands when crashing
  • 6 0
 Because I like how it feels. I agree, it's generally a bad idea, and I wear them most of the time for that reason. But when conditions permit, meaning when my hands aren't crazy sweaty, and I'm not at the bike park.... you might find me wearing no gloves and loving it.
  • 9 8
 @andrewgiesbrecht: You couldn't afford gloves but had a mtb /car / clothing?
  • 4 0
 I've ridden without gloves for a long time. I love it. Just love the feeling of the bars. But, I wish I rode with gloves. I've had a couple of crashes where I messed up my palms and it took forever for them to heal.
  • 1 1
 leaving a comment to follow this thread - also want to hear more reasons why not use gloves so far, i am not convinced why forfeit a protection layer. . . ...
  • 2 0
 @NoriDori: what's most important all of that plus fuel, or gloves?
  • 3 0
 @cjgauss I basically never wear gloves but I don't really have a reason. It's not about performance (although on a nice 20 degree dry day I prefer the feel of bare hands on sticky rubber) or style or cost, or anything conscious for that matter.

It's kind of like when you're leaving to walk to the store on a cold day and think you'd probably be more comfortable with one more layer, but shrug your shoulders and start walking, feeling a bit colder than you need/want to be, but not really caring, because you know you'll be warm once you're home and no one is going to die either way.

In fact as I'm typing this, my hands are red and puffy and kind of itchy because I just got back from a frosty ride (about 2 degrees Celsius). My hands were cold on the climb, and frigid on the descent, but I'll probably do the same thing tomorrow because it worked just fine, like the hundreds of lunch-time rides before it.
  • 6 0
 @mountainyj: I'm not sure putting your hand through a cactus at 30 mph without gloves would be any better. On the contrary: if this sort of thing happens a lot, I would be using the most bulletproof gloves I could find...
  • 1 0
 @Luis-Sc: because of esi/ other modern grips , it is just confortable
  • 2 0
 I highly recommend, to both people who ride with and without gloves, to try riding with a little climbing chalk. I learned to ride without gloves and couldn't get used to the feeling of gloves, despite suffering a bit from hand sweat. The feeling with chalk is fantastic and the grip is so, so so good. Still, need gloves for real cold or wet weather.
  • 2 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: I totally agree, I prefer no gloves as long as it’s not freezing out. I usually rub a little dirt in my hands before a decent, had the same effect as chalk. Your skin will tear before your grip fails
  • 6 0
 Rode and raced with gloves for years. Dislocated my wrist and had to wear a wrist wrap for about 2 years to ride and couldn't wear gloves, tried going back but couldn't do it. Helped me develop better grip control to avoid arm pump when racing DH. Teaches you to ride with a lighter grip and be more loose with the bike. My 2 cents, defiantly not for everyone.
  • 8 0
 @NoriDori: its called being a 12 and spending all your pennies on a dirt jumper like many groms do
  • 3 0
 Never wear em because I kept on losing em or they were constantly wet, never looked back and couldn’t go back as the feel is better
  • 1 1
 I'm 42 and still role gloveless. Its been said I have a crashy style. I ride no gloves DH and trail, I find its rare that there's time to get your hands out if you going fast and I tend to not give up the grips till its payday. Gloves are hot, Ive tried and on a rain day i will sometimes but thats about it. Dirt is soft here... except the rocky dirt
  • 1 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: That's novel. I use gloves, but I may give this a shot.
  • 3 0
 it's like wearing a rubber Wink in all seriousness, it's just a preference. I ride without gloves unless there's a weather condition that makes me prefer gloves (extreme heat, cold/snow, high levels of dust .) On really long rides, I bring gloves just in case something happens where I want them. I rarely have a problem when I crash, I tend to roll and my arms get the brunt of it either way. Now, on a moto, I hate riding without gloves. I feel like the extra weight of the dirt bike removes any of the preferable feelings I have to riding without them. I definitely second what @chrispilling says - the gloves tend to mess up the subtle movements - I only ride BMX with gloves when it's real cold, like freezing or below. Kinda the far opposite from the moto I guess. The lighter and smaller the bike and the more "tricks" I'm wanting to do, the less I like gloves.
  • 2 0
 @SlinkySammy: I've never been able to pick up this habit. I like to rinse and/or wipe off my hands whenever I stop for a quick break. Clean hands and clean grips with nothing in between is my favorite.
  • 2 4
 It's mostly to look like their favourite pro.
  • 2 0
 @djm35: I like to pedal in the air off jumps uselessly too!
  • 2 0
 Think of wearing a rubber and not wearing one. Only in the cold I wear them but it feels odd.
  • 3 0
 I am no gloves ONLY because I don’t like the extra grabbiness when I want to take my hands off the bike—no handers, in particular, are scary when you’re afraid the bars might get thrown off camber by a glove grabbing the rubber as the bar slides out of your hand. Think of it like the Shimano XT variable bite point that everyone complains about, but for releasing the grip. I’ll put up with ground beef palms once per year to have the extra connection and repeatability with the bike.
  • 2 0
 I don’t ride with gloves mainly because I get eczema and they irritate it, but when I do crash (and I do a lot) it’s not usually my hands that take a beating, it’s usually my shins, knees and arms
  • 2 0
 Used to ride with them all the time. Now only if it’s freezing or raining.

