Royal Racing Signature Glove - Review

Jun 3, 2014 at 5:14
by Jordan Carr  
Royal Racing offers an extensive lineup of clothing that covers everything from full-on race kits to more casual riding attire, but it's their Signature glove that we're going to take a closer look at here. They feature a thin 2.2 polyester mesh upper that definitely puts them into the minimalist category, as well as a low profile slip-on cuff with a stretchy V-shaped panel that should make them more flexible when you're wearing them and easier to pull off when you're done. The palm is made with super thin 0.5mm thick Clarino leather. Nice touches like a microfiber thumb wipe and sticky silicon fingertips can also be found. The Signature glove is available in sizes from XS - XXL, and for 2014 include red/black and black/white colour options. MSRP: $29.99 www.royalracing.com

Royal Racing Signature Gloves

Royal Racing Signature Gloves

Royal Racing's Signature glove provides a minimalist approach with their thin mesh upper and lightweight neoprene cuff. They are, however, not the most durable option out there.


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesWhile riding gloveless certainly makes for a close connection with the bike, I am not prepared to risk having my knuckles or palms shredded to bits just because I don't want anything between the grips and my paws. Sweat is also an issue, especially now that we're heading into some warmer weather, and gloves help to keep your hands from slipping off of the grips on such days. It's for this reason that I've always been fond of minimalist gloves, with them doing just enough to protect my hands and keep the sweat from causing any slip ups. The Signature glove is barely noticeable once you've pulled them on, with a light feel that anyone who prefers barely-there-gloves is sure to be a fan of, and they have ended up being my go-to option when the temps go from long sleeve to short sleeve conditions. The downside to such a design is the lack of protection - they won't be saving your skin the next time you miscalculate the distance between two trees - and that the lightweight fabric material is more prone to being damaged should you have to do a bit of bushwhacking. This means that they likely aren't for anyone who is already going through gloves at a high rate, regardless of how hot your local riding spot gets. - Jordan Carr




70 Comments

  • + 20
 mtb gloves half dozen rides and done, bought some thor mx gloves for 25 bucks and still going strong after a year. mtb=over priced
  • + 1
 25$ is a lot , I usually buy 2-3 pairs at 10-15$ (a pair) when the gloves are on sale BUT if you are a fashionista this trick wont work for you !
  • - 1
 best gloves are the POC leather ones... they're like $60, but top quality and will last forever !!
  • + 1
 Yes, man. I currently ride with Fly Racing Lite gloves - the cheapest and best gloves I've ever had, with plenty of silicone on the forefinger. I don't know why most mtb gloves lack some silicone there. I have the old Royal Signatures and they almost have no silicone at the forefinger. This new model seems improved a bit. These gloves are super thin and you don't even notice them on your hands, fantastic for the hot summer days. I don't believe they will stand a few falls though.
  • + 2
 I've had good luck with Nema gloves.
  • + 1
 i got myself progrip mx gloves and they dont seem to wear off easily
  • + 1
 My tld gloves r still good after 2 years. But theyre not cheap
  • + 0
 royal isn't overpriced as TLD or POC are
  • + 2
 The tld gloves r sooo comfy though
  • + 4
 overpriced and quality are two different things.
  • + 1
 alright then, Royal has some pretty good quality clothing for a real good price
  • + 1
 Cheapest fox gloves out there have lasted me 2 and a half years riding at least once (normally twice) a week
  • + 1
 Mx stuff is always cheaper and usually better quality.
  • + 12
 Does everyone else go through gloves quickly? Gone through 3 pairs in the last two months, it's insane.
  • + 6
 I've raced dh on TLD airs for over a year now.. They have no rips or loose threads
  • + 2
 I go through TLD gloves really fast... I think it's just how some riders ride, I used to ride almost every single day so I went though them quickly. I had a pair of Fox gloves that lasted a while but I crashed before I wore them out and tore them.
  • + 12
 To make our gloves last longer we bought some silicone gel from the hardware store and spread it on the area's that wear out the fastest - thumb web, tip of finger stitching etc. Also, it's great for extra grip! Works a treat Smile
  • + 3
 Only my Decahtlon's gloves last.
  • + 2
 My fox ones are still going strong after nearly 2 years
very happy with them Smile
  • + 1
 I generally will go through one pair of fox gloves every year. That has been the running theme for 4 years now.
  • + 2
 Don't wash them often, just rinse in a soapy water and don't brush...make sure also your grips aren't expired, expired grips get sticky and eats your gloves....
  • + 1
 Cook to know about expired grips mines are just like that they stick on your hand like glue
  • + 1
 Aerox is right, just soap n water and they will last so much longer. Also specialized actually makes a really really good glove.
  • + 5
 I get laughed at (what's new?) but i use the Mechanix gloves from Lowes or Home Depot. $15 and they come in about 10 different flavors, from super-thin with a mesh back like these in the review to super-padded with knuckle guards and whatnot. I wash them with the laundry every week or 2 and they last A LOT longer than MTB specific gloves, like almost a year (and at that price, a year is plenty.) I shredded my last pair of Fox gloves in a few months. Switched to the cheap ones from the hardware store and never looked back.
  • + 1
 I have had pretty good luck with the Bomber glove from fox. They'll have lasted me about 2 and a half years when it's all said and done. The velcro on the cuff is starting to go, but beyond that they're still in great shape. For what it's worth, I wouldn't buy the unabomber gloves if they even still make those. I bought a pair of the unabomber gloves and within 3 weeks they were shot to hell. Fox warrantied them for me, but I asked that they send me another model glove. I ended up receiving my bomber gloves afterwards and have loved them ever since. I probably will not ever buy another glove that doesn't have a hard knuckle on them.
  • + 10
 i dont use gloves
  • + 5
 Me neither. It's free and skin grows back anyway.
  • + 1
 How do you keep your hands from slipping off the bars?
  • + 1
 Good for you guys, maybe if i did a hot lap and went home i could rock no gloves, but my hands sweat more than a pregnant nun
  • + 1
 Grinding hardcore climbs on super hot days with very high humidity levels, grips such as the ruffians aren't really good, I'll give you that. They get slippery when wet, nothing dramatic but it's far from ideal.

