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    Glove style

    Hey everyone,

    It's long past time to get some decent gloves for trail riding, but the question of "full-finger" or "fingerless" naturally comes up. What do you guys/gals prefer and why? Is it mainly based on preference? I've never been much for gloves for protection (my hands are callused and pretty tough from scars and weightlifting), but I'd like something that will help with my grip and give me some cushion. Fingerless seems like the "logical" choice for me, but I notice a lot of you have mentioned that you use full-finger gloves.

    Thanks for your help!

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    full finger. Feels better. No sweaty hands on the levers. Better grip. More protection. More terry cloth area to wipe you nose.

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    Its probably personal preference. I go from no gloves to full fingered. My most recent purchase was a pair of Louis Garneau full fingered gloves that breath pretty well and can be worn during warm weather. For cool weather I like Goretex gloves-full finger. Most of the time I wear fingerless gel gloves-whatever is cheapest. If you have the money go with Pear Izumi-those are the best in my opinion.

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    Full fingered are the way to go for me. I like Fox Incline, not too much padding in the palm and my hands don't get too hot, even in the hot So. Cal summers.

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    These are the gloves I wear here in Ohio when in summer its 90 degrees and very very humid and they work out great for me: http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/146...ger-Gloves.htm

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    full finger for me most of the time. I like the fox mojave half finger for more road & casual riding, but have some thin rocket parts full finger gloves for all but cold weather.


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    Full finger
    for protection against
    - scrapes from the vegetation.
    - that time you crash and go into the sharp rocks
    - the spill you take on sand/concrete/gravel/you name it (my shins are still scarred from the one I had in a park last year. My hands hit the sand on the wet wooden bridge at about the same time as my knees but the hands were covered.)

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    i go full finger. my bare sweaty fingers slip off the brake levers too easy otherwise. find some thin ones though that breathe well. i just recently bought a pair of specialized ridge gloves that are pretty sweet. http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCEqP...jsp?spid=15794
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    I choose grips that are grippy without gloves, so the only reason I wear gloves is in case I come off. Wearing fingerless gloves would be like wearing half a helmet...

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    Wow, seems the overwhelming majority prefers the full-fingered variety. Thanks for all your responses!

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    Well, apparently there has to be one guy who always swims against the tide, huh? I wear half-finger gloves and am proud to do so! The reason, you ask? I haven't found a pair of full-finger gloves that feel good to me, and I like the additional lever feel that's transmitted via the skin contact. Don't get me wrong, I've endoed and cut up my fingers, but I've seen friends endo and break their fingers when wearing full-finger gloves, so I'm willing to take the "extra risk." It comes down to personal preference, and cut-offs are mine.

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    Another for full-fingers.

    I tried a set of half-finger for one ride, and my reward was a sizable splinter in my thumb that would have been deflected by full gloves.

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    Full

    I have to add to the full finger recommendation for a few reasons.

    1) Sweat- XC bikers do a lot of climbing at slow speeds, my hands sweat a lot and I find that on steep climbs, it helps to have extra grip at the finger tips when really pulling the bars. Plus is makes shifting easier- mtn bike shifters take a bit more force to click.

    2 ) Braking- Mtn bikers also brake a lot more and for longer periods, full-finger gloves offer more grip, whether sweating, muddy, or dusty.

    3) Protection- As mentioned, blasting through tight single tracks can yield cuts and scrapes from branches and other debris whipping by.

    There are some good light weight full-finger gloves out there that breath well- Louise Garneau are a good example, but I currently use Fox gloves. Didn't care for Pearl Izumi's offerings, they put too much gel padding in the palm which probably helps road bikers, but gets in the way of getting a good grip on mtn bars (plus we have suspension).
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    I wear both.

    I have a full finger gloves that I wear when it is cold. And a pair of fingerless when it is warm.

    I don't wear the gloves for hand protection like some others have mentioned, I wear them because either they eliminate blisters or keep my hands warm. I have never had an injury to my hands that gloves would have lessened, but maybe I have been lucky?

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    I have both but only use full fingered.

    Better protection on falls and better feeling on the lever (to me).
    I don't like much padding in the palms so that rules out many FF gloves like Pear Izumi. I use Fox Incline. Inexpensive, lightweight, virtually no palm padding and a mesh back.

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    One for Full finger.
    The specialized body geometry FFs are really good. the padding is in the rite spot, so it is not intrusive and is comfortable

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    I've tried both

    I've tried both but found that full fingers were the best option. For warmer temps I use gloves with good ventalation and just the opposite for cooler temps. I just prefer the protection that full finger gloves gives (for that just in case scenario). Just my two cents.

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    Another full-fingered here. I wear them for protection, but mostly to avoid blisters/slippage.

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    Full Finger

    I use 661 Cedric gloves and they are good. Full finger protects a lot better. Why wear half gloves that give half protection?

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    I wear full finger gloves for protection. I caught my hand on some vegetation and cut up my fingers pretty bad with no gloves on, so I went and bought some full fingered gloves.

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    I got full finger gloves, I think 90% of the riders I see use half finger gloves due to the heat and humidity. But thats one of the reasons I like full finger is that I still have 110% grip when my hands get sweaty.

    I have some cheap fox gloves (not sure wich ones) that have silcon? on the finger tips for braking grip. Not all padded but super efficant, and for full finger and black they feel just fine in the hot florida heat to me.

    Another thing is half finger gloves are a pita to take off if they dont have those loops on the end, full finger gloves come off much easier for me.

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    I started using HALF finger gloves, but 90% of my biking time is spent commuting in the city, so I just need some extra padding on my palms.
    I use the Canari Gel Pro....

    If I were to get a bit more serious with offroading, I probably would prefer to go with a FULL finger glove as well.

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    Full finger. I'm a big FOX fan.
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    Full Fingered

    I'm new to the sport, I have only had my bike about 2-3 weeks, I got a pair of full fingered FoxDigit gloves recomended by the guy at my LBS, there very comfortable, and not bulky at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EliM
    One for Full finger.
    The specialized body geometry FFs are really good. the padding is in the rite spot, so it is not intrusive and is comfortable
    I've heard/read quite a lot about those. I'm currently using half finger Pearl Izumi Pittards (sp?) as they have just the right amount of padding in the palm. My bro swears by FF gloves due to his dirt bike heritage and he's getting me more and more interested...or maybe all the falling has something to do with it. I'm in AZ, so it's a touch warm this time of year. How are the Specialized as far as padding? Ventilation?

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    Full finer. I grabbed my half finger road bike gloves last night accidentally. Sweaty fingers kept slipping off of the brake levers, and I got a banged up pinky finger. Go with the full fingers.

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    I really noticed the brake slippage on my last ride, hehe.

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