I hate the disconnect of my glove staying put on the grips and my hand moving.

One things for certain, there are a lot of glove lovers who stress the f*ck out over those of us who don’t.
  • 2 1
 I’ll only ride in gloves when I have to. They’re just to restrictive and you lose a lot of feel and don’t get as much feedback from the bike. All the gloves that feel half decent are so light and thin they’re torn after a few rides and don’t really do anything in a crash and those that do feel like you’re riding with numb hands. I have absolutely no idea how someone could ride in gloves and actually think it’s better.
  • 1 0
 @MikeGruhler: agreed. Also your grips last forever.
  • 1 0
 think about rockclimbing with gloves
  • 28 0
 I only ride fully nude, it allows for maximum connection to the bike
  • 5 0
 Maximum aero, full send
  • 25 1
 I went without gloves once and now i have a kid so no glove, no love.
  • 21 3
 Personally, riding with gloves is like using condoms, but in an even straighter way, `cos even if you know and trust your partner - the terrain, any terrain - it is always tricky, always, and if you fall badly it really hurts. Don`t mess with probabilities ;-)
  • 4 2
 Live life without rubbers!
  • 4 0
 @Ironmonsoon602: I heard inserts are a thing now. Whatever keeps them from burping because of overly excited riding is worth a try.
  • 8 1
 What are condoms?
  • 7 0
 My gloves are ribbed for extra riding pleasure.
  • 2 0
 @nyhc00: my answer`s gonna kill you; don`t tempt me.
  • 1 0
 @softsteel: you only live once so hit me with it.
  • 2 0
 @nyhc00: some come from a pierced probability...
  • 17 0
 I ride in boxing gloves, no hiker has ever given me trouble.
  • 16 1
 I ride uphill with them off and put them on for the downs
  • 2 0
 Yep this is what I do. Usually because my hands get sweaty on the climb. Otherwise I wouldn’t wear them.
  • 2 0
 I do the opposite, haha for real.
  • 11 1
 I find wearing gloves makes me grip the bars harder and causes more arm fatigue and arm pump. I run tacky grips and feel like I have better hold of the bars without gloves even while running the thinnest gloves I can. I've never ran into any problems with sweaty palms and will ride in the rain without gloves without issue. As for crashing I find that even when wearing gloves your hands still get cut anyways and I make an effort to try not to crash with my arms out anyways to save my wrists. I'd challenge anyone who doubts the benifits to go for a ride without and see for themselves.
  • 13 0
 User name checks out.
  • 7 0
 Riding with gloves is like having sex with a condom. I mean, you still bang but it feels awful. Yes there’s that one chance you f*ck up and your life changes, but the risk is definitely worth it for the feel
  • 1 0
 Yeah man, I’m dead against condoms as well. Honestly I’d rather not.
  • 10 1
 Hands are the first thing to hit the ground! Always gotta have gloves!
  • 3 4
 If your hands are the first thing hitting the ground, you are crashing wrong
  • 3 0
 @jts429: more like jumping wrong. My tires are the first thing hitting the ground...
  • 1 0
 @jts429: you're right. I prefer to cushion the fall with my head and neck.
  • 1 0
 @Landonop: stickin yo hands out is how you break bones. Watch videos of pros crashing.
  • 1 0
 @jts429: Oh, for sure. I've had my fair share of wrist aches from wrecking poorly. I prefer that to a shattered vertebrae though. I've gotten really good at bailing, luckily.
  • 4 0
 I remember a friend ( Real Hammerhead Rider ) he decided to ride across the street full speed to dodge across the traffic, well he got clipped by a car, afterwards as he was getting a ride in the back of the ambulance the paramedic asked "why are you holding your hand under your armpit" so he showed him his hand with part of the finger missing, "Paramedic said hey stop we have to go back for it" My buddy said "Don't bother I had a look at it on the street and it didn't look worth saving"
Maybe he should have been wearing gloves.
  • 2 0
 I had an accident where a car rammed me on the side, had gloves, broke hand, but everything stayed together because of the glove.