Soft grips with big grooves such as the odi rogues or the oury do wonders. I sweat buckets too and sweaty grips has never been a problem with those. If you're not into big grips, I could see the foam grips XC guys use being a nice alternative but I never tried them, so don't quote me on that.

To be fair, the upside I could see to gloves would be added protection during high speed crashes but of lot of them are so paper thin that it makes hardly any difference in the end. Been going bare hands for over 2 years now (both XC and DH) and I never had a noticable hand injury.
  • + 2
 You can always rub dirt in your palms, it's what I do for xc... I'm not fond of cloves when I'm grinding up a steep climb.
  • + 8
 I've got some Enduro specific gardening gloves if anyone is interested...
  • + 2
 Finally Royal get the message and stop putting those stupid fastener cuffs all their gear. Damn things just pull away from the velco or just clean off the jacket/shorts/gloves I have. The TLD airs I've had for a bout 5-6 years now, not a thread loose anywhere,they're very worn and a bit streched but over all still perfect, have gone thru 3 sets of Royal gloves (heavier Winter gloves albeit) in that time.
  • + 2
 I actually prefer the velcro. These Royal gloves are a pain to get on and off. They also last a third as long as my Dakine Cross X.
  • + 1
 Yeah they're great when the stay in place, trouble for me is that when i go to undo em the rubber cuff comes away form the Velco, super frustrating!
  • + 2
 I recently bought a pair of 100% ridefit gloves.
Second best fitting pair of gloves I ever tried on. I've got quiet big hands but thin fingers. Got some in XL.

The best were 2014 ION Path. Got those two months ago and one of those scratch patches in the palm came loose after just one hour of riding, because they are glued in...sent them back immediately.

The upper material of the 100% gloves seems much more robust than that of the IONs. But it tends to pull out a few strings of nylon(?) when you touch some velcro. No real problem though.
No real protection and no pads but they're great for warm days and when you don't crash.
  • + 1
 Love the 100% gloves too - although mine are the iTrack ones (i prefer cuffs without straps).
You would probably like the TLD Air gloves and Deft Family gloves as well, as they are very similar in fit and materials.