I've regained full hand control as if nothing happened. Glad i had gloves.

(Obviously glad i had helmet too.. thought it wasn't full face and there's a scar in case i forget Wink
  • 4 0
 I would prefer to ride without but I am population conscious, so until I'm fully committed to the ride & sure it's been checked for standards I will ride with gloves. I don't want a mess on my hands.
  • 4 0
 No gloves for long climbs unless its cold out. My hands get sweaty and I appreciate the airflow when I'm huffing and puffing. Gloves go on for trail riding and descents where the sweat factor impacts grip.
  • 3 0
 Normal trail riding I always wear gloves. If I'm riding DH or on a really fun section I prefer no gloves which sounds super counter intuitive but I've ridden BMX for 23 years and never worn gloves so when I'm trying to maximize fun, gloves just feel strange to me. I'm sure I'll pay for it sooner than later.
  • 4 1
 I wear gloves for several reasons one being it does add more cushion and grip. I've ridden without my gloves before and my hands get tired or on the longer rides it kinda gets numb which is never a good feeling. Gloves certain ones might protect you a bit from small rock scratches but let's be honest; it's not going to protect you much from serious injury depending on how you land.

To each their own I say but for me gloves all the way.
  • 6 0
 I have punched enough trees to know I prefer punching them with gloves on in all cases.
  • 1 0
 exactly
  • 4 0
 Only wear gloves when it's below 5°C. Or raining heavily. Used to wear gloves back in the day just feel more comfortable without...
  • 1 0
 I ride gloves only when it‘s hot or pouring. Even in the snow I might only use them until im warmed up after a few minutes.
Always preferred the feel of no gloves riding BMX and will only use them on the other bikes if I sweat so much the grips are wet faster than I need to take a break in the downhill.
  • 4 0
 I remember crashing at a very young age, getting a bunch of little bits o gravel in my palms. Ever since, I wear gloves to ride.
  • 4 0
 As a Brazilian I call bullshit on the southern hemisphere statement! I can say that over 90% of the people I ride with, ride with gloves, maybe even more.
  • 3 1
 Riding without gloves seems only slightly less idiotic than riding without socks. Gives me the willies just thinking about it... with the dirt funneling around your ankles and into your shoes, and mixing with the sweat to create a lovely brown goo.
  • 6 0
 How long ‘til DH season again?
  • 3 0
 @DirtbagMatt: Too God damn long.
  • 2 0
 I always wear gloves. I have different gloves for what I am doing. When it's hot in the summer fingerless roadie gloves are nice on mellow rides. Trail rides I use fox dirtpaws good protection and thicker fabric and padding. They have saved me many of crashes. When at the bike park i have a 12+ years old 661 cedric Garcia with carbon fiber knuckle protectors. They have seen so many crashes they are made out of tape by now. I find the dirtpaws and gracias have saved my hands alot of suffering over the years
  • 3 1
 The best mountain biking gloves aren't sold in bike shops. Mechanix Impact gloves have been my go to for about 20 years. They work well, cost about $25, and the last pair I replaced were four years old and still had life in them. I moved them to construction and yard work duty and they're still in decent shape after another year of use.
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 This!

Mechanix gloves rock!

Many of the bike store gloves look spit through and wouldn’t do SFA in a crash.

I also picked up a pair of Outdoor research tactical gloves and have love them.. Yup! They are a bit pricey but they’re still going strong after a few spills.

- getting ejected into a bed of razor sharp shale and having to remove the rock fragments from my hand just does not appeal to me. If i bail with gloves ... it sucks but I can get up, dust myself off keep on riding.

On 2000 ft descent that’s worth the extra heat.
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 @BuddhaDharma: If you go to the www.mechanix.com/us-en/m-pact-fingerless-covert-fingerless-tactical-gloves website, they're having a 30% off code, BFCM. The fingerless M-Pact are $18, and the full-finger, my go to, are $24.50.
  • 2 0
 These gloves are great. I don't know why so many gloves are thin! The padded palms have saved my palms numerous times, and the sticks and thorns of the east coast get stopped by the finger armor.
  • 2 0
 Just started on them this year (feb), so far they are as you describe, and I ride daily. I've tried numerous bike brands and none have lasted more than a few months. The only thing I miss is the thumb side snot wipe!
  • 2 0
 I’ve been wearing Mechanix Durahide gloves for mountain biking. Once broken-in, the leather conforms to your hands and fit like a sock. I don’t even know of any mtb gloves that use real leather. Plus, they’re the perfect digging/riding combo gloves.
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 @Geochemistry: Thanks! I typically go full finger... yeah it’s a bit hotter but meh. It’s not like Calgary isn’t cold.

The tactical gloves look great! When I destroy these OR gloves i’ll Swap em out. They look a bit beefier than what I have.
  • 2 0
 Gloveless unless it’s about to get real rowdy or it’s California Cold (I get cold easy so anything sub-45°F is extreme weather to my candyass). Deity Knuckledusters are the best grip I’ve found for gloveless, they stay grippy even with my sweaty mitts and if they do get a little damp you can squeegee them off with your hands and they’re like new.
  • 1 0
 I also run Knuckledusters gloveless. Great grip and feel.
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 @seraph: I wear leather stranglers gloves because you never know who you’l meet out on the trails.
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 I ride without gloves, I feel like the connection to the bars is more solid, I have sweaty hands and the sensus dis is da boss grips seem to maintain grip despite my sweaty palms. When I have crashed while wearing gloves and my hands are involved I have not found any significant difference between the amount of damage they sustain, the thin layer of nylon or leather of a pair of modern gloves hasn't been able to provide any worthwhile protection for me
  • 1 0
 Can anyone here from South America comment on why they think more riders from there ride without gloves? I'm wondering if it's something to do with logistics and availability, like maybe a lot of people start riding without them because they don't get the same selection where they live as people growing up in Vancouver or Moab.
  • 1 0
 Maybe it's a trend there? If you can get a bike im sure you can get gloves of some sort, regardless of brand.
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 It depends where you live and how much 'fashionista' you are. There some 'gloves witnesses', who wants to convert every gloveless riders. Enduro lovers normally wear full kits 'like a pro$'. XC guys on mellow trails too.

Here where i live (northeast BR) is dry like a hell and easily a 'cold day' has temperatures above 33ºC. My last ride tops up a 42ºC at 9a.m.
  • 1 0
 There are not that many gloves that are comfortable phone compatible and blablabla thing, i ride with gloves when weather is kinda cold or so, summer time i do have gloves however frequently forget to wear;

From the protection perspective - i would not say huge difference;