Pads on MTB gloves are pretty useless if you ask me. They just make them bulky and uncomfortable. It makes sense on MX gloves (flying rocks and gravel from another rider hurts like a MOTHERF#%@£$!!!), but doesn't do the job nearly as well as real hands guards anyway...
  • + 1
 I have a pair of these that have been brilliant. They really are minimalist gloves for little more than grip, but that's what they're designed to do and they perform their intended duty incredibly well. The thing I love the most is the completely clean palm with no stitching/padding which I don't tend to get on with. After two years mine are on their last legs but definitely getting another pair!
  • + 1
 I like white gloves. If the top of a glove is white, it is visible in the dark, so I know where my bar is and what is its position. The only problem is about cleaning. White gloves should be washed after maximum two rides, so if enyone wants to buy white gloves I recommend buying two pairs at ones.
  • + 1
 I have about 10 pairs of gloves, most of which are Royals. I love them, great fit, very good construction and loads of colour choices. Plus CRC are always selling them dirt cheap!
  • + 1
 I had 2 different pairs of Royal and they both tore within 2 week without a single crash. Then I bought 2 pairs of Troy Lee about 3 months ago and haven't had a single issue even with a couple of crashes.
  • + 1
 I just ride with my colour matching arc'teryx chalk bag and chalk up while on the ride. Plus It fits around my waist like a fanny pack so its totally enduro. Everyone in squamish is doing it. Fact.
  • + 1
 I've been using the same race face gloves for almost 5 years now, and I've put em through shit, there is a slight rip inside the finger but that was because I'm a clumbs plier user
  • + 1
 I'm sure they are a good glove, but white gloves and white grips are stupid. They get way too dirty and gross way too quickly.
  • + 1
 I like grimy white gloves. Gives them character. Plus it's a good reminder to wash them now and then.
  • + 3
 Destroyed a pair of these gloves after just 2 months of riding.
  • + 1
 really!? i bought a pair of the model from last year and used them a few times a week every week during the summer at the races. They are still ok, i had to stitch up some of the seams but they're good as new.
  • + 2
 sidewinder gloves have put up with everything I've bailed into for the last 7 months and just keep on going.
  • + 1
 I've used the same pair of sidewinders all of last season, just ordered some new ones just cause I like em so much. Sidewinders are great gloves.
  • + 1
 I'm going too fast for sweaty mitts, air cooled is a beautiful thing. No gloves is actually awesome, try it and save a lot of $$
  • + 1
 I was wondering when PB was going to get around to review these gloves......
  • + 1
 used fox sidewinders and now dirtpaw. best gloves i have ever had. next ones will be dirtpaws again
  • + 1
 I'm so happy to see I'm not the only one with white TLD grips that are dirty as all hell.
  • + 2
 Not to hate on you but honestly you didn't see that one coming?
  • + 1
 On a side note how are those grips? I got a pair but returned them. Them seemed like a more fragile pair of peatys from odi. The little blocks seemed really flimsy. Have they held up?
  • + 1
 I've had mine for six months to a year and there's no signs of wear yet. The metal clamps on the outside are a little beat up on the edges but that's to be expected. I'd recommend them to anyone. And yes I did see it coming. But I was doing good for a while and then all of a sudden they were really dirty. Must be the dirt gremlins. :/
  • + 1
 www.blueskycycling.com has good deals on gloves and if you have time the chainlove app has solid deals as well.
  • + 1
 Got the old version of these gloves, had them for years for summer use, well made
  • + 1
 Thor Racing or A-stars for durability.......
  • + 1
 I am using park tools and thay are rocking..
  • + 1
 Deft family... Why would you ever buy anything else!
  • + 0
 Gardening gloves at $10/pair do the trick.
  • + 1
 Spectacular review!!!
  • + 0
 Bontrager fingerless last forever, excellent grip.
  • + 2
 Fingerless? Nope.
  • + 1
 Very hot here, lightweight fingerless is the way to go. Plenty of grip and cools off the hands a bit.
  • - 2
 Im a little weirder out that there is a review for gloves....
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