Nowadays we have nice and comfy grips - so gloves it self not needed much
  • 1 0
 I just crash too often and gloves protect the hands. Knee and elbow pads are optional. Helmet, glasses and gloves are required. My performance is worse when my palms are shredded and bleeding... so gloves are performance enhancing.
  • 1 0
 my hands just don't fit in gloves very well because I have a ton of webbing between fingers so the gloves pinch all weird and it's just really uncomfortable. I would probably wear them if they fit but I don't find a huge difference.
  • 1 0
 Always gloved up! Thin palm gloves and Oury grips, plus sweat-banded up as well for most of the year(It's hard to not to sweat on most of my AZ rides. Being a guitar player as well, I also like to look out for my paws. My buddy just grabs some dirt, bare handed, and let's it fly!
  • 1 0
 gloves are for the cold for me no exceptions. look at my trailbuilding / riding 2018 album and see that nasty ass compound dislocated thumb, the surgeon told me that if i had gloves on i would have had a lot larger chance of staff infection from sweat, dirt, fungus etc. In my opinion gloves are like wearing a wrestling mat on your hands...nasty. And again this is my opinion dont take it too personally.
  • 1 0
 I love the feel of no gloves but in So Cal we got too many sharp and prickly plants, plus the skin saving properties during a crash and forehead sweat wiping always is appreciated. I think if I lived in the pacific northwest where it's cooler and doesn't have cactus you might see me with no gloves.
  • 1 0
 It's a shame this survey left out some important information like type of grips and type of gloves. After much trial and error, save for when it is cold enough to require gloves, I find that my bare hands on a broken in set of raceface half nelson grips results in better grip with less hand and arm fatigue than with any glove. A pinch of dry dirt helps with sweaty palms, but I'll have to try some climbing chalk. The only gloves I have found that come close to feeling as good as not wearing gloves are Fist.
  • 1 0
 Pretty much rode whistler all summer with no gloves. Have to keep drying hands off in the dust or I'd wear my palms down. When I crash Id close my hands into a fist to try and avoid breaking my fingers. Gloves with knuckle protection would be nice tho. Gloves are great if they fit super tight and arnt bulky. My hands are pretty beat up so I'll probably start wearing gloves.
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 Came to mtb from street bikes. Gloves just made sense after getting kicked by the bars and crashing. On the motorcycle they were heavy gauntlets, coming to mtb, they were there from day one. It just feels normal. The gloves are piece of mind and comfort, I have done rentals gloveless and run my roadbikes without gloves when I wore out or tore a pair. It's not bad, but the gloves are missing.
  • 1 0
 I never really got used to riding with gloves, so I feel more comfortable and more in control without them. I will ride without gloves on low-consequence xc/trail rides and for jibbing around. I will ride with gloves during the winter and on DH/enduro tracks because my hands get super-cold easily and I don't want to rip my hands up.
  • 1 0
 i love how grippy my renthal grips are on the bare hands. But with stiff sharp branches and thick brush crowding my local trails, it just sounds idiotic to ride without long sleeves and gloves. Sometimes packing a second pair of dry gloves for the DH after climbing all day
  • 1 0
 Is there a rider out there who knows of a textile glove that uses the Knox SPS (Scaphoid Protection System)? For anyone who is not familiar with this system, it is used on motorcycle gloves to reduce friction with the street when the palms make contact. You see a similar concept with certain skateboarding safety gear, the pucks on the palms of the hand. The FOOSH (fall on out stretched hand) very often results in a broken scaphoid bone. The SPS might help in the dirt too.
  • 1 0
 Fingerless gloves! It seems they are not popular so much anymore but I think they are the best. Soak up the sweat so grips don't get slippery, great brake sensitivity and protection for when I put my hands down in bails. I can use trail forks on my phone too.
  • 1 0
 Always globes!It is the first safety thing. A little crash can ruin your hand,most of us works using the hands. A big cut can ruin your life for a few days. Then the sweaty palms people (like me ridding)who need globes even to ride a kid tricycle,not possible naked ride. I have like 10 pairs of globes,use it once and go to wash. Love to ride fresh clean globes at every ride!
  • 5 3
 Can't imagine riding without gloves. They've saved me from injury literally orders of magnitude more than any other piece of protection.
  • 2 2
 gloveless ferda instagram? i don't actually see an argument for gloveless being any sort of advantage? my hands get sweaty riding up and down mountains.. many crashes could have resulted in far more dirt embedding in my hands without them
  • 4 0
 Needs an option for completely at random wearing of gloves
  • 3 0
 As a bike mechanic my hands are essentially my tools, i cant work with torn up hands. Always wear gloves.
  • 2 1
 Mechanix gloves = end of conversation
Great dexterity, protection, and feel for riding in, great for repairs so your hands don't get greasy (they're originally made for repairing things). Covered on all fronts.
  • 4 0
 Gloves are good if you're scared.
  • 2 0
 Gloves distract me. I've crashed because of that. Yes, some are more distracting and some nicely fitting are less, but none compare to bare hands. Until it gets too cold.
  • 1 0
 could agree more with you martn! only wearing slim gloves when it's mandatory by race rules or park rules.
  • 2 0
 MTB: almost always gloves (long climbs and liaisons excluded for cooling)
Road: never. Prefer the cooling. But in super cold weather, the gloves go back on.
  • 2 1
 I like to ride feeling totally connected to my bike, no gloves, no shoes or socks. And I cut out the crotch on my riding shorts. It's like I'm hard wired to the bike, oh yeah!
  • 1 0
 I was once riding without gloves in summer. So I had sweaty hands. And then my back wheel hit a rock and my hand slid off. I managed to ride it out, but ever since then I ride with gloves
  • 1 0
 Gloves get hot and it's nice to climb without them in the summer. Definitely where gloves on the DH especially on tight single track with bushes. Crashing without gloves sucks. Same goes for knee pads.
  • 1 0
 Riding without gloves makes the ride more enjoyable + you minimize the risk of breaking your wrists (since you will instinctively avoid falling with your hands first) (yes, crashing on your bare hands sucks).
  • 1 0
 Thats why I dont run a frame. I just hold the front axle with my hands, and then I tape the rear axle onto my feet. Then I am the bike, and I feel really connected to my wheels
  • 1 1
 I just use gloves during cold weather to keep my hands warm. No reason for riding gloveless just never get used to wear gloves. Nevertheless I agree it might protect a little during a crash.
  • 2 0
 I wear gloves for long cross country rides but if I’m just hitting having fun trail riding or hitting downhills no gloves
  • 1 0
 My dad taught me to get a handful of free condoms and stretch those over my hands before every ride, and where tf is the field test?
  • 1 0
 Norbraten doesn't use gloves I don't think nor does Blenki It's a feel thing. One isn't better than the other. You just need to find your comfort zone
  • 2 2
 It's about riding a bike, gloves on or off shouldn't make much difference in performance IMO. It's more of a fashion statement or trend. If you "can't" ride with or without gloves, you're right. (You.Can't.Ride.)
  • 1 0
 no thing better than those cheapest winter gloves in the early winter, it's as if you don't have anything on yet the grip is awesome
  • 1 0
 Shattered my left wrist, it's no longer inline/where it should be....gloves make my hand go to sleep in minutes. Gloveless it is...best not crash
  • 1 0
 Always gloveless unless it’s too cold. All around controlling the bike is easier without gloves. I ride a lot and I only scrape up my hands maybe twice a year
  • 1 0
 Always ride without gloves, a lot of other people here do aswell, gives a much better connection to the bike. We dont have a lot of rocks, just soft dirt & roots.
  • 2 0
 Full finger year round, protection and grip, shirt fingers are stoopid unless you ride in the southeast
  • 1 0
 Gloveless, unless it's below like -5c. Have not run into any problems in the last 19ish years. But I can also swing a shovel or hammer all day no problem.. might be related.
  • 1 0
 I only wear gloves when riding my drop bar bike, and even then only in the colder weather. I really prefer to feel the grips with my bare hands. Much more control that way.
  • 2 2
 I stated riding gloveless recently and do think you have better control of the bike. Like feedback through the bars before you lose traction. Only elite level riders that push hard can feel this benefit Wink
  • 1 0
 Like the gloves on. Security and grip. Nothing worse than slivers and rocks in the hands. Had enough of that when I was a kid. Especially those cold days...
  • 1 0
 Much prefer riding without gloves, but always ride with gloves. I crash too much.
  • 1 0
 Honestly I just like the feeling with gloves on. Better grip and hand protection are side effects
  • 1 0
 Riding with gloves causes me very bad eczema on my hands so i ride without them
  • 3 1
 Home Depot, wide selection of gloves from $10 to $20 .
  • 1 1
 Those are Canadian gloves
  • 2 0
 Works for Lewi Pilgrim
  • 2 0
 Love there helmet as well
  • 2 0
 Gloves are a necessity if you’re sweating, which is always.
  • 2 0
 Why is this even relevant?
  • 3 1
 Because Pinkbike had an article a few years back talking about how great it was to go "#gloveless" and all the lemmings followed. I think the rider the article centered on was Sam Blenkinsop.
  • 1 0
 @bwgemmil: Not sure if this was it but was fun reading anti-29 smack on a #gloveless plug.

www.pinkbike.com/news/deity-knuckleduster-with-sam-blenkinsop-video.html
  • 3 0
 No glove no love.
  • 1 1
 I'd like to know if any MTBer who doesn't wear gloves and rides moto, do you go bear back on the motorbike for the feeling on the handlebars?
  • 1 1
 Moto gloves kinda not the same, as well as grips
  • 1 0
 I mean mx, not daily commute
  • 1 1
 Barefoot SPD once correct calluses develop. It’s best to use a good knife to correctly carve your soles to fit the SPD mounts.
  • 3 2
 It's like having sex without a condom, it's riskier, but feels loads better ????
  • 2 0
 Gloves for trails, no gloves for dirt jumping and skate parks
  • 1 0
 I have gloves. I rarely wear them because I constantly misplace one or the other.
  • 1 0
 No gloves on my dirtjump bike or road bike unless it's too cold. Gloves on all other bikes.
  • 1 0
 I ride both ways. Generally always gloveless when riding downhill and almost always wear gloves when riding trails.
  • 1 0
 Have you gloveless people never had the palms of your hands rip open before?
  • 3 0
 9 stitches in my palm, still don’t wear gloves often.
  • 1 0
 I have moments of regretting not wearing gloves but the lack of connection with the bike makes them just not worth wearing.
  • 1 0
 I love riding bare handed until my hands get sweaty then I remember why I love gloves
  • 1 0
 That’s a dumb question. Like we’re all competitors here? We dunno! How many arseholes we got workn here anyway?
  • 1 0
 No gloves until you crash, then they go back on for a few weeks, them take them off again lol
  • 2 0
 The Struggle for content is real
  • 2 0
 The answer is one glove, a white one with diamonds all over it, HEE HEEEE!
  • 1 0
 I only use fingerless gloves and they're only to cushion my palms, not for protection
  • 1 0
 Gloves for dirt but weirdly not for street/tarmac. Just feels right
  • 1 0
 I think it’s just a habit that you perpetuate either way
  • 1 0
 I'm here for recommendations on good gloves for hot humid conditions
  • 2 0
 You mean like in a place like Ciudad Colon? I use some really light thin gloves from Specialized, but many times I take them off for the climb up.
  • 2 0
 HandUp or 100% are great hot weather gloves
  • 2 0
 @nyhc00: Came here to say HandUp gloves too. I’m one of the few weirdos on here who ride without gloves but if I need some in the CA/NV/AZ heat that’s what I’m wearing
  • 2 0
 @DeepWoods831: I’m mainly a non glove user as well but those are my go to brands because they’re very minimal.
  • 1 0
 @Skrause: Senderos Colon yeah!!
  • 1 0
 I regularly climb without gloves and put them on to descend.
  • 1 1
 I ride with gloves to prolong the life of my grips. I will wear out a pair of grips in 2 or 3 rides without gloves .
  • 1 0
 Always wear them on the trails. Only when it’s cold on the road.
  • 1 0
 Tracy runs gloveless... I'd still like to see how they feel
  • 1 0
 Even worse is ride without glasses!
  • 1 0
 It’s like asking should you wear protection on the first date?
  • 1 0
 gloves for riding and digging
  • 2 1
 That’s a no to bitch mittens from me
  • 1 0
 opinions on this only matter from rippers
  • 1 0
 GLOVES; You mean Bitch Mittens?
  • 1 0
 Gloves most of the time, but when I'm feeling spicy - I pull a Blenki
  • 1 0
 i don't like to wear gloves...but i know it's necessary....
  • 1 0
 Who gives a f@#k? Wear whatever you want... or not.
  • 1 2
 Do gloveless riders sweat like most other humans? Riding without gloves is for roadies.
  • 4 0
 All those stupid finger-less gloves disagree with you.
  • 1 2
 Sensus grips+no gloves = 69 seconds faster on any trail compared to your buddy with gloves and odi’s
  • 1 0
 Giggity.
  • 2 1
 Gloves are overrated.
  • 1 0
 Always use protection.
  • 1 2
 "Do you ride with or without gloves?" every poll option offers a degree of glove wearing, no never option
  • 1 4
 Riding with gloves = FOSH injury waiting to happen.
  • 1 0
 Knox used to make gloves for MTB. They are the same people who make gloves for motorcycle road racers. There is a plastic puck on the palms. I have a pair but when they wear out I don’t know of anyone who makes a similar glove. The moto gloves with pucks on the palms are probably too heavy.
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